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Hampstead Announces 'Hello/Goodbye' and 'Stevie'
The Hampstead Theatre in north London has announced two new productions for its Spring 2015 season in the main stage; one a transfer from the Hampstead Downstairs, and the latter a transfer from the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Hello/Goodbye by Peter Souter, which originally ran at the Hampstead Downstairs in 2013, will run at the Main Stage from 21 January to 28 February 2015, with an official opening on 27 January 2015.
Described as a "metropolitan guide to falling in (and out of) love", the production will feature Shaun Evans and Miranda Raison and be directed by Tamara Harvey.
"It’s a new year and Juliet, young, smart, and sassy, has got herself a fresh start in a new flat. But amidst the boxes, there’s a strange guy and he is also moving in. He says her agency has messed up and her flat is actually his flat - and he’s not leaving. And the real problem is that, well, he’s rather gorgeous…"
Hello/Goodbye is Peter Souter’s first stage play. His work for television includes 'Married, Single, Other' and several BBC Radio4 plays.
This will be followed by a transfer of the Chichester Festival Theatre's production of Stevie by Hugh Whitemore, which runs at the Main Space from 6 March to 18 April 2015, with an official opening on 16 March 2015.
Described as a biographical snapshot of both the poet and the private woman, Stevie Smith, this new play is the story of an endearing heroine, her unconventional life, powerful and popular poetry and her greatest struggle: to keep waving and not drowning.
Zoë Wanamaker returns to the Hampstead Theatre in the title role, with full casting yet to be announced. Her recent stage credits include Terry Johnson’s 'Dead Funny' at the Hampstead and West End, along with 'Passion Play', 'All My Sons' and 'Much Ado About Nothing'. She is known for her screen roles which include 'Harry Potter', 'My Week with Marilyn' and 'My Family'.
Public booking for both productions will go on sale on Friday 28 November at 10.30am.