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The Memory of Water

Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage
The Memory of Water
Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage

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.

Previews from |
3rd September 2021
Opening date |
9th September 2021
Closes |
16th October 2021
Shelagh Stephenson
Alice Hamilton
Songs by:
Harry Blake
Johanna Town
Harry Blake
Anna Reid

Hampstead Theatre Venue Information

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

Customer reviews

Our Review of The Memory of Water

The story concerns three sisters who are reunited when they attend their mother's funeral. Memories are stirred up and secrets are revealed as they each come to terms with their mother's death. This is a painful and funny play that is typical of most families who have gone their own way and done their own things only to reunite at such occasions. The play reveals how all the sisters are insecure and lonely. All are longing to be loved and find lasting happiness. But life rarely... Read more

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