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.
An astonishing ensemble of actors
Disturbing drama every Labour MP should see
Anne-Marie Duff is on spectacular form
A truly great performance in an unruly yet riveting play
Anne-Marie Duff blazes in Beth Steel's excoriating new drama
Intensity is too pale a word for Anne-Marie Duff
Anne-Marie Duff gives an incredible performance
Anne-Marie Duff gives a toxic tour de force
Aggressively enthralling but unsteady family drama
A layered, expressive lead performance from Anne-Marie Duff
It’s a work of real ambition
Compelling intergenerational drama loses its way