10 Nov 2011 - 14 Jan 2012

Reasons To Be Pretty

By Neil LaBute

Directed By Michael Attenborough

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Thu 10 Nov 2011 - Sat 14 Jan 2012

Greg is overheard admitting that his girlfriend Steph is no beauty, but that he wouldn't change her for the world. She is devastated; he can't quite see what he’s done wrong. Meanwhile, Greg's best friend Kent alternates between boasting about how gorgeous his wife, Carly, is and chasing after a hot new colleague.

Reasons To Be Pretty examines our perception of beauty and asks whether it is as much of a curse to be conventionally attractive as it is to be considered ugly. This is the final part of Neil LaBute's trilogy about society's obsession with looks following The Shape of Things, which received its World premiere at the Almeida in 2001 and Fat Pig, which was a West End hit in 2008.

"LaBute has exchanged misanthropy for empathy, reaping unexpected dividends ... some of the freshest and most illuminating American dialogue to be heard anywhere." The New York Times

Performance Sponsor: Pinsent Masons

Dates & Tickets

Previews Thu 10 - Wed 16 November
Press Night Thu 17 November (7pm)

Evening performances 7.30pm
Saturday matinees 2.30pm from 19 November
Wednesday matinees 2.30pm on 7 December & 4 January & 11 January 

SPECIAL EVENTS
Happy Mondays
14 November
Talkback Mon 19 December (post performance)

ASSISTED PERFORMANCES
Captioned
Tue 20 December, 7.30pm
Audio-described Sat 7 January, 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 1pm)

Kieran was last at the Almeida in Michael Attenborough’s production of The Knot of the Heart. His other theatre credits include The House of Special Purpose for Chichester Festival Theatre and Richard II at the Old Vic. On television his credits include Whitechapel, Inspector George Gently, Waking The Dead, Silent Witness, Personal Affairs, Crusoe, The Street, Whistleblower and Spooks. His film credits include 1234 and Green Street.

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  “Swift, nuanced and precise.”

The Guardian

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  “Brilliant… four immaculate performances weave together with wit, truth, extreme but appropriate swearing and moments of shocked hilarity.”

The Times

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“Tom Burke [gives a] delightfully wry, wisecracking performance as Greg… Billie Piper’s mixture of courage and grief in the role is deeply moving”

The Telegraph

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“Fiercely funny and incisively acted production”

The Independent

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  “Fiercely funny and incisively acted production”

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“Michael Attenborough’s taut production is helped by an ingenious set”

The Daily Mail

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* * * * “In Michael Attenborough’s brilliantly acted, beautifully designed production it’s a funny, moving piece – not least because of LaBute’s unerring gift for crackling dialogue and his memorable central character.”

The Daily Express

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  “It is sharp-shooting, eminently entertaining and often painful to watch.”

The Arts Desk

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"Outstanding"

The Independent

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“Funny, daring, thought-provoking…Michael Attenborough’s fine cast bring out both comedy and pathos”

Financial Times

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Additional information

Running time is approximately 2 hours 5 minutes including one interval of 20 minutes.

Cast & Creatives

Kieran Bew
Siân Brooke
Tom Burke
Billie Piper

Writer Neil LaBute
Director Michael Attenborough
Design Soutra Gilmour
Lighting Mark Henderson
Sound Fergus O’Hare
Casting Suzanne Crowley & Gilly Poole
Assistant Director Natasha Nixon

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