Posted on 20 April 2018.

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Hampstead Theatre presents the world premiere of Fiona Doyle’s The Strange Death of John Doe, inspired by real events. This powerful and poignant new play is a Hampstead Theatre commission and a finalist for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. It will be directed by Artistic Director Edward Hall and the cast includes Damola Adelaja, Charlotte Bradley, Benjamin Cawley, Callie Cooke, Maynard Eziashi, Nick Hendrix, Rhashan Stone and Abigail Thaw. Playing Downstairs from 25 May - 30 June.

Damola Adelaja's theatre work includes Parliament Sqaure (Bush Theatre/Royal Exchange).

Charlotte Bradley's theatre work includes The Unmanageable Sisters (Abbey Theatre). 

Benjamin Cawley's television work includes Doctor Who.

Callie Cooke returns to Hampstead following Fitlhy Business (2017) and Firebird (2015).

Maynard Eziashi's theatre work includes The Barber Shop Chronicles (National Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Nick Hendrix returns to Hampstead following Tiger Country (2014).

Rhashan Stone returns to Hampstead following The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (2016). 

Abigail Thaw's television work includes Endeavour.

London – the present day. The unidentified body of a young man with fatal head injuries is found face down in a suburban street. Who is he and where did he come from? He has no ID and nobody witnessed anything. It’s as if he has just fallen from the sky…

Clinically named as ‘John Doe’ by the pathologists working on the case, they must uncover the truth and piece his story – and body – back together. A breakthrough sends DC John Kavura into overdrive and as his investigation unravels, he uncovers a haunting story of our time. Fiona Doyle’s powerful and poignant new play, inspired by real events, is a Hampstead commission and finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Fiona returns to Hampstead Theatre following Deluge in 2015. Her other theatre work includes Coolatully (winner of the 2014 Papatango New Writing Prize), Ms Y (Young Vic) and Rootbound(Arcola).

Edward Hall returns to Hampstead Downstairs following the sell-out hit Firebird in 2015. As Artistic Director, he has directed some of Hampstead’s biggest hits including the Olivier Award winning musical Sunny AfternoonCell MatesFilthy BusinessRabbit HoleChariots of Fire and Wonderland.

This production has been supported with a generous gift from Jocelyn Abbey and Tom Carney.



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