The theatre has confirmed Shelagh Stephenson’s Olivier Award-winning play The Memory of Water and the world premiere of  Malindadzimu by Mufaro Makubika will run later this year.

Hampstead Theatre have confirmed details of two more shows set to play at its main stage and downstairs venues. Shelagh Stephenson’s Olivier Award-winning play The Memory of Water will play at the theatre from the 3rd September until the 16th October, directed by Alice Hamilton.

Alice Hamilton returns to the Hampstead Theatre following her after her recent 60th anniversary production of The Dumb Waiter and the Olivier-nominated Every Day I Make Greatness Happen and Paradise.    

The Memory of Water originally premiered at the Hampstead Theatre in 1996 and surrounds themes about conflicting memories, life and loss. This new revival is set to feature designs by Anna Reid, lighting by Johanna Town and sound by Harry Blake. Casting for the production is yet to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, from the 17th September until the 30th October, Hampstead Theatre’s Downstairs venue will present the world premiere of Malindadzimu by Mufaro Makubika. This new play explores a mother and daughter’s search for belonging and their struggle with a multicultural heritage. This production is set to be directed by Monique Touko who will be making her professional directing debut.   The creative team is set to include designs by Zoe Hurwitz, lighting by Matt Haskins and sound by Max Pappenheim. Casting will be announced at a later date.

Tickets for both productions will go on sale on the 29th July at 10.30am.

Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre said: “I am delighted to be announcing The Memory of Water by one of our pioneering female playwrights, Shelagh Stephenson.  This Olivier Award-winning funny, timeless and vibrant play offers three female actors great roles as sisters who come together and behave outrageously, sorting out their family home in the wake of their mother’s death. Downstairs, twenty-five years later, another Hampstead commission premieres.  Monique Toukomakes her professional debut as a director of Mufaro Makubika’s Malindadzimu, a beautiful investigation of dual identity told through the relationship between a mother and daughter.” 

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