A HAMPSTEAD DOWNSTAIRS ORIGINAL AT TRAFALGAR STUDIOS
By RICHARD BEAN
Directed by ANNA LEDWICH
£15 - £35 (See ticket information)
I’m thirty two and I want a baby. There are no men.
6 Jun - 8 Jul 2017
£15 - £35
Box Office: 020 7722 9301
A desperate woman. A chivalrous man. And a forbidden kiss that changes everything.
Richard Bean’s new play is a beautiful and unorthodox love story about two people struggling to escape the guilt and ghosts of the past, set against the shifting world of London post-World War I.
Kiss Me, by multi-award winning writer Richard Bean, transfers to the Trafalgar Studios after a sold out run at Hampstead Theatre. His other plays include One Man, Two Guvnors, Great Britain, Made in Dagenham and the recent sell out hit The Nap, which starred Jack O’Connell.
Director Anna Ledwich will be returning to the Trafalgar Studios following her Olivier-award nomination for Four Minutes Twelve Seconds.
HOW TO FIND KISS ME AT TRAFALGAR STUDIOS
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'Richard Bean – he of One Man, Two Guvnors and Great Britain fame – returns to more intimate fare with this short two-hander that started life at Hampstead’s Downstairs studio theatre last year.'
'It’s intimate in every sense; the action takes place entirely on and around a bed belonging to ‘Stephanie’.'
'Ben Lloyd-Hughes effectively captures the inner conflict of this buttoned-up man for whom undoing them has become a personal crusade.'
'Opposite him Claire Lams gives a compelling portrayal of the funny and forthright Stephanie. She’s a woman out of time; a free-spirited, potty-mouthed lorry driver. It’s easy to see the attraction for Dennis - she says the unsayable and delights in teasing him. 'Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever had sex?', she asks. 'Stoke Newington', he replies.'
'But underpinning their flirtatious banter is the brutality of conflict, and Bean has found a novel way to evoke the scale of the horrors. Dennis speaks of the injured husbands who often insist on meeting him before ‘the act’. Some are shell-shocked, others wounded in unthinkable ways. The premise, which at first seems absurd, grows all-too believable as things progress.'
'As a study of human fragility it’s quietly heartbreaking.'
Theo Bosanquet, 12 June, 2017
Actor Ben Lloyd-Hughes is currently performing in Kiss Me at Trafalgar Studios, which tells an unorthodox love story set in post-First World War London.
Time Out's Theo Bosanquet awards Richard Bean's Kiss Me four stars
Evening Standard's Jessie Thompson interviews playwright Richard Bean
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Full Price: £35 /£25/ £15