A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE WORLD PREMIERE

THE FOREST

BY FLORIAN ZELLER
TRANSLATED BY CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON
DIRECTED BY JONATHAN KENT

He can’t help himself and he plunges into the forest…until the moment it dawns on him: night has fallen and he is completely lost.

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At this turning-point of his life, Pierre finds himself tormented by the conflicting demands of family, career and sexual desire. His struggle to resolve this crisis, without fracturing his marriage or compromising his moral code, is explored in unsettling ways in the World Premiere of Florian Zeller’s uncompromising and mysterious play. It is translated, as ever, by Christopher Hampton and directed by Jonathan Kent, who re-unites with Zeller after his production of The Height of the Storm, which was critically acclaimed in London and on Broadway.

“I’m telling you a story, if that’s all right by you. Apparently you’ve no objection to telling stories yourself. Am I right?”

Florian Zeller’s play The Father (Wyndham’s) has the status of a modern classic and the screen adaptation won the 2021 Academy Award for Zeller and Christopher Hampton. His recent plays in London include The Son (Duke of York’s), The Height of the Storm (Wyndham’s), The Mother (Kiln), The Truth (Wyndham’s) and The Lie (Menier).

Multiple-award winning playwright and screenwriter Christopher Hampton won an Academy Award for his screen adaptation of his play Les Liaisons Dangereuses (as Dangerous Liaisons). He was also nominated for adapting Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement in 2007. Hampton has previously translated Zeller’s The Father, The Mother and The Truth.

Jonathan Kent returns to Hampstead Theatre, having previously directed Good People (2014) and The Slaves of Solitude (2017). Kent’s recent credits include Talking Heads (BBC and The Bridge), The Height of the Storm (Wyndham’s), A German Life (The Bridge), Long Day’s Journey into Night (Broadway) and Peter Gynt (National).

The cast features Millie Brady (Roadkill, BBC One), Silas Carson (Phantom Thread, Universal Pictures), Angel Coulby (Merlin, BBC One), Finbar Lynch (Indecent, Menier Chocolate Factory), Paul McGann (Withnail and I, HandMade Films), Gina McKee (Bodyguard, BBC One), Sakuntala Ramanee (Romeo and Juliet, RSC), Toby Stephens (Lost in Space, Netflix) and Eddie Toll (Stephen, ITV).


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Hampstead Theatre is delighted to open The Forest 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

FLORIAN ZELLER

TRANSLATOR

CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON

DIRECTOR

JONATHAN KENT

DESIGNER

ANNA FLEISCHLE

LIGHTING

HUGH VANSTONE

SOUND

ISOBEL WALLER-BRIDGE

CASTING

LOTTE HINES

Design Associate and Costume Co-Designer

JASMINE SWAN

Cast

HAMPSTEAD THEATRE ANNOUNCES FULL CAST & CREATIVE TEAM FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE FOREST

Posted on 15 December 2021

Hampstead Theatre is delighted to announce the full cast and creative team for the world premiere of Florian Zeller’s new play, The Forest.

HAMPSTEAD THEATRE ANNOUNCES THREE WORLD PREMIERES FOR 2022, FEATURING NEW PLAYS BY FLORIAN ZELLER (TRANSLATED BY CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON), ALEXIS ZEGERMAN AND ROY WILLIAMS

Posted on 12 November 2021

Hampstead Theatre is delighted to announce three world premieres for its Main Stage in 2022.

Previews, Mondays and matinees
Full Price: £10/£18/£27/£30
Under 30s/Students: £10/£15
Seniors*: (matinees only): £20/£25
Access: £16

*Ages 60+

Tuesday – Saturday evenings 
Full price: £12/£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.

CONTENT WARNINGS - THE FOREST

The play contains strong language.

The play contains themes and acts of physical violence.

The play contains references to suicide.

Video and Image Gallery

JONATHAN KENT By Marc Brenner JONATHAN KENTBy Marc Brenner
TOBY STEPHENS Photo by Marc Brenner TOBY STEPHENSPhoto by Marc Brenner
GINA MCKEE Photo by Marc Brenner GINA MCKEEPhoto by Marc Brenner
SILAS CARSON & EDDIE TOLL By Marc Brenner SILAS CARSON & EDDIE TOLLBy Marc Brenner
PAUL MCGANN Photo by Marc Brenner PAUL MCGANNPhoto by Marc Brenner
ANGEL COULBY Photo by Marc Brenner ANGEL COULBYPhoto by Marc Brenner
CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON By Marc Brenner CHRISTOPHER HAMPTONBy Marc Brenner
MILLIE BRADY Photo by Marc Brenner MILLIE BRADYPhoto by Marc Brenner
EDDIE TOLL & TOBY STEPHENS By Marc Brenner EDDIE TOLL & TOBY STEPHENSBy Marc Brenner
PAUL MCGANN & GINA MCKEE Photo by Marc Brenner PAUL MCGANN & GINA MCKEEPhoto by Marc Brenner
EDDIE TOLL, CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON & TOBY STEPHENS Photo by Marc Brenner EDDIE TOLL, CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON & TOBY STEPHENSPhoto by Marc Brenner
MILLIE BRADY Photo by Marc Brenner MILLIE BRADYPhoto by Marc Brenner
SAKUNTALA RAMANEE & SILAS CARSON Photo by Marc Brenner SAKUNTALA RAMANEE & SILAS CARSONPhoto by Marc Brenner
GINA MCKEE & PAUL MCGANN Photo by Marc Brenner GINA MCKEE & PAUL MCGANNPhoto by Marc Brenner
ANGEL COULBY Photo by Marc Brenner ANGEL COULBYPhoto by Marc Brenner
FINBAR LYNCH Photo by Marc Brenner FINBAR LYNCHPhoto by Marc Brenner
SAKUNTALA RAMANEE Photo by Marc Brenner SAKUNTALA RAMANEEPhoto by Marc Brenner
ANGEL COULBY & PAUL MCGANN Photo by Marc Brenner ANGEL COULBY & PAUL MCGANNPhoto by Marc Brenner

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