Hampstead Theatre launches Spring 2024 season and fundraising campaign

Hampstead Theatre has announced an exciting Spring 2024 programme alongside the initiation of a significant £1.25 million fundraising campaign, #HampsteadAhead.

The theatre’s Spring line-up is set to feature four world premieres, one UK premiere, and one English language premiere.

This diverse array of productions includes works by both established playwrights like April De Angelis, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Christopher Hampton and Richard Nelson, as well as emerging talents Sarah Power and Richard Molloy.

Kicking off the season is The Divine Mrs S by April De Angelis, a world premiere directed by Anna Mackmin, celebrating the life of Sarah Siddons, the legendary 18th-century actress. This production sets the tone for a season celebrating the art of theatre.

Michael Longhurst, returning from his role as Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, will direct Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Between Riverside and Crazy in its UK premiere at Hampstead Theatre.

The main stage season will culminate with Christopher Hampton’s Visit from an Unknown Woman, an adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s short story, directed by Clare Lizzimore.

In the Hampstead Downstairs programme, Sarah Power, a graduate of Hampstead Theatre’s INSPIRE programme, debuts her play Grud, directed by Jaz Woodcock-Stewart. Richard Molloy, following his Olivier Award-nominated Every Day I Make Greatness Happen, presents The Harmony Test in a world premiere. Additionally, An Actor Convalescing In Devon by Richard Nelson, featuring Paul Jesson, will make its world premiere.

The #HampsteadAhead campaign aims to support the theatre’s mission to produce new plays and nurture writers. It has already received a significant boost with £1 million pledged by Hampstead’s supporters and trustees. Prominent artists like Tamsin Greig, David Suchet, Jemma Redgrave, and Roy Williams OBE are lending their voices to the campaign.

Greg Ripley-Duggan, Producer and Chief Executive at Hampstead Theatre said: “We’re thrilled that, as we approach the end of our first year without government subsidy, we can still offer such a rich and varied programme of new plays for our audiences to enjoy.

“Taking the Main Stage and Downstairs together, we start with a celebration of acting and the art of the theatre through contrasting plays by April De Angelis and Richard Nelson. Stephen Adly Guirgis’ and Richard Molloy’s brilliant plays then offer complementary views of contemporary life, before the building celebrates work created at different ends of writing careers, via riveting pieces from debutant Sarah Power and veteran playwright Christopher Hampton.”

“Hampstead’s aim has always been to present outstanding new plays and champion original talent and so it is wonderful that we are able to continue with that aim in our Spring 2024 programme. Philanthropy is at the heart of Hampstead’s future and with £1m already pledged towards our new £1.25m #HampsteadAhead appeal we want to say thank you for the rock-solid support of our patrons, audiences and trustees.”

For more information and tickets, visit www.hampsteadtheatre.com

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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