Promising New Season at Hampstead Theatre – Edward Hall is on a roll

Hampstead Theatre announced its new season this morning.  Priority members are in luck as they will have had plenty of time to get hold of tickets for the spring season starting in January. If not, despair and weep, as I suspect that many of the best seats will be gone for punters at large.  I would book what you fancy today, if I were you.

Edward Hall is bringing us two plays from across the pond. The first by Gina Gionfriddo, who wrote the very funny Becky Shaw (Almeida Theatre, 2011), and the second by David Lindsay-Abaire, Pulitzer Prize winner for Rabbit Hole, not to mention his five Tony Award nominations.

Emilia Fox

Emilia Fox

Rapture, Blister, Burn, which starts 16th January and runs until February 22nd, will bring Gionfriddo back to the UK with director Peter Dubois (also of Becky Shaw). The play is about gender politics and I expect it will resonate with many. Emilia Fox will be part of the cast. This play should be good, even with obstructed view.

“Can any woman have it all? After university Catherine and Gwen chose opposite paths: Catherine built a career as a rock-star academic, while Gwen built a home with a husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, and a dangerous game begins as each tries to claim the other’s territory.” Hampstead Theatre

According to the LA Times, “the play’s originality lies in its recognition that life is infinitely messier than theory. The play is hardly anti-feminist, though it wants to challenge fixed notions from across the political spectrum that make the pursuit of happiness seem easier than it is.”

In Good People, Lindsay-Abaire 
joins force with Jonathan Kent (no introduction necessary) to bring us a story from the south side of Boston. The play, which runs from 27 February until April 5th, was originally performed at the Manhattan Theatre Club where it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play of the Year in 2011.  A down-and-out single mum tracks down her now rich ex-boyfriend… The cast includes the Olivier award-winning actress Imelda Staunton.

Finally, if 55 Days is anything to go by, I would book tickets for Howard Brenton’s new play, Drawing the Line.  The play will reunite Brenton and Howard Davies and promises to deliver a sweeping epic story of India’s partition in 1947.  The play runs until January 11th.

I’ll be going to all three and will let you know…