CAST AND EXTENSION ANNOUNCED FOR THE DUMB WAITER

Posted on 28 October 2020.

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CAST AND EXTENSION ANNOUNCED FOR THE DUMB WAITER

Photo by Helen Maybanks, L-R Shane Zaza, Alec Newman and Alice Hamilton.

 

  • ACCLAIMED STAGE AND SCREEN ACTORS, ALEC NEWMAN AND SHANE ZAZA WILL PLAY THE ROLES OF BEN AND GUS, RESPECTIVELY
  • DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND ALICE HAMILTON’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION HAS BEEN EXTENDED AND WILL NOW RUN FROM 18 NOVEMBER 2020 UNTIL 2 JANUARY 2021

 

Hampstead Theatre is delighted to announce the cast for Harold Pinter’s iconic play The Dumb Waiter.  Due to popular demand the production has been extended and will now run from 18 November 2020 until 2 January 2021

Acclaimed stage and screen actors Alec Newman and Shane Zaza will play the roles of Ben and Gus, respectively, in this 60th anniversary production directed by Alice Hamilton, originally programmed for spring.  She is joined by designer James Perkins, with lighting design by James Whiteside and Composition and Sound Design by Giles Thomas

The Dumb Waiter first premiered as part of Hampstead Theatre’s inaugural season in 1960 directed by Hampstead’s founder James Roose-Evans.

Alec Newman has appeared in many critically acclaimed television shows, films and stage productions over the years.  Recent TV credits include the award-winning BBC period drama Call the Midwife (2020) and psychological thriller TV series Eullenia (2020).  His credits at Hampstead Theatre include Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood (2015/16), Andrew Keatley's Alligators (2016, 2017) and Terry Johnson's production of Uncle Vanya (2019).

Shane Zaza is known to television audiences for his roles in BBC dramas Happy Valley (2014) and Press (2018); American drama Will (2017) and Netflix’s Black Mirror (2016).  Recent theatre credits include Europe at Donmar Warehouse (2019), Dear Elizabeth at Gate Theatre (2019) and Frankenstein at Royal Exchange Theatre (2018).  The Dumb Waiter marks Zaza’s debut at Hampstead Theatre.

Harold Pinter wrote twenty-nine plays including The Birthday PartyThe CaretakerThe Homecoming and Betrayal. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. 

Alice is co-Artistic Director of Up in Arms and and credits with Hampstead Theatre include the Olivier-nominated Every Day I Make Greatness Happen (2018) and Paradise (2019). 

Tickets for the additional performances are now on sale.

Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive of Hampstead Theatre said:

We have been very moved by the extraordinary demand for tickets for The Dumb Waiter.  It is a much-needed reminder of how important theatre is as entertainment, as a place that helps us make sense of the world and of ourselves, for our personal and social well-being, and our need for community and communal experience.

As our rehearsal room, workshops and offices start to buzz again in the united endeavour to put on a show, we are acutely aware that our industry is entirely dependent on our freelance creative workforce.  They are the life blood of the theatre.  By opening our doors, we are not only serving audiences but doing what we can to offer much needed employment.  It is, however, a drop in the ocean.  We urge the Government to offer a package to freelancers to support them through this pandemic.  We can then return even stronger and retain the UK’s position as an international cultural leader.  We will need culture more than ever as we leave the European Union, re-evaluate our national identity, and look to attract new investment.

Who knows what the future will bring.  What I do know is that there is an abundance of brilliant new theatre talent bursting to be seen and heard, so we are delighted to be re-launching activities to inspire and support the next generation of theatre makers who are so vital to our futures.”

Alice Hamilton, Director of The Dumb Waiter said: “It is wonderful to be in the rehearsal room again getting back to the business of making live theatre. The past few months have brought a strange new resonance to this classic Pinter play and I'm excited to be exploring it now with these two brilliant actors.”

The Dumb Waiter now runs on the Main Stage from 3 December - 16 January

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