Lindsay Posner returns to the Almeida to direct Rebecca Lenkiewicz' new stage adaptation of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw from 18 January – 16 March 2013, with press night on 24 January. The cast comprises Caroline Bartleet (a woman), Laurence Belcher (Miles), Eoin Geoghegan (a man), Gemma Jones (Mrs. Grose), Anna Madeley (The Governess), Orlando Wells (Sackville) and Isabella Blake, Emilia Jones and Lucy Morton who will alternate the role of Flora. The Turn of the Screw is sponsored by Pinsent Masons LLP.
Designs are by Peter McKintosh with lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by John Leonard. The Turn of the Screw is presented in association with ACT Productions Limited and Hammer Theatre of Horror.
Miss Jessel is dead. A new governess arrives at a remote estate in Bly to care for Miles and Flora. Wild but angelic they charm their guardian with flowers, poetry and song. But as she grows to love her two wards, figures appear in the darkness outside and the corners of the house are haunted by those that have gone before. The Governess must confront her fear and protect the children from the alarming dangers that surround them.
Caroline Bartleet's theatre credits include Look Back in Anger for the New Wimbledon Theatre, The Circle Game for Old Vic New Voices, Arcadia for the Library Theatre and 1984 for the Royal Exchange Theatre. She is soon to be seen in the film Song for Marion.
Laurence Belcher made his theatre debut in Alan Bennett'sThe Habit of Art at The National Theatre. He has subsequently been seen in The Late Middle Classes at the Donmar Warehouse, Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre and Scrooge at the London Palladium. On television his credits include Young Kazran in Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol, Gracie! and Little Doritt. His film credits include the young Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class, Shadow Within and Messengers 2: The Scarecrow. He will soon be seen on screen playing Prince William in Diana.
Isabella Blake's television credits include an adaptation of David Walliams' book Mr Stink and the role of Violet Elizabeth in Just William, both for the BBC. On film she has been seen in Johnny English Reborn, Rise of the Guardians, Let Me Survive and Little Glory.
Eoin Geoghegan's theatre credits include Autumn Fire at the Finborough and Translations and Bash for Decadent Theatre Company. His television credits include Call the Midwife, Body and Soul, The Passion and City of Vice.
Emilia Jones made her theatrical debut playing the part of Young Fiona in the original cast of Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. She played the part of Jasmine in the film One Day and English Girl in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Her television work includes Young Sarah in House of Anubis, Alice in Utopia, a new drama series written by Dennis Kelly for Channel 4 and Merry in series 7 of Doctor Who.
Award-winning Gemma Jones has worked extensively in theatre, film and television and has previously been seen at The Almeida Theatre in Dance of Death. Her theatre credits include Richard III as part of the Old Vic Bridge Project, Family Reunion at the Donmar Warehouse, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Lyric Theatre and The Glass Menagerie and Much Ado About Nothing at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Her television credits include The Typist, Ballet Shoes, Spooks, Trial and Retribution, Midsomer Murders and Longitude. Her film credits include Hysteria, Sense and Sensibility and the roles of Madam Pomfrey in the Harry Potter film series and Pam Jones in Bridget Jones' Diary.