Posted on 16 November 2018.

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  • Full casting is announced for the world premiere of Dusty Hughes Paradise at Hampstead Downstairs. The cast will include Geoffrey Freshwater, Rebekah Hinds, Sara Kestelman and Claire Lams.




By Dusty Hughes
Directed by Alice Hamilton

7 December – 19 January

Press Night Monday 7 January 7.45pm

‘Live every day like your last, and garden as if you’re going to live forever’

Hampstead Theatre presents the world premiere of Dusty Hughes’ new comedy Paradise, which looks at the cost of growing old and the joys of ageing disgracefully.

Elite Homes: offering the Platinum Package in luxury retirement living. Old friends Amanda Goose and Roddy Meakin are enjoying their twilight years on their own terms – outrageous pranks and clandestine gins in the garden, adult magazines at the dinner table and a healthy disregard for the other residents. All is idyllic – until, that is, new management is brought in to restore order…

Geoffrey Freshwater plays Meakin. His theatre work includes Ink (Almeida/Duke of York’s). Work for the RSC includes VolponeThe Jew of MaltaThe Witch of EdmontonAs You Like It (also Lincoln Center, New York); King LearAs You Like ItHenry IV Part IIHenry VHenry VI Part I & Part IIRichard IIISejanusHis FallEastward Ho!The MalcontentKing JohnThe Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeThe Winter's Tale and Cyrano De Bergerac. Other theatre work includes Noises Off (Old Vic/UK tour); Old Money (Hampstead Theatre); The Tempest (Theatre Royal Bath); Filumena (Almeida); The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre Royal, Plymouth); Toad of Toad Hall (Birmingham Rep); The Real Inspector Hound (Warehouse Productions) and The Alchemist (National Theatre). Film work includes The ProgramInvisible WomanSabotage and A Bridge Too Far. Television work includes WillDoctorsLaw & Order; The BillThe Government InspectorDavid KellyFoyle’s War (several episodes); Midsomer MurdersEastEnders and Poirot.

Rebekah Hinds plays Sam. Her theatre work includes Much Ado About Nothing (Watford Palace); Grotty (The Bunker); Humble Boy (Orange Tree); Anita and Me (Birmingham Rep/UK tour); The Government Inspector (Birmingham Rep/UK tour); Billy Liar (Manchester Royal Exchange); Around the World (Mint Theatre, New York); The Little Prince - Concert (Savoy Theatre) and Sondheim Prom (Royal Albert Hall). Film work includes Woman of the NightOui, Oui, Oui and The Public Benefits. Television work includes TrolliedInside No. 9Empty OrchestraStains of StainesAuntiesThe Syndicate and Shameless. Radio work includes Animal Instinct and I Heart Amy.

Sara Kestelman plays Amanda. Her theatre credits include Filthy Business and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (Hampstead Theatre); Cabaret (Donmar); Girls (UK Tour); 4000 Miles (Bath Theatre Royal); Torchsong Trilogy (Menier Chocolate Factory); Making Noise QuietlyNineHamletLove for LoveAs You Like ItThe Double DealerThe Threepenny Opera and The American ClockCopenhagen (National Theatre); Macbeth, Custom of the Country (RSC); King Lear (RSC/Barbican); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC/New York); Lettice & Lovage (Gielgud) and Fiddler on the Roof (Palladium). Her television and film credits include ZardozLisztomaniaLady JaneAnna Karenina; The Last Spark of SundownRomeThe Rivals of Sherlock HolmesThe Last Romantics and In the Flesh.

Claire Lams plays Kim. Her theatre work includes Kiss Me (Hampstead Downstairs/Trafalgar Studios); The Lottery of Love (Orange Tree); The King’s Speech (Chichester Festival Theatre/Birmingham Rep); The Little Mermaid (Bristol Old Vic); Routes and Harvest (both Royal Court); One Man, Two Guvnors (Broadway/Adelphi/National Theatre); The Spies in Room 502 (Latitude Festival); W11 (Gate); While You Lie (Traverse); Educating Rita (Watermill Theatre); Absent Friends (Watford Palace); The MiracleDNA and Baby Girl (all National Theatre); Faustus (Headlong); Fabulation (Tricycle); Presence (Theatre Royal, Plymouth); Chimps (Liverpool Everyman); Citizenship (National Theatre Studio); Fields of Gold and Soap (both Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Coming Around Again and Huddersfield (both West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Happiest Days of Your Life (Royal Exchange Theatre) and The Dice House (Birmingham Stage Company). Film work includes Pumpkin HeadSouthwalkThe MovieBeyond the Blade and The Dunns of Brixton. Television work includes Call the MidwifeCasualtyHumans; The Wrong MansSilent WitnessObsessedRandomDoctorsThe BillHolby CityThe Brief and EastEnders.

Dusty Hughes returns to Hampstead Theatre following Bad Language in 1983. He was Theatre Editor of Time Out and helped to establish that magazine’s theatre coverage as an alternative voice. He then joined the Bush Theatre as Artistic Director. In 1980 his first play "Commitments" won him the London Theatre Critics Most Promising Playwright Award. His subsequent plays have been seen at the National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and London, The Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre, The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, The Bush, the Donmar and in the West End as well as in Europe and America. He has worked extensively in television. He was joint winner of the Writer’s Guild Award for Best Drama Series for Between The Lines and created The Brief for ITV as well as adapting Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent for BBC1. He has also written for many other series including Silent Witness and Lewis and most recently the BBC’s The Musketeers (2015).

Alice Hamilton returns to Hampstead Downstairs following Every Day I Make Greatness Happen. Her directing credits include While We’re Here (Bush); Echo’s End (Salisbury Playhouse); Orca (Papatango); Thirty Christmases (Supporting Wall); German Skerries (Orange Tree/tour); Eventide (Arcola/tour); Visitors (Bush/Arcola/tour); Orson’s Shadow (Southwark Playhouse); Fear of Music (Up in Arms/Out of Joint tour) and At First Sight (Latitude Festival/tour). She worked as Staff Director on Man and Superman at the National Theatre, and has directed development workshops and rehearsed readings with the Royal Court, National Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse and High Tide. Alice is co-artistic director of Up in Arms.



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