Attenborough gives Hampstead Theatre Reasons to be Happy

Reasons To Be happy at Hampstead Theatre

Michael Attenborough directs the UK premiere of Neil LaBute’s romantic comedy, Reasons to be Happy, at Hampstead Theatre in March. Reasons to be Happy – a companion piece to Reasons to be Pretty, directed by Michael Attenborough in 2011 – follows the lives and loves of four friends as they desperately search for happiness and explores ‘unfinished business’ in relationships. LaBute’s other plays include Reasons to be Pretty, Bash, The Shape of Things, The Distance From Here, Autobahn, Fat Pig, Some Girls, This Is How It Goes and In A Forest Dark and Deep. His films include In the Company of Men, for which he won the New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best First Feature and the Filmmakers’ Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival. Reasons to be Happy is Michael Attenborough’s fourth collaboration with LaBute. The former artistic director of the Almeida Theatre returns to Hampstead Theatre following Luna … Read more

REVIEW: Stevie, Hampstead Theatre ✭✭✭

Stevie starring Zoe Wannamaker at the Hampstead Theatre

In the title role, Zoe Wanamaker is in terrific form. She is wholly believable as a woman out of place in the world but entirely at home in the confines of her abode. Lynda Baron is superbly sweet as Aunt Lion, the tough old spinster who runs the house where Stevie lives. Men played little more than an accessory role in Stevie’s life and aspects of that are summed up in the three characters played by Chris Larkin, whose best moment comes when he recites Smith’s Drowning, Not Waving, possibly her most famous poem. It’s a beautiful moment in a quietly engaging, gentle play.

Hamsptead Theatre Annouces Start Of 2015 Season

Zoe Wannamaker as Stevie at Hampstead Theatre

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 … Read more

REVIEW: Wildefire, Hampstead Theatre ✭✭

Wildefire at Hampstead Theatre

Director Maria Aberg certainly confronts the challenges Wildefire offers head on. There is some starkly realistic violence – the murder of Spence and it’s aftermath is especially powerful. Scenes of chaos, rioting and domestic violence are loud, confronting and seared with pain. Indeed, this is almost certainly a better production than the play deserves.