Hamsptead Theatre Annouces Start Of 2015 Season

Zoe Wannamaker as Stevie at Hampstead Theatre

Zoë Wanamaker Photo: Jillian Edelstein

Hampstead Theatre has announced the first two plays on its main stage for 2015.

Following a sellout run Downstairs last year, Hampstead Theatre is proud to bring Hello/Goodbye, Peter Souter’s chic comedy, directed by Tamara Harvey to the Main Stage. Starring Shaun Evans and Miranda Raison, Hello/Goodbye is a modern metropolitan guide to falling in (and out of) love.

It’s a new year and Juliet, young, smart, and sassy, has got herself a fresh start in a new flat. But amidst the boxes, there’s a strange guy and he is also moving in. He says her agency has messed up and her flat is actually his flat – and he’s not leaving. And the real problem is that, well, he’s rather gorgeous…

Hello/Goodbye will run from 21 January – 29 February 2015.

Hello/Goodbye will be followed by Zoe Wannamakers return to Hampstead to reprise her acclaimed role as poet Stevie Smith in Hugh Whitemore's award winning play Stevie, last seen at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Stevie Smith commutes to the West End to her work as a secretary at a publishing company. Her evenings are spent at home with her beloved Aunt – a world of Battenberg cake, gossip, Ginger Nuts and sherry in tiny glasses. But at the same time as leading this seemingly mundane suburban existence, she is writing the piercing poetry and prose that will one day make her famous.

Stevie is a biographical snapshot of both the poet and the private woman. Shot through with wit, this is the story of an endearing heroine, her unconventional life, powerful and popular poetry and her greatest struggle: to keep waving and not drowning.

She wrote nine volumes of poetry. The first was titled A Good Time Was Had By All, which became a catchphrase referenced everywhere in popular culture. Her most famous poem is Not Waving but Drowning. She also wrote three novels, Novel on Yellow Paper, Over the Frontier and The Holiday.

Stevie runs from 6 March – 18 April 2015.

Box Office: 020 7722 9301 or visit www.hamspteadtheatre.com

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