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Rupert Goold announces the Almeida Theatre's new season

Season preview

ARTISTIC Director Rupert Goold has announced the Almeida Theatre’s new season and it includes the world premiere of Shipwreck, a new play by Anne Washburn, directed by Rupert Goold and Chekhov’s Three Sisters, in a new version by Cordelia Lynn.

However, the season opens with Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Richard the Second. Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins and starring Simon Russell Beale in the title role, it runs from Monday, December 10, 2018 to Saturday, February 2, 2019.

King. The male ruler of an independent state; one who inherits the position by right of birth.

King of the castle. A children’s game in which each child attempts to stand alone on a mound, or sandcastle, by pushing other children off it.

This new production of The Tragedy of King Richard the Second is about the limits of power.

Joe Hill-Gibbins previously directed Little Revolution for the Almeida Theatre. His other credits include Absolute Hell and Edward II (National Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, The Changeling, The Glass Menagerie, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and A Respectable Wedding (Young Vic); The Girlfriend Experience (Young Vic/Royal Court/Drum Theatre Plymouth); Bliss, The Family Plays and A Girl in a Car with a Man (Royal Court); The Fever (Theatre 503 in association with the Young Vic) and A Thought in Three Acts (BAC).

Hill-Gibbins was previously Associate Director at the Young Vic and Deputy Artistic Director at the Royal Court.

Simon Russell Beale returns to the Almeida for the first time since Macbeth in 2005. His theatre credits include The Lehman Trilogy, King Lear, Timon of Athens, Collaborators, London Assurance, Landscape, Major Barbara, Much Ado About Nothing, The Alchemist, Life of Galileo, Hamlet, Othello and Richard III (National Theatre); The Tempest (RSC); Temple (Donmar Warehouse); Privates on Parade (Michael Grandage Company/Noel Coward Theatre); The Hothouse (Jamie Lloyd Company/Trafalgar Studios); and The Cherry Orchard and The Winter’s Tale (Old Vic/Brooklyn Academy/world tour).

His screen work includes Penny Dreadful, The Hollow Crown (Henry IV Parts 1 and 2; Henry V), Spooks and Vanity Fair (TV); The Death of Stalin, The Legend of Tarzan, Into the Woods, My Week with Marilyn, Deep Blue Sea and Radioactive (film).

For the first time, the Almeida is collaborating with National Theatre Live to broadcast The Tragedy of King Richard the Second on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 to cinemas in the UK and internationally.