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Hampstead Theatre announces the first three productions of 2019

Cost of Living

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HAMPSTEAD Theatre has announced the first three productions of 2019 and they include the world premiere of Hannah Patterson’s modern-day David and Goliath drama Eden, directed by Matthew Xia for Hampstead Downstairs, and the world premiere of Kellie Smith’s breakthrough play Wilderness, directed by Anna Ledwich also for Hampstead Downstairs.

However, the new year begins with the UK premiere of Martyna Majok’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize winning drama, Cost of Living. Directed by Edward Hall, it will run on the Main Stage from January 24 to March 2, 2019.

Roads are dark and America’s long.

Majok’s exquisitely original, honest and deftly funny new play explores our need to connect and be loved regardless of the gulfs that disability, race, class, and wealth place between us.

John, a wealthy, brilliant, and successful PhD student with cerebral palsy, hires Jess, a recent graduate who has fallen on hard times, as his new carer. Across town, truck driver Eddie attempts to support and re-engage with his estranged wife, Ani, following a terrible accident that has left her quadriplegic. As four very different lives collide and entwine, roles are unapologetically flipped, reversed and exposed – who is actually caring for whom?

Martyna Majok was born in Bytom, Poland and raised in working class Jersey and Chicago. She was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cost of Living (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club). Her other plays include Sanctuary City (New York Theatre Workshop),Queens (LCT3/Lincoln Center/La Jolla Playhouse) and Ironbound (Steppenwolf Theatre Company/Round House Theatre/WP Theater/Rattlestick Playwright Theater/Geffen Playhouse and other theatres in America and abroad including The National Theatre of Warsaw in Poland).

As Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre, Edward Hall’s productions include I and You, Cell Mates, Filthy Business, Rabbit Hole, Wonderland, Sunny Afternoon (also Harold Pinter Theatre/UK tour), Raving, Chariots of Fire (also West End), No Naughty Bits, Loyalty, Enlightenment, The Strange Death of John Doe and Firebird (Hampstead Downstairs/Trafalgar Studios).

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7722 9301 or visit www.hampsteadtheatre.com/.

Hampstead’s 60th Birthday Makeover

Next year is Hampstead Theatre’s 60th Birthday and in this landmark year the theatre plans to extend its auditorium with the addition of 41 new seats. This additional capacity increases the number of tickets available each year by 11,500 and is created in response to the high demand for much of Hampstead Theatre’s programme and will also help support its future financial sustainability. The project will include an overall refurbishment of the space, in which over one million people have seen a performance since the building opened in 2003.

Hampstead Theatre has launched a fundraising campaign to meet the £440,000 project cost, and has raised over £100,000 to date. The theatre is appealing to its audiences who can support the 60th Birthday makeover by making donations and naming a seat. To find out more please visit www.hampsteadtheatre.com/support-us/individual-giving/name-a-seat-at-hampstead-theatre/.