Spring at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs

The Hampstead Theatre has announced its next two productions that will run in its Downstairs space, both written by new playwrights that will run this Spring.

Deluge by Fiona Doyle, directed by Anna Ledwich will run from 16 April to 16 May 2015.

The play won the Eamon Keane Full-length Play Award 2014. It will be designed by Moi Tran, with lighting by Elliot Griggs and sound by James Frewer.

"There’s a furtive presence on Joe and Kitty’s farm. Precious feed is mysteriously disappearing from the hayshed and prized livestock is being slaughtered at night whilst sinister shadows lurk in the darkness. With fodder running out and no money left, Joe and Kitty, like their desperate neighbours, will stop at nothing to protect themselves and their cherished land. But at what cost?"

Sunspots by David Lewis and directed by Charlotte Gwinner will run from 21 May to 20 June 2015. Described as an "offbeat romantic comedy", it offers an unusual twist on the traditional boy-meets-girl story, and places it in the context of a family testing its limits and attempting to keep faith in the face of adversity.

"With his life in upheaval again Tom moves back home, where he rediscovers his father’s telescope and his childhood passion for star-gazing. Between studying constellations a beautiful girl sunbathing on a neighbouring rooftop catches his eye and, using maximum magnification, he notices a funny-looking mole on her back. Should Tom engineer a meeting to inform her about his concerns? Is it really anxiety about her health or actually a voyeuristic attraction that drives his desire to meet her? And how can he do anything without his inquisitive family getting in the way?"

Tickets for both productions are now on sale.

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