A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE PRODUCTION

JUDE

A NEW PLAY BY HOWARD BRENTON
DIRECTED BY EDWARD HALL

Running time: 2 HOURS 20 MINUTES INCLUDING AN INTERVAL

It wasn’t just her freakish ability with language. She saw through to behind the words. It was like she had a direct line to - I was going to say to ‘the gods'...

Main Stage

26 Apr - 1 Jun 2019

Box Office: 020 7722 9301

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'Hall’s production is a model of visual clarity’ The Guardian
'Isabella Nefar as Jude is a vibrant, impulsive presence, brimming with energy and intelligence’ Financial Times
‘Cerebrally entertaining’ The Independent
‘Isabella Nefar brings the right unwary energy to the title role’ The Observer


About to be fired from her cleaning job for stealing a volume of Euripides, Jude turns her employer’s outrage to shock by translating the ancient Greek on the spot. The employer, a Classics teacher, knows great talent when she sees it and the encounter kick-starts Jude's lifelong ambition to study at Oxford University.  Entirely self-taught and possessing an astonishing gift for languages, Jude will stop at nothing to achieve her dream – but she remains oblivious to the hidden barriers that her background has placed in her path... 

Howard Brenton’s latest play, loosely inspired by Thomas Hardy’s novel Jude the Obscure, is a modern day tale of unexpected genius and of our struggle to accommodate extraordinary talent. 

Brenton makes a highly anticipated return to Hampstead following Lawrence After Arabia in 2016. His many other critically acclaimed hits at Hampstead include Drawing the Line55 Days, and The Arrest of Ai Weiwei

Jude will be directed by Edward Hall. This will be his final production as Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre. His most recent Hampstead directing credits include Cost of LivingI and You, and Filthy Business.

Isabella Nefar stars as Jude alongside Paul Brennen, Merch Hüsey, Caroline Loncq, Luke MacGregor, Shanaya Rafaat, Anna Savva and Emily Taaffe.

We are grateful to Lin and Ken Craig who have generously supported this production.

The commissioning of Jude was funded by NEXT DECADE, a joint Hampstead Theatre/AKO Foundation initiative.

 

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Artistic team

WRITER

HOWARD BRENTON

DIRECTOR 

EDWARD HALL

DESIGNER 

ASHLEY MARTIN-DAVIS

LIGHTING 

PETER MUMFORD

SOUND

JOHN LEONARD

COMPOSER

SIMON SLATER

CASTING 

SUSIE PARRISS

 

 

Cast

START THE WEEK INTERVIEWS HOWARD BRENTON

Posted on 10 May 2019

On Monday 13 May Howard Brenton appeared on Start the Week, BBC Radio 4, with Tom Sutcliffe, Kerry Hudson, Billy Bragg and Will Tanner, to discuss his epic new play, Jude...

WOMAN'S HOUR INTERVIEWS ISABELLA NEFAR

Posted on 9 May 2019

On Thursday 9 May Jude star Isabella Nefar appeared on Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4, with Jenni Murray and Karin Koehler to discuss Howard Brenton's epic new play.

JUDE: PRESS NIGHT PHOTOS

Posted on 3 May 2019

Thursday 2 May brought Press Night for Howard Brenton's epic new play Jude and marked Edward Hall's final Main Stage Press Night as Artistic Director.

HOWARD BRENTON FOR THE TELEGRAPH: 'THERE'S NOTHING OBSCURE ABOUT MY NEW JUDE'

Posted on 29 April 2019

Howard Brenton discusses his fresh new adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure in a specially commissioned article for The Telegraph.

EDWARD HALL'S HAMPSTEAD HITS: A LOOK BACK

Posted on 15 April 2019

After almost ten years, Edward Hall will be stepping down as Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive of Hampstead Theatre in spring 2019 and Howard Brenton’s Jude will be his final production as Artistic Director.

FULL CAST OF JUDE ANNOUNCED

Posted on 18 March 2019

Isabella Nefar stars as Jude in Howard Brenton's new epic, alongside Paul Brennen, Merch Husey, Caroline Loncq, Luke MacGregor, Shanaya Rafaat, Anna Savva and Emily Taaffe.

TWO NEW SHOWS ANNOUNCED

Posted on 1 March 2019

Howard Brenton's Jude and Roy Williams' The Firm announced for 2019.

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

All prices are subject to change. Book early for the best price.

Video and Image Gallery

CAROLINE LONQ, EMILY TAAFFE & ISABELLA NEFAR CAROLINE LONQ, EMILY TAAFFE & ISABELLA NEFAR
EMILY TAAFFE & ISABELLA NEFAR EMILY TAAFFE & ISABELLA NEFAR
EMILY TAAFFE & ANNA SAVVA EMILY TAAFFE & ANNA SAVVA
PAUL BRENNEN & ISABELLA NEFAR PAUL BRENNEN & ISABELLA NEFAR
ISABELLA NEFAR &LUKE MACGREGOR ISABELLA NEFAR &LUKE MACGREGOR
PAUL BRENNEN & SHANAYA RAFAAT PAUL BRENNEN & SHANAYA RAFAAT
ISABELLA NEFAR & MERCH HÜSEY ISABELLA NEFAR & MERCH HÜSEY
Isabella Nefar Isabella Nefar
Anna Savva and Merch Hüsey Anna Savva and Merch Hüsey
Howard Brenton Howard Brenton
Luke MacGregor Luke MacGregor
Emily Taaffe Emily Taaffe
Edward Hall Edward Hall
Paul Brennen Paul Brennen
Caroline Loncq Caroline Loncq
Paul Brennen and Shanaya Rafaat Paul Brennen and Shanaya Rafaat
Isabella Nefar and Luke MacGregor Isabella Nefar and Luke MacGregor
The company in rehearsals The company in rehearsals
Merch Hüsey Merch Hüsey
Isabella Nefar Isabella Nefar
Isabella Nefar Isabella Nefar
SHANAYA RAFAAT & EMILY TAAFFE SHANAYA RAFAAT & EMILY TAAFFE
LUKE MACGREGOR LUKE MACGREGOR
MERCH HÜSEY & ISABELLA NEFAR MERCH HÜSEY & ISABELLA NEFAR
CAROLINE LONCQ CAROLINE LONCQ
ISABELLA NEFAR & MERCH HÜSEY ISABELLA NEFAR & MERCH HÜSEY
PAUL BRENNEN & LUKE MACGREGOR PAUL BRENNEN & LUKE MACGREGOR
EMILY TAAFFE & ANNA SAVVA EMILY TAAFFE & ANNA SAVVA