Mike Bartlett and Tennessee Williams lead new Almeida season

Almeida Theatre. Photo: Philafrenzy
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A new play by King Charles III writer Mike Bartlett and a Tennessee Williams revival lead the Almeida Theatre’s new season.

Albion looks at the political state of England and will be directed by Rupert Goold, artistic director of the London theatre, who previously collaborated with Bartlett on King Charles III. Victoria Hamilton will star in the play.

Rebecca Frecknall will direct Williams’ Summer and Smoke in February. The cast includes Patsy Ferran and design is by Tom Scutt.

Stories from the 1960s American television series The Twilight Zone will be adapted by Anne Washburn, whose play Mr Burns was staged at the Almeida in 2014. Richard Jones will direct.

The theatre also announced that James Graham’s Ink, which is currently playing, will transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre from September.

As previously announced, Robert Icke’s adaptation of Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart will also transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre from January 2018.

A second series of films exploring notable speeches, Figures of Speech, will be released this summer, directed by Anthony Almeida. The series will feature Noma Dumezweni, Derek Jacobi, Pearl Mackie, Russell Tovey and John Heffernan.

Almeida season at a glance

Albion by Mike Bartlett
Directed by Rupert Goold
October 10 to November 24, press night October 17

The Twilight Zone by Anne Washburn
Based on stories by Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson
Directed by Richard Jones
December 5 to January 27, 2018, press night December 12

Summer and Smoke by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Rebecca Frecknall
February 24 to April 7, press night March 7

In the West End

Ink by James Graham
Directed by Rupert Goold
Duke of York’s Theatre
September 9 to January 6, 2018, press night September 19

Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller, adapted by Robert Icke
Directed by Robert Icke
Duke of York’s Theatre
January 13 to March 31, press night January 25