The theatre has unveiled details of its Spring/Summer season, marking its 60th anniversary.
Hampstead Theatre has revealed details of its upcoming spring/summer programme titled Hampstead Classics to mark the theatre’s 60th anniversary and celebrate its history as a new writing theatre.
The four pieces of work in the season are from the venue’s archive and will be shown in chronological order and directed by a variety of distinctive British directors.
Talking about the news, the theatre’s Artistic Director Roxana Silbert said: “Selecting only four plays from Hampstead Theatre’s massive backlist of world premieres was a real challenge and it really hit home just what a powerhouse this modest theatre is. The range, diversity and singularity of the voices is extraordinary, as is how often they bring untold stories into the light.Hampstead has always supported established writers and launched new ones by creating a space for artists to experiment and be heard. May the next sixty years continue this wonderful tradition.”
The new season will open with a production of Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter from the 19th March. While the original production in the theatre’s first season was directed by James Roose, this revival is set to be directed by Alice Hamilton.
This will then be followed by a production of Tennessee Williams’ The Two Character Play, which originally premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 1967. This time it is directed by Sam Yates who returns to the theatre following The Phlebotomist.
From the 28th May, Alfred Fagon’s The Death of a Black Man will be presented at the theatre. This rarely produced play is the writer’s tribute to the culture of London’s King’s Road in the 1970’s and is set to be directed in this revival by Founder and former Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre Company, Dawn Walton.
American writer Marsha Norman’s ‘Night Mother completes the line up of Hampstead Classics, running from the 2nd July until the 1st August. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1983), the Susan Smith Blackburn Award (1982-83) as well as earning four Tony Award nominations.
For more information about the season visit: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/