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Tracey Ullman in My City at the Almeida Theatre

Tuesday, 12th Apr 2011

British-Born Television Personality Journeys Across the Atlantic for Latest Stage Role

It has been revealed that Tracey Ullman will be the latest celebrity to take to the stage of a London theatre as she heads across the Atlantic to appear in “My City” by Stephen Poliakoff. It will be the first time that audiences in the capital have witnessed the stage and screen star in over two decades as the British-born comedian and actress emigrated in the United States in the 1980s, engaging in a career that continues to this day.

“My City” will see Ullman portray and inspirational headmistress at the Almeida as the character of Richard Kenton – a former pupil of hers – comes across her on a park bench. As such, the production considers how a person would feel if they were to happen upon the person that had an unchanging and inspirational effect upon their life. Kenton soon becomes reacquainted with his old headmistress and before long he is inspired by her work once again, with other teachers from his past also entering the picture and sharing in the knowledge.

Before she headed out to the United States, Tracey Ullman had made a name for herself as part of the alternative comedy boom of the 1980s and had also appeared in various West End musicals. Her credits around this time included “Three of a Kind” and “A Kick up the Eighties” for television, alongside some well known names of the comedy world such as Lenny Henry, as well as appearances in “Rita, Sue and Bob Too” at the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 (plus musicals like “Grease”). But her main claim to fame is actually a long-running programme that spun-off from her American television series “The Tracey Ullman Show” – “The Simpsons”, which began life as comedy shorts on her show.

As she heads to the UK to perform she becomes the latest onscreen personality to make the journey to a London stage. From Kristen Scott Thomas in “Betrayal” at the Comedy Theatre to Keira Kightley in “The Children’s Hour” just before it, there are plenty of opportunities to witness some of the biggest names in the capital.

“My City” runs at the Almeida Theatre from Thursday 15th September 2011 (previews from Thursday 8th September 2011) to Saturday 5th November 2011.

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