HAMPSTEAD DOWNSTAIRS/THE PETER WOLFF TRUST PRESENT

The Empty Quarter

By ALEXANDRA WOOD
Directed by ANNA LEDWICH

Running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes including a 20 minute interval

£5 - £12 (See ticket information)

There’s a lot wrong with this place. But nowhere’s perfect.

Downstairs

26 Sep - 26 Oct 2013
£5 - £12

Box Office: 020 7722 9301

Dubai seems to offer British twenty-somethings Greg and Holly everything they could want: tax-free income, a brand new apartment and an exotic landscape waiting to be explored. But surviving on the edge of a desert, in a society they don’t understand, proves more difficult than they could have imagined. In need of help they turn to fellow expats Gemma and Patrick but they soon start to question why it is they came, and whether they’ll ever get home…

Alexandra Wood’s new play studies the challenges we face in a foreign land, and where or to whom we belong. Her previous theatre credits include an adaptation of Jung Chang’s Wild Swans (Young Vic), The Eleventh Capital (Royal Court) and Decade (Headlong).

Award-winning director Anna Ledwich returns to Hampstead Downstairs following the sell-out hit Donny’s Brain last year. Other theatre credits include Blue Remembered Hills (Chichester Festival Theatre), Dream Story (Gate Theatre) and Lulu (Gate Theatre/Headlong).

Artistic team

WRITER

ALEXANDRA WOOD

DIRECTOR

ANNA LEDWICH

DESIGNER

HELEN GODDARD

LIGHTING

LEE CURRAN

SOUND

SARAH WELTMAN

Cast

A Cup of Tea with... The Empty Quarter's Gunnar Cauthery

Posted on 3 October 2013

We chat to Gunnar Cauthery about the intimacy of Hampstead Downstairs, embarrassing on stage moments and Mark Rylance.

The Empty Quarter: Full casting announced

Posted on 6 September 2013

Hampstead Theatre is delighted to announce full casting for The Empty Quarter, Alexandra Wood’s Downstairs debut, directed by Anna Ledwich.

The Empty Quarter: An interview with writer Alexandra Wood

Posted on 13 August 2013

We chat to Alexandra Wood about her Hampstead debut, the inspiration behind her new play The Empty Quarter and her playwriting heroes.

First five performances: All tickets £5
Full price: £12
Seniors: £10 (matinee only)
Concessions: £10*
Access: £6
Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free

*Students, under 26 and unwaged

Video and Image Gallery

Geraldine Alexander (Gemma) Geraldine Alexander (Gemma)
Jodie McNee (Holly) Jodie McNee (Holly)
Gunnar Cauthery (Greg) Gunnar Cauthery (Greg)
Gunnar Cauthery (Greg) and Jodie McNee (Holly) Gunnar Cauthery (Greg) and Jodie McNee (Holly)
David Hounslow (Patrick) David Hounslow (Patrick)
Geraldine Alexander (Gemma) Geraldine Alexander (Gemma)
Geraldine Alexander (Gemma) and David Hounslow (Patrick) Geraldine Alexander (Gemma) and David Hounslow (Patrick)
Jodie McNee (Holly) Jodie McNee (Holly)
Jodie McNee (Holly) and Gunnar Cauthery (Greg) Jodie McNee (Holly) and Gunnar Cauthery (Greg)
Gunnar Cauthery (Greg) Gunnar Cauthery (Greg)
Geraldine Alexander (Gemma) and David Hounslow (Patrick) Geraldine Alexander (Gemma) and David Hounslow (Patrick)
David Hounslow (Patrick) and Geraldine Alexander (Gemma) David Hounslow (Patrick) and Geraldine Alexander (Gemma)