10 Apr 2015 - 23 May 2015

UK Premiere

Carmen Disruption

By Simon Stephens

Directed By Michael Longhurst

Tickets £9 - £36

production information

In the opulent grandeur of a European city, a renowned singer abandons the opera house for the truth of the streets. A gorgeous prostitute. A tough-talking taxi driver. A global trader. A teenage dreamer. Everyone’s looking for something.

Simon Stephens’ strange and beautiful new play reimagines Bizet’s opera Carmen and the possibility of love in a fractured urban world.

Directed by Michael Longhurst (Constellations) the UK Premiere of this play marks the Almeida debut of internationally-renowned writer Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeBirdland).

“One of the most important and exciting British playwrights working today.” 
Karen Fricker, Variety

Dates & Tickets

Monday to Saturday performances 7.30pm
Saturday matinee performances 2.30pm from 18 Apr
Wednesday matinee performances 2.30pm on 22, 29 Apr & 6 May

Talkback
Thu 23 Apr (post-performance)

Captioned Performances
Thu 23 Apr 7.30pm
Sat 2 May 2.30pm

Audio Described Performances
Sat 9 May 2.30pm
(Touch Tour at 12.45pm)

Tue 19 May 7.30pm
(Touch Tour at 6pm)

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Theatre includes: The Arden of Faversham (RSC); Men Should Weep; The London Cuckolds (National Theatre); Spur of the Moment (Royal Court); Life is A Dream; Threepenny Opera (Donmar Warehouse); The Exonerated (Riverside Studios); Lear (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); When Harry Met Sally (West End); Green Fields (Traverse Theatre); Insignificance (Chichester Festival Theatre); Armstrong’s Last Goodnight; Travesties; School for Wives (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh); The Nun (Greenwich Studio Theatre); Suddenly Last Summer (Horseshoe Theatre); Cinderella (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre); Himself (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton); Pinocchio (Unicorn Theatre); Wuthering Heights; Little Shop of Horrors; Red Riding Hood (Saint George’s Theatre); A Comedy of Errors; My Cousin Rachel; A Chorus of Disapproval (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); The Forsyte Saga (Horseshoe Theatre Basingstoke); The Cherry Orchard; Separate Tables; Arsenic and Old Lace; Sailor Beware; The Circle (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); Speed The Plow; Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Cambridge Playhouse); The Broken Jug (Crew Cut Theatre Company).

Television includes: Stonemouth; Death in Paradise; Midsomer Murders; Law and Order; Call the Midwife; Silent Witness; New Tricks; Downton Abbey; Kidnap and Ransom; Marple: Blue Geranium; Murderland; Mistresses; Inspector Lynley Mysteries; Rebus; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Cutting It; Glasgow Kiss; Sunburn; No Child of Mine; Hamish McBeth; The Bill; Dr Finlay; An Independent Man; Roughnecks; Taggart.

Film includes: Last Chance Harvey; Dear Frankie; About a Boy; Bumping the Odds; Bite; Driven.

No Child Of Mine won the BAFTA for the Best Single Drama in 1998 and Sharon was nominated for Best Actress at the 2007 Satellite Awards for Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

Sharon trained at Mountview Theatre School.

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★★★★ Extraordinary... haunting... totally compelling.

The Guardian

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★★★★★ will go on reverberating, not beacuse it beguiles but because it is so 3D dramatic. It is a depth charge to the theatre.

The Observer

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★★★★★ This is theatre you feel... a show that demands a second viewing. Bravura staging... exquisite... hypnotic. 

Whatsonstage.com

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★★★★ Stephens' writing has rarely felt sharper and Michael Longhurst's poetic production achieves moments of startling intimacy. 

Evening Standard

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★★★★ Superb production... music, words and story blend in a kind of strange of powerful perfection.

Arts Desk

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★★★★ Intelligent, beautiful and finely gauged. Superb work... give it a vital heart and humanity.

Exeunt

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★★★ A ravishing and intense production... endlessly intriguing... unforgettable.  

Time Out

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★★★ The cast lend an extraordinary intimacy to an ensemble piece that sticks in the memory... gorgeous, absorbing.   

The Times

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★★★ Longhurst's production is rich in atmosphere: it is wine-dark and full of ache and yearning... bleakly beautiful. 

The Stage

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★★★★ The acting is superb and Michael Longhurst's production creates a powerful disjunction and strange, psychic coherence.

The Independent

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★★★★ Deeply felt, darkly realised and brilliantly performed.

Mail on Sunday

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Additional information

Carmen Disruption is approximately 1 hour 35 minutes with no interval.

Cast & Creatives

The Singer Sharon Small
Carmen Jack Farthing
Don José Noma Dumezweni
Escamillo John Light
Micaëla Katie West
Chorus Viktoria Vizin
Ensemble/Cellist Jamie Cameron
Ensemble/Cellist Harry Napier

Writer Simon Stephens
Direction Michael Longhurst
Design Lizzie Clachan
Composition and
Musical Direction
 Simon Slater
Movement Direction Imogen Knight
Light Jack Knowles
Sound Carolyn Downing
Casting Anne McNulty CDG 
and Sarah Playfair
Dramaturg Pia Furtado
Assistant Direction Jude Christian
Costume Supervision Jemima Penny
Casting Assistant Ruth O'Dowd
Assistant Musical Direction 
Neil Macdonald
Casting Assistant Ruth O'Dowd

 

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