First Look at…The Dumb Waiter, Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead Theatre has released production images for its 60th anniversary production of Harold Pinter’s play.

(C) Helen Maybanks.

Now playing at the theatre until the 16th January, this 60th anniversary production is directed by Alice Hamilton had originally been programmed for Spring earlier this year – but was postponed due to the pandemic.

(c) Helen Maybanks

Starring in the production are acclaimed stage and screen actors Alec Newman and Shane Zaza playing the roles of Ben and Gus.

Alec Newman has appeared in many critically acclaimed television shows, films and stage productions over the years.  Recent TV credits include the award-winning BBC period drama Call the Midwife (2020) and psychological thriller TV series Eullenia (2020).  His credits at Hampstead Theatre include Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood (2015/16), Andrew Keatley’s Alligators (2016, 2017) and Terry Johnson’s production of Uncle Vanya (2019).

Shane Zaza is known to television audiences for his roles in BBC dramas Happy Valley (2014) and Press (2018); American drama Will (2017) and Netflix’s Black Mirror (2016).  Recent theatre credits include Europe at Donmar Warehouse (2019), Dear Elizabeth at Gate Theatre (2019) and Frankenstein at Royal Exchange Theatre (2018).  The Dumb Waiter marks Zaza’s debut at Hampstead Theatre.

(c) Helen Maybanks

Harold Pinter’s play originally premiered at the Hampstead Theatre as part of the theatre’s first season in 1960 and was directed by Hampstead’s founder James Roose-Evans.

Hitmen, Ben and Gus have a job to do. But as they await instructions in a derelict building, they start to receive strange messages via a dumb waiter…

(c) Helen Maybanks

As well as being directed by Alice Hamilton, the creative team for the production includes: designs by James Perkins, lighting design by James Whiteside and Composition and Sound Design by Giles Thomas.

The Dumb Waiter will play at the Hampstead Theatre until the 16th January 2021.

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