From Fun Home to Waitress, from Next to Normal to Finding Neverland - it's always fun collating the various rumours flying around theatreland. After a very busy...
Hampstead Theatre - 8 Sep 2011 to 7 Apr 2012
Edward Hall, Artistic Director of The Hampstead Theatre, has announced the Autumn 2011 to Spring 2012 season, which is now on sale!
8 Sep – 15 Oct 2011
No Naughty Bits, by Steve Thompson, World Premiere, directed by Edward Hall. As a series of Monty Python airs on American Network television for the first time, it emerges that all the naughty bits have been cut. Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin take on the networks and the American courts, as they try to explain English humour and keep the rude bits in.
20 Oct – 26 Nov 2011
The Last of the Duchess , by Nicholas Wright. Based on the book by Caroline Blackwood. World Premiere, directed by Richard Eyre. In an upstairs bedroom in a mansion near Versailles, Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor lies near the end of her life. Based on Caroline Blackwood’s biographical portrait of the Duchess, the play’s subject was soon eclipsed by the formidable attorney Maitre Suzanne Blum. Is this eccentric and energetic French presence determined to protect the Duchess – or perhaps hide unscrupulous manipulation of her money and fame?
1 Dec 2011 – 7 Jan 2012
Beasts and Beauties, retold by Carol Ann Duffy. Dramatised by Melly Still and Tim Supple. Gruesome tales - from the Emperor without any clothes to the farmwife who serves her stepson up to his father for dinner, eight stories from around the world are recreated in their grisly glory on stage to delight audiences from 8+
18 Jan 2012 - 18 Feb 2012
The Trial of Ubu , by Simon Stephens. Directed by Katie Mitchell. Exploring the central legitimacy and effectiveness of international law. How does a Civilised Society deal with the perpetrators of unspeakable crime? Wherein lies the legitimacy of any Internationally convened Tribunal? Ubu, the gross and amoral megalomaniac from Jarry’s Ubu Roi, finds himself before a UN constituted International Tribunal charged with serious violations of international humanitarian law.
1 March 2012 – 7 Apr 2012
Farewell To The Theatre, By Richard Nelson. World Premiere, directed by Roger Michell. Widely regarded as the man who laid the foundations of modern British theatre, Harley Granville-Barker was famed for his Shakespeare productions and wrote and produced ground-breaking new plays in the early twentieth century. He lectured at Cambridge, Oxford, Yale and Harvard. Richard Nelson’s new play finds him embittered and world-weary in Massachusetts in 1916, with war raging in Europe, having fallen in with a group of British expatriates endeavouring to find their way in an academic, theatre obsessed community.