Dry Powder, The Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage
Dry Powder
Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage
Our Review 3 / 5
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In the same week his private equity firm forced massive layoffs at a supermarket chain, Rick threw himself a lavish engagement party - which even featured an elephant - setting off a publicity nightmare. However all’s not lost when you’re the titan of high finance – there’s still an abundance of cash in reserve and Seth, one of Rick’s partners, spots an opportunity to salvage the company’s reputation with an investment that’s both sound and PR-friendly.  But Jenny, the third partner, and Seth’s nemesis, has other ideas: she’s not in business to make friends. If there’s money to be made, she’ll do whatever it takes to generate the maximum return, irrespective of what the critics might say…

The game is on in Sarah Burgess’ breathtakingly witty and virtuosic comedy exploring the vision, the vulnerability, and the vilification of those shaping - and skewing - the economy.Sarah makes a highly anticipated UK debut with Dry Powder. Her other plays include KingsCamdenside and FAIL: Failures.

Hampstead regular Anna Ledwich returns to direct following the critically acclaimed Labyrinth(Beth Steel). Other Hampstead productions include Kiss Me (Richard Bean), The Argument(William Boyd), and the Olivier-nominated Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (James Fritz).

Hayley Atwell returns to the stage following Olivier-Award nominated performances in The Prideand A View from the Bridge. Her television credits include Howard’s End and the Agent Carterseries. Film credits include Agent Peggy Carter in the Marvel movie franchise and The Duchess.

Tom Riley’s theatre credits include Arcadia (Broadway) and My City (Almeida) and his television credits include playing Leonardo Da Vinci in Da Vinci’s Demons and Ill Behaviour.

Previews from |
26th January 2018
Opening date |
1st February 2018
Booking from |
12th November 2019
Available until |
3rd March 2018
Closes |
3rd March 2018
By:
Sarah Burgess
Director:
Anna Ledwich

Hampstead Theatre Venue Information

Address:
Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London, NW3 3EU
Nearest tube:
Swiss Cottage

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Our Review of Dry Powder

3/5

Hampstead Theatre is one of London's homes for new writing, whether newly commissioned from British writers or offering UK premieres for work first seen abroad, particularly from America. Last year, these included one of my favourite new plays of the year Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, who went on to be named Most Promising Playwright of the year in the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards for that play and An Octoroon (seen at the Orange Tree); but it also brought the more voyeuristic... Read more

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Rehearsal images of Hayley Atwell in Dry Powder at the Hampstead Theatre
Wednesday, 17 January, 2018
Images of Hayley Atwell in rehearsals for Sarah Burgess’ play Dry Powder, which is set to run at the Hampstead Theatre, have been released. Dry Powder is about a firm forced to lay-off employees from a supermarket chain, but one of the firm’s partners, Rick, throws an extravagant engagement party, raising questions in the media. Seth, a second partner, sees an opportunity to spin the story and save face whereas another partner, Jenny has other ideas. Atwell, best...
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