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30th May 2017 - 5th Aug 2017

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The House They Grew Up In

14th Jul 2017 - 5th Aug 2017

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Labour of Love

15th Sep 2017 - 2nd Dec 2017

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West End Transfer Diary

By Choon Ping

The transfer of Chimerica to the Harold Pinter Theatre occurred with a deeply satisfying 'fusslessness' and professionalism from everyone involved. New actors have joined the family: Rosie Armstrong, Tina Chiang, Chris Hollinshead, Wendy Kweh, Math Sams, Kevin Shen and Liz Sutherland. Wendy and Liz took over Vera Chok’s and Sarah Lam’s roles when they started rehearsals at the National Theatre for The World of Extreme Happiness. Rosie, Tina, Chris, Math, and Kevin have joined us as understudies. 

In Conversation with the Company

On Wednesday 19 June, a post show dicussion was held at the Almeida with members of the Chimerica cast. Elizabeth Chan, Vera Chok, Karl Collins, Trevor Cooper, David K. S. Tse and Sarah Lam stayed to discuss the play with assistant director Choon Ping. Discover their answers to the audience's questions about Chimerica.

What's Intriguing About Chimerica?

By The Company

On the very first day of rehearsals back in April 2013, the Chimerica company shared their initial responses to the Chimerica script. Find out what they thought ...

Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

How does China see itself? Watch China's spectacular celebration of its history and its contemporary might in the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Chimerica Resource Pack

By Almedia Projects

Classroom exercises for students and teachers inspired by Chimerica.

The Power of Photography

By the Company

The company reveal the photographs that have made the strongest impression on them.

Epic Quests

By the company

Chimerica follows American photojournalist Joe as he tries to locate an unknown man in a photograph he took in Tiananmen Square more than 20 years ago. In the spirit of adventure, the Chimerica cast were asked what epic quest they would undertake if they knew it would succeed.

Rehearsal Diary - Week 3

By Choon Ping

Week Three’s rehearsal diary should start with a brief panegyric to director Lyndsey Turner, the wizardess who is pulling together the million elements that make up Chimerica. There are a hundred moving parts (and with the rehearsal set built in the rehearsal room this week, there are literally moving parts; but I will refrain from spoilers). Twelve superb actors are playing more than thirty idiosyncratic characters, and each needs to be wigged, dressed, panted, shod, coached in accents, taught a new language, and choreographed into ugly fights and surreal movement.

Rehearsal Diary - Week 2

By Choon Ping

We continued Week 2 rehearsals with an exercise of actors listening to recordings of themselves speaking their lines, and allowing their bodies rather than just their minds to discover, in expressionistic space, the movements and grace notes of intention and emotion therein.

Rehearsal Diary - Week 1

By Choon Ping

The first week of rehearsals began as it should have: with excitement and trepidation, both of which were to be quickly knocked into touch by getting down to good hard graft on Lucy Kirkwood’s brilliant text. But before that, we were introduced to the mighty cast of thousands that is the Almeida staff and the Headlong team. Michael Attenborough gave his last welcome speech as the Almeida's Artistic Director, expressing his passion for the play and his conviction that Chimerica is a story for our time. The play has been years in the making, and is finally ready for midwifery. Onwards and upwards!

Doing Business in China

A basic guide to building successful business relationships with the Chinese.