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Experience four Simon Gray plays based on the same characters, in the same situation but all telling a different story with opposite conclusions…
The accidental death of their parents when Michael and Jason (Japes) were in their teens made them as close as brothers can be: the family home they inherited remains unchanged, part playground, part shrine. But their lives change forever when Michael falls in love with Anita… and so does Japes… and a passionate triangle develops.
Simon Gray’s dark comedy Japes, directed by Peter Hall, enjoyed a successful run in the West End in 2001. Watching rehearsals, the playwright realised the characters might have made different choices and arrived at a different outcome, so he set to work on Japes Too. Concerned that he had still only told one side of the story he then set down Michael. But the characters continued to haunt him so he kept writing, and Missing Dates is a further attempt to put them to rest.
Five years after Gray’s death, Hampstead Theatre is delighted to present this extraordinary cycle of his work: premieres of the three unperformed plays alongside a revival of the play that started it all off.
Simon Gray is the author of over 30 plays, including Butley, Quartermaine’s Terms, Otherwise Engaged and The Common Pursuit. His other writing includes screenplays, novels, and a hugely successful series of diaries culminating in The Smoking Diaries.
Tamara Harvey returns to Hampstead Downstairs following the sell-out hit Hello/Goodbye last year. Her numerous theatre credits include Tim Rice’s new musical From Here To Eternity (West End), Educating Rita (Meiner Chocolate Factory / UK Tour), Whipping It Up (West End) and the hit musical Tell Me On A Sunday by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black (UK Tour).
Running time is approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes including a 20 minute interval
|Thu 20 Mar||7:45pm||Tickets £10/£12||Archived|
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|Fri 28 Mar||7:45pm||Tickets £10/£12||Archived|
|Sat 29 Mar||3:15pm||Tickets £10/£12||Archived|
|Mon 31 Mar||7:45pm||Patrons Evening||Archived|
|Tue 1 Apr||7:45pm||Tickets £10/£12||Archived|
|Wed 2 Apr||7:45pm||Tickets £10/£12||Archived|
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|Sat 12 Apr||3:15pm||Tickets £10/£12||Archived|
|Thu 24 Apr||7:45pm||Tickets £10/£12||Archived|
|Sat 3 May||7:45pm||Tickets £10/£12||Archived|
|Mon 5 May||7:45pm||Tickets £10/£12||Archived|