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The world premiere of an explosive new play about our relationship with this finite resource

The Bronze Age. The Iron Age. The Age of Oil. The Stone Age didn’t end for want of stones.

What do you do when you know it’s going to run out? Oil follows the lives of one woman and her daughter in an epic, hurtling crash of empire, history and family. 

Playwright Ella Hickson and DirectorCarrie Cracknell make their Almeida debuts with the World Premiere of an explosive new play which drills deep into the world’s relationship with this finite resource. 

Previews From

Opening Night

Closing Night

Nearest Tube
Highbury & Islington (800m)

Nearest Bus
4, 19, 30, 43 (Route 43 is accessible)

Nearest Train
Highbury & Islington (800m)

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Cast & Creative


Leo Bill, Anne-Marie Duff, Nabil Elouahabi, Brian Ferguson, Ellie Haddington, Yolanda Kettle, Tom Mothersdale, Lara Sawalha, Sam Swann, Christina Tam


Director - Carrie Cracknell

Designer - Vicki Mortimer

Lighting Designer - Lucy Carter

Movement Director - Joseph Alford

Sound - Peter Rice

Author - Ella Hickson

Music By - Stuart Earl

ABOUT Almeida Theatre

Almeida Street, London N1 1TA