The Hampstead Theatre has confirmed details of its first three productions of 2019 including two world premieres.
The theatre’s 2019 season will open with the UK premiere of Martyna Majok’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize winning drama, Cost of Living. Playing at the Hampstead Theatre from the 24th January until the 2nd March, the production is directed by Edward Hall.
John, a wealthy, brilliant, and successful PhD student with cerebral palsy, hires Jess, a recent graduate who has fallen on hard times, as his new carer. Across town, truck driver Eddie attempts to support and re-engage with his estranged wife, Ani, following a terrible accident Jo Allan PR 2 that has left her quadriplegic. As four very different lives collide and entwine, roles are unapologetically flipped, reversed and exposed – who is actually caring for whom?
Meanwhile, in the theatre’s downstairs space from the 7th February will be the world premiere of Hannah Patterson’s Eden, directed by Matthew Xia. Inspired by true life events, it is a modern-day David and Goliath drama about the importance of fighting for what’s right.
Eden is an idyllic coastal village of astonishing beauty, and home to an active community who are eager to protect it at all costs. Even the infamous Aaron Chase, an American property tycoon intent on building a luxury golf course, can’t name a price they’ll accept. But his star employee Sophie, a former Eden resident, might be able to broker a deal, so Chase plans to exploit her invaluable connections and local knowledge. Forced to confront her past, will Sophie be content to act as Chase Enterprises’ bulldozer or will deeper loyalties come to the fore?
This will then be followed by a production of Kellie Smith’s Wilderness , which will play at the theatre from the 21st March until the 27th April. Directed by Anna Ledwich, this world premiere production explores unconditional love and of the personal sacrifices it demands.
Having both been deeply scarred by their own parents’ separations, Joe and Anne never imagined they’d find themselves, years later, in the same position. Determined to place the interests of their son Alistair at the centre of their lives apart, they split with the firm objective of maintaining amicable relations at all costs. But a sudden change in circumstance triggers a chain of events that pushes their best intentions to the limit… Before they know it, they are both teetering dangerously close to the edge of an abyss.
For more information about the upcoming productions and to book tickets visit: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/