A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE ORIGINAL

THE MEMORY OF WATER

By Shelagh Stephenson
Directed by Alice Hamilton

I wish you’d stop remembering things that didn’t actually happen

Main Stage

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3 Sep - 16 Oct 2021

Box Office: 020 7722 9301

Public Booking is now open. Early booking is advised. This production has limited seating capacity due to social distancing measures.


Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, Shelagh Stephenson’s poignant and painfully funny comedy is about conflicting memories, life and loss.

Mary, Catherine and Teresa are sisters who think they share a common past. A world of disputed bicycles, midnight ice-cream sodas, Mum's cocktail dresses and perfumed advice - a seaside childhood punctuated by the odd monosyllable from Dad. But where does reality end and family myth begin? Why has war broken out in Mother's bedroom - and why is Vi, so recently deceased, still with us?

The Memory of Water makes a highly anticipated return to Hampstead 25 years after its World Premiere here in 1996. Following West End and New York transfers, The Memory of Water was also adapted into a film.

Stephenson’s other plays include An Experiment with an Air Pump (Royal Exchange/Hampstead), Ancient Lights (Hampstead), Five Kinds of Silence (Lyric Hammersmith) and Mappa Mundi (National Theatre).

Alice Hamilton returns to Hampstead following Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter last year and the Olivier-nominated Every Day I Make Greatness Happen and Paradise (both Hampstead Downstairs). Other directing credits include Blood Wedding (Salisbury Playhouse) and While We’re Here (Bush).

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

Cast to be announced.


Our promise to you

In the event of The Memory of Water being postponed, you can choose between a full refund or credit to be used for any show at Hampstead.

The Memory of Water will run from 3 September - 16 October. Performances from 3 - 25 September will remain socially distanced with a reduced seating capacity of 50%, and tickets are now available to book for those dates. We are hoping to increase capacity for performances from 27 September, but, out of concern for our customers, staff and performing companies, we are exercising caution and will not be putting those performances on sale until closer to the time so we can continue to monitor the situation.

Hampstead Theatre is delighted to open The Memory of Water following Government advice. As always, our audience, company and staff are our top priority. For more information about how we’re keeping you safe, please click here.


We present entertaining and original theatre, and we want you to have the best experience possible. We understand that, as part of this, some audience members may appreciate additional guidance on the content of our plays. Click here for more information.


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Artistic team

WRITER

SHELAGH STEPHENSON

DIRECTOR

ALICE HAMILTON

DESIGNER

ANNA REID

LIGHTING

JOHANNA TOWN

SOUND

HARRY BLAKE

CASTING

BRIONY BARNETT CDG

THE MEMORY OF WATER AND MALINDADZIMU ANNOUNCED

Posted on 22 July 2021

Hampstead Theatre announces two new shows for Autumn 2021: Shelagh Stephenson's The Memory of Water, directed by Alice Hamilton, on the Main Stage and the World Premiere of Malindadzimu, directed by Monique Touko, Downstairs.

Previews, Mondays and matinees 
Full price: £18/£27/£30
Under 30s/Students: £10/15
Seniors* (matinees only): £20/£25
Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free
Access: £16

*Ages 60+

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

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

KEEPING YOU SAFE AT HAMPSTEAD

1 Social Distanced 2

SOCIAL DISTANCING

2 Reduced Audience Capacity 1

REDUCED AUDIENCE CAPACITY

3 MASKS REQUIRED 1

FACE MASKS REQUIRED

4 TEMPERATURE CHECKS2

TEMPERATURE CHECKS

5 STATE OF THE ART VENTILATION2

STATE OF THE ART VENTILATION

6 ENHANCED CLEANING2

ENHANCED CLEANING

7 CONTACTLESS TICKETS2

CONTACTLESS TICKETS

8 HAND SANITIZING STATIONS 1

HAND SANITIZING STATIONS

9 CASHLESS PAYMENT3

CASHLESS PAYMENT