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Matthew Dunster directs Rodney Ackland’s Before The Party at the Almeida Theatre which runs until 11 May 2013, with press night on 28 March.  Based on a short story by Somerset Maugham, Before The Party has designs by Anna Fleischle with lighting by Philip Gladwell and sound by Ian Dickinson. Dunster’s production of Before The Party will be the first in over 25 years.

The cast comprises Stella Gonet (Blanche), Katherine Parkinson (Laura Skinner), Alex Price (David), Michelle Terry (Kathleen Skinner), Michael Thomas (Aubrey) and June Watson (Nanny).  They are joined by Polly Dartford, Anna Devlin and Emily Lane who will alternate the role of Susan Skinner. 

The war is over and the Skinner family are trying to return to normal. If only the blasted Government weren’t such a nuisance about the rations and Cook could get some more of those delicious delicacies. With daughter Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, they prepare for the latest social gathering.  Amidst the never-ending whirl of hats and dresses and below stairs skirmishes, Laura reveals a shocking secret that threatens to ruin more than one party on the climb to social success.


 Before The Party

                   Audio Described performance by VocalEyes 27 April 2013 at 2.30pm, Touch Tour at 1pm
                   Captioned performance 2 May 2013 at 7.30pm

 Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, Islington, London, N1 1TA        

The Almeida Cafe-Bar is open from 11.30am -11.00pm, Monday to Saturday

Box Office     Phone 020 7359 4404 (10am – 7.30pm)

In person 10.00am – 7.30pm, Monday – Saturday
preview prices £8 - £26, concessions available
after press night price £8 - £32, concessions available
day seats (2 per person) will go on sale at 11am on day of performance, in person from Box Office for all performances post press night

Islington First (if you live or work in Islington) £20, check box office for dates
Under 30s £16 for Monday performances
Regular performances are Monday - Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 2.30pm, Press Night at 7pm

                        Extra matinee Wednesday matinee performances at 2.30pm are 10 April and 1 May 2013