The Writer at Almeida Theatre tickets
The Writer at Almeida Theatre tickets

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About the show

“I want awe. I feel like I need blood. All the time. And anything less than that makes me feel desperate. It makes me feel like I want to die.”

After receiving critical praise for her play Oil at the Almeida Theatre in 2016, playwright Ella Hickson returns to the same venue with her hotly anticipated new play, The Writer. Described as an ambitious, deeply political play by the London venue’s Artistic Director Rupert Goold, the drama looks at the impact of creative and professional growth in our patriarchal world.

The Writer sees a young female writer desperate to change the shape of the world. But soon she discovers that challenging the status quo can come at a very personal cost. Quickly she must learn that a new way of thinking also needs a new story.

Stage and screen actress Romola Garai stars in the production, after most recently appearing on stage in Queen Anne at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Further casting includes Michael Gould (The Jungle, Hamlet, A View from the Bridge), Samuel West (Hamlet, The Sea, ENRON) and Lara Rossi (Misalliance, Tender Napalm, Persuasion).

Award-winning director Blanche McIntyre (The Norman Conquests, Titus Andronicus, Tosca) takes the helm of this production, which features design by Olivier Award-winner Anna Fleischle, lighting design by Richard Howell, sound design by Emma Laxton and movement direction by Sasha Milavic Davies.

The Writer is a new play by Ella Hickson, whose credits include shows for the RSC, Royal & Derngate and The Traverse. Making its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre, the production runs for a strictly limited season at the venue from 14 April to 26 May 2018, with a press night on 24 April 2018.

Recommended for

Audiences looking for solid, female-led work, fans of new writing and supporters of young British talent will want to catch The Writer if they can.

Age Recommendations: Not suitable for children

Dates and times

Running time: TBC
Opened: 14 Apr 2018
Press night: 24 Apr 2018
Booking from: 14 Apr 2018
Booking until: 26 May 2018

Location and map

Almeida Theatre
Almeida Street
London, N1 1TA

10 Reviews Add review

I was very disappointed in this production. It started off so well but went rapidly downhill after an hour. I genuinely didn't have... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Deeply fascinating and complex look at feminism and theatre.

oughttobeclowns 5'7, 384 reviews, 37 helpful votes

londontheatrefan 5'4", 204 reviews, 5 helpful votes

ryandawe 5"8, 353 reviews, 2 helpful votes

hayleyculverhouse 5"5, 184 reviews, 3 helpful votes

simondowling 6"2, 136 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Great first scene, a modern lesbian story, but it sagged in the middle and was a bit too long as was one act of about 2 hours.

nathandowling 25 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I came out of the show with a bemused grin on my face, but while I enjoyed the show I'd be hard pushed to tell you what it was about... More

MaryP 5' 0", 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Brave show with excellent performances all around.

kwarnock7 5'4, 189 reviews, 0 helpful votes