A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE PRODUCTION

CELL MATES

By SIMON GRAY
Directed by EDWARD HALL

£10 - £37 (See ticket information)

Spies betray people. That’s what we do. It becomes a – a habit. Difficult to break – even when it’s not – not strictly necessary

Main Stage

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30 Nov 2017 - 20 Jan 2018
£10 - £37

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Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London, 1961. One of Britain’s most notorious double agents, George Blake, is serving a 42 year sentence – that is, until he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Irish petty criminal, Sean Bourke. Both men are eccentric outsiders, and each sees the possibility of escape – and not just from prison - through the other. But once on the outside, can their mutual dependence survive the mounting pressures they face from MI5, from the KGB - and indeed from themselves?

Simon Gray’s absorbing and deftly funny play, unperformed since 1995, explores how personal freedom is an illusion and even friendship must have carefully circumscribed limits in a world where deception is a reflex response.

Gray wrote more than 30 plays for stage and television, including Quartermaine's Terms, Butley, Otherwise Engaged, The Common Pursuit and Japes. He also wrote five novels as well as a series of memoirs that include The Smoking Diaries trilogy and Coda. For more information please visit www.simongray.org.uk.

Edward Hall has directed some of Hampstead’s biggest hits including the Olivier Award winning musical Sunny Afternoon, Filthy Business, Rabbit Hole, Chariots of Fire and Wonderland.

Geoffrey Streatfeild returns to Hampstead to play George Blake following his acclaimed role as Platonov in Michael Frayn’s Wild Honey earlier this year. His previous theatre credits include Young Chekhov: Ivanov and The SeagullChildren of the Sun and Earthquakes in London (all National Theatre) and My Night with Reg (Donmar/West End).

Emmet Byrne stars opposite Geoffrey as Blake’s partner in crime, Sean Bourke. His recent theatre credits include Angela’s Ashes (Irish Tour), Breaking Dad and Big Maggie (Gaity Theatre). His television credits include the hit Irish crime drama, Striking Out.

Cell Mates has been kindly supported by the Godwin family.

 

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Artistic team

WRITER

SIMON GRAY

DIRECTOR

EDWARD HALL

DESIGNER

MICHAEL PAVELKA

LIGHTING

RICK FISHER

SOUND

JOHN LEONARD

COMPOSER

SIMON SLATER

CASTING

SUZANNE CROWLEY AND GILLY POOLE

Cast

AUTUMN SEASON ANNOUNCED

Posted on 19 May 2017

Including Terry Johnson's Prism, Nicholas Wright's The Slaves of Solitude and Simon Gray's Cell Mates

THE GUARDIAN INTERVIEWS CELL MATES DIRECTOR EDWARD HALL

Posted on 19 May 2017

Mark Brown interviews Edward Hall about the revival of Simon Gray's Cell Mates

VIDEO: AUTUMN SEASON 2017 TRAILER

Posted on 19 May 2017

Find out more about our upcoming autumn shows Prism, The Slaves of Solitude and Cell Mates.

Previews, Mondays and matinees 
Full price: £30/£27/£18
Under 30s/Students: £15/£10* 
Seniors (matinees only): £22/£20
Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free
Access: £16

Tuesday – Saturday evenings 
Full price: £37/£32/£25
Under 30s/Students: £15/£10* 
Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free
Access: £16

*Under 30s and Student concession seats are available in row A (£15) & Band C (£10)

Video and Image Gallery

Geoffrey Streatfeild (George Blake) Geoffrey Streatfeild (George Blake)
Danny Lee Wynter (Philip/Viktor) Danny Lee Wynter (Philip/Viktor)
Emmet Byrne (Sean Bourke) Emmet Byrne (Sean Bourke)
Danny Lee Wynter (Philip/Viktor) and Philip Bird (Sparrow/Stan) Danny Lee Wynter (Philip/Viktor) and Philip Bird (Sparrow/Stan)
Cara Horgan (Miranda/Zinaida) Cara Horgan (Miranda/Zinaida)
Cara Horgan (Miranda/Zinaida) Cara Horgan (Miranda/Zinaida)
Philip Bird (Sparrow/Stan) Philip Bird (Sparrow/Stan)
Philip Bird (Sparrow/Stan) and Geoffrey Streatfeild (George Blake) Philip Bird (Sparrow/Stan) and Geoffrey Streatfeild (George Blake)
Emmet Byrne (Sean Bourke) Emmet Byrne (Sean Bourke)
Geoffrey Streatfeild (George Blake) and Emmet Byrne (Sean Bourke) Geoffrey Streatfeild (George Blake) and Emmet Byrne (Sean Bourke)