DYING FOR IT - Almeida Theatre


DYING FOR IT - Almeida Theatre


By Moira Buffini

A free adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's The Suicide

for the performance of a lifetime

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By Moira Buffini

A free adaptation of

Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide

Front cover and this page: photo by Sarah Hyndman.

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Coutts has a very special partnership with

the Almeida Theatre that has flourished over

the last three years. The Almeida is such

an innovative and respected theatre, which

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This sponsorship forms an important part

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Dying For It.

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By Moira Buffini

A free adaptation of Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide

Photo: Sarah Hyndmann


Semyon Semyonovich Podsekalnikov

Maria Lukianovna ‘Masha’

Serafima Ilyinichna

Alexander Petrovich Kalabushkin

Margarita Ivanovna Peryesvetova

Yegor Timoveivich

Aristarkh Dominicovich Grand Skubik

Kleopatra Maximovna ‘Kiki’

Father Yelpidy

Viktor Viktorovich

Stepan Vasilievich

Oleg Leonidovich








Literal Translation

Assistant Director

Production Manager

Company Manager

Stage Manager

Deputy Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager

Costume Supervisor

Wardrobe Supervisor

Deputy Wardrobe Supervisor

Wig Supervisor

Deputy Wig Supervisor

Chief Technician

Lighting Technician

Sound Technician

Theatre Technician

Production Carpenters

Scenic staircase, balcony and walls by

Scenic Floor

Set Painted by

Student on attachment

to Wardrobe Dept

Student on attachment

to Stage Management

Production Photography

Tom Brooke

Liz White

Susan Brown

Barnaby Kay

Sophie Stanton

Paul Rider

Ronan Vibert

Michelle Dockery

Tony Rohr

Charlie Condou

Dominic Charles-Rouse

Gil Cohen-Alloro

Anna Mackmin

Lez Brotherston

Neil Austin

Stephen Warbeck

John Leonard

Scarlett Mackmin

Julia Horan

Charlotte Pyke

Adam Penford


Rupert Carlile

Suzanne Bourke

Maggie Tully

Laura Draper

Sarah Bowern

Catrina Richardson

Alexandra Kharibian

Zoe Goodchild

Emma Sharp

Jason Wescombe

Robin Fisher

Howard Wood

Mark Jenkins

Dave Danby and

Gruff Carro

Scott Fleary ltd

Weird Scenery

Charlotte Gainey and

Natasha Shepherd

Lucy Gaughan

Sophie Martin

Manuel Harlan


Tom Brooke


Theatre includes: After The End (Bush

Theatre/ Traverse, Edinburgh/ Tour),

The Long The Short And The Tall

(Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield), Osama

The Hero, A Single Act (Hampstead

Theatre), Wild East (Royal Court),

Some Voices (Young Vic).

Television includes: Thieves Like Us,

Rockabye, Murder Prevention,


Film includes: Venus, The Libertine,

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,

Mumbo Jumbo, The Happiness Thief.

Radio includes: Resurrection, Steve


Susan Brown


Theatre includes: The Chairs, The

House of Bernada Alba (Gate Theatre),

The Wild Duck (Donmar Warehouse),

Henry VI parts I and II, Playing With

Fire, Cardiff East (National Theatre),

Easter, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III,

Bad Weather (RSC), Road, Shirley,

Downfall, Gibraltar Straight, Seagulls

(Royal Court), Butterfly Kiss (Almeida

Theatre), You Be Ted and I’ll Be Sylvia

(Hampstead Theatre), Playing Sinatra

(Croydon Warehouse/ Greenwich

Theatre), The Beaux Stratagem, Back

To Methuselah, The Vortex, The Way Of

The World, A Woman Of No

Importance (Cambridge Theatre

Company), Twelfth Night (English

Touring Theatre), Small Change,

Iphigenia (Sheffield Crucible).

Liz White


Theatre incudes: Project E: An

Explosion (Battersea Arts Centre),

References to Salvador Dali Make Me

Hot,(Arcola Theatre / Young Vic),

Plasticine (Royal Court), The Woman

Who Walked Into Doors (Stephen

Joseph Theatre), A Midsummer

Night’s Dream (Wales Actors Co),

The One With The Oven (Royal Court).

Television includes: Road, Loving

Hazel, Making Out, Absolute Hell,

Nona, Prime Suspect, The Riff Raff

Element, September Song, A Touch Of

Frost, Taggart, Wokenwell, Anorak Of

Fire, The Vice, Wire In The Blood, The

Best of Both Worlds, Blue Dove, Dalziel

And Pascoe, Brides In The Bath, La

Femme Musketeer, Rose and Maloney,

Pinochet In Suburbia.

Film includes: Hope and Glory.

Television includes: Vincent, The

Street, Life On Mars, A Thing Called

Love, Angels Hell, Blue Murder,

Teachers, Green Wing, Ultimate Force,

A&E, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Hidden City.

Film includes:Vera Drake.

Radio includes: Plasticine, Harlot’s


Barnaby Kay


Theatre includes: Blues For Mr Charlie

(Tricycle Theatre), A Midsummer

Night’s Dream (Harvey Lichtenstein

Theater,New York), Arms and the Man

(UK tour), Macbeth (Albery Theatre),

Mouth to Mouth, Trust (Royal Court),

Closer (National Theatre), King of

Prussia (Chichester Festival Theatre),

The Herbal Bed (Duchess Theatre),

Three Sisters, The Break of Day, Man Of

Mode, The Libertine (Out of Joint/ Royal

Court), Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Eric

La Rue, The Changeling, A Winter’s Tale,

Taming Of The Shrew, A Jovial Crew


Television includes: Lifeline, The

Government Inspector, Midsomer

Murders, Spooks, Prime Suspect, Blonde

Bombshell, Serious and Organised,

Silent Witness, Life As We Know It, The

Bill, The Castle, Jonathan Creek, Cracker,

The Vet.

Film includes: Conspiracy, Eisenstein,

Croupier, Shakespeare In Love, Oscar

and Lucinda, The Man Who Knew Too


Sophie Stanton


Theatre includes: Market Boy

(National Theatre), Beautiful Thing

(Sound Theatre/ Donmar Warehouse/

Bush Theatre), Cariad (Tristan Bates

Theatre), Mercury Fur, Sleeping Around

(Paines Plough), Bright (Soho

Theatre), A Collier’s Friday Night

(Hampstead Theatre), Crossing The

Equator, Backstroke in a Crowded Pool

(Bush Theatre).

Television includes: Jeckyll, Spitgame,

Our Hidden Lives, Fingersmith, Wall of

Silence, The Brief, Coupling, The Vice,

Hidden City, Girl’s Night, Eastenders,

Tough Love, Black Books, The Mayor of

Casterbridge, Midsomer Murders, Prime

Suspect, Gimme Gimme Gimme, A

Touch Of Frost, Plastic Man, The

Wilsons, Dressing For Breakfast, Where

The Heart Is, The Unknown Soldier, The

Sculptress, Plain Jane, Dangerous Lady,

Shine On Harvey Moon, Peak Practice,

Get Real.

Film includes: The Allotment, Linger,

Closer, Shadowlands, Beautiful Thing.

Paul Rider


Theatre includes: Coriolanus, Under

The Black Flag (The Globe), Women

Beware Women (RSC), Singer

(Tricycle), Americans (Arcola Theatre),

Arsenic and Old Lace (Strand Theatre),

Chicago (Adelphi),

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Albery

Theatre), The Changing Room (Duke of

York’s), Teechers, Bouncers (Arts

Theatre), Hamlet, King Lear, Edward II

(Compass Theatre), The Rivals (Derby

Playhouse/ Walnut Theatre,

Philidelphia), Savages (West Yorkshire

Playhouse), She Stoops To Conquer

(Bristol Old Vic) Richard II (Oldham

Coliseum), When We Are Married

(Chichester Festival Theatre).

Television includes: Doc Martin,

Horizon-Einstein, French and Saunders,

My Family, Victoria Wood With All The

Trimmings, Dinnerladies, Murder Most

Horrid,The Bill, Eastenders, Heartbeat,

The Bare Necessities, The Ritz, City

Central, Broker’s Man, Drop The Dead

Donkey, Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Film includes: A Cock and Bull Story,

Honest, Topsy Turvy.

Radio includes: Trueman and Riley,

Sergeant Musgrave’s Dance, The Faerie

Queen, 1835, Soap Gets In Your Eyes.

Ronan Vibert


Theatre includes: Uncle Vanya

(Wiltons Music Hall), A Midsummer

Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic),

Antarctica (Savoy Theatre), War and

Peace, The Mother, A Matter of Life and

Death (National Theatre), Hello and

Goodbye (Theatre Clwyd), The Yiddish

Trojan Women (Cockpit Theate), Peer

Gynt (Thelma Holt Productions), The

Chinese Wolf (Bush Theatre), Walpurgis

Night (Gate Theatre), The Debutante

Ball (Hampstead Theatre), Amongst

Barbarians (Manchester Royal

Exchange/Hampstead Theatre), More

Light, Making Noise Quietly (Bush


Vampire, Queen of Hearts, The Grass

Arena, Rowing of the Wind, On the

Black Hill.

Michelle Dockery


Theatre includes: Pillars of the

Community, The UN Inspector, Henry

IV part I and II, His Dark Materials

(National Theatre).

Television includes: Dalziel and Pascoe,

Consent, Hogfather, Fingersmith.

Television includes: Rome, Taggart,

Midsomer Murders, Ultimate Force,

Hex, Waking The Dead, Peter Akroyd’s

London, Peter In Paradise, Mary Shelley,

Keen Eddie, High Stakes, The Scarlet

Pimpernel, Mrs Bradley Mysteries,

Gimme, Gimme Gimme, The Raven,

The Scarlet Pimpernel, Cadfael, Big

Women, Tales From The Crypt, 99-1,

Between the Lines, The Buccaneers, A

Statement of Affairs, Resnick, Jeeves and

Wooster, The Cloning of Joanna May,

Stanley and the Women, Traffick.

Film includes: Tristen and Isolde,

Beowulf and Grendel, Gladiatress,

Tombraider II, The Pianist, The Cat’s

Meow, Killing Me Softly, Shadow of a

Tristram Shandy, The Five of Us,

Carrying On, A Scattering of Lights, The

Skate Grinder, The Condition of the

Virgin, The Fury’s.

Charlie Condou


Theatre includes: The Changeling

(Southwark Playhouse), Shopping And

F***Ing (UK tour), Cracked

(Hampstead Theatre), After The Rain

(Gate Theatre).

Tony Rohr

Father Yelpidy

Theatre includes: The Field (Tricycle

Theatre), Translations, The Walls

(National Theatre), The Quare Fellow

(Oxford Stage Company/ Tricycle),

Duck (Out of Joint), The Weir (Duke of

York’s/ Australia), The Kitchen, The

Pope’s Wedding, The Seagull, Faith

Healer (Royal Court), The Painter of

Dishonour (RSC), Bohemian Lights

(Gate Theatre), The Power of Darkness

(Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Our Country’s

Good (Garrick Theatre), Vassa

(Greenwich Theatre), Waiting For

Godot (Thorndike Theatre), Buried

Child (Hampstead Theatre), The Devil

Is An Ass, The Crimes of Vautrin

(Almeida Theatre), A Mad World, My

Masters, Epsom Downs, Fanshen, The

Speakers, Cloud Nine (Joint Stock).

Television includes: The Impressionists ,

Secret Smile, Midsomer Murders,

Nathan Barley,Trust, The Noble And

Silver Show, The Infinite Worlds of HG.

Wells, Urban Gothic, Peak Practice,

Gimme Gimme Gimme, Honkey

Sausages, Armstrong & Miller, The Bill,

Pie In The Sky, Martin Chuzzlewit,

Casualty, Rides, Sense Of Guilt, The

Story Teller, Every Breath You Take,

Frank Stubbs Promotes, The Wolvis


Film includes: Stories of Lost Souls, Fred

Claus, Love For Sale, Charlotte

Gray,Flirting With Flamenco, Dead

Babies, Sideswipe, Judge Dredd,

La Bas, To Kill A Priest, The

Compartment, You Can’t Dance, Euston

Road, Act Of Kindness, The Girl In The

Red Dress.

Radio includes: Children’s Hour With

Armstrong & Miller, Feed Me.

Television includes: The Time of Your

Life, Hustle, Perfect Day – The Funeral,

Waking The Dead, Fair City Special, The

Lakes, Father Ted, Prime Suspect,

Cracker, Middlemarch, Lovejoy, Not

Mozart, Taggart, Hard Cases, A Perfect

Spy, Much Ado About Nothing, Harry’s


Film includes: Most Important, Sweety

Barrett, Titanic Town, The Nephew, The

Butcher Boy, Into The West, The

Playboys, High Spirits, No Surrender,

The Long Good Friday, McVicar, I Hired

A Contract Killer, Angel.

Radio includes: The Pipers Chair,

Gil Cohen-Alloro


Theatre includes: The Last Virgin

(English Theatre Frankfurt), The

Barber of Seville (Bristol Old Vic),

Cabaret (English Theatre Frankfurt),

Rasputin (Natural Theatre Company)

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe,

A Winters Tale (RSC), Sweet Charity,

Jolson (Victoria Palace), The Royal

Variety Show (Palladium), Peter Pan

(Habima, Tel Aviv).

Dominic Charles-Rouse


Theatre includes: Amadee- Or How To

Get Rid Of It (Young Vic), Aslan

Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Tristan

Bates Theatre), The Lion, The Witch

and The Wardrobe (West Yorkshire

Playhouse), Dealer’s Choice (New Vic

Theatre), The Entertainer (Derby

Playhouse), Iphigenia, Teeth ‘n’ Smiles

(Sheffield Crucible), Shopping and

F***ing (Edinburgh Festival).

Television includes:, Roald Dahl’s

Revolting Concert, Pot of Gold.

Film includes: 1408, Conscientious

Objector, You Can Run.

Television includes: Auf Wiedersehen

Pet, Absolute Power.

Film includes: Fallen Idol.



Fian, Leyla and Chloe at Potterycrafts for vases

Tony at V&S Catering

John Cunningham

Fiona Rapley at Honeyrose

Amanda Brothwell

Wigs by Campbell Young


Moira Buffini


Theatre includes: Blavatsky’s Tower,

Gabriel (Soho Theatre) Silence

(Birmingham Rep), Loveplay (RSC),

Dinner (National Theatre/ Wyndhams


Film includes: Presence, Gabriel, The

Enlightenment, Dibbuk Box.

Anna Mackmin


Ghosts (Gate Theatre), The Lightning

Play (Almeida Theatre), Burn,

Chatroom, Citizenship (National

Theatre), Mammals (Bush Theatre

and on tour), Knight of the Burning

Pestle (Colchester and Young Vic at the

Barbican) Breathing Corpses, Food

Chain (Royal Court), Cloud Nine

(Sheffield Crucible), The Dark,

(Donmar Warehouse), The Crucible,

Iphigenia, The Arbor (Sheffield

Crucible), Auntie & Me, (Assembly

Rooms Edinburgh, Gaiety Theatre

Dublin, Wyndhams Theatre), In Flame

(Bush Theatre and the New

Ambassadors), Airswimming

(Battersea Arts Centre).

Lez Brotherston


Theatre includes: For the Almeida: The

Lightning Play, Brighton Rock. National

Theatre: Playing with Fire, Rosencrantz

and Guildenstern are Dead, Play

Without Words. For the West End:

Bedroom Farce, A Midsummer Night’s

Dream, Alarms and Excursions, Nevilles

Island, Sisters Rozensweig, The Far

Pavilions, Tonights the Night, Spend,

Spend, Spend, My One and Only. For

Manchester Royal Exchange: Design

for Living, A Woman of No Importance,

Nude with Violin, Hindle Wakes The

Vortex . Other credits include: Sugar

Mummies (Royal Court), Little Foxes,

The Dark (Donmar Warehouse), The

Crucible (Shefield Crucible), Ghosts

(The Gate), Much Ado about Nothing


Dance includes: Co-directed, wrote

and designed Les Liaisons Dangereuses

(Japan and Sadlers Wells). For New

Adventures, (Lez is an artistic

associate for both New Adventures

and Adventures in Motion Pictures):

Edward Scissorhands. Adventures in

Motion Pictures: The Car Man,

Cinderella, Swan Lake, Highland Fling,

Play Without Words. For Northern

Ballet Theatre: Carmen, Hunchback,

Dracula, Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas

Carol, Giselle, Swan Lake. Other credits

include: Just Scratchin the Surface,

Nightlife (Scottish Ballet), A Soldiers

Tale (ROH2), Bounce (Stockholm &

Roundhouse), Six Faces (K Ballet

Tokyo), Greymatter (Ballet Rambert).

Opera Includes: L’elisir D’amour

(Grange Park), La Sonnambula (Teatro

Municipale, Rio de Janero), Hansel and

Gretel, Cunning Little Vixen, Ariadne auf

Naxos (Opera Zuid Holland), Cornet

Christophe Rilke (Glyndebourne

Touring Opera), Masquerade, Le Roi

Malgre Lui, Madam Butterfly (Opera

North), Falstaff (Sicily and Royal

Danish Opera Copenhagen).

Film includes: Letter to Brezhnev, Swan

Lake, The Car Man, Christmas Carol,

Romeo and Juliet.

Currently designing: Seven Deadly Sins

(Royal Ballet), Into The Woods (Royal

Opera House 2), L’elisir D’amour


Neil Austin


Theatre includes: For the Almeida

Theatre: Tom & Viv, Romance, Macbeth.

Other Theatre includes: Man of Mode,

Therese Raquin, The Seafarer, Henry IV

pts 1&2, A Prayer for Owen Meany,

Further than the Furthest Thing, Fix Up,

The Night Season, The Walls (National

Theatre) King John, Much Ado About

Nothing, Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caesar,

Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal

Shakespeare Company) John Gabriel

Borkman, Don Juan in Soho, The

Cryptogram, Frost Nixon, The Wild Duck,

After Miss Julie, Caligula, Henry IV, The

Cosmonaut’s Last Message, World Music

(Donmar Warehouse) Tamburlaine,

Cuckoos (BITE Barbican) Flesh Wound,

Trust (Royal Court) Frost Nixon, Much

Ado About Nothing, On the Ceiling, A

Life in the Theatre, Japes (West End)

Opera includes: For Almeida Opera:

Love Counts, The Cricket Recovers, Man

& Boy:Dada, The Embalmer. Other

Opera includes: Chorus! (Welsh

National Opera) L’Orfeo (Opera City,

Tokyo) Pulse Shadows (Queen

Elizabeth Hall)

Dance includes: Rhapsody (Royal

Ballet) The Soldier’s Tale (ROH2)

Pineapple Poll (Birmingham Royal

Ballet) The Canterville Ghost (English

National Ballet)

Stephen Warbeck


Stephen is an Associate Artist of the

Royal Shakespeare Company.

Theatre scores include: For the Royal

Court Theatre: The Seagull, The

Winterling, Alice Trilogy, The Night

Heron, Boy Gets Girl, Mouth To Mouth

(West End Transfer), Dublin Carol, The

Glory Of Living, The Lights, Harry And

Me, Pale Horse, Rat In The Skull, Mojo,

Simpatico, The Editing Process, The

Kitchen, Blood, Greenland, Bloody

Poetry, A Lie Of The Mind, Built On

Sand. For the RSC: Alice In Wonderland,

The Tempest, Romeo And Juliet, The

White Devil, The Taming Of The Shrew,

The Cherry Orchard, Cymbeline. Other

work includes: Pericles, Prince Of Tyre

(The Globe) Proof (National Theatre)

An Inspector Calls (transferred to

Broadway, Tokyo, Australia, Vienna).

Film scores include: Killshot, Flawless,

Miguel & William, Cargo, Feast Of The

Goat, Alpha Male, Travaux, On A Clear

Day, Mickybo & Me, Two Brothers,

Oyster Farmer, Proof, The Alzheimer

Case, Pour Le Plaisir, Love’s Brother,

Blackball, Mystics, Secret Passage,

Desire, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,

Birthday Girl, Gabriel And Me, Billy

Elliot, Quills, Very Annie Mary, Fanny

And Elvis, Shakespeare In Love, Heart,

Mrs Brown, My Son The Fanatic,

Different For Girls, Brothers In Trouble,

O Mary This London, Sister My Sister.

John Leonard


Most recent work includes: Donkey’s

Years, Summer & Smoke (West End),

Translations (Princeton/ Broadway)

Empress of India, The Druid Synge

(Druid Theatre, Galway Dublin/

Edinburgh/ Minneapolis/ New York)

Other theatre includes: Hedda Gabler,

Macbeth, Brighton Rock, Whistling

Psyche, Five Gold Rings, The Mercy Seat,

I.D. (Almeida Theatre), 2000 Years, Paul,

The UN Inspector, Jumpers (National

Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra, Much

Ado About Nothing, The Prisoner’s

Dilemma, Romeo & Juliet (RSC), The Old

Masters, The Birthday Party

(Birmingham Rep /West End), The Odd

Couple, The Entertainer, Still Life, The

Astonished Heart, Ma Rainey’s Black

Bottom, The Anniversary and The Flint

Street Nativity (Liverpool Playhouse),

Cinderella, The Dumb Waiter (Oxford

Playhouse), The Merry Wives of Windsor,

The Merchant Of Venice, Cymbeline,

Twelfth Night (Ludlow Festival), Becket,

Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Sweet Panic,

Absolutely! Perhaps, The Anniversary,

Losing Louis, The Master Builder (also

tour), Private Lives (also Broadway),

Embers, Smaller (West End), How to Act

Around Cops, Flush, Mercy, Colder Than

Here (Soho Theatre) Sunday Father, Born

Bad, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, The Best

Of Friends (Hampstead Theatre).

Scarlett Mackmin


Theatre includes: The Hypochondriac,

I.D. (Almeida Theatre), Heroes,

President of an Empty Room (National

Theatre), The Knight of the Burning

Pestle (Barbican/Young

Vic/Colchester), Sleeping Beauty

(Barbican/New York), The Chairs

(Gate Theatre, Notting Hill),

Peribanez, Sleeping Beauty (Young

Vic), Privates on Parade, The Dark,

Caligula, After Miss Julie (Donmar

Warehouse), Cloud Nine, A

Midsummer Night’s Dream, The

Tempest (Old Vic), Bird Calls, Batina

and the Moon, Iphigenia, The Arbor

(Sheffield Crucible), A Doll’s House

(Birmingham Rep/ Tour),The Merry

Wives of Windsor (RSC, Old Vic,

Michigan/ Tour), A Midsummer

Night’s Dream, Two Gentlemen of

Verona (Regents Park Theatre), Up on

the Roof (Minerva Theatre,

Chichester), In Flame (Bush Theatre/

New Ambassadors), Airswimming

(Battersea Arts Centre/ Tour).

Film includes: Stage Beauty, Chocolat,

Miss Julie.

Julia Horan

Casting Director

Theatre includes: Heartbreak House

(Watford), pool (no water) (Frantic

Assembly), Rabbit (Old Red Lion),

Gaddafi - A Living Myth (ENO), Bad Jazz,

A Brief History of Helen of Troy (ATC), The

Prayer Room (Birmingham Rep/EIF), As

You Like It (Wyndhams), One Under

(Tricycle), Anna in the Tropics, Yellowman

(Hampstead), Othello (Cheek by Jowl),

The Soldiers’ Fortune, Tintin, The Skin of

our Teeth, Hobson’s Choice, The Daughterin-law,

Homebody Kabul, A Raisin in the

Sun, Six Characters Looking for an Author,

(Young Vic), The Morris, Port Authority,

Urban Legend, The Kindness of Strangers,

Yellowman (Liverpool Everyman), The

Girl on the Sofa (EIF/Schaubuhne

Theatre, Berlin), Original Sin (Crucible,

Sheffield), Antarctica (Savoy), The Weir

(Duke of York’s), The Force of Change,

Made of Stone, Local, Trade, About a Boy,

Yardgal, Holy Mothers, Last Dance at

Dum-Dum (Royal Court).

Television includes: The Verdict, The Bill,

The Badness of George IV.

Julia is a member of the Casting

Directors’ Guild.

Charlotte Pyke

Literal Translator

Charlotte Pyke studied Russian and

English at Manchester, and has lived

in both Moscow and St Petersburg.

She also works as an actress and

trained at the St Petersburg Academy

of Dramatic Art and then LAMDA.

Charlotte did the literal translation of

Enemies at the Almeida Theatre.

Among other translation work she has

done a literal translation of The

Government Inspector for the National

Theatre, which was adapted by David

Farr as The UN Inspector.

Adam Penford

Assistant Director

Adam trained at Paul McCartney’s

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

(LIPA). He is currently associate

director on Vagina Monologues (UK


Work as Assistant Director includes:

Charley’s Aunt (Oxford Playhouse),

Propeller’s The Winter’s Tale

(Watermill Theatre).

Work as Director includes: Holes

(Theatre Royal, Stratford East), Young

Woodley, Tea and Sympathy

(Finborough Theatre), Raising Voices

Again (Watermill Theatre), Laundry &

Bourbon (White Bear Theatre). He is

an associate guest director at LIPA,

where shows have included Dames at

Sea, Oh What a Lovely War, Lucky Stiff,

Break of Day, John Gabriel Borkman,

Brief Encounter, and Terrorism. As a

trainee director at the King’s Head

Theatre in Islington he directed the

Undercurrents. Adam is a member of

the Young Vic’s Genesis Director’s


Nikolai Erdman

A letter from Stalin to


November 9th 1931

Most Respected Konstantin


Image courtesy of Ria Novosti/ Lebrecht

I do not have a very high opinion

of the play The Suicide. My close

comrades see it as empty and

even harmful… However I do not

object to giving the theatre the

chance to try it out and show its

work. It may be that the theatre

is able to achieve its aim. …My

comrades who are more

knowledgeable about art will be

the arbitrators in this matter. I

am an amateur in such things.


J Stalin

In 1931 the artistic director of the

Moscow Arts Theatre Konstantin

Stanislavsky, supported by Maxim

Gorky, wrote directly to Stalin to

defend Nikolai Erdman’s second play

The Suicide, and to ask that the ban

imposed on the play a year previously

be overturned. Such defence was by

now common in the artistic world, and

indeed necessary: Stalin was

consolidating his power in the Soviet

Union and by the beginning of the

1930s state control over the arts was

on the increase, and censorship was a

common component of literary life.

The future of a writer like Erdman,

described as a satirist, whose work

was perceived by the state to defend

the bourgeoisie, was not promising.

Despite granting the Arts Theatre

permission to work on the play,

Stalin’s rather unenthusiastic

Nikolai Erdman in 1950

responses to both Stanislavsky and

Gorky, (to whom he reportedly said

that he found Erdman ‘rather petty,

rather shallow’) foreshadowed the

play’s fate in the Soviet Union, where it

was eventually staged successfully for

the first time in 1987- seventeen years

after Erdman’s death. Despite the

support of several Moscow

luminaries, and like many of his

contemporaries, he was arrested and

exiled fairly shortly after writing The

Suicide and forced to step out of the

Moscow theatrical limelight into

literary obscurity. It was only relatively

recently that his plays were revived in

Russia, and that he was rediscovered

as one of the country’s most popular


Nikolai Erdman was born in

November 1900 in Moscow, the son of

an accountant of Baltic German

descent. He began writing at the age

of nine, and his first poetry was

published in 1919, in the journal Life

and Art of Russian Youth. As a teenager

he associated with the Imagist poets

led by Sergei Esenin, before leaving

Moscow to serve time in the Red

Army. On his return he was drawn to

the theatre collective, writing librettos

for opera and ballet, skits and cabaret

sketches for small theatres and musichall,

establishing his reputation in

theatre. He co-wrote the revue

Moscow from a Point of View with

Vladimir Mass which opened at the

Theatre of Satire in1924. Moscow

theatres were hungry for new work and

Erdman was regarded as an innovative

and experimental dramatist. The poet

Mayakovsky later begged Erdman to

teach him to write plays, a huge

accolade from someone who was an

early and major influence on his


With the success of The Mandate

which opened at the Meyerhold

theatre in 1925 Erdman’s fame was

secure. He began work on his new

play, The Suicide, completing it in

1930, only for the ban to be imposed

after an official reading at the

Vakhtangov theatre in September of

that year. In a transcript of the

committee meeting it reads ‘…these

thoughts and expressions are just food for

the bourgeoisie, who will watch this play

with pleasure and laugh at it.’

However in response to Stalin’s letter

Copyright permission has been sought from Cassell publishing

Queue for a free dining room in St Petersburg

with its luke-warm go-ahead,

Stanislavsky and The Moscow Arts

Theatre began rehearsing The Suicide in

late 1931. They gave up in May, but

Erdman had already signed a contract

with Meyerhold who had taken up the

fight with his theatre, and he held a

closed dress rehearsal of the last three

acts to which Stalin’s ‘arbitrators’ were

invited in October 1932. The showing

was unsuccessful, and the play was

banned outright from publication or

production. A year later he was arrested.

Erdman was lucky compared to other

writers subsequently arrested. He

spent a week in the Lubyanka prison

(where Meyerhold was later to be

tortured to death), and was then exiled

to the Siberian town of Yeniseisk for a

year, and then to Tomsk for two more

years. He was allowed to work in the

theatre, and continued adapting and

writing for film, to earn his living. He

even started work on a new play, The

Hypnotist, which was never finished.

In 1938 Bulgakov appealed to Stalin

for Erdman to be allowed to come

back to Moscow, but without success.

During the second world war in a

bizarre twist Erdman was asked to

compere NKVD variety shows and

then managed to return.

There are no records of Erdman

having met Stalin. The playwright was

once invited to Gorky’s dacha (house),

where Stalin was going to be, in the

hope that he would be rehabilitated.

He declined, saying that he had made

plans to go to the races. Yet Stalin’s

The future of a writer like Erdman, described

as a satirist, whose work was perceived by

the state to defend the bourgeoisie, was not


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Firefighting in St Petersburg

influence remained over his work for

most of his life. After several aborted

attempts to stage The Suicide in the

Soviet Union, it premiered in Sweden a

year and a half before his death. He

was too frail to attend, but was told of

the good reviews. In 1979 the play

appeared in England, produced by the

RSC, and finally appeared on the

Moscow stage in 1982, only to be

banned after six performances.

Erdman was forced to, as he once put it

to a friend, ‘play the game’ throughout

most of his life, and died not knowing

whether his work would ever again be

seen in his own country.

Charlotte Pyke

Moira Buffini

Seventy seven years

after The Suicide was

written in Stalinist

Russia, playwright

Moira Buffini talks to

the Almeida’s

Artistic Associate

Jenny Worton, about

why she feels it still

has something to

say to British

audiences in 2007.

Given the specificity of the historical

and political context of Erdman’s

play, what is it that makes you feel it

still resonates today?

This play was banned before it

opened because it was so subversive.

How could anyone want to kill

themselves in a Stalinist utopia? The

idea that a young man could feel

such despair was deeply unsettling.

And here we are in 2007 in our own

marvellous society and suicide rates

are going through the roof. Unlike the

Russians of the 1920s, we have free

speech, we have democracy, we’re

not starving and the economy is

thriving. Yet suicide is now the

biggest cause of death to men under

thirty five. More young men kill

themselves than die in accidents,

even. It’s astonishing that so many

people from all classes in our rich,

affluent country are seeking to end

their own lives. Suicide, to anyone

who has been affected by it, is

absolutely shattering. It raises

questions that are terribly hard to

answer both for individuals and for

society. This play is as timely now as

it was when it was first written. It

explores these questions so

eloquently though the medium of

comedy, through its hapless

characters. The play is also about

political disillusionment and I think

that’s very timely indeed. Most good

plays ask the question ‘how do we

live?’ This one goes a step further

and asks ‘why do we live?’

Is this a question you’ve asked


Yes, it’s one of the big questions I am

always asking - from my first play,

Blavatsky’s Tower right through to

Dinner, where the protagonist

A Russian soup kitchen for the unemployed

engineers her own murder at the end

of the play. It’s a question that won’t

go away.

This is your first new version of an

international play. Why did you

choose it?

I loved it from the moment I started

reading it. It made me laugh out loud

– and at the same time my heart was

breaking. Howard Barker once said

‘Comedy is the best medium for

exploring despair’ and I think he’s

absolutely right. I wanted to honour

Erdman, to give his play a new life -

but I was itching to speak too and my

voice is in there as well.

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The Almeida Theatre schedules assisted performances in order to make

theatre more accessible and enjoyable for people who may find it difficult to

see or hear everything that takes place on stage.

Captioned performances

feature an electronic screen

which displays the words

being spoken on stage in

time with the performance,

much like the subtitles you

would see on television.

As part of the theatre's ongoing

access programme

the Almeida will be

captioning performances in

house. Members of

Almeida staff have been

trained as captioners by

Stagetext and we have also

purchased our own caption

box and equipment.

Audio described

performances are ideal for

audience members with

visual impairment. We

provide a discreet headset

which allows you to listen

to information about the

set, costumes, body

language and facial

expressions of the

performers, during pauses

in the action on-stage.

Prior to the performance

patrons receive audiotapes

giving details of the set,

characters and costumes

and on the day of the

performance can attend a

free touch tour where they

get a chance to explore the

set and costumes and

meet some of the cast.

Our sign language

interpreted performances

are presented by

experienced interpreters

who use British Sign




Captioned in house



Captioned in house


Sat 14 Apr 3pm

Audio Described by Vocaleyes



Sat 16 Jun 3pm

Audio Described by Vocaleyes




Sign Language Interpreted

by Jeni Draper



Sign Language Interpreted by

Jackie Beckford


If you would like any more information

about assisted performances or access, or

to book for an assisted performance,

please contact us:

020 7288 4999

email access@almeida.co.uk

or visit www.almeida.co.uk

If you would like a large print

copy of this programme please

contact us using the details


Thanks to STAGETEXT, Vocaleyes and all our


11 May – 30 June 2007

European premiere

Big White Fog

By Theodore Ward

Director Michael Attenborough

Design Jonathan Fensom

Lighting Tim Mitchell

Sound John Leonard

Cast includes: Ayesha Antoine, Tony Armatrading, Martin Barron,

Aaron Brown, Lenora Critchlow, Clint Dyer, Jenny Jules,

Tunji Kasim, Al Matthews, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Novella Nelson,

Susan Salmon, Danny Sapani, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett,

Glynn Sweet, Tony Turner.

Photo: Wayne F Miller. Copyright permission has been sought from University of California Press and Wayne F Miller.

Box Office 020 7359 4404



Almeida Projects brings together the professional experience of theatre artists working at the

Almeida and the original ideas of local people in a dynamic creative exchange.

Images Phil Pepper

Sophie Grindley, Gabriel Sainhas, Lindsay Dukes, Esther Uwejayah and Rochelle Rose in workshops for Out of the Fog.

Since 2003, Almeida Projects have

devised, workshopped, written, designed,

produced, created lighting and sound, as

well as performing with and for

individuals, schools, colleges and

community groups from across Islington.

In 2007, we continue our work exploring

the current season with our participants

attending productions and presenting

creative responses to them.


Looking forward to the Almeida’s

forthcoming production of Big White Fog

we are engaging in a number of theatrical

enquiries into destiny, aspiration, nature

and nurture.

Why try? Where do I belong? Does my

history dictate my future?

Between November 2006 and January

2007 Director of Projects, Rebecca

Manson Jones, has led a series of

workshops with students from Islington

Arts and Media and Highbury Grove

Schools and from City and Islington 6th

Form College inspired by the dilemmas

facing the characters featured in Big White

Fog. The discoveries from these

workshops helped translate the characters

from an early 20th century Chicago context

to Islington in the present day.

For a week in January, a group of

professional actors joined Rebecca and

our Writer in Residence, Roy Williams, to

develop a new story inspired by Big White

Fog in order to create Out of the Fog. Over

1,500 secondary school students from

Islington and neighbouring boroughs will

attend performances of Out of the Fog at

the Almeida over two weeks in March.

Out of the Fog is directed by Matt Wilde

and the cast is Claire Benedict, Naomi

Bentley, Nicole Charles, Emmanuel Idowu,

Cecilia Noble and Javone Prince.

Alongside the performances, the audiences

will participate in workshops exploring the

ideas of choice, empowerment and

consequences. Students from Highbury

Grove and Islington Arts and Media

Schools are also working on their own

versions of the play for presentation as part

of their final performance pieces for BTEC

Performing Arts and GCSE drama.


Projections is an initiative focusing on

continuing participation with the Almeida

outside and beyond school and college.


Past participants are invited to return to

see Almeida productions for a subsidised

rate and to take part in free workshops

developing their skills and working on

ideas for their own work.


During the run of Big White Fog we invite

project participants to host a night out at

the Almeida with family members.

For more information about our other

Projects, Teachers’ Evenings, Subsidised

Tickets and Introductory Workshops,

please visit www.almeida.co.uk/projects,

email projects@almeida.co.uk or call 0207

288 4916.



The Almeida Board

Richard Haythornthwaite


Mary Francis CBE


Anupam Ganguli

Michael Gwinnell

A. Michael Hoffman

Thelma Holt CBE

Linden Ife

Carol Lake

Artistic Directors

1980 – 1990 Pierre Audi(Founder)

1990 – 2002 Jonathan Kent

Ian McDiarmid

2002 – Michael Attenborough

Rosemary Leith

Baroness McIntosh

of Hudnall

Rodney Milnes

Rufus Olins

Nigel Pantling

Trevor Phillips

David Robbie

Alastair Ross Goobey CBE

Carl Tack

Development Board

A. Michael Hoffman


Jamie Arkell

Sue Baring

Jonathan Blake

Rick Gildea

Georgiana Boothby

Christophe Gollut

Lord Hart of Chilton

Matthew Hurlock

John Kinder

Rosemary Leith

Judith Loose

Nicky Manby

Ray O'Connell

Lady Rayne

Martha Tack

Andrew Wilkinson

Hilary Williams

Andrea Wilson

Artistic Director

Michael Attenborough

Executive Director

Neil Constable

Artistic Associate

Jenny Worton

Associate Director

Howard Davies

Associate Actors

Simon Russell Beale

Josette Bushell-Mingo

Meera Syal

Richard Wilson

Penelope Wilton

Writer in Residence

Roy Williams

Music Advisor

Jonathan Dove

Lighting Advisor

Mark Henderson

Sound Advisor

John Leonard


General Manager

Ros Brooke-Taylor

General Manager

(Maternity Cover)

Natalie Highwood

Assistant to the


Morgan Tovey Frost



Laura Pickard



Patrick Dickie

Aldeburgh Almeida Opera

Jonathan Reekie

James Brown

Music Director

David Parry

Concerts Director

John Woolrich


Projects Director

Rebecca Manson Jones

Projects Co-ordinator

Ned Glasier

Projections Administrator

Clare Lomas


Bar Manager

Hannah Woolhouse

Kitchen Supervisor

Dance Robinson

Deputy Bar Manager

Lanre Bankole

Duty Manager

Tim Appleby

Bar Staff

Tom Benson

Carolina Cadavid

Lorrain Chow


Hywel John

Brian Kavanagh

Roman Lagnado

Margherita Malanchini

Kenneth Olaf Hjellum

Sammy Phillips

Lara Rossi*

Harriet Shillito

Melissa Smith*

Akari Ueyama

Lucia Vivanco*

* Also occasional

Duty Managers


Box Office Manager

Rachel Tattersdill

Box Office Assistants

Imogen Bond

Justin Giles

Curtis Jordan

Guy Newman

Jonathan Speer

Sarah Tipple

Suzanne Walker

Miranda Yates


Head of Development

(Maternity Cover)

Jennifer Davies

Deputy Head of


Kirsten Holmes

Events Manager

Sarah Ben-Tovim



Susie Parker

Corporate Development


Despina Tsatsas

Events Intern

Kathryn Hodgkinson


Head of Finance

Fraser Jopp

Financial Controller

Ryan Kendall

Finance Officer

Joy Aitchison


Theatre Manager

Helen Cooles

Duty Managers

Phillippa Cole

Nick Durant

Mila Sanders

Jonathan Speer

Head Ushers

Stephanie Bamberg

Geraldine Caulfield

Imogen Cooper

Chris Corby

Sylvie Gallant

Vida Harrison

Hannah Lee

Ailsa Ilot

Adele Salem

David Weinberg

Geoff White

Dervla Whiteside


Sofka Amour Brown

Astrid Chesney

Aglaia Gelpke

Kris Gummerus

Kit Harington

Abigail Hollick

Andrew Howard

Janice Howard

James Finan

Camilla Mars

Nic McQuilla

Mary Okeke

Julia Parr

Anne Sheasby

Gareth Taylor

Theatre Tour Guide

Jenny Hargreaves

Cleaning Staff

Excell Cleaning

Services Ltd

Mary Okeke


Head of Marketing and


Jane Macpherson

Marketing Assistant

Cherry Williams


Press Representative

Janine Shalom at

Premier PR

020 7292 8330


Head of Production

James Crout

Company Manager

Rupert Carlile

Stage Manager

Suzanne Bourke

Chief Technician

Jason Wescombe

Lighting Technician

Robin Fisher

Sound Technician

Howard Wood

Theatre Technician

Mark Jenkins

Wardrobe Supervisor

Catrina Richardson


Scripts Advisor

Barry McCarthy

Structural Engineering


Alan Conisbee Associates

Surveyor to the Almeida

Hedley Merriman




Cumberland & Ellis

Mishcon de Reya

Wedlake Saint

Production Insurance

Walton & Parkinson Ltd


McKenzie Arnold

Security Ltd

Access Consultant Group

Mandy Colleran

Michael Godfrey

Wendy Haslam

Ian Jentle

Lois Keith

Deborah Neve

Caroline Parker

Graphic Design

Sarah Hyndman

Dave Roberts for Cantate


Programme Print




Sinead Cussack (Abby) and John Hannah (Ben) in

The Mercy Seat, photo by John Haynes



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“Michael Attenborough’s production has a

high voltage charge that never dips for a

moment. This play plumbs the depths and

deserves to be seen.”

Daily Telegraph


“Bold, elegant, lyrical, finely wraught…

gorgeously staged and beautifully


Time Out

The cast of Enemies, photo by Hugo Glendinning



“Superbly written… brilliant… flawless

production; you won’t find more blazing

acting anywhere… see it if you see nothing


Mail on Sunday

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“Electrifying, shocking and profoundly

moving… such talent, such skill, such

humanity. Something to celebrate.” Sunday



“An intense, haunting and beautiful play…

two remarkable performances...

marvellously rewarding.”

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“An intelligent, edgy, adult musical which

gives you something to think about...

Hooray for that... a production of brilliant

clarity... crackles with energy and evil.”

Daily Express


“Gorgeous writing… very compelling, lovely

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“The most powerful, chilling, evil – feeling

Macbeth since McKellen and Dench.”

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“An electrifying hit… a wonderful

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“Brilliantly directed by Rufus Norris.

Another indication of how well Michael

Attenborough’s management is doing at

the Islington playhouse.”

Daily Express


“You laugh uproariously... it’s a silly person

who doesn’t.”

Financial Times


“Lindsay Posner’s exuberant, superbly

acted production is riotously entertaining...

has you laughing like a drain.”

Daily Telegraph

Andrew Lincoln (Ray) and Brendan Coyle (Earl) in The Late Henry Moss,

photo by John Haynes

Eve Best (Hedda) in

Hedda Gabler, photo

by John Haynes

Jonny Lee Miller

(Christian), Tom Hardy

(Michael) in Festen, photo

by John Haynes



“A thrilling new play... acted up to the hilt by

a remarkable company... an astonishingly

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“You must see this play: it’s like a diamond

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“A magnificent and harrowing play” The Spectator

“Exquisitely acted” The Guardian

“Unmissable” The Observer

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Eileen Atkins (Bridget) and Imelda Staunton (Margaret)

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“A superb theatrical achievement...an

excellent cast...Michael Attenborough’s

admirable staging...this is a major event in

our theatre”

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Welcome to the

Almeida Theatre.


The box office, bar, kiosk and toilets

are all accessible from the foyer.

Access to the Circle is through the

doors on Almeida Street. Access to

the stalls is through the doors in the


The following are available to buy

from the kiosk in the foyer:

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Infrared headsets are also available

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Please take your seats in good

time. There will be a three minute

bell before the start of the


To avoid distracting the performers

and spoiling the performance for

other audience members we ask

that you keep noise to a minimum

in the auditorium and please

switch off mobile phones.

Smoking is allowed in the bar area


Plastic cups are available at the bar

and from ushers to enable you to

take drinks into the auditorium.

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food into the auditorium.

Please do not cause any undue

alarm by leaving your bags


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for local residents when leaving the


In accordance with the

requirements of the Council of the

London Borough of Islington,

persons shall not be permitted to

stand or sit in any of the gangways

intersecting the seating or to sit in

any of the other gangways.



The Almeida Theatre Bar offers

tasty homemade dishes, a

great wine list, fine coffees and

a relaxed atmosphere, and in

the evening becomes a lively

bar for audiences, actors and

public alike.

To beat the rush we recommend that

you pre-order your interval drinks at

the bar before the performance.

Remember the cafe bar is open to all,

You can visit us from 11am-11pm,

Mon - Sat for drinks and light meals.

With locally sourced produce from

Covent Garden and Billingsgate

Markets it is an ideal place to meet

friends for lunch, or just to relax and

read the papers.

The bar is also available for private


For further information please see


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You can find out more about the

history of this fascinating building on

our theatre tours.

Led by an experienced guide they

offer the opportunity to explore the

depths of the theatre including

backstage, wardrobe, and technical


The tours also look at the history of

the building through its many

incarnations from lecture hall to

Victorian music hall, to carnival

novelties factory, up until the new

building you see today.

We finish the tours with a

complimentary tea or coffee in

the bar.

The Almeida building in 1840

For more information see

www.almeida.co.uk or to book a

place on a tour contact box office on

020 7359 4404.

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or comments you may have

about your visit to the Almeida


Please get in touch with us by

emailing info@almeida.co.uk

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Supporters scheme is vital to ensuring

that the Almeida can continue to mount

productions of outstanding quality in our

beautifully refurbished theatre.


• Priority booking

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See overleaf for more details.

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work, please join our Circle of Supporters


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Jonathan Pryce in Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Photographer: John Haynes




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extend the following:

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“A small stage where giants play” The Times

The Almeida’s Corporate Supporters

benefit from bespoke, mutually

beneficial partnerships with the

theatre that include the following:

• Unique entertaining opportunities

with the Almeida’s first-class casts

and creative teams

• Branding, marketing and profiling


• Staff training and employee

involvement initiatives

• CSR fulfilment via Almeida Projects;

the theatre’s creative exchange with

local young people

The theatre’s name is associated

with critically acclaimed, awardwinning

productions. Actors, directors,

writers and designers of the highest

calibre have produced some of their

finest work at the Almeida.

The theatre is particularly grateful to

Principal Sponsor Coutts & Co who

is currently enjoying a fourth year

of support. In partnership with the

Almeida, Coutts & Co has benefited

from exclusive client hospitality

opportunities, professional

development for staff and the creation

of a unique film, Portrait of a Bank.

To find out how the Almeida can

help your business, please contact

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(Maternity Cover) who will be pleased

to discuss your specific requirements.

Telephone: 020 7288 4930

Email: development@almeida.co.uk

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Every year the Almeida needs to raise £1.2m to produce work of the highest quality. With the

generous help of our supporters we are able to be bold, risk-taking and disctinctive. We are

immensely grateful to the following for their ongoing support of the theatre and its work.

Major Donors

Ormonde & Mildred Duveen


The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

The Genesis Foundation

The Hon. Daphne Guinness


The Ingram Trust

Harvey & Allison McGrath

Georgia Oetker

The Laura Pels Foundation

The Rose Foundation

Carl & Martha Tack

The Tara Ulemek Foundation

Roger Wingate

Almeida Opera Supporters

John S. Cohen Foundation

Columbia Foundation, San


The Foyle Foundation

The Hinrichsen Foundation

Peter Moores Foundation

Almeida Projects Supporters

The Andor Charitable Trust


Business Design Centre

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

Raymond Cazalet Charitable


The Goldsmiths’ Company

The Worshipful Company of


The Paul Hamlyn Foundation

The Kreitman Foundation

JPMorgan Foundations

The Lord Mayor’s Appeal

The Mackintosh Foundation

The Rayne Foundation

Richard Reeve’s Foundation

The Foundation for Sport

& the Arts

The Wates Foundation

Artistic Director’s Inner Circle

Eric Abraham & Sigrid Rausing


Mrs Claus von Bulow

Mercedes & Michael Hoffman

Jack & Linda Keenan

Midge & Simon Palley

David Robbie

Stuart & Hilary Williams

Production Circle

Stamos J. Fafalios

Cathy & Guy Gronquist

John Kinder

The Marina Kleinwort Trust

Sarah & Alastair Ross Goobey

Jon & NoraLee Sedmak

Rachel & Anthony Williams


Steve Barnett & Alexandra Marks

Mr & Mrs JC Carter-Meggs

Clyde Cooper

Ian & Caroline Cormack

K.L. Breuss & G.P. Burgess

Sarah & Louis Elson

Celeste Fenichel

Mr & Mrs A Geczy

Beth Glynn

Barbara & Michael Gwinnell

Matthew & Severa Hurlock

Stephanie & Carter McClelland

Paul & Elizabeth O’Hanlon

Wayne Rapozo

Lady Jane Rayne

Lord & Lady Simon

Jan & Michael Topham

Michael & Kate Yates



Act Productions

Jeffrey Archer

Jamie Arkell

Arimathea Charitable Trust

Keith & Barbara Bain

Derek & Bonnie Bandeen

Sue Baring & Andre Newburg

Cornelius Barry

Lord & Lady Bernstein

Kate & Colin Birss

Tony & Gisela Bloom

Mr & Mrs Benjamin Bonas

Miriam Borchard

Steven & Ellen Bowman

Katie Bradford

Richard & Robin Chapman

Mr William Claxton-Smith

Mrs Denise Cohen

Coline Covington

Mr & Mrs Stephen Cox

Felicia Crystal

Mr & Mrs Karl Dannenbaum

Angus Deayton

Mr Robert H.F. Devereux

Robyn Durie

Richard & Linda Ely

Mr Peter Englander

John & Tawna Farmer

Joachim Fleury

Tim Fosberry

Daniel Friel

Robert & Pirjo Gardiner

Jackie & Michael Gee

Jacqueline & Jonathan Gestetner

Michael Goddard

Lydia & Manfred Gorvy

David Graham

Nick Gray

Byron Grote & Susan Miller

Andrew Haigh

Pamela, Lady Harlech

Alisdair & Sophie


Michael & Morven Heller

Dorothy Henderson

Jerry & Barbara Hines

Clare & Bernard Horn

Christopher Hyder

Linden Ife

Dr and Dr C Kaplanis

Mr & Mrs Philip Kingsley

Christian Kwek & David Hodges

Marsha & Alan Lee

Charles & Nicky Manby

Mr Raul Margara

Elizabeth Meyer

Jeremy Miles

Mr Julian Mills

Diana & Alan Morgenthau

Matthew Nicklin

Christopher Nugee & Emily


Ray & Sarah O’Connell

Harald Orneberg

The Oyster Foundation

Desmond Page & Asun Gelardin

J Francis Palamara

Barrie Pearson

Mr & Mrs William Plapinger

The Posgate Charitable Trust

Clare Rich

Sue & Tony Rosner

William & Julie Ryan

Dr Mortimer & Theresa

Sackler Foundation

Susie Sainsbury

Mr & Mrs Richard J Schwartz

Mrs Carol Sellars

Jennifer Sevaux

Norma & David Smith

Rosalyn & Nicholas Springer

Adam & Sheri Stipewich

Richard Sykes & Penny Mason

Christian & Sarah Thun-


Sarka Tourres

Judith Unwin

Roderick & Melanie Vere Nicoll

Mr P Voyce

Edgar & Judith Wallner

Eric & Katharina Walters

Bob & India Wardrop

Lady Alexander of Weedon

Simon & Glennie Weil

George & Patricia White

Martha & David Winfield

Jack & Lina Wood

Mr Neil Woodgate

Mr CC Wright

Directors’ Circle

Cliff & Fiona Atkins

Jane Attias

Lorraine Baldry

Leslie Balfour-Lynn

J & A Benard

Neil & Ann Benson

Mrs Rosalie Berwin

Nicholas Berwin

Martin Black

Sally A. Bourne

Ms Diana Brant

Anthony Bunker

Sir Geoffrey and Lady Cass

Mr Simon Clark

Carole & Neville Conrad

Kay Ellen Consolver

John Crisp

Mr George Dragonas

Mort & Frannie Fleishhacker

Margaret Ford & John Stewart

Mr Stephen Foss

Anupam Ganguli

David Gestetner &

Angela Howard

Mr Farzin S Ghandchi

Mrs Alison Gray

Mimi & Peter Haas

Neville & Veronika Harris

Mr Charles Henderson

Sir Robin & Lady Jacob

David Kaskel &

Christopher Teano

Peter & Maria Kellner

Mr & Mrs David Lakhdhir

Muriel Lambert

Mark & Sophie Lewisohn

London Arts Discovery Tours

Anthony Mackintosh

Brenda Meldrum

Maggie Mills

Ms Barbara Minto

Asha & Trevor Phillips

John & Laurel Rafter

Diane Raposio

Anthony Regan

Mr Charles Russell

Mr & Mrs Anthony Salz

Lois Sieff OBE

Mr Brian D Smith

Tim & Sophia Steel

Dr Miriam Stoppard

Mr & Mrs R D Szpiro

Ms Eileen Taylor

Lord & Lady Tugendhat

Sally Walden

Marilyn & Geoffrey Wilson

Mr & Mrs Roger Wyand

Jonathan Yudkin

Actors’ Circle

Brian Abbs

J Aldred

Mr Simon Aldridge

Nicola Allpress

Alexander Balcombe

Brian & Ruth Barclay

Mr & Mrs Andrew Barnett

Mr Dean Barrett

Susan Barty

David & Primrose Bell

Michael & Lesley Bennett

Mr & Mrs Anthony Blee

Lord and Lady Brown of Eaton-


Ossi & Paul Burger

Felicity Callinan

Carolyn Carter

Peter & Diana Cawdron

Paul Cullington

Gill Cutbill & Ged Davies

David Day

Jose and David Dent

Yvonne Destribats

Mr R J Dormer

Jim & Maureen Elton

Jane Epstein

Brian Gitlin

Robert & Clare Gray

Brian and Rosita Green

Nick & Fiona Green

Graeme & Fiona Griffiths

Susan & Don Guiney

Sheila & John Harvey

Ms Clodagh Hayes

Ms Sioban Healy

Martin & Alicia Herbert

Michael Holter

Rob & Sally Hull

Mr Roger Jospe

The JP Morgan Fleming


Mr & Mrs Roger Lambert

Mr & Mrs B Lesslie

Mr Charles Lister

Janet Martin

Stephen & Nan-Yeong Matthews

Jane McNeill

The Morris-Jones Family

Despina Moschos

Michael & Mimi Naughton

Mr Philip Noel

Ms Jane Norbury

David C Olstein

Mr C D Organ

Jeremy & Mary Vere Parr

Cindy Polemis & Rick Wells

Mr Richard Polo

George & Karen Rathman

Stephen Reynolds

Timothy & Judith Ritchie

Broocks Robertson

Mary Robey

Mr G C Rodopoulos

Julian & Catherine Roskill

James Richard Rowe

Samuel French Ltd

Barry Serjent

Dasha Shenkman

Ms Barbara Sieratzki

Sue and Stuart Stradling

Christoph & Marion Trestler

Mr William Underhill

Kersti & Louis Urvois

Izak Uziyel

Mrs Bonnie J Ward

Nicholas Watkinson

Frank & Denie Weil

Mr & Mrs R A M Welsford

Designers’ Circle

Raymond A Adams

D J Almeida

John & Joyce Ambruster

Mrs Carole J Armstrong

Stephen Artus

Mr Anthony Barnard

Zac & Lucy Barratt

Bernard Barrett

Christopher Benson

Rita & Ian Binder

Mr & Mrs Boesch

Mr M R Bowley

Mandy Bridger

Rob Brooks

Irene & Bernard

Buckman Foundation

Mr C L Bulford

Dr Nigel Burton

Mrs R J A Carawan

Pedro A & Tiana del Castillo

Geraldine Caulfield

Lady Cazalet

Mrs Gay Christie

Mr S J Clayman

Mr T Coldrey

John & Rosemary Coldwell

Claire & Ivor Connick

Mr Timothy Corner

Rosamund Shelley, Lady Cox

Ross & Maria Crawford

Ms Kate Crehan

Jonathan Crow

Anthony Croxford

Mrs Pamela Curwen

Timothy & Patricia Daunt

Professor Philip David

Dr Sheilagh Davies

Roger J Davis

Graham & Christine Dawson

Mrs Denise Dix

Justin & Emma Dowley

Mr Kendall Duesbury

Ms Jo Dutch

Caroline Duthy

Miss Sally England

Mrs Joy Eve

Mark Everett

Christine James & Susan Flegg

Lindy Fletcher

Mr P L Folmer

Mrs Melanie Gibson

Bobbie Ginswick

Michael Godbee

Mr Michael Godfrey

Janine Goedert

Andrew & Karen Goldstone

Ms S J Goodman

Ms Eleanor Gordon

Mr Ian Grant

Ms Eva Greenspan

Grouse Investment

Nerissa Guest

Debby Guthrie

Maurice & Valerie Halperin

Mrs Isobel Hancock

Sophie Hanscombe

Rosemary Hanson

Andrew and Anita Harper

Crawford & Mary Harris

Neil Hart

Maureen and Derek Harte

Sarah Havens & Gregg Sando

Jonathan and Hélène Haw

Douglas Hawkins

Mr Robert J Henderson

Michael & Jennifer Hershon

Polly Hester

Andy & Janelle Hill

Jane Hill

Caroline Hoare & Charles


Andrew Hochhauser QC

& Graham Marchant

Mr Lew Hodges

Madeleine Hodgkin

Mrs Rosemary Hood

Mrs Rebecca Hume

Jacky Hyer

Rachel Ingalls

Tamara Ingram

Mr Michael Jacob

Christine Jay

Professor Norman Joels

Mrs M Johnston

Hugh Jones

Mr Simon Jones

Brian & Janet King

David & Gisela Kingsley

Sarah & Christopher Knight

Ruth & Peter Kraus

Kudos Film and Television

Mr & Mrs Harald Lamotte

Mrs A Lampert

Mr David Lanch

David Fohn Langrish

Mr Roger Lascelles

Jaquie Lavy

Alan Leibowitz & Barbara Weiss

Mrs Joan R Levine

Colette & Peter Levy

Mr Dennis M Levy

Madeleine Lightfoot

Mr & Mrs LE Linaker

Tim & Theresa Lloyd

Mr Lawrence Lowenthal

Mr Simon MacLachlan

C & I Maggs

Donald & Sally Main

John McGinley

Lynette & Willie McKechnie

Ms A Millar

In memory of Lorna Miller

Mr & Mrs Modiano

Ms Tessa Moloney

Sean Murphy

Mrs VG Murray

Mr & Mrs Myddleton

Dr Venetia Newall

James Nicol

Clive & Annie Norton

Ellie Packer & Bob Freidus

Mr Marcelo Paes De Mello

Nigel Pantling

Ms Sara Parkin

Mrs Joyce Parsons

Fatima Patel

Mr & Mrs Pedro del Castillo

Nick Perry

Orion Peterson

Ms G A Piergies

Professor Brice Pitt

Mrs Barbara Pollard

Preben & Annie Prebenson

Mrs Caroline Price

Sue Prickett

Jane Pritchard

Jack Pryde

Mr & Mrs Andrew Pucher Esq

Dr Susan Rankine

Ms Ruth Rattenbury

Liz & Nick Reeve

Christopher Marek Rencki

Mrs Mary Rendall

Anthony Rhodes

Robin Roads

Anthony Rudd

Mrs Susan Rudeloff

Dr & Mrs Saggar

Christopher & Alison Samuel

Simon & Abigail Sargent

Schon Family Charitable Trust

Gilly Schuster

Babara Scott

Mr & Mrs Colin Scott-Malden

Lucie Seaton

Dr Martin Seifert & Dr Jackie


Mr Naveed Shah

Mrs Susan Shammas

Mr T W Sharp

Mr M Shenfield Justin

Shinebourne & Laurence


Elaine & English Showalter

Jonathan Silver

Mark Silverstein

Sir Peter & Lady Singer

Peter & Moira Smith

Mr AP & Mrs M T Stirling

Lady Sandra Jean Sullivan

Mr D. A. Thomas

James & Sarah Treco

Mr Zoran Vidinic

Mr Andrew Wales

Lady Ward

Carolyn & Mark Ware

Sue & Alan Warner

Mr Tim Watson

Mr John Welz

Miss Lisa Whiffen

Mr Widdis

Dr Peter Willis

Janine Wills

Ms Ann E F Wingate

Mr & Mrs D Woolf

Richard Worts & Nicola


Jeffrey & Fenella Young

We would like to thank the following individuals for their dedication and support.

Gala Committee Chairs

Martha Tack

A Chain Play

Saffron Burrows & Sydney Finch

The Hypochondriac

Thelma Holt & Damian Lewis


Christophe Gollut

Blood Wedding

Love Counts

Jessica de Rothschild

The Lady From The Sea

Corporate Council

Rosemary Leith


Andrew Grant

Jeremy Hall

Carol Lake

Henry Timms

Local Liaison Committee

Nicky Manby


Milly Ayliffe

Jenny Black

Katie Bradford

Lynne Burdon

Annie Edge

Susan Hahn

Jenny Hargreaves

Caroline Hoare

Linden Ife

Sarah Whitehead

Rachel Williams


Sarah Elson

Jack Keenan

Georgia Oetker

Jessica de Rothschild

The Actors Company

Auditioning now for October 2007

Not a drama school…but an

acclaimed company in training

The Actors Company is a one year

programme for mature graduates

– 23 to 70. The Company offers

intensive vocational training

(40 hours per week) and a six week

repertory season at a West End

venue. The course is arranged so

that the Company members support

themselves in employment whilst

training. In 2006 The Actors

Company featured in the Daily Mail,

Woman’s Own, The Stage and

on BBC radio all highlighting its

all round excellence and resistance

to age discrimination.

Photograph courtesy of Marilyn Kingwill

Repertory Season 2006

The Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss

“On the fringe there were full houses for the

Actors Company’ revival of the sixties cult

drama Marat/Sade (Jermyn Street).”

“In the box” The Stage, 9.11.2006

For a prospectus contact:

London Centre for Theatre Studies, 12–18 Hoxton Street, London N1 6NG

Telephone: 020 7739 5866 / Email: ldncts@aol.com








28 March – 21 April

The Wonderful World of Dissocia

by Anthony Neilson

3 May – 2 June

My Child

by Mike Bartlett

Michael Grandage directs

Emma Beattie, David Burke, Lolita Chakrabarti

Lisa Diveney, Deborah Findlay, Ian McDiarmid

Rafe Spall and Penelope Wilton

19 APRIL -

26 MAY 2007

14 June – 21 July

The Pain and the Itch

by Bruce Norris

In Repertoire

21 September – 15 December


by Eugène Ionesco,

in a new translation by Martin Crimp

1 November – 15 December

The Arsonists

by Max Frisch,

in a new translation by Alistair Beaton

500 tickets

£5 for 25s

and under

Offer available from

My Child onwards.

ID required,

not bookable online.

Subject to availability.

Kiss of the

Spider Woman

by Manuel Puig

Translation by Allan Baker

14 March – 7 April


by Lucy Caldwell

20 April – 19 May

That Face

by Polly Stenham

24 May – 23 June


by DC Moore

BOX OFFICE 0870 060 6624

41 EARLHAM STREET, SEVEN DIALS, LONDON WC2 • www.donmarwarehouse.com


020 7565 5000


Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London SW1








28 March – 21 April

The Wonderful World of Dissocia

by Anthony Neilson

3 May – 2 June

My Child

by Mike Bartlett

Michael Grandage directs

Emma Beattie, David Burke, Lolita Chakrabarti

Lisa Diveney, Deborah Findlay, Ian McDiarmid

Rafe Spall and Penelope Wilton

19 APRIL -

26 MAY 2007

14 June – 21 July

The Pain and the Itch

by Bruce Norris

In Repertoire

21 September – 15 December


by Eugène Ionesco,

in a new translation by Martin Crimp

1 November – 15 December

The Arsonists

by Max Frisch,

in a new translation by Alistair Beaton

500 tickets

£5 for 25s

and under

Offer available from

My Child onwards.

ID required,

not bookable online.

Subject to availability.

Kiss of the

Spider Woman

by Manuel Puig

Translation by Allan Baker

14 March – 7 April


by Lucy Caldwell

20 April – 19 May

That Face

by Polly Stenham

24 May – 23 June


by DC Moore

BOX OFFICE 0870 060 6624

41 EARLHAM STREET, SEVEN DIALS, LONDON WC2 • www.donmarwarehouse.com


020 7565 5000


Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London SW1

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