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|Show Must Go On at Flooded Almeida
- Tempest finds natural home among theatre's debris
THE ALMEIDA is to stage The Tempest in a flooded theatre with no ceiling before closing for an 18 month UKP4.2 million refurbishment.
Artistic directors Jonathan Kent and Ian McDiarmid say the partially demolished shell of the theatre fits their current production because the relinquishing of art is a major theme of the play. After The Tempest, the company will relocate to a temporary performance space in a disused coach terminal near King's Cross train station, where the first production scheduled for March 2001 is Frank Wedekind's Lulu, starring Anna Friel.
Friel is the latest in a line of big names like Diana Rigg, Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes to support Kent and McDiarmids' can-do attitude by performing in unconventional venues. Over the past ten years the talented twosome have proved how all the world really is a stage, attracting new audiences to old classics by creating performance spaces in Hackney and Shoreditch. "It's high art in low places" says Kent.
The Tempest previews tonight and opens 14 December. Call 020 7359 4404 for details.