A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE PRODUCTION

DESCRIBE THE NIGHT

By RAJIV JOSEPH
Directed by LISA SPIRLING

Running time: 2 hours and 40 minutes including a 15 minute interval and a 5 minute pause

£10 - £37 (See ticket information)

When we say that something is true, it becomes true. When we say that something is false, it becomes false… There is nothing that cannot eventually be crossed out and changed

Main Stage

30 Apr - 9 Jun 2018
£10 - £37

Box Office: 020 7722 9301

WINNER OF BEST NEW AMERICAN PLAY
AT THE OBIE AWARDS 2018

‘A timely vision of how fragile the public understanding of truth can be’ Evening Standard
‘A kaleidoscopic vision of Soviet history’ The Guardian
‘A tangled web of sex, lies and KGB videotape’ The Times
'Ambitious and fantastical’ Mail on Sunday
'Epic and ambitious' Financial Times
'Massively ambitious and intricate… invigorating'  The Independent
'A dazzlingly audacious epic’ WhatsOnStage
‘Intellectual exhilaration’ The Telegraph
‘The conspiracy theorist in me relished it’ Daily Mail
‘The play zigzags magnificently through history’ The Stage


In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel reports on a Red Cavalry campaign in Poland. In 1936, Stalin’s NKVD chief Nicolai Yezhov unleashes the Great Purge. In 1989, a mysterious KGB agent spying on a woman in Dresden falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes near the Russian city of Smolensk…

This darkly comic rhapsody on Russian themes explores the blurred lines between lies, fiction and conspiracy theories, as it tracks back and forth across 90 years of Soviet and post-Soviet history in search of the genesis of the post-truth world.

Rajiv Joseph is the multi-award winning author of a dozen plays including Guards at the Taj and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Lisa Spirling returns to direct her seventh production at Hampstead; her work elsewhere includes In Event of Moone Disaster (as Artistic Director of Theatre503), Jumpy (Theatr Clwyd) and Here (Rose Theatre Kingston).

 

Artistic team

WRITER

RAJIV JOSEPH

DIRECTOR

LISA SPIRLING

DESIGNER

POLLY SULLIVAN

LIGHTING designer

JOHANNA TOWN

COMPOSer and sound designer

RICHARD HAMMARTON

MOVEMENT director

CHI-SAN HOWARD

CASTING

ANNELIE POWELL CDG

Cast

DESCRIBE THE NIGHT WINS BEST NEW AMERICAN PLAY AT THE OBIE AWARDS 2018

Posted on 22 May 2018

Rajiv Joseph's Describe the Night wins the Obie Award for Best New American Play

LISTEN TO RAJIV JOSPEH ON THE NEW STATESMAN PODCAST

Posted on 14 May 2018

Writer Rajiv Joseph speaks to The New Statesman's Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush about his new play Describe the Night, playing on the Main Stage until 9 June.

DESCRIBE THE NIGHT: PRESS NIGHT PHOTOS

Posted on 10 May 2018

Photos taken by Dan Wooller

COMPETITION: WIN DINNER FOR TWO AND A PAIR OF TICKETS FOR GENESIS INC.

Posted on 10 May 2018

Coming to see Describe the Night? You can be in with a chance to win tickets to our next Main Stage show

READ AN EXTRACT FROM ISAAC BABEL'S 1920 DIARY

Posted on 26 April 2018

Read an extract from legendary Russian writer Isaac Babel's 1920 Diary, which was part of the inspiration for Rajiv Joseph's darkly comic new play Describe the Night

THE DAVID KING COLLECTION AT HAMPSTEAD THEATRE

Posted on 25 April 2018

Throughout the run of Describe the Night, a selection of propaganda banners from the world's largest Soviet art collection will be displayed in our foyer

WHO'S WHO IN DESCRIBE THE NIGHT?

Posted on 20 April 2018

Find out more about the real life people who inspired the characters in Rajiv Joseph's darkly comic new play

TRUE OR FALSE: AN INTERACTIVE GALLERY

Posted on 29 March 2018

What’s real and what’s not real in the world we live in? How can we be sure that what we’re being shown, and told, is true?

Cast announced for Describe the Night

Posted on 19 March 2018

In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel reports on a Red Cavalry campaign in Poland.  In 1936, Stalin’s NKVD chief Nicolai Yezhov unleashes the Great Purge.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR EDWARD HALL ANNOUNCES HAMPSTEAD THEATRE'S SPRING/SUMMER SEASON

Posted on 21 February 2018

Rajiv Joseph's Describe the Night, Jemma Kennedy's Genesis Inc. and Fiona Doyle's The Strange Death of John Doe announced as Hampstead's 2018 spring/summer season

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

Video and Image Gallery

Rebecca O'Mara and Ben Caplan Rebecca O'Mara and Ben Caplan
Steve John Shepherd Steve John Shepherd
Wendy Kweh and Joel MacCormack Wendy Kweh and Joel MacCormack
David Birrell David Birrell
David Birrell and Rebecca O'Mara David Birrell and Rebecca O'Mara
David Birrell and Ben Caplan David Birrell and Ben Caplan
Rebecca O'Mara Rebecca O'Mara
Ben Caplan and Rebecca O'Mara Ben Caplan and Rebecca O'Mara
Rebecca O'Mara and Joel MacCormack Rebecca O'Mara and Joel MacCormack
Steve John Shepherd and Wendy Kweh Steve John Shepherd and Wendy Kweh
Steve John Shepherd, Rebecca O'Mara and Siena Kelly Steve John Shepherd, Rebecca O'Mara and Siena Kelly
David Birrell and Steve John Shepherd David Birrell and Steve John Shepherd
David Birrell and Ben Caplan David Birrell and Ben Caplan