The original theatre (The Hampstead Theatre Club) was created in 1959 in Moreland Hall, a parish church school hall in Holly Bush Vale, Hampstead Village. James Roose-Evans was the first Artistic Director, and the 1959–1960 season included The Dumb Waiter and The Room by Harold Pinter, Eugène Ionesco's Jacques and The Sport of My Mad Mother by Ann Jellicoe. In 1962 the company moved to a portable cabin in Swiss Cottage where it remained for nearly 40 years, before, in 2003, the new purpose-built Hampstead Theatre opened in Swiss Cottage. The main auditorium seats 325 people. The studio theatre, Hampstead Downstairs, seats up to 100 people and was turned into a laboratory for new writing in 2010.
We asked the cast and creative team of The Phlebotomist if they had the option of a health credit score rating, like in the play, would they take it? The Phlebotomist is now playing until 19 May. More information and tickets: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2018/the-phlebotomist/
Director Sam Yates, writer Ella Road and actors Jade Anouka, Rory Fleck Byrne, Cherrelle Skeete and Vincent Ebrahim introduce their new play The Phlebotomist, which plays 12 April - 19 May. More information and tickets: www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2018/the-phlebotomist/
Don’t miss the extraordinary and joyously original Caroline, Or Change, as the five-star, Olivier award-winning musical transfers to the West End this November following sell-out runs at the Chichester Festival and Hampstead Theatres. More information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/west-end-2018/caroline-or-change/
Hampstead Theatre sell-out hit The Moderate Soprano transfers to the Noel Coward Theatre for a limited West End run from 6 April. More information and tickets: https://hampsteadtheatre.ticketswitch.com/city/2957-london/4DG5-the-moderate-soprano/
Writers Rajiv Joseph and Jemma Kennedy introduce their new plays, playing at Hampstead Theatre Spring 2018. Rajiv Joseph's Describe the Night plays 30 April - 9 June: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2018/describe-the-night Jemma Kennedy's Genesis Inc. plays 22 June - 28 July: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2018/genesis-inc
Rajiv Joseph's darkly comic fantasia on Russian themes Describe the Night plays at Hampstead Theatre 30 April - 9 June. https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2018/describe-the-night
Jemma Kennedy's blisteringly entertaining and multifaceted tale Genesis Inc. plays at Hampstead Theatre 22 June - 28 July https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2018/genesis-inc
★★★★★ Sunday Times | ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday | ★★★★★ The Telegraph | ★★★★ The Guardian | ★★★★ The Times | ★★★★ Financial Times | ★★★★ The Independent | ★★★★ Evening Standard | ★★★★★ The Stage Sharon D. Clarke, director Michael Longhurst and writers Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori introduce critically acclaimed musical Caroline, or Change which transfer from Chichester Festival Theatre to Hampstead Theatre from 12 March. More information and tickets: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2018/caroline-or-change/
We go into Dry Powder rehearsals to speak to Writer Sarah Burgess, Director Anna Ledwich and actors Hayley Atwell, Aidan McArdle and Tom Riley and get a sneak peek of the cast in action. Dry Powder plays 26 January - 3 March. More information and tickets: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2018/dry-powder/ New York City – open for business 24/7. In the same week his private equity firm forced massive layoffs at a supermarket chain, Rick threw himself a lavish engagement party - which even featured an elephant - setting off a publicity nightmare. However all’s not lost when you’re the titan of high finance – there’s still an abundance of cash in reserve and Seth, one of Rick’s partners, spots an opportunity to salvage the company’s reputation with an investment that’s both sound and PR-friendly. But Jenny, the third partner, and Seth’s nemesis, has other ideas: she’s not in business to make friends. If there’s money to be made, she’ll do whatever it takes to generate the maximum return, irrespective of what the critics might say… The game is on in Sarah Burgess’ breathtakingly witty and virtuosic comedy exploring the vision, the vulnerability, and the vilification of those shaping - and skewing - the economy.
Director Chelsea Walker and actors Ali Barouti, Leah Harvey, Shannon Tarbet and Joseph Thompson introduce Georgia Christou's debut play, Yous Two. Playing Downstairs 18 January - 24 February. More information and tickets: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2018/yous-two/ Fifteen year old Billie has lived with her Dad in their little flat for as long as she can remember, but all that’s about to change. She’s got big plans - get Dad a job, sort out her grades, and live in a house with five bathrooms. But one reckless night threatens to undo all her hard work and derail her ambitions…When it’s always been just the two of you, how easy is it to get out, or to let anyone else in? Georgia Christou’s debut play is a moving portrayal of the conflict between personal aspiration and familial responsibility, and what happens when those you should depend on need you more than you need them. Winner of the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2017, Chelsea Walker’s theatre credits include Low Level Panic (Orange Tree Theatre), P’yonyang (Finborough Theatre) and Klippies (Southwark Playhouse).
Edward Hall's 'astute revival' of Simon Gray's 'strongly recommended' ★★★★ (The Independent) Cell Mates is now playing until 20 January. For more information and tickets: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2017/cell-mates/
Writer David Lewis, Director Donnacadh O'Briain and actor Diana Quick introduce new festive comedy, Mother Christmas. Mother Christmas plays 8 December - 13 January. More information and tickets: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2018/mother-christmas/ It’s Christmas Eve and the annual fancy dress party at matriarch Maggie’s house is about to begin - the mince pies are in the oven, the festive tunes are playing and Ben’s debuting another classic costume… a giant oven-ready turkey. Three generations of the same family together again. But beneath this shiny spectacle, the bickering and resentments from Christmases past have seemingly left their mark, threatening to overflow into Christmas present and Christmases to come. But, surely, whatever’s happened over the years can be forgiven and forgotten - after all, it’s Christmas. Christmas is love, Christmas is peace, a time for hating and fighting to cease…? David Lewis’ darkly festive comedy puts an unfamiliar spin on the familiar tale of powder keg family Christmases and explores how the most wonderful time of the year can also be the worst.
1966. A daring escape from Wormwood Scrubs Prison to Moscow that even MI5 can’t crack. Edward Hall directs Simon Gray’s absorbing and funny spy thriller. More information and tickets: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2017/cell-mates/
Writer Roy Williams and Director Denis Lawson introduce new play The Firm, which is now playing at Hampstead Downstairs until 2 December 2017. More information and tickets: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2017/the-firm/ In a pub in South London ‘The Firm’ reunite for the first time in twelve years. Back in their misspent youth they were a notorious criminal gang; these days they’re older, wiser, and their lives have changed beyond recognition. But when an uninvited guest turns up to the party with an intriguing proposition and an explosive secret it’s clear they might be tempted to try their hands at one last job. Will they escape their past unscathed? Roy Williams’ gripping new play is a tale of growing up, lifelong loyalties and how sometimes, it is possible to choose your own family. Multi-award winning playwright Roy Williams returns following Wildefire on the Main Stage in 2014. His other theatre credits include Sucker Punch (Royal Court), Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads (National Theatre) and Soul (Hackney Empire/Royal Derngate). Denis Lawson returns to Hampstead following sell-out hit The Meeting, last year. Other directing credits include Little Malcolm And His Struggle Against The Eunuchs starring Ewan McGregor (Hampstead Theatre/West End) and The Anniversary starring Sheila Hancock (West End).
Writers Georgia Christou, Amy Ng and Ella Road introduce their new plays which open Downstairs in 2018. For more information and tickets: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/hampstead-downstairs/ Yous Two | 18 Jan - 24 Feb | Written by Georgia Christou and directed by Chelsea Walker Acceptance | 2 Mar - 7 April | Written by Amy Ng and directed by Anna Ledwich The Phlebotomist | 12 Apr - 19 May | Written by Ella Road
Director Edward Hall introduces Simon Gray's spy thriller, Cell Mates. Cell Mates runs at Hampstead Theatre 30 November - 20 January. Click here for more information and tickets: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/what... 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’s absorbing and deftly funny play, unperformed since 1995, explores how personal freedom is an illusion and even friendship must have carefully circumscribed limits in a world where deception is a reflex response. Gray wrote more than 30 plays for stage and television, including Quartermaine's Terms, Butley, Otherwise Engaged, The Common Pursuit and Japes. He also wrote five novels as well as a series of memoirs that include The Smoking Diaries trilogy and Coda. For more information please visit www.simongray.org.uk. Edward Hall has directed some of Hampstead’s biggest hits including the Olivier Award winning musical Sunny Afternoon, Filthy Business, Rabbit Hole, Chariots of Fire and Wonderland.
'Raucously rude, brilliantly played and perfectly soundtracked' Vogue No One Will Tell Me How To Start A Revolution is now playing until 21 October. For more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2017/no-one-will-tell-me-how-to-start-a-revolution/ Suzie, Edwina and Lucy have moved to a new school in a new town. Three very different sisters who will do anything to fit in and yet are desperate to be noticed. But how far will they go to break out of the roles in which they've been cast and will they ever be able to truly change their lives when they're swimming against the tide? Luke Barnes' Hampstead debut paints a captivating, lively and poignant portrait of the pressures of being a teenager and the fight for acceptance – irrespective of the cards you’ve been dealt. Film produced by Bigger Boat Films
Sarah Burgess' breathtakingly witty and virtuosic comedy Dry Powder plays at Hampstead Theatre 26 January - 3 March. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2018/dry-powder/
Writer Nicholas Wright introduces his adaptation of Patrick Hamilton's much-loved novel, The Slaves of Solitude. The Slave of Solitude runs at Hampstead Theatre 20 October - 25 November. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2017/the-slaves-of-solitude/ 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’s new play weaves a fascinating blend of dark hilarity and melancholy from Patrick Hamilton’s much-loved story about an improbable heroine in wartime Britain.
Writer/Director Terry Johnson, actor Robert Lindsay, Artistic Director Edward Hall and Jack Cardiff's son Mason Cardiff introduce new play, Prism. Prism runs 6 September - 14 October. Click here for tickets and to find out more: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2017/prism/ 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’s delightfully witty and poignant new play is based on the extraordinary life of double Oscar-winning cinematic master Jack Cardiff; ‘the man who made women look beautiful’. Terry Johnson returns to Hampstead as writer/director following his sell-out hit Hysteria starring Antony Sher and Ken (Hampstead Downstairs). He also directed Main Stage successes Race, Seminar and Old Money. His many West End credits include La Cage aux Folles, Mrs Henderson Presents and Dead Funny. Double Olivier Award winner Robert Lindsay returns to Hampstead for the first time in 35 years. His theatre credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (West End) and television credits include My Family and Genius.
★★★★ The Guardian | ★★★★ The Telegraph | ★★★★ The Sunday Times | ★★★★ Financial Times | ★★★★ The Independent | ★★★★ Evening Standard | ★★★★ Time Out | ★★★★ Metro | ★★★★★ The Stage Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' razor sharp comic drama is now playing until 29 July. More information and tickets: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2017/gloria/
We go into Occupational Hazards rehearsals to speak to Author Rory Stewart, Playwright Stephen Brown, Director Simon Godwin and actor Henry Lloyd-Hughes and get a sneak peek of the cast in action. Occupational Hazards runs at Hampstead Theatre 28 April - 3 June. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2017/occupational-hazards/ 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… Stephen Brown’s new play, based on Rory Stewart’s critically acclaimed memoir Occupational Hazards, tells an extraordinary story about the moral conflicts, the dangers and the comic absurdities inherent in any foreign occupation. 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. Simon Godwin makes his Hampstead directorial debut. His recent credits include Twelfth Night, starring Tamsin Greig and Man and Superman, starring Ralph Fiennes (both National Theatre). Henry Lloyd-Hughes returns to Hampstead following Tiger Country in 2011. His other theatre credits include Posh (Royal Court/West End) and The Changeling (Young Vic). His television credits include Indian Summers, Parade’s End and The Inbetweeners.
★★★★★ 'Hysterically funny... I can't recommend this enough' The Independent | ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday | ★★★★ The Times | ★★★★ The Guardian | ★★★★ The Telegraph | ★★★★ The Financial Times | ★★★★ Evening Standard Tickets are selling out fast for Ryan Craig's fiery family comedy. Filthy Business is now playing until 22 April - book now from just £18: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2017/filthy-business/ 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’s fiery new family comedy takes a closer look at the entrepreneurial outsiders who became part of the beating heart of modern Britain.
We go into Filthy Business rehearsals to speak to Writer Ryan Craig, Director Edward Hall and actor Sara Kestelman and get a sneak peek of the cast in action. Filthy Business runs at Hampstead Theatre 10 March - 22 April. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2017/filthy-business/ Music by Simon Slater 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’s fiery new family comedy takes a closer look at the entrepreneurial outsiders who became part of the beating heart of modern Britain. Craig’s theatre credits include The Holy Rosenbergs and Our Class (both National Theatre) and What We Did to Weinstein (Menier Chocolate Factory). Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director, Edward Hall, has directed some of Hampstead’s biggest hits including Chariots of Fire, Wonderland, Rabbit Hole and the Oliver Award winning musical, Sunny Afternoon. Olivier Award winner Sara Kestelman returns to Hampstead following her role as Clio in Tony Kushner’s sell-out hit The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures last year. Her other theatre credits include Peter Brook's seminal production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC), Michael Frayn's award-winning Copenhagen (National Theatre/West End) and Cabaret (Donmar). Recent television includes BAFTA winning In The Flesh and Maigret and film credits include Zardoz, Lisztomania and Lady Jane. This production is kindly supported by the Filthy Business Giving Circle.
We go into Sex with Strangers rehearsals to speak to Writer Laura Eason, Director Peter DuBois and actors Emilia Fox and Theo James and get a sneak peek of the cast in action. Sex with Strangers runs 27 January - 4 March. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2017/sex-with-strangers/ 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… Laura Eason’s smart comedy is a multifaceted love story packed with hidden ambitions, soaring desires and secret agendas. Laura Eason is the author of twenty plays including The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, and adaptations of Around the World in 80 Days and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Eason is also a writer for the Emmy award-winning Netflix series, House of Cards. Peter DuBois returns to Hampstead Theatre following the critically acclaimed Rapture, Blister, Burn in 2014. Peter is in his ninth season as the Artistic Director of the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston. His productions have been on the annual top ten lists of The New York Times and The Evening Standard. Emilia Fox returns to Hampstead Theatre following the sell-out hit Rapture, Blister, Burn in 2014. Theatre credits include Coriolanus, Richard II (both Almeida) and Good (Donmar). TV credits include Silent Witness and the Oscar-nominated film The Pianist. Theo James makes his Hampstead debut. His film credits include the Divergent series, War on Everyone, The Benefactor, and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. TV credits include Golden Boy, Downton Abbey and Bedlam.
★★★★ The Guardian | ★★★★ The Sunday Times | ★★★★ The Independent | ★★★★ Evening Standard | ★★★★ Sunday Express Michael Frayn’s adaptation of Chekhov’s comedy of errors has extended until 21 January to meet demand. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/wild-honey/ Trailer created by Strike Digital Music by Dominic Muldowney
We go into Platinum rehearsals to speak to Writer Hannah Patterson, Director Adam Penford and actors George Blagden, Laura Pitt-Pulford and Sian Thomas and get a sneak peek of the cast in action. Platinum runs at Hampstead Downstairs 9 December - 14 January. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/platinum/ Martha McDonald was a world-famous singer – Grammy Hall of Fame resident, poster girl for revolution, and writer of one of the most iconic songs of the 1970s. Until she disappeared. For many years she hasn’t written or sung a single note. Hidden from public view deep in the Californian Mountains, Martha guards a secret that, if revealed, will change everything. And only one other person holds a key to this enigma: her estranged daughter, Anna. Anna is desperately trying to escape the long shadow of her mother’s fame and legacy. Will exposing the secret liberate her – and her mother – or might it destroy them both? Hannah Patterson’s intriguing new play explores the impact that success and celebrity have on relationships and why honesty is not always the best policy.
Multi-award winning Writer of The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, Tony Kushner, talks about the upcoming US Presidential Elections.
Multi-award winning Writer Richard Bean talks about the inspiration behind his new play Kiss and returning to Hampstead after 10 years. Kiss Me runs at Hampstead Downstairs 27 October - 3 December. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/kiss-me/ A desperate woman. A man with an unusual job. 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. Multi-award winning writer Richard Bean returns to Hampstead for the first time in almost 10 years following In The Club. His other plays include One Man, Two Guvnors, Great Britain, Made in Dagenham and the recent sell out hit The Nap, which starred Jack O’Connell. Video created by CUT TO: (www.cuttoshowreels.co.uk)
Actors Tamsin Greig and Sara Kestelman, Writer Tony Kushner, Director Michael Boyd and Designer Tom Piper talk about their latest play The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, or iHo, which opens 18 October. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/iho/
Award-winning writer Tony Kushner talks about returning to Hampstead Theatre with his latest play The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures runs at Hampstead Theatre 15 October - 26 November. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/iho/ New York, 2007. Gus Marcantonio, retired longshoreman, former trade union organiser, renaissance man, feels that the world has turned its back on everything he has fought for in life. With his sister, he summons his three grown children home, trailing the appendages of their chaotic lives, to their Brooklyn brownstone for the most unusual family reunion yet… Shot through with characteristic wit and searing passion, Tony Kushner’s latest play is at once the story of a family grappling to find meaning in a landscape they no longer recognise and an epic exploration of humanity’s compulsive search for Utopias, both personal and political. Pulitzer Prize winner Kushner makes a highly anticipated return to Hampstead where his Slavs! debuted in 1994. His other plays include the classic Angels in America and screenplays include the Oscar nominated Lincoln and Munich.
Get an exclusive look into the rehearsal room as Director Anna Ledwich, Writer Beth Steel and the cast talk about explosive new thriller, Labyrinth. Labyrinth runs at Hampstead Theatre 1 September - 8 October. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/labyrinth/ 1978, New York. John Anderson is barely out of college and has landed himself a job on Wall Street. His dreams of unimaginable wealth, travel and power are made a reality as he jets around the globe selling loans to developing countries eager to borrow. And there are plenty – Mexico, Brazil, Argentina… But cracks in the banks’ excessive lending strategy soon start to show. Despite the warning signs - and their consciences - John and his colleagues continue to pursue their targets, threatening to leave them all financially, and morally, bankrupt. Beth Steel’s compelling new thriller explores the fallout of one of the most catastrophic economic crises of modern history, which brought Latin America to its knees for decades. Winner of The Evening Standard’s Most Promising Playwright award, Beth returns to Hampstead following the critically acclaimed Wonderland. Anna Ledwich makes her Main Stage debut following Donny’s Brain, The Argument and the Olivier Award nominated Four Minutes Twelve Seconds Downstairs. Labyrinth has been made possible by the generous support of Lin and Ken Craig, who are proud to continue their association with Beth Steel at Hampstead Theatre Video created by Dusthouse - www.dusthouse.org
Simon Vinnicombe talks about his new play R and D, his Hampstead Downstairs debut and working with Director Nadia Fall. R and D runs at Hampstead Downstairs 22 September - 22 October. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/r-and-d/ David sets his brother Lewis up on a blind date with April. April is like no woman Lewis has ever met before. She is beautiful, kind and intelligent. In fact, she seems perfect, perhaps even too perfect to be real… Simon Vinnicombe’s absorbing Hampstead debut asks what’s more powerful: science or the soul? And when it comes to our obsession with ‘research and development’, how far is too far in the search for ‘progress’? Simon’s previous credits include Cradle Me and Year 10 (both Finborough), Wisdom (Manhattan Theatre Club) and A Night with the Apathists (Union Theatre). Director Nadia Fall makes her Hampstead debut. Her previous credits include Our Country’s Good, Dara and Chewing Gum Dreams (all National Theatre) and Way Upstream (Chichester Festival Theatre). Video created by CUT TO: (www.cuttoshowreels.co.uk)
Writer Michael Frayn talks about his play Wild Honey, adapting Chekhov's work and returning to Hampstead Theatre. Wild Honey runs at Hampstead Theatre 2 December - 14 January. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/wild-honey/ 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. Michael Frayn’s 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. Multi-award winner Michael Frayn returns to Hampstead following Alphabetical Order, Clouds, Now You Know and Matchbox Theatre. His other plays include Noises Off, Copenhagen and Democracy. His novels include Headlong, Spies and Skios. Video created by Dusthouse - http://www.dusthouse.org/
Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award winner, Beth Steel introduces her new play, Labyrinth, and talks about the inspiration behind writing it. Labyrinth runs at Hampstead Theatre 1 September - 8 October. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/labyrinth/ 1978, New York. John Anderson is barely out of college and has landed himself a job on Wall Street. His dreams of unimaginable wealth, travel and power are made a reality as he jets around the globe selling loans to developing countries eager to borrow. And there are plenty – Mexico, Brazil, Argentina… But cracks in the banks’ excessive lending strategy soon start to show. Despite the warning signs - and their consciences - John and his colleagues continue to pursue their targets, threatening to leave them all financially, and morally, bankrupt. Beth Steel’s compelling new thriller explores the fallout of one of the most catastrophic economic crises of modern history, which brought Latin America to its knees for decades. Winner of The Evening Standard’s Most Promising Playwright award, Beth returns to Hampstead following the critically acclaimed Wonderland. Video created by Dusthouse - http://www.dusthouse.org/
★★★★ The Telegraph | ★★★★ Financial Times | ★★★★ The Guardian | ★★★★ The Times Find out what the Press Night audience, including Imelda Staunton, Richard Armitage, Douglas Booth and Bel Powley, made of Mike Bartlett's play Wild. Extra week added to meet demand - Wild is now playing until 23 July. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/wild/
Writers Beth Steel, Tony Kushner and Michael introduce their new plays for the Autumn Season. Labyrinth, by Beth Steel and directed by Anna Ledwich runs 1 September - 8 October - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/labyrinth/ The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, by Tony Kushner and directed by Michael Boyd, runs 15 October - 26 November - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/iho/ Wild Honey, by Michael Frayn and directed by Howard Davies, runs 2 December - 14 January - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/wild-honey/
Writer Andrew Keatley introduces us to his burning new thriller, Alligators. Directed by Simon Evans, Alligators runs at Hampstead Downstairs 17 June - 16 July. Click here for more information and tickets - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/alligators/
Writer Hannah Patterson introduces us to her latest play, Giving. Directed by Bijan Sheibani, Giving runs at Hampstead Downstairs 12 May - 11 June. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/giving/
Writers Hannah Patterson and Andrew Keatley introduce their new plays, Giving and Alligators. https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/giving/ https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/alligators/
★★★★ 'Punchy and richly entertaining' The Telegraph Find out more about new comedy Reasons to be Happy from Writer Neil LaBute Reasons to be Happy runs until 23 April at Hampstead Theatre. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/reasons-to-be-happy/ Three years after a difficult breakup, Steph and Greg are wondering if they can start over again. The trouble is, she’s now married to someone else and he’s started a relationship with Carly – her best friend. Meanwhile, Carly’s ex-husband, Kent, wants her back, even more so when he hears about her new romance with Greg – his best friend. With emotions running high, all four soon find themselves entangled in a web of hidden agendas, half-truths and confusion as they desperately search for that most elusive goal in life: happiness.
Writer Terry Johnson talks about Ken Campbell, the inspiration behind his new play, KEN. KEN runs at Hampstead Downstairs 7 April - 7 May. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/ken/ 'The bad news is; we can all be done under the Public Mischief Act of 1872. The good news is; the posters are ready!' In 1978 an aspiring young playwright, in a flat-share off the North End Road, is wrestling with a play for the Royal Court. The phone rings. The man on the other end is called Ken and he’s about to teach our hero the pleasures and perils of serendipity… Terry Johnson treads the boards once more (having avoided them for 35 years) with his new play about the truly original and unclassifiable Ken Campbell - legendary seeker, fearsome goader, and uniquely comedic thinker. KEN is a freewheeling reminiscence of a turbulent and inspiring relationship between two theatrical mavericks.
Get an exclusive look into the rehearsal room as Director Michael Attenborough and cast members Robyn Addison, Warren Brown, Tom Burke and Lauren O'Neil talk about Neil LaBute's new comedy Reasons to be Happy. Reasons to be Happy runs on Hampstead Theatre's Main Stage 17 April - 23 May. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/what... Three years after a difficult breakup, Steph and Greg are wondering if they can start over again. The trouble is, she’s now married to someone else and he’s started a relationship with Carly – her best friend. Meanwhile, Carly’s ex-husband, Kent, wants her back, even more so when he hears about her new romance with Greg – his best friend. With emotions running high, all four soon find themselves entangled in a web of hidden agendas, half-truths and confusion as they desperately search for that most elusive goal in life: happiness. Neil LaBute’s romantic comedy explores “unfinished business”: even though couples breakup and friends may drift apart, certain relationships never really cease. But does stepping backwards ever bring true happiness? Or is it actually sometimes the only way to secure it? LaBute’s many other plays include The Shape of Things, Bash, The Mercy Seat and Fat Pig. Reasons to be Happy is a companion piece to his critically acclaimed Reasons to be Pretty, which was also directed by Michael Attenborough in 2011 when he was Artistic Director of the Almeida. ‘LaBute is writing some of the freshest and most illuminating American dialogue to be heard anywhere’ Ben Brantley, The New York Times. Video created by Dusthouse
Writer of critically acclaimed sell out hits Drawing the Line and 55 Days, Howard Brenton, talks about returning to Hampstead Theatre with his new play, Lawrence After Arabia. Click here for more information and tickets - https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/lawrence-after-arabia/ August, 1922. The most famous man in England has vanished without a trace: T.E. Lawrence has completely disappeared. But in the idyllic calm of the village of Ayot St Lawrence, on the top floor of the home of Mr and Mrs Bernard Shaw, the ‘uncrowned King of Arabia’ is hiding – with slabs of homemade carrot cake for comfort. Wearied by his romanticised persona and worldwide fame, disgusted with his country and himself, Lawrence is craving normality. But when you’re a brilliant archaeologist, scholar, linguist, writer and diplomat – as well as a legendary desert warrior – how can you ever be normal? And beyond the Shaws’ garden wall, nobody cares how he feels: England just wants its hero back. Can he ever return?
Following a sold out run at Hampstead Downstairs in 2015, Phil Davies’ searing debut play opens at Trafalgar Studios 17 February - 19 March. Click here for tickets and more information - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/firebird/ Tia’s mouthy attitude and confident swagger hide a vulnerable teenager whose tough start in life dangerously draws her to AJ. Older, good-looking and charismatic, AJ shows her a kindness that she’s never known. Kindness that comes with a price… Hampstead’s Artistic Director Edward Hall directs Phil Davies’ debut play, a searing new thriller about how the naivety of youth is open to exploitation. Trailer created by Strike Digital
We talk to actors Tom Goodman-Hill and Claire Skinner, Writer David Lindsay-Abaire and Director Edward Hall about Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Rabbit Hole. Click here for more information and tickets - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/rabbit-hole/ Becca and Howie Corbett are a happy suburban couple with everything they could want until a shocking and sudden event turns their world upside down and leaves them drifting perilously apart. Riding the turbulence of domestic life, Becca and Howie must find a way back to each other whilst their unpredictable family tries to bridge the ‘infinite space between’, which life-changing events create. David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, filled with distinctive wit and grace, charts the path from grief to its antidotes – love and hope. Lindsay-Abaire’s most recent play at Hampstead Theatre was the sell-out comedy, Good People, which starred Imelda Staunton, and transferred to the West End last year.
Writer William Boyd introduces us to his darkly comic new play, The Argument. Directed by Anna Ledwich, The Argument runs at Hampstead Downstairs 3 March - 2 April. Click here for more information and tickets - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/the-argument/
★★★★ ‘Buring and Donnelly...make for a pair of very good bad girls’ The Financial Times ★★★★ ‘Absolutely excellent… A taut, brilliantly calibrated two-hander’ The Stage Critics and audiences alike are loving electric thriller The Wasp which is now running at the Trafalgar Studios following a sold out run at Hampstead Theatre this year. Book now from just £15 - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-…/…/the-wasp-west-end/
Caroline or Change 1963. In quiet Lake Charles, Louisiana, the destruction of a Confederate statue might just signal that change is in the air… But, whatever the progress of the civil rights movement, in the Gellman household things seem just the same – for now at least. Eight year old Noah, heartbroken by the death of his mother and his father’s...
Caroline or Change 1963. In quiet Lake Charles, Louisiana, the destruction of a Confederate statue might just signal that change is in the air… But, whatever the progress of the civil rights movement, in the Gellman household things seem just the same – for now at least. Eight year old Noah, heartbroken by the death of his mother and his father’s...
It was nominated for a Tony in 2004 and won big at the 2007 Oliviers - now the fantastic CAROLINE OR CHANGE transfers from Chichester back to the London stage for a run at the Hampstead Theatre in spring 2018...