Stephen Poliakoff returns to the Almeida for long awaited play

Acclaimed director Stephen Poliakoff has returned with his first new play in 12 years.

He is directing My City at the Almeida Theatre in Alemida Street, Islington, featuring Hollywood actress Tracey Ullman. It had its world premiere last Thursday.

Poliakoff, 58, who began his career as resident playwright at the National Theatre aged 24, has written more than 20 plays which have premiered in the UK.

My City tells the story of a character who after 15 years meets his old teachers.

He begins to remember their vivid and imaginative lessons and tales of London inspire him once more.

Poliakoff, a father-of-two who lived in the borough for 25 years, has reportedly based some of the characters on teachers at Hanover Primary School in Noel Road, Islington, where his children attended.

The cast includes successful British television and stage actors Sorcha Cusack, who plays Summers, and Tom Riley, who is cast as Richard.

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Also appearing is Hannah Arterton as a waitress, Si�n Brooke as Julie and David Troughton as Minken.

Designs are by Lez Brotherson with lighting by Oliver Fenwick and sound and music by Ben and Max Ringham.

Poliakoff, who lives in Holland Park, also has extensive credits for television and film including the award-winning Caught on a Train, Bloody Kids and Close My Eyes.

Regular performances for My City, which is running until November 5, start from 7.30pm between Monday and Saturday and Saturday matinees begin from 2.30pm.

Tickets go on sale at 10.30am on the day of performance from the theatre box office and people who work or live in Islington can get a discounted price.

The Almeida Theatre is supported by the Arts Council England.

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