HAMPSTEAD DOWNSTAIRS/THE PETER WOLFF TRUST PRESENT

The Blackest Black

By JEREMY BROCK
Directed by MICHAEL LONGHURST

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

£5 - £12 (See ticket information)

How can you know you’re loved if you’re alone? You have to connect. Everybody has to connect. Nothing makes any sense without it

Downstairs

9 Jan - 8 Feb 2014
£5 - £12

Box Office: 020 7722 9301

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‘Startling, stunning, moving’ @UnwinPaul

‘Brilliant – Astonishing performances from an amazing cast’ @ThatDesKennedy

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Martin is an astronomer: a solitary, straight-laced introvert itemising the sky. Abi is an artist: a chaotic, free-spirited extrovert trying to fill the void. But something about the heat and intensity of a space observatory in the middle of the Arizona desert sparks a surprising and passionate relationship between them. And as they struggle to connect, Abi’s reckless and un-boundaried nature sets in motion a deeply unsettling and wholly unexpected chain of events…

BAFTA winner Jeremy Brock’s unconventional love story asks whether the outcome of a collision resulting from the attraction of opposites is inherently unstable. Jeremy returns to playwriting for the first time in over 20 years after scripting many critically acclaimed films including Mrs BrownThe Last King of Scotland and How I Live Now.

Michael Longhurst makes his Hampstead Downstairs debut following sell-out hits Constellations (Royal Court/West End), The World of Extreme Happiness (National Theatre) and If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (Roundabout Theatre, New York) starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

Ian Bonar’s stage appearances include Brilliant Adventures (Royal Court/Manchester Royal Exchange), Me, As A Penguin (Arcola) and DNA and The Miracle (National Theatre). TV includes SouthcliffeBlack Mirror 2 and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

John Light’s stage credits include Thom Pain (The Print Room), Luise Millar (Donmar) and The Master Builder (Almeida). Films and TV include Albert Nobbs and Vera.

Charity Wakefield returns to Hampstead after appearing in No Naughty Bits in 2011. Other stage work includes The Cherry Orchard (National Theatre) and The Circle(Chichester Festival). TV includes Mockingbird LaneAny Human HeartSense and Sensibility and Casualty 1907/9.

 

Artistic team

WRITER

JEREMY BROCK

DIRECTOR

MICHAEL LONGHURST

DESIGNER

OLIVER TOWNSEND

LIGHTING

MARK HOWLAND

SOUND

EMMA LAXTON

Cast

A Cup of Tea With... The Blackest Black's Charity Wakefield

Posted on 21 January 2014

Multi-talented stage and screen actress Charity Wakefield’s impressive acting CV includes an appearance at the National Theatre (The Cherry Orchard, 2011) and roles in the BBC’s Sense and Sensibility (2008) and the 2012 re-imagining of The Munsters, Mockingbird Lane.

Video: An interview with The Blackest Black writer Jeremy Brock

Posted on 10 January 2014

‘In theatre your lines are learnt by the actors and spoken by the actors and, this may sound odd, but in film that’s not always so.

An interview with The Blackest Black writer Jeremy Brock

Posted on 1 January 2014

Writer Jeremy Brock discusses his new play The Blackest Black, returning to theatre after 20 years and having fish and chips with Judi Dench with Hampstead’s Online Features Editor, Susie Benson.

The Blackest Black: Full casting announced

Posted on 27 December 2013

Hampstead Theatre is delighted to announce that the cast for BAFTA winner Jeremy Brock’s new play, The Blackest Black, will be Ian Bonar, John Light and Charity Wakefield.

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

Charity Wakefield (Abi) Charity Wakefield (Abi)
John Light (Martin) John Light (Martin)
Ian Bonar (Chuck) and Charity Wakefield (Abi) Ian Bonar (Chuck) and Charity Wakefield (Abi)
Ian Bonar (Chuck) Ian Bonar (Chuck)
Charity Wakefield (Abi) Charity Wakefield (Abi)
John Light (Martin) John Light (Martin)
John Light (Martin) and Charity Wakefield (Abi) John Light (Martin) and Charity Wakefield (Abi)
Charity Wakefield (Abi) Charity Wakefield (Abi)
Charity Wakefield (Abi) and John Light (Martin) Charity Wakefield (Abi) and John Light (Martin)
Charity Wakefield (Abi) and John Light (Martin) Charity Wakefield (Abi) and John Light (Martin)