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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.

First Look: Production Images: Occupational Hazards at Hampstead Theatre

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).

 

First Look: Rehearsal Images: Occupational Hazards at Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead Theatre announces three Hampstead Downstairs Originals

Kiss Me
Kiss Me

Kiss Me

Hampstead Theatre today announced three Hampstead Downstairs Originals which will open this spring. Following an initial development run at Hampstead Downstairs, the updated plays Deposit and Alligators will open at Hampstead Theatre and Kiss Me at Trafalgar Studios.

  • Matt Hartley’s Deposit will be directed by Lisa Spirling and will open on Wednesday 17 May at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs.
  • Andrew Keatley’s Alligators will be directed by Simon Evans and will open on Wednesday 28 June at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs.
  • Richard Bean’s Kiss Me will be directed by Anna Ledwich and open on Friday 9 June at Trafalgar Studios.

Artistic Director Edward Hall comments
‘I’m extremely proud to officially open Deposit, Kiss Me and Alligators this summer. Matt Hartley, Richard Bean and Andrew Keatley present revised versions of their original drafts, which they’ve been able to develop following their respective runs Downstairs. Hampstead Downstairs has been able to provide this kind of unique support where writers can trial, adjust and refine their scripts through rehearsal and preview.’ Hampstead Downstairs’ mission is to identify and develop new plays that are entertaining, original and ambitious. Celia Atkin will be the new supporter of Hampstead Downstairs’ work for the next five years, following the innovative visionary patronage of The Peter Wolff Theatre Trust.

Edward Hall comments
‘Celia’s generosity will ensure that Hampstead Downstairs continues to grow and develop over the next five years, giving opportunity to create a whole canon of new work for new audiences. A major contribution to British new writing.’

Celia Atkin comments
‘As an admirer of the direction of Hampstead Theatre since Edward Hall’s brilliant tenure, I’m delighted to ensure that this special space, Hampstead Downstairs, continues to thrive. Developing a body of enduring new work, whilst encouraging a younger audience into the theatre is my particular passion. Hampstead Downstairs is a cauldron of creativity, providing a flexible space for writers and directors to try out new ideas and perfect their craft and I’m very pleased to support it.’

A Hampstead Downstairs Original Deposit By Matt Hartley Directed by Lisa Spirling 11 May – 10 June Press Night Wed 17 May 7pm
‘Well today is a brave day, friends are uniting. To help each other’s dreams come true.’
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?

Matt Hartley’s 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. Hartley returns to Hampstead with a new version of Deposit following a sold out run Downstairs in 2015. His theatre credits include the Bruntwood Award winning Sixty Five Miles (Paines Plough/ Hull Truck), Here I Belong (Pentabus) and Myth (Royal Shakespeare Company).

Lisa Spirling returns with Deposit to Hampstead Downstairs following Ken, Pine, Fault Lines and I Know How I Feel About Eve. Lisa is the Artistic Director of Theatre503. Other credits include Donkeys’ Years, Here (Rose Theatre, Kingston) and Jumpy (Theatr Clwyd).

A Hampstead Downstairs Original Alligators By Andrew Keatley Directed by Simon Evans 22 June – 22 July Press Night Wed 28 June 7pm
‘Are there things that you’ve done that you’re ashamed of? Things that – if they came out – would break your life in half?’
Daniel Turner has it all. A devoted wife, two beautiful children and a teaching job he loves. But when a series of allegations surface from six years earlier his world begins to crumble around him.
Can all the good he’s done be erased by one pointed finger? How can his loved ones doubt his innocence and can life ever be the same again?

Andrew Keatley’s burning new thriller asks how well we actually know those closest to us and explores how shameful secrets, that we thought long buried, can come back to bite us… Keatley returns to Hampstead with a new version of Alligators following a sold out run Downstairs last year. Keatley’s theatre credits include The Gathered Leaves (Park Theatre) and Colourings (Old Red Lion).

Simon Evans’ previous credits include the critically acclaimed Bug and The Dazzle (both Found111) and the forthcoming The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Donmar), starring Lenny Henry.

Mark Cartwright presents A Hampstead Downstairs Original Kiss Me By Richard Bean Directed by Anna Ledwich 6 June – 8 July Press Night Fri 9 June 7pm

‘I’m thirty-two and I want a baby. There are no men.’

A desperate woman. A chivalrous man. And a forbidden kiss that changes everything.

Richard Bean’s new play is a beautiful and unorthodox love story about two people struggling to escape the guilt and ghosts of the past, set against the shifting world of London post- World War I.

Following a sold out run at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, Kiss Me opens at the Trafalgar Studios. His other plays include One Man, Two Guvnors, Great Britain, Made in Dagenham and the sell-out hit The Nap, which starred Jack O’Connell.

Director Anna Ledwich will be returning to the Trafalgar Studios following her Olivier-award nominated Hampstead Downstairs production of Four Minutes Twelve Seconds.

Casting for the productions will be announced in due course.

Hampstead Theatre announces casting for Occupational Hazards

Occupational Hazards

 

Occupational Hazards

Occupational Hazards

‘It’s democracy. Everyone is equally unhappy. It’s the defining feature of the system’

Hampstead Theatre presents the world premiere of Stephen Brown’s play Occupational Hazards, which is based on Rory Stewart’s critically acclaimed memoir of the same name. Directed by Simon Godwin, this new play tells an extraordinary story about the moral conflicts, the dangers and the comic absurdities inherent in any foreign occupation. Henry Lloyd-Hughes will play the role of Rory having last been seen at Hampstead Theatre in Nina Raine’s Tiger Country in 2011.

The cast also includes Nezar Alderazi, Waj Ali, Silas Carson, Amy Cudden, Vangelis Christodoulou, Vincent Ebrahim, Aishya Hart, John Mackay and Johndeep More.

September 2003. Rory Stewart, a thirty year old former British diplomat is posted to serve as governor in a province of the newly liberated Iraq. His job is to help build a new civil society at peace with itself and its neighbours – an ambitious mission, admittedly, but outperforming Saddam should surely not prove too difficult…

Yet, freedom from repressive tyranny has allowed centuries of tribal conflict, sectarian tension and ethnic division to burst into the open once more. These sharp local realities plunge Stewart into a dangerous whirlpool of political intrigue in which the double-dealing of opposing interest groups creates intensifying confusion and chaos. As pressure for a settlement mounts from all sides he comes to realise that all politics is indeed local, and that Washington may have to rethink its dreams of Iraqi democracy.

Henry Lloyd-Hughes plays Rory Stewart. His theatre credits include NSFW (Royal Court), Posh (The Duke of York’s Theatre and Royal Court), The Changeling (Young Vic), Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith), Rope (Almeida Theatre), Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre) and The Miracle (National Theatre). Television credits include Indian Summers, The Cricklewood Greats, Parades  End, The Inbetweeners, Murphy’s Law, Ambassadors, The Rotters’ Club, Miliband of Brothers and Shirley. Film credits include Now You See Me 2, Madame Bovary, Man Up, Hello Carter, Anna Karenina, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, The Inbetweeners Movie, Weekender, Dimensions, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Unrelated.

Nezar Alderazi plays Ahmed. His theatre credits include Waiting for Godot (Estragon, Falaki Theatre), Three Sisters (Andrei, Cairo), Enter Queen Lear (Drayton Arms), Fear and Misery in the Third Reich (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Peer Gynt (Cockpit). His television credits include Al Jami’aa and War Machine.

Waj Ali plays Musab. His theatre credits include The Rest of your Life, Nahda – four visions of an Arab awakening (Bush theatre), Clothes Swap Theatre Party (Derby theatre), Suffering in Sirens (Greenwich theatre) and A is for Ali (Old Red Lion theatre). Television credits include The Attack, Tyrant, Da Vincis Demons and War on Drugs. Film credits include Red 2, Good People, 90 minutes and The Chop.

Silas Carson plays Karim. His theatre credits include Half Life (Theatre Royal Bath), Drawing The Line (Hampstead Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (National Theatre), Ruined, Macbeth (Almeida Theatre), Arabian Nights (Royal Shakespeare Company), Much Ado About Nothing (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Baghdad Wedding (Soho Theatre), A View From The Bridge (Sheffield Crucible), A Doll’s House (Young Vic), Romeo and Juliet (Lyric Hammersmith) and Twelfth Night (Playhouse Theatre). Television credits include Eastenders, New Blood, Unforgotten, DCI Banks, Indian Summers, The Casual Vacancy, The ‘C’ Word, Glue, Transporter, Holby City, How Not to Live Your Life, The Philanthropist, Hunter, Bonekickers and Waterloo Road. Film credits include Postcards From London, Miss You Already, Blood Cells, Dying of the Light, Locke, It’s A Lot, Cleanskin, Star Wars-Revenge Of The Sith and Star Wars – Attack Of The Clones.

Amy Cudden plays JD. Her recent theatre credits include After Miss Julie (Bath Theatre Royal/Tour). Other theatre credits include Tonight at 8.30 (The Nuffield Theatre), One Man, Two Guvnors (Haymarket Theatre), The Village Bike (Sheffield Crucible), Shallow Slumber (Soho Theatre) and Plasticine (Southwark Playhouse). Television credits include Holby City, Doctors, Phoneshop, Doctor Who, Vera, The Bill, Casualty and Crimson Knights. Film credits include Deep Sleep, 4.48 Psychosis and Gone Far Away.

Vangelis Christodoulou plays Seyyed Ismail and Rifat. His television and film credits include Casualty, Da Vinci’s Demons, The Ellington Kid, and Papadopoulos & Sons.

Vincent Ebrahim plays Abu Rashid and Khaled. His theatre credits include Dara, Behind The Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre), The Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court), The Empress, Real Dreams, The Danton Affair (RSC), Nathan The Wise (Hampstead Theatre), Credible Witness (Royal Court Upstairs), Ramayana (Birmingham Rep and National Theatre), Tartuffe, Little Clay Cart and Fanshen (National Theatre). Television credits include Hoff The Record, Hollyoaks, Doctors, The Old Guys, Compulsion, The Kumars At Number 42, New Street Law, After You’ve Gone, Meet The Magoons, The Lenny Henry Show, Bedtime and Clocking Off. Film credits include Allied, The Physician, Material and The Curse of the Wererabbit.

Aishya Hart plays Rana. Her television and film credits include Line Of Duty, New Blood, Atlantis, Honour and Djinn. Her radio credits include BBC Radio 4’s Flood Minimum, Tumanbay and The Reluctant Spy.

John Mackay plays The Colonel and Bremner. His recent theatre credits include The Sewing Group (Royal Court Theatre) and Wild (Hampstead Theatre). Other theatre credits include Measure For Measure (Young Vic), Oresteia (Almeida), Drawing the Line, 55 Days (Hampstead Theatre), Richard III (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory), Going Dark (Young  Vic/ Sound & Fury), Little Eagles, Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, Julius Caesar, The Grainstore, The Histories, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Pilate, Macbeth, Hamlet (RSC), Six Characters In Search Of An Author (Headlong), Dark Earth (Traverse) and All My Sons (York Theatre Royal). Television credits include Hollow Crown II, The Honourable Woman, Holby City, Law and Order; The Great Transatlantic Cable, Doc Martin, Casualty and Trial & Retribution III.

Johndeep More plays Seyyed Hassan. His theatre credits include The Kite Runner (Wyndham’s) and East is East (The Birmingham Rep and UK tour). Film credits include Blue Line and Internal.

Stephen Brown scripted Filter Theatre’s sell-out hit Faster (BAC, London/Lyric Studio, London/UK tour/Frankfurt/59E59 Theater, New York). His play, Future Me premiered at Theatre503 in London to wide acclaim, toured the UK and had US productions in Berkeley, CA and at the Public Theater, New York. The script is published by Oberon Books. Other work includes co-scripting Does My Society Look Big in This? at Bristol Old Vic, with Tom Morris and dramaturgy on Lost Dog’s Salvage (Corn Exchange Newbury / The Laban Centre / The Place). He has worked as a critic and journalist in print and on radio and as a book editor and translator. He was publisher of the London-based political magazine Prospect. Stephen is currently under commission to the National Theatre and is developing a show with Bristol Old Vic.

Before being elected as Member of Parliament for Penrith and The Border in 2010, Rory Stewart worked in foreign affairs with a particular focus on military intervention and international development. After a brief period as an infantry officer in the British Army he joined the UK Diplomatic Service, serving overseas in Jakarta, as British representative to Montenegro in the wake of the Kosovo crisis, and as the coalition Deputy-Governor of two provinces in the Marsh Arab region of Southern Iraq following the Iraq intervention of 2003; he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his work in Iraq. On leave from the Foreign Service he walked for 21 months crossing Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal, staying in 500 village houses on the journey. He has written three books: The Places in Between, a New York Times bestseller, which describes his walk across Afghanistan in the winter of 2001-2002, Occupational Hazards, which describes his time as an administrator in Southern Iraq, and Can Intervention Work? with Gerald Knaus, an essay on military intervention. He has presented three BBC television documentaries: In Search of Lawrence of Arabia, Afghanistan: The Great Game, and Border Country: The Story of Britain’s Lost Middleland. Today, Rory is Minister of State at the Department for International Development (DFID) having previously been Minister for the Environment and Rural Affairs at DEFRA. After the devastating floods of December 2015 – January 2016, Rory was appointed as Flood Envoy for Cumbria and Lancashire, overseeing recovery efforts, and was Chair of the Cumbria Floods Partnership. Prior to becoming a Minister in 2015, he served for four years on the Foreign Affairs Committee, and in 2014 was elected Chair of the Defence Select Committee by all parties in parliament as the youngest ever Select Committee chair.

Simon Godwin is an Associate Director at the National Theatre, where he has directed Twelfth Night, Sunset at the Villa Thalia, The Beaux Stratagem, Man and Superman and Strange Interlude. At the Royal Court, his work includes Routes, If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep, NSFW, The Witness, Goodbye to All That, The Acid Test and Wanderlust. For Bristol Old Vic, The Little Mermaid, Krapp’s Last Tape, A Kind of Alaska, Faith Healer and Far Away. For the RSC: Hamlet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Other theatre Includes: The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout, New York), Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe), Regeneration (Royal & Derngate and tour), Candida (Theatre Royal Bath), Krapp’s Last Tape/A Kind Of Alaska, Faith Healer, and Far Away (Bristol Old Vic), The Winter’s Tale (Headlong with Nuffield Theatre & Schtanhaus/UK tour), All the Little Things We Crushed (Almeida Projects), The Country (Tabard), The Seagull, Habeas Corpus, Relatively Speaking (Royal & Derngate Theatres, Northampton), Quartermaine’s Terms (Royal & Derngate Theatres/Salisbury Playhouse), Mister Heracles (West Yorkshire

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Full casting announced for Filthy Business at Hampstead Theatre.

Filthy Business
Filthy Business

Filthy Business

‘When you’ve got no nation, no government, no place in the world what have you got? Family. You can’t depend on anything else’

Hampstead Theatre presents the world premiere of Ryan Craig’s fiery family comedy Filthy Business. Directed by Artistic Director Edward Hall, this new production takes a closer look at the entrepreneurial outsiders who became part of the beating heart of modern Britain. Critically acclaimed actor Sara Kestelman takes on the lead role of matriarch Yetta Solomon in this epic new work.

1968, East London. Over the years and against all the odds, Yetta Solomon has built a thriving business from nothing through sheer grit and passion. Ignoring all the obstacles – insufficient capital, economic downturns, aggressive competition – she has found a way to survive everything adversity could throw at her.

Now she faces her toughest challenge: her family. In a rapidly changing Britain, Yetta must protect the shop and keep it in the Solomon family. But her sons, grandchildren and in-laws have other ideas… Always ruthless, how far will she go to keep the business in the family and the family in the business?

Ryan Craig was Writer-in-Residence at the Royal National Theatre Studio from January 2012 to March 2013. His plays for the National include The Holy Rosenbergs, a version of Tadeusz Siobojanek’s Our Class and We Lost Elijah for NT Connections. Other plays include How to Think The Unthinkable (Unicorn Theatre), Talk Talk Fight Fight (Tricycle Theatre), The Glass Room (Hampstead Theatre), Broken Road (BAC/Edinburgh Fringe – winner of a Fringe First), Happy Savages (Lyric Studio) and What We Did To Weinstein (Menier Chocolate Factory) for which he was nominated for the Evening Standard’s Most Promising Playwright award. Television includes Musketeers, Robin Hood, Waterloo Road and Hustle all for BBC1 and Saddam’s Tribe for Channel 4. In 2005 he was Writer-in-Residence at BBC Radio Drama and his radio plays include Blood Sports, Resolutions, English in Afghanistan, The Lysistrata Project, Hold My Breath, Portugal, The Great Pursuit, and Looking For Danny. Other works currently in development include Games for Lovers, Hepburn – Tracy, The Ghost Map and the screenplay Father of a Million Babies.

Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director Edward Hall’s productions include Rabbit Hole, Firebird, Wonderland, Sunny Afternoon, Raving, Chariots of Fire, No Naughty Bits, Loyalty, and Enlightenment. As Artistic Director of Propeller, his work has toured worldwide, played in both the West End and Broadway, and has 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.

Sara Kestelman plays Yetta. Her theatre credits include The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (Hampstead Theatre) Cabaret
(Donmar), Girls (UK Tour), 4000 Miles (Bath Theatre Royal), Torchsong Trilogy (Menier Chocolate Factory), Making Noise Quietly, Nine, Hamlet, Love for Love, As You Like It, The Double Dealer, The Threepenny Opera and The American Clock (National Theatre), Macbeth, Custom of the Country (RSC), King Lear (RSC/Barbican), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC/New York), Lettice & Lovage (Gielgud), Fiddler on the Roof (Palladium). Her television and film credits include Zardoz, Lisztomania, Lady Jane, Anna Karenina, The Last Spark of Sundown, Rome, The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, The Last Romantics, and In the Flesh.

Vanessa Babirye plays Rosa. Theatre credits include Plaques & Tangles, Truth & Reconciliation (The Royal Court), Beautiful Thing (Tour), Romeo & Juliet (National Theatre). Television and film credits include Ackee and Saltfish, Babylon, Our Girl, Casualty, Random and Strawberry Fields.

Jack Bannon plays Gerard. His theatre credits include The Sweethearts (Finborough Theatre) and Foxfinder (Gothenburg English Studio Theatre). Film and television credits include The Loch, Ripper Street, Kids In Love, Endeavour, Fury, The Imitation Game, Clique, The Giblet Boys and Shadow Play.

Callie Cooke plays Bernice. Her credits include Firebird (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs and Trafalgar Studios). Her television credits include Britannia and Doctors, and she has an upcoming role in an adaptation of JK Rowling’s The Strike Series.

Stephen Critchlow plays Vern/ Harry. Stephen’s theatre credits include The 39 Steps (The Criterion Theatre and Criterion Theatre), Loyalty (Hampstead Theatre), The Game Of Love And Chance (Sailsbury Playhouse), Twelfth Night, Soap, Time Of My Life (Theatre Royal Northampton), Round the Horne Revisited (The Venue) and Cyrano de Bergerac (National Theatre). His film and television credits include A Way Through The Woods, Churchill The Hollywood Years, Holby City, Red Dwarf 11, Downton Abbey, The Railway Murder, Miranda, Guerrilla, Coronation Street and Casualty.

Edmund Derrington plays Monty. His theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Globe) and Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre and Hampstead Theatre). His film and television credits include Mr Turner, Siblings, Fresh Meat and Holby City.

Elizabeth Hill plays Carol. Her theatre credits include Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre), The Suicide (National Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (Young Vic at The Barbican and Broadway), Villette (Stephen Joseph Theatre) and Cheryomushki (Lyric Hammersmith). Her television and film credits include Emmerdale, EastEnders, Doctors, Coronation Street, Line of Duty, Downton Abbey, The Jack Whitehall Show and The Bill. Modern Life Is Rubbish, A Chorus of Disapproval, The Man You’re Not.

Louis Hilyer plays Nat. His theatre credits include Waste, Flight (National Theatre), Pitman Painters (Theatre Royal Windsor), Farewell To The Theatre (Hampstead Theatre), The White Devil (Menier Chocolate Factory), Richard II (The Old Vic), Poor Beck, King Lear, Macbeth (RSC). Television and film credits include George Gently, Broken, Tina and Bobby, Undercover, Downton Abbey, The Bible, Wallander, Doctors. Dans La Lumiere, Troy, Modigiani, and World of Tomorrow.

Dorian Lough plays Leo. His film and television credits include Witness for the Prosecution, Brimstone, New Blood, The Tunnel, From the Cradle to the Grave, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Far from the Madding Crowd, Vera, Peaky Blinders, My Cousin Rachel, Notting Hill and Monster Trilogy. His recent theatre credits include Bloody Poetry (DOC), A View from the Bridge (Royal Exchange), The Round Table (Lyric Hammersmith), and Private Wars (Greenwich Theatre).

Tunji Lucas plays Walter. His theatre credits include Crude Grid (Iron), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Damned by Despair, 24 Bishops, Greenland (National Theatre), Titus Andronicus (Dundee Rep), Fast Cuts and Snap Shots (WYP/Fuel TC/Transform Festival), The Burial (The Albany), Romeo and Juliet (Headlong). Film and television credits include Pan, The Bill, Taking the Flak, Coming Up: Raising Baby Rio, Harry and Paul and Bike Squad.

Mairead McKinley plays Eileen. Her theatre credits include Translations, Cyrano de Bergerac, Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards and The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other (National Theatre), Roberto Zucco, Shadows of the Glen, Riders to the Sea, Purgatory (RSC), Ten Rounds (Tricycle Theatre), Further than the Furthest Thing (Tricycle Theatre and tour) and The Terrible Voice of Satan (Royal Court Theatre). Her film and television credits include Molly’s Way, Sundays, Velvet Goldmine, Demons Never Die, Edge of Tomorrow, Unforgotten, Vera, My Mad Fat Diary, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Murder Prevention, Peak Practice, Father Ted, Resort to Murder and Life After Birth.

Keenan Munn-Francis plays Titus.

plays Mickey. His theatre credits include Club 44 (Soho Theatre) Let Them Eat Jam (Rosehill Theatre). Film and television credits include B&B, The Durrells (Series 1 & 2) and Cold Feet.