Stephen Poliakoff to stage first play in a decade in Islington

A RENOWNED TV director is to stage the world premiere of his first new play in over a decade at an Islington theatre.

Writer-director Stephen Poliakoff will be staging My City, his first theatre work for 12 years, at the Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, in September.

The production marks a return to his theatrical roots for Poliakoff, a former National Theatre resident playwright known for his star-studded BBC dramas such as Gideon’s Daughter and Capturing Mary.

My City could kick-start a blockbuster autumn season for the Almeida. It will be followed by the UK premiere of award-winning American playwright and film director Neil LaBute’s latest play, Reasons to be Pretty. Michael Attenborough, artistic director of the Almeida, said: “I am delighted that Stephen Poliakoff has chosen the Almeida to launch his first new play for 12 years.”

The news comes as the Almeida enjoys the success of its commission The Knot of the Heart by David Eldridge, a new play about drug addiction set in and around Islington, which has garnered critical praise since opening in March.