4.3 (4) · Contemporary Drama

Following a sell-out run in 2017, The Telegraph’s "play of the year" returns to the Almeida for just 30 performances.

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30 January 2020  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“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.

Critic reviews

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

Evening Standard

Rupert Goold directs with characteristic precision

Broadway World

Albion Digs Up The Brexit Debate


More rewarding and resonant than ever

The Arts Desk

An incisive and unforgettable allegory of our divided nation

The Telegraph

Mike Bartlett’s fun but slightly shallow Brexit allegory returns post EU withdrawal

Time Out

Well-acted country garden drama never quite reaches fruition

The Times

Revived by Rupert Goold just over two years after its premiere, this subtle drama has grown with new meaning

The Guardian

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

Everything Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Sat 1 Feb - Sat 29 Feb, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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