Roger Allam stars in Seminar at Hampstead Theatre

Olivier Award winner Roger Allam will star in Theresa Rebeck's dark comedy Seminar at the Hampstead Theatre in north-west London, beginning previews on 25 Sep 2014, officially opening on 01 Oct and continuing its limited engagement through to 18 Oct 2014.

Roger Allam will be taking on the role of Leonard; the same role undertaken by both Alan Rickman and Jeff Goldblum during the play's Broadway engagement.

Synopsis: 'Four aspiring young writers have paid big bucks to seek wisdom at the feet of the caustic Leonard – once a celebrated novelist, now a cantankerous editor, teacher and grandstanding chronicler of third-world war zones. Under Leonard’s brilliant but brutally unorthodox tuition, competition for his approval is intense and the students clash. Alliances are made and broken – in bed and out, tactical schemes are hatched - how far are they willing to go to make it to the top? Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck's mordant comedy is a cocktail of ambition, power and lust – with an unexpected kick.'

Seminar is directed by Terry Johnson, and features scenic design by Lez Brotherston.


Roger Allam has worked extensively on both stage and screen. He won the Olivier Award in 2011 for his performance in the role of Falstaff in 'Henry IV Parts 1 & 2' at Shakespeare's Globe. Other recent West End credits include Prospero in 'The Tempest' also at Shakespeare's Globe, Zaza in 'La Cage Aux Folles' at Playhouse Theatre, and Max Reinhardt in 'Afterlife' at the National Theatre, amongst many others. He is also widely known for his television roles in programmes such as 'Endeavour' and 'Game of Thrones', along with his film roles in 'The Book Thief', 'The Iron Lady', 'The Woman In Black', 'The Queen' and 'Tamara Drewe'.

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