Adrian Lester, Katy Sullivan, Emily Barber and Jack Hunter will make their Hampstead Theatre debuts in the UK premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living at the Hampstead Theatre – making it the 100th premiere since Edward Hall and Greg Ripley-Duggan took charge in 2010. The production runs from 25 January to 2 March 2019 (press night is 31 January).
Hall directs Martyna Majok’s new play which explores our need to connect and be loved regardless of the gulfs that disability, race, class, and wealth place between us. Adrian Lester takes on the role of Eddie, Katy Sullivan makes her UK stage debut as Ani, having originated the role in the award-winning Off-Broadway production, and they are joined by Emily Barber in the role of Jess and Jack Hunter in the role of John.
John, a wealthy, brilliant, and successful PhD student with cerebral palsy, hires Jess, a recent graduate who has fallen on hard times, as his new carer. Across town, truck driver Eddie attempts to support and re-engage with his estranged wife, Ani, following a terrible accident that has left her quadriplegic. As four very different lives collide and entwine, roles are unapologetically flipped, reversed and exposed – who is actually caring for whom?
Emily Barber plays Jess. Theatre work includes Trouble in Mind (Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath); Oedipus Rex (Royal Festival Hall); Boys Will Be Boys (Bush Hall); Cymbeline (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Importance of Being Earnest (Vaudeville/UK tour); Billy Liar (Manchester Royal Exchange); Twelfth Night and When We Are Married (both Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama); Cornelius – Brits on Broadway (59e59, New York); Cornelius (Finborough); Liar (Key Theatre); Orpheus & Eurydice; The Hired Man and Fiddler on the Roof (all National Youth Theatre).
Jack Hunter plays John. Theatre work includes All You Need Is LSD (Birmingham Rep/UK tour); Let Me Play the Lion Too (Barbican Centre) and The Living Newspaper (The Arthur Conan Doyle). He has also performed Stand Up Comedy at The Stand Comedy Club, the Edinburgh Fringe and the Aberdeen Comedy Festival.
Adrian Lester plays Eddie. Lester’s career started with a string of successful West End productions including Company, Six Degrees of Separation and Sweeney Todd, before taking the lead role in Mike Nichol’s film Primary Colors. He has played the title roles in Henry V and Othello (National Theatre); Rosalind in As You Like It (Declan Donnellan & Cheek By Jowl); Ira Aldridge in Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre/St Ann’s Warehouse New York/Garrick Theatre); Hamlet in Peter Brook’s The Tragedy Of Hamlet (London, Paris, Japan and New York) and Guys & Dolls (Royal Albert Hall).
Katy Sullivan plays Ani. Sullivan created the role of Ani in Cost of Living (Williamstown Theatre Festival Manhattan Theatre Club). Other theatre work includes Hedda Gabler (Webster University); Lady Windermere’s Fan (Northlight Theatre, Chicago); Finish Line: A documentary play about the 2013 Boston Marathon (Boch Center Shubert Theatre, Boston); A Piece of My Heart (L.A. New Court Theatre) and The Long Red Road (Goodman Theatre).