Almeida Theatre – My City

Sep 18, 2011 by

A new theatre for us, The Almeida is modern and well designed for accessibility. The only concern being the pillars; luckily we had none in our eye line.  We were able to enjoy a delicious meal at the Almeida Restaurant handily placed opposite, courtesy of the Evening Standard offer.

We were lucky to be at the first night of previews for ‘My City’, Stephen Poliakoff’s new play, a world premiere, no less. Road Show at the Menier, had been a European premiere, so we were moving up!

The atmosphere was full of buzz and expectation. Knowing and loving Poliakoff’s film work, I was excited and intrigued to find out what he would offer. I was not disappointed.

I had booked as soon as the booking opened and didn’t find out the cast till later. It’s great when actors you have seen on television are also good on the stage (not always the case).

The lighting was brilliant, using sets of bulbs to create different skylines.

I was spellbound from the beginning. Poliakoff is such a great story teller; I wondered all the time what he would tell us next. His skill is finding or inventing stories and telling them in a low key way, whilst still creating surprise and delight in the audience. Having been a teacher, I could relate to how the three former teachers were portrayed, whilst empathising too, with the ex-pupils.

I recommend this to anyone who loves a good story.

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