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A New Mike Bartlett Play and a ‘Twilight Zone’ Adaptation Are Planned at Almeida


The playwright Mike Bartlett, whose “Albion” will be part of the Almeida Theater’s 2017-18 season.

Tom Jamieson for The New York Times

LONDON — A new play by Mike Bartlett, the author of “King Charles III,” and a stage adaptation of “The Twilight Zone,” the 1960s television series, are among the offerings in the Almeida Theater’s 2017-18 season, announced on Monday. The artistic director of the Almeida, in London, Rupert Goold, who directed “King Charles III,” will also direct Mr. Bartlett’s “Albion,” described in a statement as being set “in the ruins of a garden in rural England.”

Mr. Goold said in a statement that the new play “interrogates the political state of England through the lens of tangled family politics.” In an article in The Guardian, Mr. Goold was quoted as saying that the title, the oldest known name for Britain, came from a line in “King Charles III,” and that the idea for “Albion” emerged when he was working with Mr. Bartlett on the BBC adaptation of “King Charles III” last year, against the backdrop of the British referendum on European Union membership. “Albion” will feature Victoria Hamilton, recently seen as the Queen Mother in the Netflix series “The Crown.”

The stage version of “The Twilight Zone” is to be adapted by Anne Washburn, who wrote “Mr. Burns” and “Apparition,” both set in supernatural or futuristic contexts. It is to be directed by Richard Jones, and will be the first theatrical presentation of “The Twilight Zone,” the science-fiction TV series that has generated a film, many subsequent TV incarnations and a comic book. In a statement, Mr. Goold said that the play “looks back at American nightmares made during the Cold War, which speak as powerfully to the current political moment and the ongoing power of the imagination today.”

The Almeida season also includes a revival of Tennessee Williams’s “Summer and Smoke,” directed by Rebecca Frecknall, and a series of digital films, “Figures of Speech,” exploring the voices of visionary leadership and featuring Derek Jacobi, Noma Dumezweni, Russell Tovey, Pearl Mackie and John Heffernan.

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