By Harley Granville Barker
Directed By Samuel West
Ticket prices: £6 - £29.50
'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.
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
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.
"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
"A handsome, subtle production...beautifully acted"
Running Time: 2 hours 40 mins plus 20 minute interval
Director Samuel West
Design Peter McKintosh
Lighting Guy Hoare
Sound John Leonard