“Returning to the Almeida to coincide with our departure from the EU, this state of the nation play has received a strong set of 4 star reviews pretty much across the board from critics. There's limited availability with many dates in this short run already sold out.”
“Set in the garden of a stately pile, Mike Bartlett’s play returns to the Almeida after a previous highly acclaimed run in 2017. It may have missed coinciding with our exit from The European Union by just a few days, but that won’t detract from the way it interrogates notions of belonging British identity, and indeed Brexit itself even though you will never hear the word said. Many of the original cast are back on board for Rupert Goold’s revival with Victoria Hamilton (who won Best Actress at the Critics Circle awards for the role) reprising her turn as Audrey, a middle-aged woman who has made money and moves to the Oxfordshire country pile she knew as a child.”
This is our little piece of the world, and we’re allowed to do with it, exactly as we like. Yes?
In the ruins of a garden in rural England.
In a house which was once a home.
A woman searches for seeds of hope.
Mike Bartlett’s (King Charles III) “richly layered” (The Guardian) state-of-the-nation play is directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold (Ink, The Hunt).
Victoria Hamilton (The Crown) reprises her “extraordinary” (The Times) performance, for which she won Best Actress at the 2018 Critics’ Circle Awards.
Please note this production includes strobe lighting.
Bartlett has basically written a Schrödinger's state-of-the-nation play – simultaneously about Brexit and not
Victoria Hamilton gives a landmark lead performance in rich and fertile work
Rupert Goold directs with characteristic precision
Albion Digs Up The Brexit Debate
More rewarding and resonant than ever
The Arts Desk
An incisive and unforgettable allegory of our divided nation
Mike Bartlett’s fun but slightly shallow Brexit allegory returns post EU withdrawal
Well-acted country garden drama never quite reaches fruition
Revived by Rupert Goold just over two years after its premiere, this subtle drama has grown with new meaning
Hamilton’s Audrey is captivating and hilarious, that particular well-off mix of frightfully polite and unbelievably rude
Albion is witty, surprising and important
A Younger Theatre
Mike Bartlett and the Almeida appear set to have an equally successful season for 2020
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