Casting has been announced for Sarah Burgess’ play Dry Powder, which opens at Hampstead Theatre in January. The play is about a private equity firm which has forced layoffs a supermarket chain, but when one of the partners Rick throws an expensive engagement party (which involved a real elephant), it causes a PR nightmare. Seth spots an opportunity to spin the story and save the company’s face, but Jenny, a third partner, has different ideas.
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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 Kings, Camdenside 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.