The House of Shades Tickets London Theatre

The House of Shades Tickets

Nothing cuts into us like the family knife.

“Beth Steel is the real deal, a writer with working class roots who can turn her hand to the epic and the intimate. She’s been a mite overlooked so it’s good to see the Almeida giving house room to this new play—delayed by the pandemic— which covers five decades of life and death in the Webster family, a Nottinghamshire mining family, and how the past impinges on the present. Set against a changing industrial landscape, the play is directed by Blanche McIntyre and stars the wonderful Anne-Marie Duff as the family matriarch. It’s inspired by the Oresteia so it could be bloody.”
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The Webster House.
1965. 1979. 1985. 1996. 2019.
Death silences no one, least of all the dead.

Blanche McIntyre (Hymn) directs the world premiere of Beth Steel’s revelatory new play which spans five decades of the lives, and deaths, of the Webster family.

Inside their home, set against the ever-changing industrial landscape of working-class Britain, some chase dreams of a brighter future and others are haunted by the nightmares of the past.

Olivier and BAFTA Award-nominated actor Anne-Marie Duff (His Dark Materials, Sex Education) returns to the Almeida to lead the cast as the Webster family matriarch.

Beth Steel won Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Both The House of Shades and Wonderland were shortlisted for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

The House of Shades is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

Critic reviews

An astonishing ensemble of actors

· The Upcoming


· The Stage

Disturbing drama every Labour MP should see

· The Telegraph

Anne-Marie Duff is on spectacular form

· The Independent

A truly great performance in an unruly yet riveting play

· WhatsOnStage

Anne-Marie Duff blazes in Beth Steel's excoriating new drama

· The Arts Desk

Intensity is too pale a word for Anne-Marie Duff

· The Observer

Anne-Marie Duff gives an incredible performance

· Time Out

Anne-Marie Duff gives a toxic tour de force

· The Guardian

Aggressively enthralling but unsteady family drama

· Broadway World

A layered, expressive lead performance from Anne-Marie Duff

· Evening Standard

It’s a work of real ambition

· The Times

Compelling intergenerational drama loses its way

· London Theatre
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Date & time

Show ended
Sat 7 May - Sat 18 Jun 2022
1.30pm & 7pm


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