Jack Lowden and Will Keen to Join Lesley Manville in GHOSTS at the Almeida Theatre, Sept 2013
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Eyre returns to The Almeida Theatre to adapt and direct Ibsen's Ghosts. Ghosts will run from 26 September - 23 November 2013, with Press Night on 3 October.
Michael Attenborough, Artistic Director, of The Almeida Theatre said: "When Richard proposed directing his own new version of Ghosts at the Almeida, I jumped at the idea. His production for us of his version of Hedda Gabler with the then unknown Eve Best and Benedict Cumberbatch was a masterful piece of work and his recent realisation of Nick Dear's The Dark Earth and The Light Sky was simply ravishing. I could not be more delighted to be welcoming Richard back as part of my final season at the Almeida."
BAFTA and Olivier award nominee Lesley Manville has appeared in the West End in I and Albert and The National Theatre's Grief, as well as in productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Court Theatre, including The Sons of Light, Savage Amusement, Trust Us and Lucy. Her film credits include High Hopes, Secrets & Lies, Topsy-Turvy, All or Nothing, Another Year, Dance with a Stranger, Sammy and Rose Get Laid, High Season, The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael, A Christmas Carol and Womb. On television, Manville has appeared in Emmerdale Farm, The Gentle Touch, Coronation Street, Ain't MIsbehavin', Real Women, Other People's Children and more.
Jack Lowden recently starred in Chariots of Fire in London in 2012. His other stage credits include 2011's Black Watch for The National Theatre of Scotland. On screen, Lowden has appeared in Being Victor and is set for the upcoming film uwantme2killhim? this year.
Will Keen's stage credits include Hui Clos for Trafalgar Studios, Traicion for Teatro Espagnol, Macbeth at Cheek by Jowl, the Almeida's Waste, for which he was nominated for an Evening Standard Theatre Award in 2008, as well as Tom & Viv and Five Gold Rings at the Almeida, The Arsonists at the Royal Court, Kiss of the Spider Woman at Donmar, The Rubenstein Kiss in Hampstead, Theatre Royal, Bath's Don Juan and Man and Superman, Lyric Hammersmith's Pericles, The National Theatre's The Duchess of Malfi, The Coast of Utopia and Hove, RSC's The Prince of Hambourg, the Globe's Two Noble Kinsmen, The Tempest and Dido Queen of Carthage and Elton John's Glasses in the West End. On screen, he has appeared in TV's The Impressionists, The Wire, Casualty 1907, Elisabeth and The Colour of Magic, and in the films Nine Lives of Tomas Katz and Love and Other Disasters.
Richard Eyre's multi award-winning production of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler opened at the Almeida in 2005. The Almeida has also presented Ibsen's Rosmersholm, directed by Anthony Page and Travis Preston's production of The Master Builder. Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea, directed by Trevor Nunn, was the first production programmed by Michael Attenborough when he took over as the Almeida's Artistic Director.
Richard Eyre's Almeida production of The Dark Earth and the Light Sky completed its sell out run in January this year. Previously for the Almeida he has directed David Hare's The Judas Kiss - his first production after leaving The National Theatre where he was Director from 1988 - 1997 - The Novice and Hedda Gabler. His more recent work as a Director for the stage includes the award-winning production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible on Broadway, the world premières of Nicholas Wright's Vincent in Brixton and The Reporter both for The National Theatre, Noel Coward's Private Lives on Broadway and the musical Mary Poppins. Most recently he has directed Quartermaine's Terms at the Wyndham's Theatre. For television his credits include Changing Stages - a BBC Series on the history of theatre in the 20th century which he co-wrote with Nicholas Wright and presented, and the BAFTA award-winning Tumbledown. Eyre recently directed the critically-acclaimed Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 for the BBC's 2012 Shakespeare Season. His film credits include Iris, Stage Beauty, Notes on a Scandal and The Other Man.