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    Ella Hickson (Oil) returns to the Almeida Theatre with her newest play The Writer, starring Romola Garai and Samuel West. Playing a strictly limited season at the London venue, the ambitious, political drama sees a young writer learn that professional growth can sometimes come at a personal cost.

    “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.

    Sorry this show closed 26 May 2018, we recommend these similar productions.

    Performance dates:
    14 Apr 2018 - 26 May 2018
    Almeida Theatre (See map)
    Age recommendation:
    Not suitable for children
    Audience Notes:
    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.

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    I was very disappointed in this production. It started off so well but went rapidly downhill aft... More

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    joc78 Top 10 reviewer 08 May 2018

    Deeply fascinating and complex look at feminism and theatre.

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    ryandawe Top 50 reviewer 26 May 2018
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