Almeida Theatre announces live streamed performances of Lolita Chakrabarti’s ‘Hymn’

The Almeida Theatre has announced live streamed performances of Lolita Chakrabarti’s anticipated new play, Hymn.

The world premiere production was originally due to play to socially distanced audiences at the theatre and will now be streamed live for five performances from Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 February 2021.

Directed by Blanche McIntyre, the production features Adrian Lester in the role of Gil and Danny Sapani as Benny.

Tickets to the live stream go on sale to Almeida Members from Tuesday 2 February midday and on general sale from Wednesday 3 February midday.


Two men meet at a funeral. 

Gil knew the deceased. Benny did not. 

Before long their families are close. 

Soon they’ll be singing the same tune. 

Benny is a loner anchored by his wife and children. Gil longs to fulfil his potential. They form a deep bond but as cracks appear in their fragile lives they start to realise that true courage comes in different forms.  

Featuring music from Gil and Benny’s lives, Lolita Chakrabarti’s searching, soulful new play asks what it takes to be a good father, brother or son. 


Hymn is directed by Blanche McIntyre with Set and Costume by Miriam Buether, Lighting by Prema Mehta, and Sound by Gregory Clarke.

TheMusical Director is D.J. Walde and the Movement Director is Robia Milliner 

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