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First Look: Rehearsal Images: Cell Mates at Hampstead Theatre

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First Look: Production Images: The Slaves of Solitude at Hampstead Theatre

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First Look: Rehearsal Images: The Slaves of Solitude at Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead Theatre announces two new productions for 2018

Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead Theatre announces the first two productions for 2018:

  •  The UK premiere of Sarah Burgess’ breathtakingly witty Dry Powder will be directed by Anna Ledwich.
  • Tony Kushner’s and Jeanine Tesori’s celebrated musical Caroline, or Change transfers to Hampstead following its critically acclaimed sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre with Sharon D. Clarke reprising her role as Caroline Thibodeaux.

 Artistic Director Edward Hall comments,

 ‘We’re delighted that Sarah Burgess will make her UK debut at Hampstead with her new play Dry Powder. As the recipient of The Laurents/Hatcher award, one of America’s largest grants for new writing, Sarah is clearly making waves in the US, and we’re proud to introduce this bold new voice to British audiences. Anna Ledwich will direct following her critically acclaimed production of Beth Steel’s Labyrinth last autumn. Tony Kushner’s work continues to enthral audiences around the world and we are thrilled that he will be returning to Hampstead after iHO with his musical collaborator Jeanine Tesori and their multi-award winning musical. 

Partnering up with our friends at Chichester, this will be our first musical offering since Sunny Afternoon and I know it will be a special experience hearing Jeanine’s score in our intimate Theatre as the phenomenal Sharon D. Clarke makes her Hampstead Theatre debut.’

DRY POWDER
Written by Sarah Burgess
Directed by Anna Ledwich

26 January – 3 March

Press Night Thursday 1 February

‘Do we work in public relations? Because I’m starting to feel like I accidentally work in public relations’

Hampstead Theatre presents the UK premiere of Sarah Burgess’ breathtakingly witty and virtuosic comedy, Dry Powder. Directed by Anna Ledwich, this production explores the vision, the vulnerability, and the vilification of those shaping – and skewing – the economy.

New York City – open for business 24/7.

In the same week his private equity firm forced massive layoffs at a supermarket chain, Rick threw himself a lavish engagement party – which even featured an elephant – setting off a Public Relations nightmare. However, all’s not lost when you’re the titan of high finance – there’s still an abundance of cash in reserve and Seth, one of Rick’s partners, spots an opportunity to salvage the company’s reputation with an investment that’s both sound and PR-friendly.  But Jenny, the third partner, and Seth’s nemesis, has other ideas: she’s not in business to make friends. If there’s money to be made, she’ll do whatever it takes to generate the maximum return, irrespective of what the critics might say…

Sarah Burgess‘ play Dry Powder was a 2016 recipient of the Laurents/Hatcher Award and a 2016 finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Dry Powder premiered at the Public Theater directed by Thomas Kail, starring Claire Danes, John Krasinski, Hank Azaria, and Sanjit De Silva. Her newest play Kings will receive its world premiere in 2018 at the Public Theater. Other plays include Camdenside (Ground Floor selection; Berkeley Rep; Kilroys list 2015) and FAIL: Failures (ANT Fest). Writer for The Tenant (Woodshed Collective) and “Naked Radio,” Naked Angels’ podcast series. Burgess has been a writer-in-residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm and the Cape Cod Theatre Project. WP Lab and Ars Nova Play Group alum.

Anna Ledwich returns to Hampstead Theatre following the critically acclaimed Labyrinth. Her other Hampstead productions include Kiss MeDonny’s BrainThe Argument and the Olivier Award nominated Four Minutes Twelve Seconds Downstairs. Her other credits include The Stick House (Raucous Collective/Bristol Old Vic) and Lulu (Gate Theatre/Headlong) for which she received the New Directions Award. She was awarded the Michael and Morvern Heller Director’s Bursary at Chichester Festival and is an Associate Director at Theatre 503 and co-Artistic Director of Theatre on the Fly at Chichester Festival Theatre.

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE
Book and lyrics by Tony Kushner
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Directed by Michael Longhurst
Starring Sharon D. Clarke

12 March – 21 April

Press Night Monday 19 March

 ‘That old copper statue by the Courthouse downtown, honouring the dead Confederate soldier, ain’t there no more…’

 Hampstead Theatre presents Tony Kushner’s and Jeanine Tesori’s celebrated musical Caroline, Or Change following its critically acclaimed sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre earlier this summer. Sharon D. Clarke will reprise her role as Caroline Thibodeaux in this highly anticipated transfer which is directed by Michael Longhurst.

  1. In quiet Lake Charles, Louisiana, the destruction of a Confederate statue might just signal that change is in the air…  But, whatever the progress of the civil rights movement, in the Gellman household things seem just the same – for now at least.  Eight year old Noah, heartbroken by the death of his mother and his father’s remarriage, sneaks down to the basement to spend time with the black maid he idolises, Caroline Thibodeaux: Caroline who runs everything.  Whilst the basement may seem a fantastical place – even the appliances have a voice of their own – Caroline’s work there is repetitive and badly paid.  But when Mrs Gellman comes up with a way for her to take a little more money home, the consequences for Caroline and Noah’s relationship are not what anybody might have expected…

An Olivier Award winning musical with a hugely original, highly eclectic and uniquely American score, Caroline, or Changecreates an uplifting and profound portrait of America at a time of momentous social upheaval.

Tony Kushner returns to Hampstead following The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a key to the Scriptures last autumn and Slavs! in 1994. Kushner’s plays include A Bright Room Called DayAngels in America – Parts One and Two and Homebody/Kabul. As well as Caroline, or Change his collaborations with composer Jeanine Tesori include the opera A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck. Kushner has adapted and translated Pierre Corneille’s The Illusion; S.Y. Ansky’s The Dybbuk; Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan and Mother Courage and Her Children and the English-language libretto for the opera Brundibár by Hans Krasa. He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols’ film of Angels in America, and for Steven Spielberg’s Munich and Lincoln. His books include Brundibár, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The Art of Maurice Sendak, 1980 to the Present and Wrestling With Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award, two Oscar nominations and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, among other honours. In 2012, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.

 Jeanine Tesori won the Tony Award for Best Original Score with Lisa Kron for the musical Fun Home, which is currently playing on Broadway. She has also written Tony-nominated scores for Twelfth Night (Lincoln Center); Thoroughly Modern Millie (lyrics, Dick Scanlan) and Shrek – The Musical (lyrics, David Lindsay-Abaire). The National Theatre’s 2006 production of Caroline, or Change received the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Her 1997 Off-Broadway musical Violet (lyrics, Brian Crawley) opened on Broadway in 2014 and garnered four Tony nominations, including Best Musical Revival. Operas include A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck (libretto, Tony Kushner, Glimmerglass) and The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me (libretto, J. D. McClatchy, Kennedy Center). Music for plays includes Mother Courage (dir. George C. Wolfe, with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline); John Guare’s A Free Man of Color (Lincoln Center Theater, dir. George C. Wolfe) and Romeo and Juliet (Delacorte Gala). Film scores include Nights in RodantheEvery Day and You’re Not You. Jeanine Tesori is a member of the Dramatists Guild and was cited by the ASCAP as the first female composer to have two new musicals running concurrently on Broadway. She is the artistic director/co-founder of A Broader Way, an arts empowerment program for girls from underserved communities; the founding artistic director of Encores! Off-Center; and a lecturer in music at Yale University and Columbia University.

Michael Longhurst is an award-winning stage director. He returns to Hampstead Theatre following his acclaimed production of Gloria this summer. His lauded production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus at the National Theatre featuring live orchestral accompaniment from the Southbank Sinfonia will return to the Olivier in 2018.  Michael’s Royal Court production of Constellations starring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall transferred to the West End, winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Play and received four Olivier award nominations, and ran on Broadway starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson who was Tony-nominated. He also directed Jake Gyllenhaal in his American stage debut at the Roundabout Theatre, New York in If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet. Other theatre includes Bad Jews (West End, Theatre Royal Bath & UK tour), They Drink It In The Congo and Carmen Disruption (Almeida), ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore and The Winter’s Tale (Sam Wannamaker Playhouse), Linda, The Art of Dying, Remembrance Day (Royal Court), A Number (Nuffield & Young Vic) Cannibals (Royal Exchange, Manchester),The History Boys (Sheffield Crucible),Dealer’s Choice (Royal & Derngate), The World Of Extreme Happiness (NT Shed), Stovepipe (site-specific promenade with the National Theatre, HighTide & Bush Theatre, Sunday Times’ Top Ten Theatre Events of the Decade). Midnight Your Time (HighTide), On The Beach (Bush Theatre), On The Record and Gaudeamus (Arcola), dirty butterfly (Young Vic, winner of the Jerwood Directors Award), Guardians (Pleasance & Theatre503, Fringe First Award). Michael trained in directing at Mountview after reading Philosophy at Nottingham University. In 2015, the Evening Standard named him as one of the 1000 most influential Londoners.

Sharon D Clarke’s recent theatre credits include Caroline, or Change (Chichester), The Life (Southwark Playhouse), Pigs and Dogs (Royal Court Theatre), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National Theatre), A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes (Tricycle Theatre), An Oak Tree (National Theatre), Everyman (National Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Porgy and Bess (Open Air Theatre, Regents Park), Blues in the Night (Hackney Empire), The Amen Corner (National Theatre, 2014 Olivier Award Winner – Best Supporting Actress), Ghost (Original London Cast, 2012 Olivier Award Nominee – Best Actress and Manchester Theatre Award winner – Best Actress), Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre, West End), Mama Morton in Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), Killer Queen in We Will Rock You (Original London Cast, 2003 Olivier Award Nominee – Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical and WhatsOnStage Theatregoers Choice Award winner), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre, West End), Fame (Scandinavian tour), Rent (Shaftesbury Theatre, West End), Guys and Dolls (National Theatre), Mama I Want to Sing (Cambridge Theatre, West End), Asaka in Once on this Island (Birmingham Rep and West End, 1995 Olivier Award Nominee – Best Performance in a Supporting Role), Little Shop of Horrors (Leicester Haymarket Theatre) and Medea (Theatr Clwyd & Young Vic). Sharon has also starred in four Pantomime seasons at the Hackney Empire (Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, Mother Goose and Cinderella, directed by Susie McKenna). Her film and television credits include DoctorsSilent WitnessHolby City – series regular, Unforgotten, You, Me and Them II, Death in Paradise, New Tricks, Psychobitches, BushTau, Sugarhouse, Secret Society, Beautiful People, Broken Glass, and Tumble Down.

Hampstead Theatre and Under 30s

Hampstead Theatre has recently launched The Downstairs Club, a free membership scheme for under 30s that provides better access to Hampstead’s cheaper tickets across the Main Stage and Downstairs.

Hampstead has also launched their new young writers initiative, Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme. Hampstead Theatre’s Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme is a free opportunity for 18 – 25 year-old aspiring playwrights to develop their ideas, talent and craft under the mentorship of award-winning playwright Roy Williams over the course of a year.

Hampstead has received over 400 applications and successful applicants will be contacted shortly.

Roy Williams comments,

‘I am really chuffed and excited to be mentoring the Hampstead Theatre’s new young writers’ group. It’s all about finding new voices. Theatre will die without them.’ 

For more information please go to www.hampsteadtheatre.com

LISTINGS

Main Stage

PRISM

Written and directed by Terry Johnson

6 September – 14 October

THE SLAVES OF SOLITUDE

By Nicholas Wright

Adapted from the novel by Patrick Hamilton

Directed by Jonathan Kent

20 October – 25 November

CELL MATES

By Simon Gray

Directed by Edward Hall

30 November 2017 – 20 January 2018

DRY POWDER

By Sarah Burgess

Directed by Anna Ledwich

26 January – 3 March

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE

Book and lyrics by Tony Kushner
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Directed by Michael Longhurst

12 March – 21 April

Previews, Mondays and matinees

Full Price: £30/£27/£18

Under 30s/Students: £15/£10*

Seniors (matinees only): £22/20

Groups For every 9 tickets get the 10th free

Access: £16

 Tuesday – Saturday evenings

Full price: £37/£32/£25

Under 30s/Students: £15/£10*

Groups For every 9 tickets get the 10th free

Access: £16

*Under 30s and Student concession seats are available in row A (£15) & Band C (£10)

Downstairs

NO ONE WILL TELL ME HOW TO START A REVOLUTION

By Luke Barnes

Directed by Anna Ledwich

21 September – 21 October

THE FIRM

By Roy Williams
Directed by Denis Lawson

27 October – 2 December

 

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FIRST LOOK: Rehearsal images: Prism at Hampstead Theatre starring Robert Lindsay

Hampstead Theatre announces its Autumn season 2017

Prism
Prism

Prism

Hampstead Theatre announces its Autumn season 2017 for the Main Stage

  • The world premiere of Prism, based on the life of legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff, is written and directed by Terry Johnson and will star Robert Lindsay and Claire Skinner.
  • The world premiere of Nicholas Wright’s The Slaves of Solitude, adapted from the acclaimed novel by Patrick Hamilton, will be directed by Jonathan Kent.
  • The first production of Simon Gray’s Cell Mates since 1995 will be directed by Artistic Director Edward Hall.

New Initiatives

  • Hampstead Theatre’s Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme is an opportunity for playwrights with new ideas, talent and energy to develop their craft under the mentorship of award-winning playwright Roy Williams.
  • The Downstairs Club, a free membership scheme for under 30s, will provide better access to Hampstead’s cheaper tickets across the Main Stage and Downstairs.

Artistic Director Edward Hall comments,

‘I’m extremely proud to announce such an exciting body of work at Hampstead Theatre this autumn. With two world premieres on the Main Stage, Terry Johnson’s Prism and Nicholas Wright’s adaptation of The Slaves of Solitude, and a long overdue revival of Simon Gray’s Cell Mates, our aim is to continue to provide endless nights of top quality and entertaining theatre for hundreds of thousands of theatregoers. I’m personally looking forward to Gray’s gripping espionage thriller and I hope to help it gain its rightful place in the repertoire as a serious, brilliant piece of British drama.

I’m also proud to introduce ‘Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme’, where 18 – 25 years olds have the opportunity to be mentored by Roy Williams for a year, developing their writing skills and script ideas. We also hope our new membership scheme for under 30s will provide even better access to our cheaper tickets across both of our auditoria. This scheme will offer priority booking ensuring that great theatre remains accessible to the next generation and is an expression of our commitment at Hampstead Theatre to audiences of the future.’

PRISM – Written and Directed by Terry Johnson, Starring Robert Lindsay and Claire Skinner

6 September – 14 October Press Night Thursday 14 September 7pm

‘The first time I held a prism and turned it to the light it did what the Impressionists struggled a lifetime to do; it embraced the light, split the light; it seemed to understand the very secret of light.’

Hampstead Theatre presents the world premiere of Terry Johnson’s delightfully witty and poignant new play Prism, based on the extraordinary life of double Oscar-winning cinematic master Jack Cardiff. Robert Lindsay returns to Hampstead Theatre (How I Got That Story, 1981) as Jack, ‘the man who made women look beautiful’, and will be joined by Claire Skinner, Rebecca Night and Barnaby Kay.

Legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff has retired to the sleepy village of Denham, Buckinghamshire. His days of hard work – and play – on some of the most famous sets in the world are now long behind him, as are his secret liaisons with some of the most famous women in the world… Surrounded by memorabilia from a lifetime of ‘painting with light’, the writing of an autobiography should be an easy matter – were it not that Jack would now rather live in the past than remember it.

Terry Johnson returns to Hampstead following his sell-out hit Hysteria starring Antony Sher and Ken (Hampstead Downstairs). His writing and directing theatre credits in the West End and on Broadway include Mrs Henderson Presents, The Duck House, End of The Rainbow, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, La Cage Aux Folles, Rain Man, Whipping It Up, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Hitchcock Blonde, Entertaining Mr Sloane, The Graduate, Dead Funny, Hysteria, Elton John’s Glasses and The Memory of Water. Further theatre credits include revivals of Oh What a Lovely War and Fings Ain’t What They Used T’Be as part of the 50th Anniversary of Joan Littlewood’s legendary Theatre Workshop at Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2014, Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, The London Cuckolds and Sparkleshark at the National Theatre, Lost Land and The Libertine (which was nominated for five Jeff Awards, including Best Production) at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago. He is a former Literary Associate at the Royal Court Theatre where he has had five of his own plays produced: Insignificance, Cries From The Mammal House, Hysteria, Hitchcock Blonde, and Piano/Forte, and has directed two further premieres including Joe Penhall’s Dumb Show. His television credits include Not Only But Always (Channel 4, which won five International Award nominations, Best Film at Banff and the Best Actor Bafta for Rhys Ifans), The Man Who Lost His Head and Cor Blimey! (ITV), The Bite (BBC). His film Way Upstream was chosen for the London Film Festival and Insignificance was the official British Entry at Cannes in 1985.

Barnaby Kay plays Mason . His recent theatre credits include Buried Child (ATG), Welcome Home Captain Fox (Donmar Warehouse), King Charles III (Wyndham’s), Raving (Hampstead Theatre), The Captain of Kopenick, Danton’s Death, Closer (National Theatre), Eric Larue, As You Like It, Twelfth Night and The Herbal Bed (RSC). Barnaby began his stage career with Max Stafford-Clark’s company Out of Joint, appearing in several productions including The Break of Day, Three Sisters, The Libertine and The Man of Mode. Barnaby’s extensive television and film credits include The Five, Wallander, Dr Who, Conspiracy, Oscar and Lucinda and Shakespeare in Love.

Robert Lindsay plays Jack. His theatre credits include A Christmas Carol: In Concert With The London Musical Theatre Orchestra (Lyceum Theatre), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre, West End), The Lion In Winter (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Onassis (Derby Playhouse/West End), Aristo (Minerva Theatre, Chichester), The Entertainer (Old Vic Theatre) for which Robert received an Evening Standard theatre Award Nomination, Hamlet (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester) Power (National Theatre), Richard III (Savoy Theatre), Oliver! (Palladium Theatre), Cyrano De Bergerac (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), Becket (Haymarket) both for which Robert received an Olivier Award Nomination, Me and My Girl (Adelphi Theatre) for which Robert won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Musical and the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Recent television credits include Bounty Hunter, Genius, Galavant, The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl and My Family. His film credits include Grace of Monaco, Wimbledon, Fierce Creatures, Divorcing Jack and Remember Me?

Rebecca Night plays Lucy. Her recent theatre credits include Racing Demon (Theatre Royal Bath), The Meeting (Hampstead Theatre) A Flea in her Ear (The Old Vic). The Grapes of Wrath (Chichester Festival theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (West End/Theatre Royal Bath/Tour) and The Master and Margarita (NYT – Lyric Hammersmith). Her television credits include Maigret, Agatha Raisin, Lark Rise to Candleford, Starlings, Wuthering Heights and Fanny Hill. Her film credits include Dartmoor Killing, Suspension of Disbelief and Cold.

Claire Skinner plays Nicola. She made her Hampstead Theatre debut last year in Rabbit Hole, Claire most recently starred in The Father at The Wyndhams Theatre, having transferred from The Tricycle. Other notable theatre credits include Blurred Lines, Mrs Affleck, A Winter’s Tale, Othello (National Theatre), Deathtrap (Noel Coward Theatre), Moonlight (Almeida and Comedy Theatre), Measure for Measure (RSC), The Importance of Being Earnest (The Aldwych) and The Glass Menagerie (Donmar / Comedy Theatre), for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress and won both a London Critic’s Circle Award and Time Out Award for Best Actress. Television and film credits include Critical, Outnumbered, Inside No. 9, Silk, Doctor Who, Lark Rise to Candleford, Sense & Sensibility, Homefront, Poirot, Sleepy Hollow, Life is Sweet and Naked.

The commissioning of Prism was funded by NEXT DECADE, a joint Hampstead Theatre/AKO Foundation initiative.

THE SLAVES OF SOLITUDE By Nicholas Wright,  adapted from the novel by Patrick Hamilton, directed by Jonathan Kent

20 October – 25 November Press Night Monday 30 October 7pm

‘Have I shocked you? Have I bruised the delicate feelings of the English Miss? Miss Missed-her- chance. Miss Missed-her-man. Miss Prim. Miss Prude’

Hampstead Theatre presents the world premiere of Nicholas Wright’s The Slaves of Solitude directed by Jonathan Kent. Adapted from Patrick Hamilton’s much-loved story, this new play weaves a fascinating blend of dark hilarity and melancholy in a story about an improbable heroine in wartime Britain.

1943, Henley-on-Thames. Miss Roach is forced by the war to flee London for the Rosamund Tea Rooms boarding house, which is as grey and lonely as its residents. From the safety of these new quarters, her war now consists of a thousand petty humiliations, of which the most burdensome is sharing her daily life with the unbearable Mr. Thwaites.

But a breath of fresh air arrives in the form of a handsome American Lieutenant and things start to look distinctly brighter… Until, that is, a seeming friend moves into the room adjacent to Miss Roach’s, upsetting the precariously balanced ecosystem of the house…

Nicholas Wright returns to Hampstead Theatre following the sell-out hit The Last of the Duchess (Main Stage, 2011) and A Human Being Died That Night (Downstairs, 2013). His other plays include Treetops and One Fine Day (Riverside Studios), The Gorky Brigade (Royal Court), The Crimes of Vautrin (Joint Stock), The Custom of the Country and The Desert Air (RSC), Cressida (Almeida Theatre at the Albery), Rattigan’s Nijinsky (Chichester Festival Theatre), Travelling Light, Mrs. Klein, Vincent in Brixton and The Reporter (National Theatre). He adapted His Dark Materials (National Theatre), and wrote versions of Naked and Lulu (Almeida), John Gabriel Borkman, Three Sisters (National Theatre) and Thérèse Raquin (Chichester Festival Theatre and NT). His adaptation of Pat Barker’s Regeneration was produced in Northampton and on tour in 2014. His opera libretti include The Little Prince (Houston Grand Opera) Man on the Moon (Channel 4) and Marnie (ENO 2017 and New York Metropolitan Opera 2018); television credits include Armistead Maupin’s More Tales of the City (Channel 4) and three episodes of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (HBO/BBC). He wrote 99 Plays and co-wrote Changing Stages with Richard Eyre.

Jonathan Kent returns to Hampstead Theatre following Good People, starring Imelda Staunton in 2014. He was joint Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre between 1990 and 2002, which he founded as a full-time producing theatre. His productions included Britannicus (also West End/New York), Hamlet (also Broadway), Plenty (West End), King Lear, The Tempest, Platonov, Lulu (also Washington), Coriolanus (also New York /Tokyo), Richard II, Naked (also West End), Phèdre, The Government Inspector, Ivanov (also Moscow), Tartuffe, Hamlet (also Broadway), Gangster No 1, The Life of Galileo, Chatsky, The Showman, The School for Wives, Medea (also West End/Broadway), The Rules of the Game, All for Love, When We Dead Awaken. Other theatre work includes Sweet Bird of Youth (Chichester Festival Theatre), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Broadway), David Hare’s Chekhov Trilogy: Ivanov, Platonov & The Seagull (Chichester Festival Theatre and the National Theatre), Gypsy (Chichester Festival Theatre and the West End), Good People (The Hampstead Theatre and the West End), Private Lives (Chichester Festival Theatre and the West End), Sweeney Todd (Chichester Festival Theatre and the West End), The Emperor and Galilean (National Theatre), A Month in the Country (Chichester Festival Theatre), Marguerite (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Oedipus (National Theatre), The Sea and The Country Wife (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Faith Healer  (Dublin/Broadway), As You Desire Me (West End), King Lear (Sheffield Crucible), Hecuba (Donmar Warehouse), Hamlet (Japan), Man of La Mancha (Broadway), Le Cid, Mother Courage and Her Children and The False Servant (National Theatre).

Patrick Hamilton was born in Hassocks, Sussex in 1904. He and his parents moved a short while later to Hove, where he spent his early years. He published his first novel, Craven House, in 1926 and within a few years had established a wide readership for himself. Despite personal setbacks and an increasing problem with drink, he was still able to write some of his best work. His plays include the thrillers Rope (1929) – on which Alfred Hitchcock’s film Rope was based – and Gaslight (1939), also successfully adapted for screen in the same year. There was also an historical drama, The Duke in Darkness (1943). Among his novels are The Midnight Bell (1929), The Siege of Pleasure (1932), The Plains of Cement (1934), a trilogy entitled Twenty Thousand Streets under the Sky (1935), Hangover Square (1941) and The Slaves of Solitude (1947). The Gorse Trilogy is made up of The West Pier, Mr Stimpson and Mr Gorse and Unknown Assailant, which were first published during the 1950s. He died in 1962.

CELL MATES By Simon Gray, directed by Edward Hall

30 November – 20 January Press Night Thursday 7 December 7pm

‘Spies betray people. That’s what we do. It becomes a – a habit. Difficult to break – even when it’s not – not strictly necessary’

Hampstead Theatre presents Simon Gray’s deftly funny play Cell Mates which has been unperformed since 1995. Directed by Artistic Director Edward Hall, this absorbing drama explores how personal freedom is an illusion and even friendship must have carefully circumscribed limits in a world where deception is a reflex response.

Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London, 1961. One of Britain’s most notorious double agents, George Blake, is serving a 42 year sentence – that is, until he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Irish petty criminal, Sean Bourke. Both men are eccentric outsiders, and each sees the possibility of escape – and not just from prison – through the other. But once on the outside, can their mutual dependence survive the mounting pressures they face from MI5, from the KGB – and indeed from themselves?

Simon Gray wrote more than 30 stage plays including Butley, Otherwise Engaged (which both received Evening Standard Award for Best Play), Japes, Michael, Japes Too, Missing Dates (premiered together at Hampstead in 2014 as In the Vale of Health), Close of Play, The Rear Column, Quartermaine’s Terms (winner of 8 Obie Awards), The Common Pursuit, Hidden Laughter, The Late Middle Classes (winner of the Barclay’s Best Play Award), The Old Masters and Little Nell. He is the author of many plays for television and radio, also films, including the 1987 adaptation of J L Carr’s A Month in the Country, and TV films including Running Late, After Pilkington (winner of the Prix Italia) and Emmy Award-winning Unnatural Pursuits. His acclaimed works of non-fiction are An Unnatural Pursuit, How’s That for Telling ’Em, Fat Lady?, Fat Chance, Enter a Fox, The Smoking Diaries, The Year of the Jouncer, The Last Cigarette and Coda. The  dramatisation of his Diaries, The Last Cigarette, co-authored with Hugh Whitemore and directed by Richard Eyre, played in the West End in Spring/Summer 2009. In 1990 Simon Gray was awarded the BAFTA Writer’s Award. He was appointed CBE in the 2005 New Year’s Honours for his services to Drama and Literature. He died in 2008. For more information please visit www.simongray.org.uk

Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director Edward Hall’s productions include Filthy Business, Rabbit Hole, Firebird, Wonderland, Sunny Afternoon, Raving, Chariots of Fire, No Naughty Bits, Loyalty, and Enlightenment. As Artistic Director of Propeller, his Shakespeare productions have toured worldwide, played both in the West End and on Broadway, and have won numerous awards both in the UK and overseas. Other theatre work includes A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (National Theatre), Edmond with Kenneth Branagh (National Theatre), Macbeth with Sean Bean (Albery), The Constant Wife (Apollo), Julius Caesar (RSC), Henry V (RSC), and The Deep Blue Sea (Vaudeville). Television work includes The Durrells, Partners in Crime, Restless, Downton Abbey, Strike Back, Spooks and Kingdom.

Casting for The Slaves of Solitude and Cell Mates will be announced in due course.

Hampstead Theatre announces the cast of Gloria

‘Aren’t you turning thirty any day now? I will die before I turn thirty in a cubicle.’

Hampstead Theatre presents the UK premiere of Branden Jacobs-JenkinsGloria, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2016, directed by Michael Longhurst. Colin Morgan and Ellie Kendrick will make their Hampstead Theatre debuts in this razor-sharp comic drama which focuses on ambition, office warfare and hierarchies, where the only thing that matters is moving up the ladder and selling out to the highest bidder.

New York. A city that runs on ambition – and coffee.

In the offices of a notorious Manhattan magazine, a group of ruthless editorial assistants vie for their bosses’ jobs and a book deal before they’re thirty. But trapped between Starbucks runs, jaded gossip and endless cubicle walls, best-selling memoir fodder is thin on the ground – that is until inspiration arrives with a bang…

Kae Alexander’s theatre credits include Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and The Internet is Serious Business (Royal Court). Television credits include Uncle, Fleabag, Bad Education, We the Jury, One of Us and Game of Thrones. Film credits include The Bad Education Movie, The White Room. Kae also has a role in the film Ready Player One which will be released next year and television programmes Collateral and Hard Sun later this year.

Sian Clifford’s credits include Time and the Conways (Nottingham Playhouse), Fever (Jermyn Street Theatre), Good Clean Fun (Soho Theatre), Beauty and the Beast and Pains of Youth (National Theatre). Television credits include Fleabag, Midsomer Murders and Dark Matters, and film credits include The Communists, Paddy and The Other Me.

Bayo Gbadamosi’s theatre credits include I See You (Royal Court), Little Revolution (Almeida), Mad About The Boy (Unicorn Theatre, Bush Theatre and Young Vic), The Gods Are Not To Blame, The Litter and Uncle Vanya (Young Vic). Television and film credits are Swarm, Doctor Who and Casualty.

Ellie Kendrick’s recent theatre credits include Cyrano de Bergerac (Southwark Playhouse), Pests, The Low Road, In the Republic of Happiness (Royal Court) and Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe). Her recent television credits include Game of Thrones, Misfits, Chickens, Being Human, Upstairs Downstairs and The Diary of Anne Frank. Film credits include The Levelling, Whisky Galore, Love is Thicker Than Water, Native, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding and An Education.

Colin Morgan‘s theatre credits include Mojo (Harold Pinter Theatre), The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe), Our Private Life (Royal Court), A Prayer For My Daughter, Vernon God Little (Young Vic) and All About My Mother (The Old Vic). Colin’s television credits include The Living and The Dead, Humans, The Fall and Merlin. His film credits include The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Legend, Testament of Youth and Island. Colin also has roles in upcoming films The Happy Prince, Waiting For You and The Rising:1916.

 Bo Poraj’s credits include Blithe Spirit (Apollo Theatre/UK Tour), Timon of Athens (Shakespeare’s Globe), Cloud Nine (Almeida), Hilda (Hampstead Theatre) and Doctor Faustus (Young Vic). Television credits include Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Miranda, Boomers, The Musketeers Series 1 & 2, The Thick of It, Waking The Dead, The Inspector Lynley Myseries, The Thin Blue Line. Film credits include The Boat That Rocked, Stormbreaker, The Queen of Sheba’s Pearls, Enigma and Bubbly.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ credits include Everybody (forthcoming at the Signature Theatre), War (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater), Gloria (Vineyard Theatre; Pulitzer Prize-finalist), Appropriate (Signature Theatre; Obie Award), An Octoroon (Soho Rep; Obie Award) and Neighbors (The Public Theater). He is a Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre and under commissions from LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, MTC/Sloan, and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. His recent honors include the MacArthur Fellowship, the Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama, the Benjamin Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Theatre Award, the Steinberg Playwriting Award, and the Tennessee Williams Award.  He currently teaches in the Hunter College Playwriting MFA Program, where he is a Master-Artist-in-Residence.

Michael Longhurst is an award-winning stage director. He directed the production of Peter Schaffer’s Amadeus at the National Theatre which ran until March 2017 and received exceptional reviews when it opened in November 2016 in the Olivier. His Royal Court production of Nick Payne’s Constellations starring Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall transferred to the West End, winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Play 2012 and receiving four Olivier award nominations. Constellations transferred to Broadway, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson to stunning reviews in January 2015. He also directed Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal in his American stage debut at the Roundabout Theatre, New York in Nick Payne’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet. He has developed and directed new plays across the UK including Adam Brace’s Stovepipe; a promenade co-production with the National Theatre, which featured in the Sunday Times ‘Best Theatre of the Decade’ list. Michael is also a recipient of the Jerwood Directors Award at the Young Vic (Dirty Butterfly) and a Fringe First (Guardians). He trained in directing at Mountview after reading Philosophy at Nottingham University. Michael is currently an Associate Director for Nuffield Theatre. In 2015, the Evening Standard named Michael as one of the 1000 most influential Londoners.

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Hampstead Theatre announces casting for Deposit, a Hampstead Downstairs Original

Deposit
Deposit

Deposit

‘Well today is a brave day, friends are uniting. To help each other’s dreams come true.’

Hampstead Theatre today announced the casting for Matt Hartley’s Deposit, a Hampstead Downstairs Original. Directed by Lisa Spirling, Deposit throws a lively and topical spotlight on ‘Generation Rent’ and the lengths they will go to in order to get that first step on the property ladder.

Deposit is one of three Hampstead Downstairs Originals which will open this spring. Following an initial development run at Hampstead Downstairs, the newly revised Deposit and Alligators will open at Hampstead Theatre and Kiss Me at Trafalgar Studios.

Rachel and Ben want to buy a flat in London. And so do their friends, Melanie and Sam. But what with rent, tax, student loans and bills, it’s impossible to save for a deposit.

So the foursome comes up with a fast-track solution to the problem: live together. Sneakily split the rent and bills on a tiny one bedroom flat for a year. But with paper thin walls and space growing sparser by the day, which will they sacrifice first – the friendship, the relationship or the dream of buying their own property?

Ben Addis plays Ben. Theatre credits include Edward II, Never So Good (National Theatre), Eathquakes In London (Headlong), Love, Love, Love (Pains Plough), Eurydice (ATC and Young Vic), The Seagull, King Lear (RSC) and Rock ‘n’ Roll (Duke of York’s). Film and television credits include Hugo, The Decoy Bride, King Lear and The Eichmann Show, The Musketeers, The Mysterious Mr Webster, Vera, Doctor Who, Lewis, Murder on the Victorian Railway, Dark Matters, Behind Closed Doors and Consuming Passion.

Karl Davies plays Sam. His theatre credits include Hobson’s Choice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Henry V, The Winter’s Tale (Propeller), The Great Game (Tricycle Theatre) and Snowbound (Trafalgar Studios). His film and television credits include Black Sea, The Quiet Hour; Brief Encounters, Happy Valley, Virtuoso, My Mad Fat Diary, The Children Next Door, Castles in the Sky, The Crimson Field, The Syndicate 2, Game of Thrones, The Case and Kingdom.

Natalie Dew plays Rachel. Her theatre credits include Breaking The Code (Manchester Royal Exchange), Human Animals (Royal Court), Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix), Teh Internet Is A Serious Business (Royal Court Theatre), Twelfth Night (Liverpool Everyman/Regent’s Park Open Air), Fault Lines (Hampstead), Romeo & Juliet (The National), Arab Nights (Soho Theatre), Rough Cuts (Hamlet (Northern Broadsides), Arabian Nights (RSC), As You Like It (Leicester Curve) and Hansel & Gretel (Barbican). Her film and television credits include Peter Rabbit, We Can Be Heroes, Toilets, Lewis and Gavin & Stacey.

Nicola Kavanagh plays Melanie. Theatre credits includes If We Can Get Through This (24 Hour Plays, Abbey Theatre), RIOT (THISISPOPBABY/Dublin Fringe Festival), Oedipus (Abbey Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Squerryes Court, Kent), Abyss (Arcola Theatre) and Othello (Frantic Assembly/Lyric Hammersmith).

Matt Hartley returns to Hampstead with a new version of Deposit following a sold out run Downstairs in 2015. His play Myth will open at the Royal Shakespeare Company at the same time. Matt’s first play Sixty Five Miles won a Bruntwood Award. His works are frequently performed in Europe and his play Burning Cars will receive its world premiere in Paris in 2018. His other theatre credits include Here I Belong (Pentabus Theatre) which will be remounted in Spring 2018, Horizon (National Theatre Connections), Microcosm (Soho Theatre), The Bee (Edinburgh Festival), Punch (Hampstead Theatre) Epic, Trolls and Life for Beginners (Theatre503).

Lisa Spirling returns with Deposit to Hampstead Downstairs following Ken, Pine, Fault Lines and I Know How I Feel About Eve. Lisa Spirling is the Artistic director of Theatre503. Her other directing credits include Jumpy (Theatr Clwyd), Donkeys’ Years, Here (Rose Theatre), The Garden of Ms Harriet Figg (Old Vic Theatre 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala), Enron (Noel Coward Theatre), Idiots of Ants, The Vagina Monologues and Gas and Air (Pleasance Theatre), Hundreds & Thousands (Soho Theatre), Cotton Wool (Theatre503) and Beauty and the Beast (Jacksons Lane Theatre).

 

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