NEWS: Casting Announced for Cost of Living at Hampstead Theatre

Casting has been confirmed for the UK premiere of  Martyna Majok’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, playing at the Hampstead Theatre from the 25th January. 

Winter Highway North

Having won the 2018 8 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living will make its UK premiere at the Hampstead Theatre this January in a production directed by Edward Hall.

The production is set to see Adrian Lester, Katy Sullivan, Emily Barber and Jack Hunter all making their Hampstead Theatre debuts in the play exploring our needs to connect and be loved regardless of our backgrounds.

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 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?    

Adrian Lester will be making his Hampstead Theatre debut as Eddie. His extensive stage credits include the title roles in Henry V and Othello (National Theatre), for which he won Best Actor at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards; Rosalind in As You Like It (Declan Donnellan & Cheek By Jowl); Ira Aldridge in Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre / St Ann’s Warehouse New York / Garrick Theatre), for which he won Best Actor at the Critics Circle Awards; Hamlet in Peter Brook’s The Tragedy Of Hamlet (London, Paris, Japan and New York) and Guys & Dolls (Royal Albert Hall).

Emily Barber will play Jess in the production. Her theatre credits include appearances in Trouble in Mind (Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath); Oedipus Rex (Royal Festival Hall); Boys Will Be Boys (Bush Hall); Cymbeline (Shakespeare’s Globe – Charleson Award Commendation); The Importance of Being Earnest (Vaudeville/UK tour); Billy Liar (Manchester Royal Exchange – Manchester Theatre Award 2015 for Best Newcomer); Twelfth Night and When We Are Married (both Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama).

Jack Hunter will be playing the role of John. Having graduated from Queen Margaret University in 2017, his stage credits include: All You Need Is LSD (Birmingham Rep/UK tour); Let Me Play the Lion Too (Barbican Centre) and The Living Newspaper (The Arthur Conan Doyle).

Katy Sullivan plays Ani. She created the role in Cost of Living (Williamstown Theatre Festival Manhattan Theatre Club – Theatre World Award and nominations for Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards). Other theatre work includes Hedda Gabler (Webster University); Lady Windermere’s Fan (Northlight Theatre, Chicago); Finish Line: A documentary play about the 2013 Boston Marathon (Boch Center Shubert Theatre, Boston); A Piece of My Heart (L.A. New Court Theatre) and The Long Red Road (Goodman Theatre).

Cost of Living will play at the Hampstead Theatre from the 24th January until the 2nd March 2019. For more information visit:

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