The theatre is set to reopen with a revival of Alfred Fagon’s The Death of a Black Man and the world premiere of Raya by Deborah Bruce.

The Hampstead Theatre has announced details of its first live productions for 2021.

It has been confirmed that the theatre is set to reopen on the 28th May with a revival of Alfred Fagon’s The Death of A Black Man, which will run at the venue’s main stage until the 10th July. Having originally premiered at the theatre back in 1975, the play examines many of the questions surrounding identity, capitalism and sexual politics. It is set to be directed by Dawn Walton, former Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre Company, who makes her directing debut at the theatre with this production.

Meanwhile, it has been announced that Hampstead Downstairs will also reopen with the world premiere of Raya, by Deborah Bruce, playing on stage from the 11th June until the 24th July. The play is set to be directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director Roxana Silbert.

Both productions will be performed with social distance measures in place for the duration of their runs. Tickets are set to go on sale from Wednesday 24th March at 10.30am.  

Talking about the news, Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive of Hampstead Theatre said: ” I am delighted to announce these productions for many reasons.I’m excited to share Alfred Fagon’s powerful, brilliant play with audiences, look forward with tremendous anticipation to Dawn Walton’s production in her Hampstead debut and, I am counting down the days until we are in a rehearsal room with Deborah Bruce’s beautiful play Raya, my first production Downstairs.COVID makes planning a challenge.However, if all goes well, our autumn season is overflowing with remarkable established and new artists including Katie Mitchell, Marsha Norman, Mufaro Makubika, Tom Wells and Tennessee Williams.We are desperate to get going again and, in doing so, support our wonderful freelance colleagues to do what they do best: make live theatre.It’s been a year since we shut our doors and we are ready to switch on the lights and welcome everyone back in.” 

For more information about both productions visit: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/