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The Treatment

Closed June 10, 2017

A pitch-black comic portrait of New York City

Ben Brantley, 1993 review

Why See The Treatment?

Martin Crimp's satire on the movie business

Aisling Loftus and Matthew Needham star in Martin Crimp's seminal play, which makes its appearance at the Almeida this April. Helmed by Lyndsey Turner, who won no less than five Olivier Awards for her 2013 production of Chimerica, which also premiered at the Almeida. Sex and stardom are the names of the game in this dark satire of the Hollywood scripting process. A young woman whose horrific story has been optioned for film treatment discovers that she is little more than a mere commodity to be exploited by those in the business.

The plot centers around the deliberate and systematic corruption of a vulnerable and abused woman named Anne, who escapes a lifetime of bondage by her husband, from a Brooklyn apartment. Arriving fresh from her predicament, she is desperate to start over again, and needs money to do so, by telling her story. However, Anne's story is quickly taken out of her own hands as the squabbling and ambitious staff at the office are determined to put their own spin on things, with shocking scenes of sex and violence thrown in.

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Previews from: 24 April 2017

Opening night: 27 April 2017


Suitable for ages 16+ due to explicit scenes

Cast and Creative


Written by Martin Crimp
Directed by Lyndsey Turner
Designed by Giles Cadle
Lighting by Neil Austin
Composition by Rupert Cross
Fight Direction by Bret Yount
Sound by Chris Shutt
Voice direction by Charmian Hoare
Casting by Julia Horan CDG
Resident Direction by Jo Tyabji

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