The north London theatre has confirmed details of its upcoming season, which will productions of Prism, The Slaves of Solitude and Cell Mates. 

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Robert Lindsay in Prism. 

The first production in the new season will see Robert Lindsay star in Terry Johnson’s play Prism based on the life of double Oscar-winning cinematic master Jack Cardiff. It will be directed by Terry Johnson, running from the 6th September until the 14th October. The cast will also include 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.

From the 20th October, Hampstead Theatre will then present The Slaves of Solitude  by Nicholas Wright, adapted from the novel by Patrick Hamilton. The production will be directed by Jonathan Kent and tells the 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…

The final production that was announced today was Cell Mates, which will run at the theatre from the 30th November until the 20th January 2018. Simon Gray’s play has not been performed since 1995 and for this revival will be directed by Edward Hall.

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?

For more information and to book tickets for the new season visit: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/

 

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