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When The Rain Stops Falling

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About the Show Less...

An epic play which follows the interlocking stories of seven people from 1950s London to the Australian outback. Read More >

An epic play spanning four generations and two continents, When The Rain Stops Falling moves from the claustrophobia of a 1950s London flat to the windswept coast of Southern Australia and into the heart of the Australian desert. The play weaves together a series of interconnected stories, as seven people confront their mysteries of the past in oder to understand their future, revealing how patterns of betrayal, love and abandonment are passed on, until finally, well into the future, as the desert is inundated with rain, one young man finds the courage to defy the legacy.

When The Rain Stops Falling received its world premiere at the Adelaide Festival of Arts earlier this year and now premieres in Europe in this production at the Almeida. 

Australian playwright Andrew Bovell has written for stage, film and television. His plays include Speaking In Tongues, Shades Of Blue and Scenes From A Separation. He wrote the film Lantana and co-wrote the screenplay for popular Australian film Strictly Ballroom.

Director of When The Rain Stops Falling, Attenborough, is Artistic Director of the Almeida, where his productions have included The Mercy Seat, Five Gold Rings, Brighton Rock, The Late Henry Moss, Enemies, There Came A Gypsy Riding, Big White Fog, Awake And Sing! and The Homecoming. 

For more about When The Rain Stops Falling at the Almeida theatre, read the First Night Feature.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 14/05/2009

Opening Night: 21/05/2009

Closing Night: 04/07/2009

Running time: 2h05

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Cast & Creative


Naomi Bentley, Simon Burke, Jonathan Cullen, Lisa Dillon, Richard Hope, Tom Mison, Phoebe Nicholls, Leah Purcell, Sargon Yelda


Director - Michael Attenborough

Producer - Almeida theatre

Designer - Miriam Buether

Lighting Designer - Colin Grenfell

Movement Director - Imogen Knight

Sound - Paul Arditti

Author - Andrew Bovell

Music By - Stephen Warbeck

About Almeida Theatre

Almeida Street, London N1 1TA

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