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The Strange Death of John Doe - Hampstead Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FIONA Doyle’s haunting and provocative new drama The Strange Death of John Doe is to receive its world premiere at Hampstead Theatre. Directed by Artistic Director Edward Hall, it runs in the Downstairs space from June 5 (previews from May 25) to June 30, 2018.

I mean, where does a person begin and end, and when did they stop being a person?

London – the present day. The unidentified body of a young man with fatal head injuries is found face down in a suburban street. Who is he and where did he come from? He has no ID and nobody witnessed anything. It’s as if he has just fallen from the sky…

Clinically named as ‘John Doe’, the pathologists must uncover the truth and piece his story – and body – back together. A breakthrough sends DC John Kavura into overdrive for answers and as his investigation unravels, he discovers a haunting story of our time.

Fiona Doyle returns to Hampstead Downstairs following Deluge in 2015, which won the 2014 Eamon Keane Full-Length Play Award. Doyle’s other plays include Coolatully (winner of the 2014 Papatango New Writing Prize) at the Finborough Theatre in London and for Mead Theatre Lab in Washington DC; The Annihilation of Jessie Leadbeater (ALRA); The Ceasefire Babies (NT Connections); and Ms Y (short) as part of the Young Vic’s Five Plays.

Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director Edward Hall’s productions include Cell Mates, Filthy Business, Rabbit Hole, Firebird, Wonderland, Sunny Afternoon, Raving, Chariots of Fire, No Naughty Bits, Loyalty and Enlightenment. As Artistic Director of Propeller, his Shakespeare productions have toured worldwide, played both in the West End and on Broadway, and have won numerous awards both in the UK and overseas.

His other theatre work includes A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Edmond with Kenneth Branagh (National Theatre); Macbeth with Sean Bean (Albery Theatre); The Constant Wife (Apollo Theatre); Julius Caesar and Henry V (RSC); and The Deep Blue Sea (Vaudeville Theatre).

Hall’s television work includes The Durrells, Partners in Crime, Restless, Downton Abbey, Strike Back, Spooks and Kingdom.

Casting for The Strange Death of John Doe will be announced in due course.

Read more about Hampstead Theatre’s 2018 spring/summer season.

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