Hampstead Theatre have announced casting for their production of Michael Frayn’s Wild Honey which will be presented from 2 December 2016 – 14 January 2017. Tickets are on sale now. Wild Honey is a comedy of errors, drawn from Chekhov’s untitled – and posthumously discovered – early play. It is a tale of nineteenth-century Russian life replete with classic misunderstandings, irrepressible desires and nostalgia for a vanishing world. Village schoolmaster Platonov has it all: wit, intelligence, a comfortable and respectable life in provincial Russia, and the attentions of four beautiful women – one of whom is his devoted wife… As summer arrives and the seasonal festivities commence, the rapidly intensifying heat makes everyone giddy with sunlight, vodka – and passion. Wild Honey will be directed by Howard Davies – Hampstead’s Associate Artist and will star Geoffrey Streatfeild in the role of Platonov making his debut at Hampstead Theatre. The cast … Read more
There is no complaint about the writing. Frayn creates situations and conveys ideas quickly and cleverly. His knowledge of human kind and its foibles, the things which interest and aggravate, is wide-ranging, and there is little in the world that he cannot cover in a comic sheen. Nina Wadia, alone of the six performers, has a very clear idea of the farceur, and she effortlessly creates a string of quite different characters, all of whom tick with eccentricity and tock with energy.