The Two Character Play
Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage

Sam Yates to direct Tennessee Williams’ The Two Character Play at Hampstead Theatre

New productions have been announced to run at Hampstead Theatre in the coming months.

Photo credit: Sam Yates (Photo by Marc Brenner)

Ahead of this month’s opening of The Death of a Black Man at Hampstead Theatre, further productions have been announced at the London venue. Tennessee Williams’ The Two Character Play will run in the main space from 17 July - 28 August, with the world premiere of Tom Well’s Big Big Sky at Hampstead Downstairs from 30 July - 11 September.

The Two Character Play was originally scheduled to run at Hampstead Theatre in 2020, but was cancelled due to the pandemic. Sam Yates will direct Williams’ semi-autobiographical play, which follows a pair of siblings as they feel abandoned by their acting company.

About directing the play, Yates said: “The Two Character Play is form-busting and unique, celebrating the very process of making theatre. The Company and I look forward to presenting our interpretation of Tennessee’s daring play this summer.”

Yates’ previous directorial credits include The Phlebotomist at Hampstead Theatre and The Starry Messenger at the Wyndham’s Theatre, starring Matthew Broderick. The Two Character Play begins previews from 17 July, with a press night on 26 July and performances to 28 August.

In August, Tom Wells’ Big Big Sky will receive its world premiere, with the play exploring how nature can influence relationships. Speaking about his new work, he said: “The play is set in Kilnsea, where I grew up and where my Mum and Dad still live. It’s a small village on the very edge of East Yorkshire, windswept and sea-nibbled, but it has its own beauty, I think - a bit peaceful, a bit restorative.”

Jennifer Daley will play Angie, with Jessica Jolleys as Lauren, Matt Sutton as Dennis and Sam Newton as Ed. Tessa Walker will direct, with all cast members and Walker making their Hampstead Theatre debuts. Big Big Sky begins previews from 30 July, with a press night on 5 August and performances to 11 September.

Photo credit: Sam Yates (Photo by Marc Brenner)

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