The Slaves of Solitude

Nicholas Wright’s new play weaves a fascinating blend of dark hilarity and melancholy from Patrick Hamilton’s much-loved story about an improbable heroine in wartime Britain.

Nicholas Wright returns to Hampstead Theatre following the sell-out hit The Last of the Duchess (Main Stage, 2011) and A Human Being Died That Night (Downstairs, 2013).

Jonathan Kent returns to Hampstead Theatre following Good People, starring Imelda Staunton in 2014. 

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About The Slaves of Solitude:

1943, Henley-on-Thames. Miss Roach is forced by the war to flee London for the Rosamund Tea Rooms boarding house, which is as grey and lonely as its residents. From the safety of these new quarters, her war now consists of a thousand petty humiliations, of which the most burdensome is sharing her daily life with the unbearable Mr. Thwaites. 

But a breath of fresh air arrives in the form of a handsome American Lieutenant and things start to look distinctly brighter...  Until, that is, a seeming friend moves into the room adjacent to Miss Roach’s, upsetting the precariously balanced ecosystem of the house...

Nicholas Wright (adapted from the novel by Patrick Hamilton)
Jonathan Kent
Cast list:
Fenella Woolgar, Daon Broni, Lucy Cohu, Clive Francis, Tom Milligan, Éimear O’Neill, Susan Porrett, Richard Tate, Gwen Taylor and Amanda Walker.
The Slaves of Solitude Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Friday, 20 October, 2017
Opening date: 
Monday, 30 October, 2017
Available from: 
Thursday, 22 February, 2018
Saturday, 25 November, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 25 November, 2017

Hampstead Theatre

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

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Our The Slaves of Solitude Review

There's both a Chekhovian sadness and a very British 'Brief Encounter' air about The Slaves of Solitude, Nicholas Wright's new play based on Patrick Hamilton's 1947 novel set in wartime Britain. In its closing moments, Miss Roach - the lonely spinster at the heart of the action - says wistfully, "There's so much more to come. There'll be more love, more hate, more sad farewells, more sudden... Read more

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Nicholas Wright interview - The quiet elder statesman of English playwriting
Friday, October 20, 2017

Some playwrights burn like fire: names like Tom Stoppard, David Hare, Alan Bennett, Michael Frayn, Jez Butterworth and Martin McDonagh have a celebrity profile of their own so they're forever being interviewed, quoted or given awards of some sort (Hare just received at the Shakespeare Guild's Gielgud Award at the UK Theatre Awards last weekend). Their names alone have their own box office marketability. 

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