Rupert Goold with Mr Burns director Robert Icke
Rupert Goold with Mr Burns director Robert Icke
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"I honestly have never seen anything as original in my life," tweeted Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold recently after watching the first run-through of Mr Burns, and it's hard to disagree.

Anne Washburn's play (if it can be so called) is a futuristic drama that sees a much loved episode of The Simpsons being recalled by a group of survivors in a world without power.

Anne Washburn (second from left) with cast members Justine Mitchell, Annabel Scholey, Jenna Russell and Wunmi Mosaku
Anne Washburn (second from left) with cast members Justine Mitchell, Annabel Scholey, Jenna Russell and Wunmi Mosaku
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Celebrating its European premiere at the Almeida last night were the cast, including Jenna Russell, Annabel Scholey and Maria Friedman's partner Adrian der Gregorian, as well as the author, who told the BBC: "It's not a play about The Simpsons, it's a play about people for whom The Simpsons are important."

Read Michael Coveney's five-star review - scroll through Dan Wooller's photos below: