The Almeida Theatre announces stage adaptation of Paweł Pawlikowski’s ‘COLD WAR’

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold will direct a new adaptation of Paweł Pawlikowski’s Academy Award-nominated drama, COLD WARan epic love story spanning the decades and breadth of Europe at its most divided, adapted for the stage by Conor McPherson.

Featuring traditional Polish songs, stirring choral arrangements, and music from Grammy Award-winner Elvis Costello, the production will star Anya Chalotra, Elliot Levey and Luke Thallon. 

Poland, 1949.

Zula is bold and brilliant, a singer who ignites the stage. Wiktor is withdrawn and damaged, a composer longing to write. Irresistibly drawn to each other, they dream of escape. But in communist-controlled Poland that can be a dangerous thing. 

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold said: 

“When I first saw Paweł Pawlikowski’s film Cold War, I was swept away by its beauty, passion and style. Its theatricality struck me as ripe for a stage adaption. So, I’m incredibly excited to be presenting Conor McPherson’s adaptation, with music by Elvis Costello. 

COLD WAR and the previously announced King Lear, directed by Yaël Farber, will go on sale for Almeida Patrons and Gold, Silver and Bronze Friends on Tuesday 26 September, Almeida Friends on Thursday 28 September, and general sale on Tuesday 3 October 2023.

The creative team includes: Music Supervisor, Orchestrator and Arranger: Simon Hale; Choreographer: Ellen Kane; Set Designer: Jon Bausor; Costume Designer: Evie Gurney; Lighting Designer: Paule Constable; Sound Designer: Sinéad Diskin; Musical Director: Jo Cichonska; Casting Director: Amy Ball CDG  

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