Lindsay Posner to Direct New Adaptation of THE TURN OF THE SCREW at the Almeida, Jan 18-March 16


Lindsay Posner returns to the Almeida to direct Rebecca Lenkiewicz' new stage adaptation of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw from 18 January – 16 March 2013, with press night on 24 January. Designs are by Peter McKintosh with lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by John Leonard. Casting for The Turn of the Screw will be announced shortly. The Turn of the Screw is presented in Association with ACT Productions Limited, Sonia Friedman Productions and Hammer Theatre of Horror.

Miss Jessel is dead. A new governess arrives at a remote estate in Bly to care for Miles and Flora. Wild but angelic they charm their guardian with flowers, poetry and song. But as she grows to love her two wards, figures appear in the darkness outside and the corners of the house are haunted by those that have gone before. The Governess must confront her fear and protect the children from the alarming dangers that surround them.

Lindsay Posner has previously directed The House of Games, Tom and Viv, The Hypochondriac and Romance for the Almeida. This week his production of Uncle Vanya began previews at the Vaudeville Theatre. Previously he has directed Relatively Speaking for Bath Theatre Royal, Abigail's Party for the Menier Chocolate Factory, Noises Off for the Old Vic, An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre and A View From the Bridge at the Duke of York's Theatre. Previously Posner was Associate Director of Royal Court Theatre where in 1989 he was appointed Artistic Director of Royal Court Theatre Upstairs and Deputy Director for the main house.

Rebecca Lenkiewicz' adaptations include Ghosts and An Enemy of the People. Her original plays include The Painter, Stars Over Kabul, Her Naked Skin, The Lioness, The Soldier's Tale, Shoreditch Madonna and The Night Season.

The Turn of the Screw was originally written in 1898 by American born writer Henry James' (1843 – 1916). James' novella has been adapted by Benjamin Britten as an opera, was adapted for film -The Innocents - starring Deborah Kerr and for television with Lynne Redgrave in 1974 and in 1999 with Jodhi May and Colin Firth. The novella was also produced as a ballet by William Tuckett, a Radio 4 adaptation by Neville Teller and a BBC TV drama starring Michelle Dockery and Sue Johnston.

The Almeida Theatre is located at Almeida Street, Islington, London, N1 1TA. The Almeida Cafe-Bar is open from 11.30am -11.00pm, Monday to Saturday.

Box Office Phone 020 7359 4404 (10am – 7.30pm). On line In person 10.00am – 7.30pm, Monday – Saturday. Preview prices £8 - £26, concessions available after press night price £8 - £32, concessions available. Day seats (2 per person) will go on sale at 11am on day of performance, in person from Box Office for all performances post press night. Islington First (if you live or work in Islington) £20, check box office for dates. Under 30s £16 for Monday performances.

Regular performances are Monday - Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 2.30pm, Press Nights at 7pm. Extra matinee Wednesday matinee performances at 2.30pm. The Turn of the Screw – 13 February and 6 March 2013. Priority Booking for Almeida Members opens on 30 October with public booking opening on 13 November 2012. Captioned performance 19 February 2013 at 7.30pm. Audio Described performance by VocalEyes 9 March 2013 at 2.30pm, Touch Tour at 1pm.

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