25 Sep 2008 - 15 Nov 2008

Waste

By Harley Granville Barker

Directed By Samuel West

Ticket prices: £6 - £29.50

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'A scandal half-stifled is worse than a scandal'

Radical politician Henry Trebell sees his personal and political lives collide.

An affair with a married woman threatens Trebell’s power and passionate ideals; her insistence on a woman's right to choose bring private scandal into the public spotlight.

Controversially banned by the Lord Chamberlain on its release, Waste is a rich portrait of early 20th Century society with strong resonances and relevance for today. 

Widely regarded as the founder of modern British theatre, Harley Granville Barker’s work includes The Madras House and The Voysey Inheritance, recently revived at the National Theatre. 

Samuel West’s directing credits include The Romans In Britain, Insignificance and As You Like It for Sheffield Theatres and Dealer’s Choice at the Trafalgar Studios. As an actor his extensive work on stage includes Betrayal for the Donmar Warehouse and Hamlet and Richard II for the RSC.

Dates & Tickets

Thu 25 Sep 2008 - Sat 15 Nov 2008

Talkback 28 October 2008

Stay in the auditorium after the performance to have your questions answered by members of the Waste company. Free to same day ticket holders.

Evening perfomances 7.30pm
Sat matinees 3pm
Wed matinees (29 Oct & 12 Nov) 2.30pm

 

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Bruce Alexander

Gilbert Wedgecroft

Bruce Alexander appeared at the Almeida Theatre in The Tempest in 2000; his other extensive theatre credits include All’s Well That Ends Well, Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, and The Merry Wives of Windsor for the RSC; The Reporter, The History Boys, The Mandate, and A Fair Quarrel for the National Theatre; Life After Scandal at Hampstead Theatre, Pericles at the Lyric Hammersmith, The Beggar’s Opera for the Orange Tree Theatre,and King Lear at The Globe Theatre. His television work includes Heartbeat, Midsomer Murders, The Brittas Empire, Peak Practice, Poirot, Thatcher: The Last Days, Keeping Up Appearances, and A Touch of Frost. His films include Churchill at War, A Christmas Carol, Ladybird Ladybird, and Nostradamus.

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***** (5 stars) "The finest ensemble acting to be seen in London for ages... mesmerising performances... To watch Keen and Nicholls is to experience theatre acting at its finest... what an overwhelming experience"

Evening Standard

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"Another forgotten gem unearthed by the Almeida… Sam West’s production is superlative, with a 15-strong cast without a weak link… sharp-eyed and, in many ways, timeless"

Independent on Sunday

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**** (4 stars) "[An] immaculate production…Waste is a remarkably astute and revealing political drama… Strongly recommended"

The Independent

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★★★★"One of the most absorbing accounts of practical politics you are ever likely to see – right up there with Shakespeare and Schiller…opulent designs by Peter McKintosh and a virtually flawless cast… a spellbinding production of a superbly rich and subtle play"

Daily Telegraph

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***** (5 stars) "Lovers of good drama and politics junkies should flock to Samuel West’s superb revival of Harley Granville Barker’s play"

The Guardian

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***** (5 stars) "Lovers of good drama and politics junkies should flock to Samuel West’s superb revival of Harley Granville Barker’s play"

The Guardian

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**** (4 stars) "Barker brings the personal convictions, arguments and plotting thrillingly to life… Will Keen is marvellous as Trebell, a riveting stage presence… this is a wonderfully rich and assured production of a play of remarkable contemporaneity"

Sunday Times

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**** (4 stars) "So up to date and to the point in our own cynical era… beautifully played by Keen and Carroll… also fine performances from Phoebe Nicholls, Richard Cordery and Peter Eyre"

The Times

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**** (4 stars) "A flawless revival...an impeccable cast"

Mail on Sunday

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"A fascinating play...crackles with sardonic dialogue"

Daily Mail

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"A handsome, subtle production...beautifully acted"

Financial Times

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"A handsome, subtle production...beautifully acted"

The Observer

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***** (5 stars) "Completely electrifying"

Whatsonstage.com

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***** (5 stars) ‘Show of the Week’: "The play, last seen at the Old Vic in 1997, is much better suited to a smaller space like the Almeida… a sensitive and engrossing production"

Time Out

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Additional information

Running Time: 2 hours 40 mins plus 20 minute interval

Cast & Creatives

Bruce Alexander
Max Bennett
Nancy Carroll
Richard Cordery
Patrick Drury
Peter Eyre
Will Keen
Helen Lindsay
Phoebe Nicholls
Hugh Ross
Jeany Spark
Giles Taylor
Michael Thomas
Jessica Turner

Director Samuel West
Design Peter McKintosh
Lighting Guy Hoare
Sound John Leonard

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