The European premiere of Neil LaBute’s In a Dark Dark House was leant some A-list glamour last night (27 November 2008, previews from 20 November) by the presence of Harry Potter star Emma Watson (pictured), who was joined at the Almeida theatre by fellow actors including Jonathan Pryce, Hayley Mills and John Hannah.

In a Dark Dark House features rare stage performances by David Morrissey and Steven Mackintosh, who play brothers Terry and Drew who are brought together as one undergoes court-ordered rehab. The forced reunion brings to light barely-hidden animosities between the two and their troubled legacy, both inside and outside their dark family home. The play received its world premiere at Off-Broadway’s MCC Theater in May 2007, but has been reworked by LaBute and director Michael Attenborough for this new production, which also stars Kira Sternbach.

TO SCROLL THROUGH ALL OF IN A DARK DARK HOUSE's 1st NIGHT PHOTOS,
JUST CLICK ON THE "NEXT >" LINKS BELOW THE FOLLOWING FRAME.
PHOTOS BY DAN WOOLLER FOR WHATSONSTAGE.COM.

For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand for the post-show party at the Almeida theatre, where the company were joined by guests including Emma Watson, Jonathan Pryce, Roger Michell, Anne Reid, Hayley Mills, Karen Lewis, John Hannah, Joanna Roth, Imelda Staunton and Jim Carter.

Playwright Neil LaBute has had a long association with the Almeida. His plays The Shape of Things, The Distance from Here, Bash and post-9/11 drama The Mercy Seat all had premiere runs at the theatre, the last directed by Attenborough in 2003. LaBute is currently represented in the West End by the UK premiere of his 2004 Off-Broadway comedy Fat Pig, showing at the Comedy theatre. His other plays include Some Girls and This Is How It Goes, while his films include In the Company of Men, Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, The Wicker Man and adaptations of The Shape of Things and Bash.

- By Theo Bosanquet