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The House Of Shades

Author(s): Beth Steel

The House Of Shades

Nothing cuts into us like the family knife.

The Webster House. 1965. 1979. 1985. 1996. 2019. Death silences no one, least of all the dead.

Blanche McIntyre directs the world première of Beth Steel’s new play which spans five decades of the lives, and deaths, of the Webster family.

Inside their home, set against the ever-changing industrial landscape of working-class Britain, some chase dreams of a brighter future and others are haunted by the nightmares of the past.

The House of Shades was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Beth Steel’s other plays include Labyrinth, Wonderland and Ditch. She was awarded the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014.

Blanche McIntyre returns to the Almeida following her productions of Hymn and The Writer.

The cast includes Beatie Edney, Natalie Gavin, Carol Macready, Anne Marie-Duff, Mark Meadows, Daniel Millar, Issie Riley. Further casting to be confirmed.


Almeida Theatre, London