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Hampstead Theatre Have Announced Their Exciting Autumn Season


Hampstead Theatre announces its Autumn season 2017 for the Main Stage

• The world premiere of Prism, based on the life of legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff, is written and directed by Terry Johnson and will star Robert Lindsay and Claire Skinner.

• The world premiere of Nicholas Wright’s The Slaves of Solitude, adapted from the acclaimed novel by Patrick Hamilton, will be directed by Jonathan Kent.

• The first production of Simon Gray’s Cell Mates since 1995 will be directed by Artistic Director Edward Hall.

New Initiatives

• Hampstead Theatre’s Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme is an opportunity for playwrights with new ideas, talent and energy to develop their craft under the mentorship of award-winning playwright Roy Williams.

• The Downstairs Club, a free membership scheme for under 30s, will provide better access to Hampstead’s cheaper tickets across the Main Stage and Downstairs.

Artistic Director Edward Hall comments:

‘I’m extremely proud to announce such an exciting body of work at Hampstead Theatre this autumn. With two world premieres on the Main Stage, Terry Johnson’s Prism and Nicholas Wright’s adaptation of The Slaves of Solitude, and a long overdue revival of Simon Gray’s Cell Mates, our aim is to continue to provide endless nights of top quality and entertaining theatre for hundreds of thousands of theatregoers. I’m personally looking forward to Gray’s gripping espionage thriller and I hope to help it gain its rightful place in the repertoire as a serious, brilliant piece of British drama.

I’m also proud to introduce ‘Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme’, where 18 – 25 years olds have the opportunity to be mentored by Roy Williams for a year, developing their writing skills and script ideas. We also hope our new membership scheme for under 30s will provide even better access to our cheaper tickets across both of our auditoria. This scheme will offer priority booking ensuring that great theatre remains accessible to the next generation and is an expression of our commitment at Hampstead Theatre to audiences of the future.’

Shows coming up throughout the Autumn:


Written and Directed by Terry Johnson
Starring Robert Lindsay and Claire Skinner

6 September – 14 October

Cast: Barnaby Kay, Robert Lindsay, Rebecca Night and Claire Skinner

Hampstead Theatre presents the world premiere of Terry Johnson’s delightfully witty and poignant new play Prism, based on the extraordinary life of double Oscar-winning cinematic master Jack Cardiff. Robert Lindsay returns to Hampstead Theatre (How I Got That Story, 1981) as Jack, ‘the man who made women look beautiful’, and will be joined by Claire Skinner, Rebecca Night and Barnaby Kay.

Legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff has retired to the sleepy village of Denham, Buckinghamshire. His days of hard work – and play – on some of the most famous sets in the world are now long behind him, as are his secret liaisons with some of the most famous women in the world… Surrounded by memorabilia from a lifetime of ‘painting with light’, the writing of an autobiography should be an easy matter – were it not that Jack would now rather live in the past than remember it.


By Nicholas Wright
Adapted from the novel by Patrick Hamilton
Directed by Jonathan Kent

20 October – 25 November

Hampstead Theatre presents the world premiere of Nicholas Wright’s The Slaves of Solitude directed by Jonathan Kent. Adapted from Patrick Hamilton’s much-loved story, this new play weaves a fascinating blend of dark hilarity and melancholy in a story about an improbable heroine in wartime Britain.

1943, Henley-on-Thames. Miss Roach is forced by the war to flee London for the Rosamund Tea Rooms boarding house, which is as grey and lonely as its residents. From the safety of these new quarters, her war now consists of a thousand petty humiliations, of which the most burdensome is sharing her daily life with the unbearable Mr. Thwaites.

But a breath of fresh air arrives in the form of a handsome American Lieutenant and things start to look distinctly brighter… Until, that is, a seeming friend moves into the room adjacent to Miss Roach’s, upsetting the precariously balanced ecosystem of the house…


By Simon Gray
Directed by Edward Hall

30 November – 20 January

Hampstead Theatre presents Simon Gray’s deftly funny play Cell Mates which has been unperformed since 1995. Directed by Artistic Director Edward Hall, this absorbing drama explores how personal freedom is an illusion and even friendship must have carefully circumscribed limits in a world where deception is a reflex response.

Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London, 1961. One of Britain’s most notorious double agents, George Blake, is serving a 42 year sentence – that is, until he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Irish petty criminal, Sean Bourke. Both men are eccentric outsiders, and each sees the possibility of escape – and not just from prison – through the other. But once on the outside, can their mutual dependence survive the mounting pressures they face from MI5, from the KGB – and indeed from themselves?


Main Stage


By Stephen Brown
Based on the memoir by Rory Stewart
Directed by Simon Godwin
28 April – 3 June


by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Michael Longhurst
15 June – 22 July


Written and directed by Terry Johnson
6 September – 14 October


By Nicholas Wright
Adapted from the novel by Patrick Hamilton
Directed by Jonahtan Kent
20 October – 25 November


By Simon Gray
Directed by Edward Hall
30 November 2017 – 20 January 2018



By Matt Hartley
Directed by Lisa Spirling
11 May – 10 June


By Andrew Keatley
Directed by Simon Evans
22 June – 22 July



By Luke Barnes
Directed by Anna Ledwich
21 September – 21 October


By Roy Williams
27 October – 25 November


KISS ME at Trafalgar Studios 2

By Richard
Bean Directed by Anna Ledwich
6 June – 8 July

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