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Katie Pesskin to direct Cash Cow at Hampstead Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE world premiere of Oli Forsyth’s breakthrough play, Cash Cow, runs at Hampstead Theatre (Downstairs) from June 24 (previews from June 14) to July 20, 2019.

Directed by Kate Pesskin, this gripping new play is a blistering exploration of blind, parental ambition and the consequences of tough love.

Just tennis all day, whenever you want. Not many 13 year olds have that, do they? They’re going to make you so good we won’t recognise you.

Creating a tennis champion costs a lot; it requires time, dedication and, most importantly, cash. Nina and Ade decide early on that their daughter is worth the investment. Imagine the return – prize money, world travel, endorsements and maybe their own tennis academy.

Hell-bent on their child becoming Britain’s number 1, the pair are willing to sacrifice just about anything. If you want to reach the top spot in the game of tennis, love means nothing…

Oli Forsyth’s theatre work includes Such Filthy F*cks (Pleasance Edinburgh 2019); Kings and Happy Dave (both New Diorama Theatre); Cornernmen (UK Tour) and Tinderbox (Hen and Chickens Theatre). Forsyth is also artistic director of new writing company, Smoke & Oakum Theatre.

Katie Pesskin directs her first production at Hampstead following her associate and assistant directing credits with Jude, I and You, Prism and Uncle Vanya (all Main Stage) and The Strange Death of John Doe (Downstairs). Her directing credits include Pickle Jar (Soho Theatre); Ken (Pleasance, Edinburgh Festival Fringe/The Bunker Theatre); Sam Bailey: Live in the West End (Lyric Theatre); The New Musical Project (Leicester Square Theatre); and The Last Five Years (Greenwich Theatre).

Pesskin’s work as associate/assistant director also includes Mrs Henderson Presents (Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto); All’s Well That Ends Well, She Stoops to Conquer and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Changeling Theatre); and Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens (King’s Head Theatre).

Casting will be announced in due course.

Priority Booking for Cash Cow is now open for Hampstead Patrons and Friends. Public Booking opens Friday, April 12. To become a member and receive Priority Booking alongside other benefits, visit

Also at Hampstead Theatre: Ella Road’s debut play The Phlebotomist (until April 20) and the world premiere of Jude, a new play by Howard Brenton (April 23 to June 1, 2019).