A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE PRODUCTION

SEX WITH STRANGERS

By LAURA EASON
Directed by PETER DUBOIS

Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes including interval

£10 - £35 (See ticket information)

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27 Jan - 4 Mar 2017
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'The audience were on the edge of their seats' ★★★★ The Times


Olivia, an attractive and talented but underappreciated mid-career writer, is unexpectedly trapped overnight in a secluded, snowed-in B&B with Ethan, an equally attractive and wildly successful young blogger. 

Her latest novel is an unsung masterpiece; his blog is being made into a movie. She prefers books; he prefers eBooks. She is anonymous; he has half a million Twitter followers. But opposites soon attract – passionately – as each realise they want more of what the other has. But the closer they get, the more they must confront the murky side of ambition, success and Wi-Fi…

Laura Eason’s smart comedy is a multifaceted love story packed with hidden ambitions, soaring desires and secret agendas.

Laura Eason is the author of twenty plays including The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, and adaptations of Around the World in 80 Days and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Eason is also a writer for the Emmy award-winning Netflix series, House of Cards.

Peter DuBois returns to Hampstead Theatre following the critically acclaimed Rapture, Blister, Burn in 2014. Peter is in his ninth season as the Artistic Director of the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston. His productions have been on the annual top ten lists of The New York Times and The Evening Standard.

Emilia Fox returns to Hampstead Theatre following the sell-out hit Rapture, Blister, Burn in 2014. Theatre credits include Coriolanus, Richard II (both Almeida) and Good (Donmar). TV credits include Silent Witness and the Oscar-nominated film The Pianist.

Theo James makes his Hampstead debut. His film credits include the Divergent series, War on Everyone, The Benefactor, and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. TV credits include Golden Boy, Downton Abbey and Bedlam

Mon 20 Feb 19:30 PRE-SHOW RECEPTION AVAILABLE FOR PATRONS Sold Out
Tue 21 Feb 19:30 Sold Out
Wed 22 Feb 14:30 Sold Out
Wed 22 Feb 19:30 Sold Out
Thu 23 Feb 19:30 Sold Out
Fri 24 Feb 19:30 Sold Out
Sat 25 Feb 15:00 AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE Sold Out
Sat 25 Feb 19:30 Sold Out
Mon 27 Feb 19:30 Sold Out
Tue 28 Feb 19:30 CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE Sold Out
Wed 01 Mar 14:30 Sold Out
Wed 01 Mar 19:30 Sold Out
Thu 02 Mar 19:30 Sold Out
Fri 03 Mar 19:30 Sold Out
Sat 04 Mar 15:00 Sold Out
Sat 04 Mar 19:30 Sold Out
  • The Times

    'It begins in a snowstorm in Michigan, with a stranger banging on the door of a B&B that has only one occupant — a 39-year-old woman named Olivia, a writer who became a teacher because she couldn’t handle the critical reviews of her only book.

    The man who blows in with the cold is young (28), virile, savvy, a hugely successful blogger named Ethan who writes about sex.“Is it porn?” she demands, wearing her PJs, holding a tiny glass of wine.“No, it’s not porn,” he insists, pouring himself a giant vat of red.

    I think we all know, actually, that his blog is porn. And, frankly, we expected a play called Sex With Strangers to have a little of what was in the title. Indeed this Hampstead audience were on the edge of their seats and they weren’t disappointed.'

    'The play by the American Laura Eason contains another type of titillation that drove this audience crazy. It’s also about books: deals, advances, contracts, agents. It is, in short, publishing porn.'

    'Emilia Fox, famed for Silent Witness, was perfect as Olivia, slightly naive, bookish, insecure but also ambitious and someone who looks pretty damn good in high heels too. She can’t help but fall for Ethan, played by Theo James, the hunky post-apocalyptic freedom fighter from Divergent, as an all-American guy who exudes confidence and sex from every pore.'

    'Peter DuBois, the director, keeps that undercurrent of uncertainty going throughout and it is made even more unsettling by the ultra-domestic sets of the B&B and, in the second act, Olivia’s flat.'

    'This is the European premiere of this play, first seen in America in 2011, and it still feels fresh. If anything the question of who we are in real life versus online is even more relevant now.'

    To read the full review please click here to visit The Times online.

    A sexual drama that publishes its virtues
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Artistic team

WRITER

LAURA EASON

DIRECTOR

PETER DUBOIS

DESIGNER

JONATHAN FENSOM

LIGHTING

NATASHA CHIVERS

SOUND

MAX PAPPENHEIM

CASTING

SUZANNE CROWLEY & GILLY POOLE

Cast

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SEX WITH STRANGERS: ★★★★ FROM THE TIMES

Posted on 3 February 2017

Ann Treneman awards Sex with Strangers four stars

The Times interviews Theo James

Posted on 25 January 2017

Ed Potton interviews Theo James on his upcoming role in Sex with Strangers

The Evening Standard interviews Emilia Fox

Posted on 12 January 2017

Robert Dex interviews Emilia Fox on her role in Sex with Strangers

Full cast announced for Sex with Strangers

Posted on 13 December 2016

Theo James and Emilia Fox to star

New shows announced for 2017

Posted on 11 November 2016

Emilia Fox returns to star in Sex with Strangers

10 Questions with Laura Eason

Posted on 11 November 2016

We talk to writer of Sex with Strangers, Laura Eason

Previews, Mondays and matinees 

Full price: £28/£25/£18
Under 30s/Students: £15/£10* 
Seniors (matinees only): £20/£18/£15
Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free
Access: £15

Tuesday – Saturday evenings 


Full price: £35/£30/£25
Under 30s/Students: £15/£10* 
Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free
Access: £15

*Under 30s and Student concession seats are available in rows A (£15) & Q (£10)

Audio described performance:
25 February at 3pm, with a touch tour at 1.30pm

Captioned performance:
28 February at 7.30pm, with a transcribed post show discussion

Video and Image Gallery

Emilia Fox (Olivia) Emilia Fox (Olivia)
Theo James (Ethan) Theo James (Ethan)
Emilia Fox (Olivia) and Theo James (Ethan) Emilia Fox (Olivia) and Theo James (Ethan)
Theo James (Ethan) and Emilia Fox (Olivia) Theo James (Ethan) and Emilia Fox (Olivia)
Emilia Fox (Olivia) and Theo James (Ethan) Emilia Fox (Olivia) and Theo James (Ethan)
Emilia Fox (Olivia) Emilia Fox (Olivia)
Theo James (Ethan) Theo James (Ethan)
Emilia Fox (Olivia) and Theo James (Ethan) Emilia Fox (Olivia) and Theo James (Ethan)
Emilia Fox (Olivia) and Theo James (Ethan) Emilia Fox (Olivia) and Theo James (Ethan)
Theo James (Ethan) Theo James (Ethan)
Emilia Fox (Olivia) and Theo James (Ethan) Emilia Fox (Olivia) and Theo James (Ethan)
Theo James (Ethan) Theo James (Ethan)
Emilia Fox (Olivia) Emilia Fox (Olivia)
Emilia Fox (Olivia) and Theo James (Ethan) Emilia Fox (Olivia) and Theo James (Ethan)
Emilia Fox (Olivia) and Theo James (Ethan) Emilia Fox (Olivia) and Theo James (Ethan)
Emilia Fox (Olivia) Emilia Fox (Olivia)
Theo James (Ethan) Theo James (Ethan)
Emilia Fox (Olivia) and Theo James (Ethan) Emilia Fox (Olivia) and Theo James (Ethan)