Preview: Hampstead Theatre 2017 Season

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Hampstead Theatre has a penchant for premiering exciting new scripts like 2016’s Firebird and Labyrinth, as well as award winning ones (Rabbit Hole in 2016). 2017 as always, is set to be yet another exciting year for their lineup, with two world premieres of brand new scripts and the UK premiere of a Pulitzer Prize winning one. Here’s a brief description of their upcoming season:

Filthy Business

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When you’ve got no nation, no government, no place in the world what have you got? Family. You can’t depend on anything else.

 

1968, East London. Yetta Solomon has managed to make a name for herself and her business after years of hard work coming from nothing, built up on sheer grit and passion. But even after overcoming economic obstacles and financial adversity, her biggest challenge yet is still to come: her family who have plans to sell off the shop…

Written by Ryan Craig and directed by Edward Hall, this fiery all new family comedy takes a closer look at the entrepreneurial outsiders who became part of the beating heart of modern Britain. Sara Kestelman will star in the lead role of Yetta, after starring in some of Hampstead’s sellout The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures last year.

Filthy Business plays from 10 March to 22 April 2017. Tickets available here

Occupational Hazards

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It’s a democracy. Everyone is equally unhappy. It’s the defining feature of the system.

Based off Rory Stewart’s critically acclaimed memoir, the world premiere of Stephen Brown’s new play Occupational Hazards comes to Hampstead Theatre this summer.

Set in September 2003, Rory Stewart, a thirty year old former British diplomat and soldier of distinction and accomplishment, is posted to serve as governor in a province of the newly liberated Iraq. His task is to help build a new civil society at peace with itself and its neighbours; ambitious, but outperforming Saddam shouldn’t prove too difficult…

But Stewart soon finds himself in a dangerous warzone of political intrigue, the tip of the iceberg formed from centures of tribal conflict, sectarian tension and ethnic division, and Stewart must protect himself from double-crossing interest groups as the chaos heightens. Will he really be able to bring democracy to Iraq?

Stephen Brown’s new play will be directed by Simon Godwin in his Hampstead directorial debut. Occupational Hazards promises to tell an extraordinary story about the moral conflicts, the dangers and the comic absurdities inherent in any foreign occupation.

Occupational Hazards plays from 28 April to 3 June 2017. Book your tickets here

Gloria

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Aren’t you turning thirty any day now? I will die before I turn thirty in a cubicle.

Hampstead’s final part of the season will see the UK premiere of Branden Jacob-Jenkins’ Pulitzer Prize nominated Gloria, directed by Michael Longhurst.

Set in New York,  city that runs on dreams, coffee and ruthless ambition, a group of editorial assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine vie for their bosses’ jobs and a book deal before they’re thirty. But how does one achieve that when one is trapped between endless Starbucks runs, jaded gossip and crushingly claustrophobic cubicle walls? All seems lost until inspiration comes in, announced with a bang.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins puts a new razor-sharp spin on the drama of office politics and chasing your dreams, where the only thing that matters is moving up the ladder and selling out to the highest bidder.

Gloria plays from 15 June to 22 July 2017. Book your tickets here  

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