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Full casting announced for Wilderness at Hampstead Theatre

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WRITTEN by Kellie Smith and directed by Anna Ledwich, the world premiere of Wilderness runs at Hampstead Theatre (Downstairs) from April 3 (previews from March 21) to April 27, 2019.

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The cast includes Richard Frame (as Alan/Peter/Policeman), Natalie Klamar (Anne), Allison McKenzie (Stephanie/Neighbour/Cafcass Officer) and Finlay Robertson (Joe).

Having both been deeply scarred by their own parents’ separations, Joe and Anne never imagined they’d find themselves, years later, in the same position. Determined to place the interests of their son Alistair at the centre of their lives apart, they split with the firm objective of maintaining amicable relations at all costs.

However, a sudden change in circumstance triggers a chain of events that pushes their best intentions to the limit… Before they know it, they are both teetering dangerously close to the edge of an abyss.

Wilderness is a searing exploration of unconditional love and of the personal sacrifices it demands.

Richard Frame’s theatre work includes The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); Blue Remembered Hills (Theatre On The Fly; Chichester); Pocket Comedy, Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice (Propeller); London Assurance (National Theatre); I Love You Because (Landor Theatre); Absolute Beginners (Lyric, Hammersmith); Me and My Girl (UK tour); Promises, Promises (Sheffield Crucible); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Our House (Cambridge Theatre); Love’s Labour’s Lost and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park); and A Christmas Carol (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Frame’s screen credits include London Road and The Pool (film); EastEnders, Outnumbered Holby City, The Hollow Crown, Kingdom, MI High, Family Affairs, Wire in the Blood and Hearts and Bone (TV).

Natalie Klamar’s theatre work includes Keith? (Arcola Theatre); Richard II (Almeida); Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe); Cleansed and I Want My Hat Back (National Theatre); Future Conditional (Old Vic); The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic); This May Hurt a Bit (Out of Joint); All’s Well That Ends Well, As You like It, Hamlet, King John, A Soldier In Every Sense and Richard III (RSC); Town (Royal & Derngate) and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Haymarket).

Klamar’s television work includes Patrick Melrose, Grantchester, Vera, Holby City, Midsomer Murders, Misfits and Doctors.

Allison McKenzie’s theatre work includes Two Noble Kinsmen, Seven Acts of Mercy and The Rover (RSC); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The White Witch (Birmingham Rep); Macbeth (Trafalgar Studios); Doctor in the House (UK tour); Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Cabaret, All My Sons, The Playboy of the Western World and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Dundee Repertory) and James and the Giant Peach (Glasgow Citizens Theatre).

McKenzie’s screen work includes Swung, Airborne, 16 years of Alcohol, Club Le Monde and New Town Killers (film); The Athena, The Victim, Press, Shetland, Beowulf, Line of Duty, MI High, Bob Servant, Rebus and River City (TV).

Finlay Robertson’s theatre work includes The Merchant of Venice (Almeida); Toast, The Vertical Hour and Casualties (Park Theatre); Strong Arm (as author and performer – Edinburgh); Riot Pilot (Hackney Empire); The Night Heron (Royal Court); The Alchemist (Riverside Studios); Kissing Bingo (Finborough Theatre) and Weepie (Edinburgh).

Robertson’s screen credits include Hammer of the Gods, Cocknies vs Zombies, Alfie, Vintage Blood, Black Dust and Be Good (film); Unforgotten 3, Doctors, Silent Witness, Humans, New Tricks, The Curse of Edgar, Scott & Bailey, Taggart, Garrow’s Law, How Not to Live Your Life, Doctor Who, Robin Hood, Hotel Babylon, The Bill, Doc Martin, Prime Suspect and Peak Practice (TV).

Also at Hampstead Theatre: Ella Road’s debut play The Phlebotomist (March 19 to April 20) and the world premiere of Hannah Patterson’s Eden (until March 16, 2019).

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