Media Partners | Contributors | Advertise | Contact | Log in | Wednesday 26 June 2019

Mike Bartlett's new play about British Identity opens the winter season at the Almeida


Share This Article:

Mike Bartlett, best known for King Charles III, Bull and his work on screenplays such as Doctor Who and Doctor Foster, leads up the new season at the Almeida theatre.

The play, Albion, is set in an English country house and will explore ideas of British identity and how it has evolved.

Almeida artistic director, Rupert Goold, will direct the production at the same theatre Barlett won an Olivier Award for the first staging of King Charles III.

King Charles III was first staged at the Almeida in 2014. It focused on the idea of monarchy and offered a dystopian vision of what could happen when Prince Charles took the throne.

Having had a good working relationship, Goold and Barlett initially sparked the idea for Albion together.

“Mike is a self-consciously political playwright a lot of the time and he felt that one of the great things about theatre is that it can respond without any mediation really,” explains Goold.

“We were preparing the film of King Charles III through Brexit and the election and all the events of last year, and he said that he really wanted to write a play that looks at our national identity in some way.”

Bartlett has secured himself as one of the best modern playwrights around and he’s only 36. His writing style has secured him awards for stage and screen.

Goold has said that this production shows off more of his great writing:

 “Initially it’s really rich and comic and entertaining, a little bit like King Charles III, but it has real emotional bite, and he’s marrying that into the amazing formal ability that he’s got,” he said.

To find out more about what’s on at the Almeida, visit:  

© 2019 is a website of BigChoice Group Limited | 201 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JA | registered in England No 6842641 VAT # 971692974