Hampstead Theatre will be reopening with a 60th anniversary production of Harold Pinter’s iconic early play The Dumb Waiter, directed by Alice Hamilton, running from 18 November to 19 December 2020.
Originally programmed for spring, the play first premiered as part of Hampstead Theatre’s inaugural season in 1960 directed by Hampstead’s founder James Roose-Evans.
Roxana Silbert, artistic director of Hampstead Theatre, said:
“When we closed the building on 16 March the set for The Dumb Waiter was on the stage and the show was about to open. At that point, we could not have envisaged how Pinter’s brilliant play of two men stuck in a room – their sharp humour, ennui, tensions – would come to feel so extraordinarily fresh and resonant.
“We are thrilled at the prospect of welcoming our artists and audiences back into the building and galvanised by the prospect of sharing the communal experience which is unique to live theatre.”
Alice Hamilton is co-artistic director of Up in Arms and credits with the theatre include the Olivier-nominated Every Day I Make Greatness Happen (2018) and Paradise (2019). She is joined by designer James Perkins, with lighting design by James Whiteside and composition and sound design by Giles Thomas.
The theatre will reopen with 193 socially distanced seats. Seating will be arranged to ensure there is at least one metre plus between seats. Hampstead Theatre’s spacious modern building also has the added benefit of state-of-the-art ventilation. The air in the auditorium and foyer is 100% fresh air introduced from the outdoors meaning none of it is ‘recycled’ air. The ventilation system draws stale air out and introduces entirely fresh air into the main house auditorium at 5,300 litres per second. The air in the main house auditorium is changed completely every four minutes and 45 seconds.
In the event of The Dumb Waiter needing to be postponed, full refunds or credit vouchers will be offered.