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Emilia Fox and Imelda Staunton at Hampstead Theatre
Hampstead Theatre have announced two UK premieres for 2014, starting off with Rapture, Blister, Burn starring Emilia Fox from 16 Jan, and followed by Good People starring Imelda Staunton from 27 Feb. Hampstead Theatre is a 325-seat Off West End venue, in north London.
From 16 Jan to 22 Feb 2014
Rapture, Blister, Burn
directed by Peter DuBois, written by Gina Gionfriddo. Emilia Fox is the only cast member to have been announced so far and she has previously appeared on the London stage in Coriolanus and Richard II, at the Almeida Theatre and in Good at the Donmar Warehouse. The play is a comedy about Catherine and Gwen, who chose opposite paths after attending university: Catherine built a career as a rock-star academic, while Gwen built a home with a husband and children. Decades later each woman covets the other’s life, and a dangerous game begins as each tries to claim the other’s territory.
From 27 Feb to 5 Apr 2014
directed by Jonathan Kent, written by David Lindsay-Abaire. Imelda Staunton, whose recent London stage credits include A Delicate Balance at the Almeida Theatre and Entertaining Mr Sloane at Trafalgar Studios, plays the role of Margie, a sharp-tongued single-mother who will do anything it takes to pay the bills after losing yet another job. Hearing that an old boyfriend who has made good is in town, she decides to corner him – old loyalties should be good for something.