Hampstead Theatre

Pulitzer Prize-winning plays and classics as part of Hampstead Theatre’s 60th anniversary season

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Celebrating 60 years since the doors opened at the Hampstead Theatre, four classic plays will be revived at the off-West End venue from March 2020. The upcoming productions will celebrate world premieres by leading twentieth-century dramatists, as well as directorial debuts.

Last seen in London as part of the Pinter at the Pinter season, Alice Hamilton directs a new production of Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter. First performed in 1960, the play sees two hit-men await confirmation of their next target, with information passed to them via a dumb waiter. The Dumb Waiteris at the Hampstead Theatre from 19th March to 18th April.  

Following the Olivier Award-nominated play The Phlebotomist, Sam Yates returns to the Hampstead to direct a production of Tennessee Williams' The Two Character Play. Williams' 1967 play sees two siblings in a play within a play, where the difference between reality and illusion becomes unclear. The Two Character Play is at the Hampstead Theatre from 24th April to 23rd May.

Alfred Fagon's The Death of A Black Man will be revived as part of the upcoming season, directed by Dawn Walton. Set in 1970s London, 18 year old Shakie is trying to make money on King's Road, toasting their successes with champagne, and trying to be at the centre of everything that's happening around them. The play will run from 28th May to 27th June.

'Night Mother rounds off the season of classics, as Marsha Norman's 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is performed 35 years after its debut. Roxana Silbert directs a heartbreaking drama following Thelma and her daughter Jessie, as secrets revealed lead to life-changing conversations. 'Night Mother will run from 2nd July to 1st August.

Photo credit: Julian Osley (Geograph) under CC 2.0

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