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Shipwreck - Almeida Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE second production in the Almeida’s new season is the world premiere of Shipwreck, a sinister new play by Anne Washburn. Directed by Rupert Goold, it runs from Monday, February 11 to Saturday, March 30, 2019.

From across the room I saw the President, torchlight playing across his visage. And the violins began, and the low rumble of the timpani. I screamed. I ran.

An old farmhouse upstate. Snow is falling. Mountains are falling. Something is breaking apart. You are formally invited to dinner with the 45th president of the United States.

Anne Washburn’s world premiere adaptation of The Twilight Zone ran at the Almeida in 2017/18 and her play Mr Burns: A Post Electric Play received its European premiere at the Almeida in 2014.

Her other plays include 10 out of 12, Antlia Pneumatica, The Communist Dracula Pageant , A Devil at Noon, I Have Loved Strangers, The Internationalist, The Ladies, Little Bunny Foo Foo, The Small and transadaptations of Euripides’ Orestes and Iphigenia In Aulis.

Rupert Goold is the Almeida’s Artistic Director where he has previously directed Albion, Ink (transferred to the West End), Richard III (broadcast live to cinemas around the world), Medea, The Merchant of Venice, King Charles III (West End, Broadway, UK and international tour) and American Psycho (also Broadway).

He was Artistic Director of Headlong from 2005 until 2013 where his work included The Effect, ENRON, Earthquakes in London and Decade. His other theatre credits include Made in Dagenham (West End); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Almeida); Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, West End and Broadway) and No Man’s Land (The Gate, Dublin and West End).

He has twice been the recipient of the Laurence Olivier, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Director.

He was Associate Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2009 to 2012 and was Artistic Director of Northampton Theatres from 2002 to 2005.

Also part of the Almeida’s new season: Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Richard the Second, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins and starring Simon Russell Beale in the title role (December 10, 2018 to February 2, 2019).