HAMPSTEAD DOWNSTAIRS / CELIA ATKIN PRESENT

THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

By RUBY THOMAS
Directed by LUCY MORRISON

£5 - £20 (See ticket information)

We’re bonobos, in our family. A hundred percent… They can be pretty aggressive actually.

Downstairs

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18 Feb - 26 Mar 2022
£5 - £20

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Sam is struggling. Being a human has never been simple for him. He just feels like a different kind of creature. Sam’s family don’t understand. But then they barely understand themselves. Now, trapped in a stuffy inpatient clinic undergoing family therapy, they must find new ways to communicate with each other so that, one way or another, Sam can be released from captivity.

The world premiere of Ruby Thomas' The Animal Kingdom, directed by Lucy Morrison, is an observation of family dynamics told with wit and compassion.

Ruby Thomas returns to Hampstead Theatre, following the premiere of her first full-length play Either in 2019. In 2020, Ruby wrote a piece for the Royal Court’s Living Newspaper, and she has also had short plays performed at the Old Red Lion, Platform Southwark, the White Bear and Theatre503.

Lucy Morrison makes her Hampstead debut. An Associate Director at the Royal Court, her credits include Scenes with girls (Royal Court), The Woods (Royal Court) and Little on the inside (Almeida Festival/Clean Break).

The cast features Paul Keating (My Night with Reg, Turbine Theatre), Martina Laird (Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, National/UK tour), Jonathan McGuinness (Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, Hampstead Downstairs/Trafalgar Studios), Ashna Rabheru (Top Girls, National Theatre) and Ragevan Vasan (little scratch, Hampstead Downstairs).

The Animal Kingdom has been kindly supported by the Godwin family.


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

Hampstead Theatre is delighted to open The Animal Kingdom 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.


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Artistic team

WRITER

RUBY THOMAS

DIRECTOR

LUCY MORRISON

DESIGNER

NAOMI DAWSON

lighting

HOLLY ELLIS

Cast

THREE WORLD PREMIERES ANNOUNCED FOR HAMPSTEAD DOWNSTAIRS

Posted on 11 January 2022

Hampstead Theatre is delighted to announce three world premieres for its Downstairs space in 2022.

First five performances: All tickets £5
Performances thereafter: £20
Seniors*: £12 (matinee only)
Under 30s and Students: £10
Access: £6

*Ages 60+

CONTENT WARNINGS - THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

The play contains strong language.

The play contains themes of depression and anxiety.

The play contains multiple references to suicide attempts and self-harm.

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