Hampstead Theatre has announced its first three productions of 2019. Highlights include:
- Martyna Majok’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Cost of Living, makes its UK premiere directed by Edward Hall on the Main Stage.
- The world premiere of Hannah Patterson’s modern-day David and Goliath drama Eden, directed by Matthew Xia for Hampstead Downstairs.
- The world premiere of Kellie Smith’s breakthrough play Wilderness, directed by Anna Ledwich for Hampstead Downstairs
- The cast for the world premiere of Dusty Hughes’ Paradise at Hampstead Downstairs will include Geoffrey Freshwater, Rebekah Hinds, Sara Kestelman and Claire Lams.
- A capital campaign is announced to fund Hampstead’s 60th Birthday makeover.
Cost of Living
24 January to 2 March 2019 (Press night is 30 January)
Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living receives its highly-anticipated UK premiere at Hampstead Theatre – making it the 100th premiere since Edward Hall and Greg Ripley-Duggan took charge in 2010.
Majok’s exquisitely original, honest and deftly funny new play explores our need to connect and be loved regardless of the gulfs that disability, race, class, and wealth place between us.
7 February to 16 March 2019 (Press night is 20 February)
The world premiere of Hannah Patterson’s Eden, directed by Matthew Xia, Eden is inspired by real events and is a modern-day David and Goliath drama about the importance of fighting for what’s right – whatever the outcome. Hannah Patterson returns to Hampstead Downstairs after the two successful productions Platinum and Giving.
21 March to 27 April 2019 (Press night is 3 April)
Kellie Smith’s breakthrough play Wilderness is a searing exploration of unconditional love and of the personal sacrifices it demands. It will be director Anna Ledwich’s 11th Hampstead Theatre production.
7 December to 19 January 2018 Press night is 7 January)
The world premiere of Dusty Hughes’ new comedy Paradise looks at the cost of growing old and the joys of ageing disgracefully. The cast includes Geoffrey Freshwater (Meakin), Rebkah Hinds (Sam), Sara Kestelman (Amanda) and Claire Lams (Kim). Hughes returns to Hampstead Theatre following Bad Language in 1983.
Hampstead’s 60th Birthday Makeover
Next year is Hampstead Theatre’s 60th Birthday and in this landmark year the theatre plans to extend its auditorium with the addition of 41 new seats. This additional capacity increases the number of tickets available each year by 11,500 and is created in response to the high demand for much of Hampstead Theatre’s programme and will also help support its future financial sustainability.
The project will include an overall refurbishment of the space, in which over one million people have seen a performance since the building opened in 2003. Hampstead Theatre has launched a fundraising campaign to meet the £440,000 project cost and has raised over £100,000 to date. The theatre is appealing to its audiences who can support the 60th Birthday makeover by making donations and naming a seat.