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Di and Viv and Rose
By Amelia Bullmore
Directed by Anna Mackmin
Designed by Paul Wills with lighting by Jason Taylor, sound design by Simon Baker and choreography by Scarlett Mackmin and music composed by Paul Englishby
Thursday 17 January – Saturday 23 February 2013

‘If something bad or sad or good happens to one of you, it almost happens to the other’

Following a sell-out run at Hampstead Downstairs in 2011, Hampstead Theatre is delighted to announce the transfer of Di and Viv and Rose to the main stage in January 2013.

Anna Mackmin returns to direct and Tamzin Outhwaite reprises her role as Di in Amelia Bullmore’s funny and insightful comedy. Joining Tamzin will be Gina McKee as Viv and Anna Maxwell Martin as Rose.

Aged eighteen, three women join forces at university. Life is fun. Living is intense. Together they feel unassailable. Di and Viv and Rose is a hilarious and thoughtful exploration of friendship’s impact on life, and life’s impact on friendship.

Amelia Bullmore’s debut play Mammals was awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She wrote a version of Ibsen’s Ghosts for The Gate and a 24hr play for the Old Vic. Her TV writing credits include This Life, Black Cab, Attachments and Scott and Bailey series 2 and 3. Radio writing includes Craven (BBC Radio 4) series 1-4 with Maxine Peake, Cash Flow, The Middle, Family Tree and The Bat Man.

This will be the sixth time Amelia and Anna have worked together. Anna has directed all of Amelia’s writing for the stage to date – the award winning Mammals, Ghosts and Di and Viv and Rose Hampstead Downstairs.

Double BAFTA award winning Anna Maxwell Martin makes her Hampstead Theatre debut. Theatre credits include Measure for Measure (Almeida), Cabaret (Lyric Theatre, West End), The Female of the Species (Vaudeville Theatre) and Dumb Show (Royal Court). Television credits include The Bletchley Circle (ITV), Bleak House (BBC), The Nightwatch (BBC), South Riding (BBC) and Poppy Shakespeare (Channel 4).

Gina McKee also makes a much anticipated debut at Hampstead. Theatre credits include the Olivier nominated King Lear (Donmar), Separate Tables (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Lover and The Collection (Comedy Theatre) and Ivanov (Wyndhams). Television credits include Hebburn, The Borgias, Line of Duty and Our Friends in the North. Film credits include Notting Hill, Atonement and In the Loop.

Tamzin Outhwaite’s stage credits include Sweet Charity (Haymarket and Menier Chocolate Factory), Boeing Boeing (Comedy), Breathing Corpses and Flesh Wound (Royal Court), Oliver (London Palladium). Television credits include New Tricks, Law and Order, Paradox, The Fixer, Hustle, Hotel Babylon and EastEnders. Film credits include Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream, Radio Cape Cod and Back Waters.

Director Anna Mackmin’s credits include Hedda Gabler, The Real Thing, Dancing at Lughnasa (Old Vic), Mammals (Bush Theatre), The Dark (Donmar) Really Old Like Forty Five (National), Under the Blue Sky, In Celebration (Duke of York‘s), Burn/Chatroom/Citizenship (National Theatre and International tour), Me and My Girl (Crucible) Breathing Corpses, Food Chain (Royal Court), Dying for It; The Lightning Play (Almeida), In Flame (Bush and The New Ambassadors), Cloud Nine, The Crucible, Iphigenia, Teeth ‘n’ Smiles and The Arbor (Crucible, Sheffield). Her work has garnered many awards including a TMA award for Best Director, two Olivier nominations for Best New Play, a George Devine Award for Best New Play, three critics Circle Awards for Best New Play and two Whatsonstage Awards for Best New Play.

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A Hampstead Theatre Production
Longing
A play based on two short stories by Anton Chekhov
Adapted by William Boyd
Directed by Nina Raine
Designed by Lizzie Clachan with lighting by James Farncombe, sound design by Gareth Fry and casting by Amy Ball
Thursday 28 February to Saturday 13 April 2013

‘All things pass – is this your philosophy? Is there no room for love in your philosophy of life?’

When Kolia is invited to visit his oldest friends on their Estate in the country he anticipates a pleasant break from Moscow life. But as the comedy of provincial life plays out around him, he finds himself adrift in a miasma of false expectations, missed opportunities and unspoken passions.

From two short stories by the Russian master Anton Chekhov, renowned and award winning novelist William Boyd (An Ice-Cream War, Brazzaville Beach, Any Human Heart, Restless, Waiting for Sunrise) spins a tale of nineteenth century Russian life both familiar and unfamiliar.

Director Nina Raine returns to Hampstead Theatre following the sell-out success of her play Tiger Country in 2010. As experienced a writer as a director, her directing credits include the April de Angelis’ critically acclaimed Jumpy (Royal Court and West End), Shades by Alia Bano (Royal Court) and Unprotected (Liverpool Everyman) for which she won the TMA Best Director Award as well as her own plays Rabbit and Tiger Country. Other writing credits include Tribes (Royal Court ) and her debut play Rabbit (Old Red Lion, Trafalgar Studios, 59E59 New York) which won the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Most Promising Playwright.

Cast to be confirmed.

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