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The Memory of Water is at Hampstead Theatre for a 25th anniversary production. 

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, Shelagh Stephenson's poignant and painfully funny comedy is about conflicting memories, life and loss.

Mary, Catherine and Teresa are sisters who think they share a common past. A world of disputed bicycles, midnight ice-cream sodas, Mum's cocktail dresses and perfumed advice - a seaside childhood punctuated by the odd monosyllable from Dad. But where does reality end and family myth begin? Why has war broken out in Mother's bedroom - and why is Vi, so recently deceased, still with us?

The Memory of Water makes a highly anticipated return to Hampstead 25 years after its World Premiere in 1996. Following West End and New York transfers, The Memory of Water was also adapted into a film.

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Cast and creative

By: Shelagh Stephenson
Songs by: Harry Blake
Director: Alice Hamilton
Cast list: Lucy Black, Kulvinder Ghir, Adam James, Lizzy McInnerny, Carolina Main and Laura Rogers
Design: Anna Reid
Lighting: Johanna Town
Sound: Harry Blake

Our review

Photo credit: The Memory of Water (Photo by Helen Murray)

Time hasn't been kind to The Memory of Water, Shelagh Stephenson's play about three sisters brought together following the death of their mother. I saw Terry Johnson's premiere of this same play at the Hampstead Theatre in 1996, and it's fascinating to note the darker hues that it has acquired under Alice Hamilton's direction. But one could equally argue that so hard-edged an approach only serves to amplify the inconsistencies in the writing, not to mention a wearying quality to the narrative...

Latest The Memory of Water News & Features

Photo credit: Shelagh Stephenson and Mufaro Makubika (Photos courtesy of Hampstead Theatre)

Two new productions have been announced to open at Hampstead Theatre in the coming months. The Olivier Award-winning play The Memory of Water returns to Hampstead Theatre for its 25th anniversary from 3 September - 16 October, with the world premiere of Malindadzimu at Hampstead Downstairs from 17 September - 30 October."The Memory of Water has been on quite a journey since it premiered at Hampstead Theatre all those years ago" said The Memory of Water playwright Shelagh Stephenson. She...

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