The Two Character Play

Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage
The Two Character Play
Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage
Our Review 4 / 5

Fellow actors, brother and sister Felice and Clare have been on tour too long: every town looks increasingly the same until they feel they could be anywhere… Abandoned by the rest of the acting company, but faced with an audience expecting a performance, they must enact The Two Character Play. But as their gripping ‘play within a play’ unfolds, the line between reality and illusion becomes increasingly unclear; as their characters reach out to the outside world, the actors’ isolation and uncertainty grows… 

Tennessee Williams spent over ten years writing The Two Character Play, an innovative, partly autobiographical work, which had its world premiere at the Hampstead Theatre in 1967.

Sam Yates makes a highly anticipated return to Hampstead Theatre’s Main Stage following his Olivier-nominated production of The PhlebotomistThe Two Character Play is part of Hampstead Theatre’s Classics Season, celebrating 60 years of original theatre with the restaging of four major plays from our archive.

Previews from |
17th July 2021
Opening date |
26th July 2021
Closes |
28th August 2021
Tennessee Williams
Sam Yates
Elliot Griggs
Dan Balfour
Rosanna Vize and Akhila Krishnan
Cast list:
Kate O'Flynn, Zubin Varla

Hampstead Theatre Venue Information

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

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Our Review of The Two Character Play


Tennessee Williams’s strange meta-theatrical play has been given an immensely daring revival at the Hampstead Theatre, where this dense two-hander had its world premiere in 1967. Since then, the play was retitled (as Out Cry) for a brief Broadway run in 1973 and has cropped up both at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre in 2010 and Off Broadway in 2013, in a starry revival with Brad Dourif and Amanda Plummer that I actually caught at a sparsely attended Wednesday matinee performed... Read more

Latest The Two Character Play News & Features

Photo credit: Kate O’Flynn and Zubin Varla (Photos courtesy of Hampstead Theatre)
Kate O’Flynn and Zubin Varla to star in ‘The Two Character Play’
Thursday, 10 June, 2021, 11:26
The full casting for The Two Character Play at the Hampstead Theatre has been announced. Kate O’Flynn and Zubin Varla will star in the Tennessee Williams play, running at the Hampstead Theatre from 17 July - 28 August. Kate O’Flynn will play Clare, who has previously been nominated for an Olivier Award as Laura in The Glass Menagerie, also by Tennessee Williams. Zubin Varla will play Felice, previously in Fun Home, Ghost Quartet and Equus. Sam Yates will direct The Two...
Photo credit: Sam Yates (Photo by Marc Brenner)
Sam Yates to direct Tennessee Williams’ The Two Character Play at Hampstead Theatre
Thursday, 13 May, 2021, 11:32
Ahead of this month’s opening of The Death of a Black Man at Hampstead Theatre, further productions have been announced at the London venue. Tennessee Williams’ The Two Character Play will run in the main space from 17 July - 28 August, with the world premiere of Tom Well’s Big Big Sky at Hampstead Downstairs from 30 July - 11 September. The Two Character Play was originally scheduled to run at Hampstead Theatre in 2020, but was cancelled due to the pandemic. Sam Yates...
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