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Ben Whishaw returns to Almeida in new season

Ben Whishaw in Bakkhai.-Almeida Theatre. Photo: Marc Brenner Ben Whishaw in Bakkhai.-Almeida Theatre. Photo: Marc Brenner
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Ben Whishaw features in the Almeida Theatre’s new season, which includes premieres from James Graham and Christopher Shinn.

Shinn’s play, Against, will be directed by Ian Rickson and stars Whishaw. It runs from August 12 to September 30, with a press night on August 23.

The play is designed by Ultz and cast by Sophie Holland. Whishaw has previously performed at the Almeida in   Bakkhai in 2015.

The Almeida’s spring season opens with The Treatment by Martin Crimp, which is receiving its first London revival after 24 years.

It is directed by Lyndsey Turner and runs from April 24 to June 10, with press night on April 28.

The cast includes Aisling Loftus and Matthew Needham, and the play is designed by Giles Cadle with lighting by Neil Austin and sound by Chris Shutt.

Graham’s new play, Ink, follows, running from June 17 to August 5, with press night on June 27.

The play is about the birth of newspaper The Sun and will be directed by Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold.

It has design by Bunny Christie and lighting by Austin.

Elswhere in the season, performer and lip sync artist, Dickie Beau, will appear in Re-member Me on March 19 and 26.

The Almeida has also announced that Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s production of 1984 will tour Australia in 2017.

Goold said: “The Almeida’s new season interrogates the reality behind fiction – the line between truth and art, words and action, money and meaning. Coruscating, satirical and frighteningly prophetic, The Treatment, Ink and Against all deal with the slippery and seemingly subjective nature of truth. These plays speak to our societies’ anxiety and uncertainty about the world we’re living in now.”

In addition, some of history’s most famous speeches will be read by actors including Vanessa Redgrave, as part of a new strand called Figures of Speech.

The speeches have been filmed and will be available online in partnership with the Guardian.

Redgrave launches this with Vaclav Havel’s Words on Words, which is available from September 20 here.