Icke returns to the Almeida after achieving sellouts and West End transfers for Mr Burns, Mary Stuart, Oresteia and Hamlet. This time it's Henrik Ibsen in the spotlight as Icke adapts and directs a new production of 1884 play The Wild Duck.
Setting the scene for Modernism, it's a story of secrets and sorrow hiding in a cosy domesticity. The five-act play explores the conflicts between spirituality and psychology, realism and symbolism, comedy and tragedy. Instead of a potted plot, the production information for Icke's version of The Wild Duck digs into the themes and preoccupations of Ibsen's masterpiece with a thought-provoking dictionary definition:
verb. to duck
1. a quick lowering of the head (to avoid a blow or so as not to be seen)
2. depart quickly
noun. wild duck (more commonly known as mallard duck or anas platyrhynchos) – an undomesticated duck.
note. Due to its beautiful feathers, the mallard duck is one of the most popular ducks for hunters. When injured or threatened, ducks have been alleged to commit suicide, by diving to the bottom of the water, never returning to the surface.'
We predict a visually striking production. Set designer Bunny Christie is the visionary behind productions including People, Places Things and Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Further details and casting to be announced.
Tickets for The Wild Duck go on sale to the public on Thursday 16 August.
|What||The Wild Duck, Almeida Theatre|
|Where||Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, Islington, London, N1 1TA | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
15 Oct 18 – 01 Dec 18, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Click here for more information and tickets|