In Richard Bean’s adaptation of House Of Games, Harvard-educated psychoanalyst Margaret Ford is celebrated for her best selling book Driven! Compulsion and Obsession in Every Day Life.
Stepping in to help one of her patients settle his gambling debts, she compromises her professional reputation and is drawn into the seedy underworld of the House of Games poker club.
Seduced by charismatic hustler Mike, Margaret convinces herself that she can make an academic study of the con. Before she realises it, Margaret is entangled in a fast-paced complex thriller.
House Of Games is based on the screenplay by the renowned American author, playwright and screenwriter, David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow, The Postman Always Rings Twice and The Untouchables).
Adapted by Richard Bean, the writer was last at the Almeida with his highly successful new version of Moliére’s The Hypochondriac in 2005. He won the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play for Harvest in 2005, and most recently wrote England People Very Nice at the National Theatre.
House Of Games is directed by Laurence Olivier Award-winning British theatre director, Lindsay Posner. Posner is best known for his work in the West End and was Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre, where his production of Death And The Maiden won two Olivier Awards.