The sold-out live-streamed world premiere production of Lolita Chakrabarti’s Hymn, originally due to play to socially distanced audiences at the Almeida Theatre, will be available to rent on demand from 3-9 March 2021. Directed by Blanche McIntyre, the play features Adrian Lester in the role of Gil and Danny Sapani as Benny.
Featuring music from Gil and Benny’s lives, Chakrabarti’s searching, soulful new play asks what it takes to be a good father, brother or son.
‘Two men meet at a funeral. Gil knew the deceased. Benny did not. Before long their families are close. Soon they’ll be singing the same tune.’
Benny is a loner anchored by his wife and children. Gil longs to fulfil his potential. They form a deep bond but as cracks appear in their fragile lives they start to realise that true courage comes in different forms.
Joining director Blanche McIntyre (The Writer) in the creative team are set and costume designer Miriam Buether, lighting designer Prema Mehta, sound designer Gregory Clarke, musical director D.J. Walde and movement director Robia Milliner.
My Theatre Mates’ Tom Bolton wrote: “The atmosphere conjured up by Lester and Sapani, two of the country’s top performers, is powerful and they bring drive, emotion and focus to the drama. The writing is nuanced and structured, and the full circle ending very affecting.”