Hampstead Downstairs/The Peter Wolff Trust presents

Say It With Flowers

By Gertrude Stein

Directed by Katie Mitchell

5 April - 4 May

Archived £5 - £12



‘Charming, funny and thought-provoking. And utterly bonkers, naturally’ @kdwignall

‘Brilliant… Want to go again’ @hethjohnson

‘Blown away… not to be missed!’ @JasonHewlitt123

‘Challenging, bamboozling, hypnotically great’ @OughtToBeClowns

‘A joyous, adrenaline shot of absurdist theatre and we loved it. Go see. Such joy.’ @DogOrangeLtd

Hampstead Downstairs is delighted to welcome back the critically acclaimed director Katie Mitchell after last year’s The Trial of Ubu (Main Stage) and the sell-out small hours (Downstairs). Mitchell brings ‘her relentlessly innovative approach’ (The Independent) to Say It With Flowers and takes the audience on a surreal and unexpected journey through a selection of celebrated American modernist Gertrude Stein’s writing.

Katie Mitchell’s other credits include Hansel & Gretel, A Woman Killed with Kindness, Women of Troy (all National Theatre) and Written on Skin (Royal Opera House).

For the first time Downstairs we have a promenade in Say It With Flowers that will last 45 minutes. A promenade requires an audience to stand and possibly move locations. It will be a totally unique experience and one not to be missed.


Say It With Flowers: What the audience thinks

‘It may frequently bamboozle me but i bloody love how Katie Mitchell’s mind works – Say it with Flowers Hamps_Theatre is just remarkable’ @OughtToBeClowns ‘#sayitwith…

A Cup of Tea with... Say It With Flowers actor Sean Jackson

We chat to actor Sean Jackson about Katie Mitchell’s ‘process’, inspirations and alternative career options. Sean plays Mary/William Long in Say It With Flowers Downstairs until 4 …

A Cup of Tea With... Say It With Flowers actor Laura Harling

We chat to Say It With Flowers actor Laura Harling over a cup of tea about Katie Mitchell, learning impossible lines and swimming in the Serpentine. Laura is playing Maryas, Henry Henry and Geneviev…

Say It With Flowers: Production photos

Taken by Robert Day

Say It With Flowers: In rehearsals

Say It WIth Flowers rehearsal photos

BBC Radio 4: Was Gertrude Stein Any Good?

Listen to Radio 4's Was Gertrude Stein Any Good?

Say It With Flowers: A history of Gertrude Stein

Say It With Flowers brings together a number of American modernist Gertrude Stein’s extraordinary work. Below is a brief timeline of Stein’s colourful life. 3 February 1874 – Gertru…

Cast & Crew

Artistic Team


Katie Mitchell


Alex Eales

Lighting Designer

Jack Knowles

Sound Designer

Tom Hackley



Laura Harling


Peter Hobday


Sarah Malin

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Sarah Northgraves


Sean Jackson