HAMPSTEAD DOWNSTAIRS/THE PETER WOLFF TRUST PRESENT
By NICK WHITBY
Directed by TIM CARROLL
Running time: 1 hour and 15 minutes with no interval
£5 - £12 (See ticket information)
Because it was a secret. And secrets are power.
13 Feb - 15 Mar 2014
£5 - £12
Box Office: 020 7722 9301
‘Wow! #TheMystae by Nick Whitby, directed by Tim Caroll. Stunning… Brilliant work, all’ @stephenfry
‘A lovingly poetic, carefully crafted, beautifully acted, sincere take on a coming of age story’ @MathRussell
‘Excellent cast, great set, perfect bite-sized intimate theatre’ @angie_wallis
Preparing to leave small-town Cornwall for the bright lights of university and beyond, best friends Ina, Holman and Tre arrange one final night together before life, as they have always known it, will change forever. Inspired by Ina’s Greek heritage, they gather in a sea cave late at night to perform an ancient ritual – the Eleusinian Mysteries – hoping their participation in this rite will cement their friendship forever. But as the waves rise to cut them off and the ritual unfolds, hidden betrayals emerge and they begin to fear that the cave may hold other unimaginably dark secrets…
Nick Whitby explores the intensity of adolescent relationships on the cusp of adulthood in this exhilarating coming of age story. Nick returns to Hampstead Downstairs following The Complaint in 2012. Other credits include To the Green Fields Beyond (Donmar), directed by Sam Mendes, the Emmy Award-winning Smack the Pony (Channel 4), and drama documentary Last Flight to Kuwait (BBC).
Tim Carroll directed the critically acclaimed Twelfth Night and Richard III starring Mark Rylance, which played at Shakespeare’s Globe, in the West End, and is currently a Broadway sell-out. Tim’s numerous other theatre credits include Skane (Hampstead Downstairs) and The Merchant of Venice (RSC).
Director Tim Carroll, Designer Georgia Lowe and cast members Adam Buchanan, Alex Griffin-Griffiths and Beatrice Scirocchi give an exclusive insight into The Mystae’s incredible cave – the most ambitious set Downstairs has ever seen.
Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director, Edward Hall, takes a tour of The Mystae cave, meets the cast in their dressing room and even takes a dip in the ‘sea’….
Georgia Lowe speaks to Hampstead Theatre’s Online Features Editor, Susie Benson, about designing the most ambitious (and wettest) set Hampstead Downstairs has ever seen
We are delighted to announce the that the cast of Nick Whitby’s The Mystae will be Adam Buchanan, Alex Griffin-Griffiths and Beatrice Scirocchi.
First five performances: All tickets £5
Full price: £12
Seniors: £10 (matinee only)
Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free
*Students, under 26 and unwaged
Monday – Friday 7.15pm & 9pm
Saturday 3.15pm, 6.30pm & 8.15pm