Complete Casting Announced for Almeida Theatre's 'My City', Starring Tracey Ullman

By Michael Gioia
and Mark Shenton
01 Jul 2011

The British-born television comedienne and writer Tracey Ullman, who has long been resident in the U.S., will return to the London stage to star in the world premiere of Stephen Poliakoff's My City, beginning performances at London's Almeida Theatre Sept. 8, prior to an official opening Sept. 15, for a run through Nov. 5.

Ullman will play the character of Lambert. Other members of the cast include Hannah Arterton as Waitress, Sîan Brooke as Julie, Sorcha Cusack as Summers, Tom Riley as Richard and David Troughton as Minken.

According to press materials, My City "asks how would you feel if, 15 years after you last saw them, you bumped into the one person who had the biggest influence on your life? On a dusky evening, Richard Kenton finds his primary school headmistress lying on a park bench in the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral. As he becomes reacquainted with her and the other teachers that helped shape him, memories of their vivid and imaginative lessons come to life and their tales of London inspire him once more."

Ullman, who has previously appeared onstage in the short-lived 1991 Broadway run of the solo play The Big Love, is best known for creating her own U.S. network series "The Tracey Ullman Show," followed by "Tracey Takes On…." and "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union."

Poliakoff, who will also direct his own play, began his career in the theatre and won the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright in 1976 for Hitting Town and City Sugar, has written over 20 plays, including Breaking the Silence (premiered by the RSC) and Coming In To Land (premiered at the National). His film and TV credits include "Hidden City," "Caught on a Train," "Close My Eyes," "Perfect Strangers" and most recently "Glorious 39."

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

The Almeida Theatre is located at Almeida Street, Islington, London, N1 1TA. For more information and tickets, call 020 7359 4404 or visit