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Hampstead Theatre In Partnership With The Guardian Set To Stream A Series Of Hit Productions From Its Digital Archive For FREE


30 March 2020

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Hampstead Theatre and The Guardian will re-release the live stream recordings of Mike Bartlett’s WildBeth Steel’s Wonderland and Howard Brenton’s Drawing the Line for free.

Available to watch on theguardian.com and hampsteadtheatre.com, the three productions will be made available, on demand, over three consecutive weeks as part of the theatre’s #HampsteadTheatreAtHome series.

Week 1, from Monday 30 March 10am to Sunday 5 April 10pm (GMT), will feature Mike Bartlett’s Wild (2016).  Directed by James Macdonald, this darkly comic play explores the unexpected, bewildering, and life-changing consequences of challenging the status quo at a global level, inspired by the case of Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who copied and leaked classified information from the US National Security Agency in 2013.

Week 2, from Monday 6 April, 10am - Sunday 12 April, 10pm (GMT) will feature Beth Steel’s Wonderland (2014).  Directed by the theatre’s previous Artistic Director, Edward Hall, this epic and witty drama takes a look at the clashing ideologies during the UK’s Miners' Strike of 1984–85 and presents the full sweep of the turbulent events that transformed the country.

Week 3, from Monday 13 April, 10am – Sunday 19 April, 10pm (GMT) will feature Howard Brenton’s Drawing the Line (2013).  Directed by the late Howard Davies, the play features a large ensemble, and tells the story of the chaotic partitioning of India in 1947 whilst celebrating the strength of humanity.

All three productions were originally live streamed from Hampstead Theatre and were available to watch on The Guardian followed by an on-demand service for 72 hours.

Hampstead Theatre closed its building following UK Government advice on Monday 16 March 2020.  The #HampsteadTheatreAtHome is a series of digital initiatives designed to support audiences in isolation by sharing world class entertainment with them in their home for free.  Its first initiative, I and YouLauren Gunderson’s witty and uplifting portrayal of friendship, youth and living life to the full, was available on Instagram’s mobile video platform IGTV from Monday 23 10am until Sunday 29 March, 10pm (GMT).  Starring Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Zach Wyatt, it was a box office and critical success at the theatre in 2018 and previously broadcast on Instagram from 30 November to 3 December 2018.

 

 

Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre said “I am delighted and grateful to be in a position to offer this new #HampsteadTheatreAtHome series from Hampstead’s digital archive.  I hope these productions offer audiences entertainment, connection and nourishment in a time of uncertainty and isolation. These three plays all shine a light on turbulent points in our international history which, along with acknowledging the worst of human behaviour, celebrates the ingenuity, humour, compassion and resilience of the best.

Thank you to the many artists involved for allowing us to create this series so quickly and to The Guardian for being our wonderful streaming partner again, helping us reach as many people as possible.”

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WEEK 1 - WILD VIEWING INFORMATION

Dates: Monday 30 March, 10am – Sunday 5 April, 10pm (GMT) 2020

Viewing Platform: theguardian.com and Hampstead Theatre’s YouTube channel

Running Time: 1 hour 50mins

Suggested Age Recommendation: 14+

A Hampstead Theatre Production

WILD

By Mike Bartlett

Directed by James Macdonald

Design by Miriam Buether

Lighting by Peter Mumford

Sound by Christopher Shutt

Consulting Illusionist Ben Hart

Cast Caoilfhionn Dunne, Jack Farthing, John Mackay

Let me tell you, now you’re in the club, that it’s important to keep a sense of humour, because things are going to get, now and for the rest of your life, extremely difficult

Last week, Andrew was that guy with his girl lunching in KFC, discussing apartments and making plans for the future. Today he’s in Moscow, in an undisclosed hotel room, on the run and at risk of assassination.

Last week, a nobody. This week, America’s Most Wanted: a man who humiliated his country with one touch of a button.

 

 

WEEK 2 - WONDERLAND VIEWING INFORMATION

Dates: Monday 6 April, 10am – Sunday 12 April, 10pm (GMT) 2020

Viewing Platform: theguardian.com and hampsteadtheatre.com

Running Time: 2 hours 35mins

Suggested Age Recommendation: 14+

A Hampstead Theatre Production

WONDERLAND

By Beth Steel

Directed by Edward Hall

Design by Ashley Martin Davis

Lighting by Peter Mumford

Choreographer Scott Ambler

Sound by Matt McKenzie

Composer Simon Slater

Cast Nigel Betts, Paul Brennen, Dugald Bruce-Lockhart, Gunnar Cauthery, Paul Cawley, Michael Cochrane, Ben-Ryan Davies, Andrew Havill, David Moorst, Paul Rattray, Andrew Readman, Simon Slater

There’s 250 million years down there. A miner, he’s not just working a piece of rock, he’s working with the world…

The Midlands, 1984. Two young lads are about to learn what it is to be a miner, to be accepted into the close camaraderie and initiated into a unique workplace where sweat, toil, collapsing roofs and explosions are all to be met with bawdy humour.

London, 1984. A conflicted Tory MP, a brash American CEO and an eccentric maverick are the face of a radical Conservative government preparing to do battle with the most powerful workforce, the miners.

As the two sides clash, the miners fight for their livelihoods and families, and the government for its vision of a free Britain. Together they change the fabric of the nation forever.

 

 

WEEK 3 - DRAWING THE LINE VIEWING INFORMATION

Dates: Monday 13 April, 10am – Sunday 19 April, 10pm 2020

Viewing Platform: theguardian.com and hampsteadtheatre.com

Running Time: 2 hours 15mins

Suggested Age Recommendation: 14+

A Hampstead Theatre Production

DRAWING THE LINE

By Howard Brenton

Directed by Howard Davies

Design by Tim Hatley

Costume Design by Jack Galloway

Lighting by Rick Fisher

Composer Nicki Wells

Sound Design by Mike Walker

Cast David Annen, Paul Bazely, Tom Beard, Lucy Black, Silas Carson, Abigail Cruttenden, Neil D'Souza, Tanveer Ghani, Andrew Havill, Salma Hoque, Rez Kempton, John Mackay, Simon Nagra, Nikesh Patel, Brendan Patricks, Shalini Peiris, Peter Singh

Really? Have the British sent a fool? Do they want to turn partition into a Gilbert and Sullivan opera?

London, 1947. Summoned by the Prime Minister from the Court where he is presiding judge, Cyril Radcliffe is given an unlikely mission. He is to travel to India, a country he has never visited, and, with limited survey information, no expert support and no knowledge of cartography, he is to draw the border which will divide the Indian sub-continent into two new Sovereign Dominions. To make matters even more challenging, he has only six weeks to complete the task.

Wholly unsuited to his role, Radcliffe is unprepared for the dangerous whirlpool of political intrigue and passion into which he is plunged – untold consequences may even result from the illicit liaison between the Leader of the Congress Party and the Viceroy’s wife… As he begins to break under the pressure he comes to realise that he holds in his hands the fate of millions of people.

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About Hampstead Theatre
Hampstead Theatre has been closely monitoring Government advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and, in light of official comments made on 16 March, has suspended the presentation of its Hampstead Classics and Downstairs season until further notice.  This programme includes The Dumb Waiter, The Two Character Play, The Death of a Black Man, ‘night, Mother and, for Hampstead Downstairs, Sleepwalking.  It has also closed the building to the public.

Hampstead Theatre is very proud of this anniversary season and grateful for the dedication of its outstanding creative teams, performers and staff.  It hopes to re-open as soon as possible, following Government advice.

Hampstead Theatre is a registered charity, and box office income is critical to its survival. It is committed to supporting and nurturing playwrights, directors, designers and actors, as well as encouraging young audiences by offering highly-subsidised tickets.

Access for All is Hampstead Theatre’s digital strand to allow as many people as possible, the opportunity to enjoy free quality theatre.  The strand has included live and on demand streaming with various media partners.

Drawing the Line by Howard Brenton, received its world premiere at Hampstead Theatre in 2013.  Directed by Howard Davies, and featuring a large cast of 17, the production ran from 3 December 2013 until 11 January 2014.  It was filmed and live streamed on The Guardian during its final performance and made available for 72 hours on demand.

Wonderland by Beth Steel, received its world premiere at Hampstead Theatre in 2014.  Directed by the Theatre’s previous Artistic Director, Edward Hall and featuring a large cast of 12, the production ran from 20 June until 26 July 2014.  It was filmed and live streamed on The Guardian during its final performance and made available for 72 hours on demand.

Wild by Mike Bartlett received its world premiere at Hampstead Theatre in 2016.  Directed by James Macdonald and starring Caoilfhionn Dunne, Jack Farthing and John Mackay, the production ran from 11 June until 24 July 2016.  It was filmed and live streamed on The Guardian during its final performance and made available for 72 hours on demand.

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