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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

First Look: REHEARSAL IMAGES: Filthy Business – Hampstead Theatre

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.

Hampstead Theatre announces its Spring season 2017 for the Main Stage

Occupational Hazards
  • The world premiere of Ryan Craig’s fiery new family comedy Filthy Business will be directed by Artistic Director Edward Hall and star Sara Kestelman in the lead role of Yetta
  • The world premiere of Stephen Brown’s new play Occupational Hazards, based on Rory Stewart’s critically acclaimed memoir of the same name, will by directed by Simon Godwin.
  • The UK premiere of Branden Jacob-Jenkins’ Gloria, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2016, will be directed by Michael Longhurst.

FILTHY BUSINESS
A new play by Ryan Craig Directed by Edward Hall
10 March – 22 April 2017
Press Night Wednesday 16 March 7pm

‘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’

Filthy Business

Filthy Business

Hampstead Theatre presents the world premiere of Ryan Craig’s fiery family drama 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.

OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS
A new play by Stephen Brown
Based on the memoir by Rory Stewart Directed by Simon Godwin
28 April – 3 June 2017
Press night Monday 8 May 7pm

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

Occupational Hazards

Occupational Hazards

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.

September 2003. Rory Stewart, a thirty year old former British diplomat and soldier of distinction and accomplishment, 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.

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 in June 2007 to wide acclaim and had its US Premiere in Berkeley, CA, in 2008. The script is published by Oberon Books. 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.

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. For more information please visit www.rorystewart.co.uk.

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 Playhouse); Romeo & Juliet (Cambridge Arts); All’s Well That Ends Well (Straydogs/UK tour); Eurydice (Straydogs, BAC/Trafalgar Studios).

GLORIA
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Directed by Michael Longhurst
15 June – 22 July
Press night Wednesday 21 June 7pm

‘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 Jacob-Jenkins’ Gloria, directed by Michael Longhurst. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2016, this razor-sharp comic drama 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…

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 current production of Peter Schaffer’s Amadeus at the National Theatre, which runs 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 4 Olivier 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.

Casting for all three productions to be announced in due course.

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First Look: Rehearsal images of Sex With Strangers – Hampstead Theatre

The UK premiere of Laura Eason’s smart comedy Sex with Strangers is a multifaceted love story packed with hidden ambitions, soaring desires and secret agendas.

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Olivia, an attractive and talented but underappreciated mid-career writer, is unexpectedly trapped overnight in a secluded, snowed-in B&B with Ethan, an equally attractive and wildly successful young blogger.

Her latest novel is an unsung masterpiece; his blog is being made into a movie. She prefers books; he prefers eBooks. She is anonymous; he has half a million Twitter followers. But opposites soon attract – passionately – as each realise they want more of what the other has. But the closer they get, the more they must confront the murky side of ambition, success and Wi-Fi…

Sex with Strangers will be directed by Peter DuBois and stars Emilia Fox and Theo James.

Sex with Strangers

Previews from 27 January 2017 (Press night: 2 February 2017)

Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead Theatre announces Theo James will join Emilia Fox in the UK premiere of Sex with Strangers

Theo James

 

‘Look, I’m giving you another chance to show the world how talented you are. Take it. It’s worth the risk’

Olivia, an attractive and talented but underappreciated mid-career writer, is unexpectedly trapped overnight in a secluded, snowed-in B&B with Ethan, an equally attractive and wildly successful young blogger.

Her latest novel is an unsung masterpiece; his blog is being made into a movie. She prefers books; he prefers eBooks. She is anonymous; he has half a million Twitter followers. But opposites soon attract – passionately – as each realise they want more of what the other has. But the closer they get, the more they must confront the murky side of ambition, success and Wi-Fi…

Emilia Fox plays Olivia. Theatre credits includes Rapture Blister Burn (Hampstead Theatre), Coriolanus, Richard II (Almeida Theatre), Good (Donmar Warehouse), Katherine Howard (Chichester Festival Theatre) and The Cherry Orchard (RSC & Albery Theatre). She is best known for portraying Dr. Nikki Alexander in Silent Witness (Series 8 – 19), other television credits include The Tunnel, The Casual Vacancy, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Pride and Prejudice. Film credits include The Carer, The Devil’s Harvest, Suspension Of Disbelief, A Thousand Kisses Deep, Ways To Live Forever, Dorian Gray and The Pianist.

Theo James

Theo James

Theo James plays Ethan. Theo trained at Bristol Old Vic before launching his film career. He has starred in the Divergent series, based on the novels by Veronica Roth as well as other films to include War on Everyone, The Benefactor, The InBetweeners Movie and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. TV credits include Golden Boy, Downton Abbey and Bedlam. Upcoming films due for release include The Secret Scripture and Backstabbing for Beginners.

Hampstead Theatre today announces that Theo James will join Emilia Fox in the UK premiere of Laura Eason’s smart comedy Sex with Strangers, directed by Peter DuBois. Emilia Fox returns to Hampstead Theatre following the sell-out hit Rapture, Blister, Burn in 2014 and Theo James will make his professional stage debut in this multifaceted love story packed with hidden ambitions, soaring desires and secret agendas.

Laura Easonis a Brooklyn-based playwright, screenwriter and musical book writer. Selected productions of her twenty produced plays include: Sex with Strangers (more than thirty productions in the U.S. and internationally), The Undeniable Sound of Right Now (Rattlestick Theatre and Women’s Project Theatre, NYC, published by DPS), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Hartford Stage, CT; New Victory, NYC; People’s Light, PA; Actor’s Theatre, KY; KC Rep; St. Louis Rep; Denver Center, published by DPS) and Around the World in 80 Days (St. James Theatre, London; New Vic and Royal Exchange, UK; Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago; Baltimore Centerstage; published by BPPI and Nick Hern Books). She wrote the book for the musicals Days Like Today, (Writers Theatre, Chicago) and Summerland (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre commission). As a screenwriter, Laura is a writer/producer on the Netflix drama, House of Cards (WGA nomination for outstanding writing in a drama series, Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Drama Series for seasons two, three and four) and is currently developing her own TV drama series. Her feature film debut commences filming in 2017, produced by and starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Laura is an Ensemble Member and former Artistic Director of Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre (2011 Regional Tony Award). In New York, she is a member of Rising Phoenix Rep, the Dramatists Guild, New Georges, and is a Women’s Project Playwright’s Lab alumna.

Peter DuBois returns to Hampstead Theatre after directing Rapture, Blister, Burn in 2014 which starred Emilia Fox. His other London theatre credits are All New People (Duke of York’s) and Becky Shaw (Almeida), and his New York credits include The Power of Duff (New York Stage and Film), Modern Terrorism, Becky Shaw (2009 Pulitzer finalist), Trust, All New People (Second Stage Theatre), Measure for Pleasure, Richard III, Biro, Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles? (The Public Theater/ NYSF), and Jack Goes Boating, The View From 151st Street (LAByrinth Theater Company/The Public Theater). Peter is the Artistic Director at the Huntington Theatre Company, and has staged productions including A Little Night Music, Smart People, Sons of the Prophet, Vengeance is the Lord’s, The Miracle at Naples.

Wild Honey at Hampstead Theatre

Wild Honey

Wild Honey

Previews from 2 December 2016

Hampstead Theatre

Wild Honey

Wild Honey

Hampstead Theatre presents Michael Frayn’s Wild Honey, directed by Howard Davies and Jonathan Kent. This comedy of errors, drawn from Chekhov’s untitled – and posthumously discovered – early play, is a tale of nineteenth century Russian life replete with classic misunderstandings, irrepressible desires and nostalgia for a vanishing world.

Village schoolmaster Mikhail Vasilyevich has it all: wit, intelligence, a comfortable and respectable life in provincial Russia, and the attentions of four beautiful women – one of whom is his devoted wife… As summer arrives and the seasonal festivities commence, the rapidly intensifying heat makes everyone giddy with sunlight, vodka – and passion. Geoffrey Streatfeild will make his Hampstead Theatre debut in the role of Platonov. The cast also includes Bruce AlexanderJoe BannisterGunnar CautherySimon ChandlerKammy DarweishJoe EvansMatthew FlynnJo HerbertRebecca HumphriesJustine MitchellAdrian RichardsSophie Rundle and Howard Ward.

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