A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE WORLD PREMIERE
BY FLORIAN ZELLER
TRANSLATED BY CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON
DIRECTED BY JONATHAN KENT
Running time: 1 hour and 20 minutes, without an interval
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.
21 Feb - 12 Mar 2022
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★★★★ 'An excellent play, dazzlingly on the button’ The Sunday Times
★★★★ 'Poisonously accomplished, artful and elegant' Daily Mail
★★★★ 'Zeller's most alluring play in years' Matt Wolf, London Theatre
‘A seductive production that is masterfully executed. Every element of the stagecraft shines and delights’ The Guardian
'Slick, gripping thriller from the unstoppable Florian Zeller’ Time Out
'A stylish and intriguing world premiere' Evening Standard
‘A compelling, kaleidoscopic mystery’ Independent
'Zeller's use of dramatic structure is intricate and gripping' Financial Times
‘Clever and chic, with a striking set’ The Times
‘A gripping affair directed with elegance by Jonathan Kent’ WhatsOnStage
‘An alluring production with a luxurious cast, ingenious set and Hitchcockian atmosphere’ iNews
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 the West End 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).
Our promise to you
In the event of The Forest being postponed, you can choose between a full refund or credit to be used for any show at Hampstead.
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LOTTE HINES CDG
Design Associate and Costume Co-Designer
CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON INTERVIEWED BY THE TELEGRAPH
Claire Allfree interviewed Christopher Hampton, playwright and translator of Florian Zeller's The Forest, now playing on the Main Stage.
ANGEL COULBY & PAUL MCGANN INTERVIEWED BY HAM & HIGH
Bridget Galton interviewed Angel Coulby & Paul McHann for Ham & High, ahead of the World Premiere of The Forest on Hampstead's Main Stage.
GINA MCKEE INTERVIEWED BY THE I
Gwendolyn Smith interviewed Gina McKee for The i, ahead of the World Premiere of The Forest on Hampstead's Main Stage.
TOBY STEPHENS INTERVIEWED BY THE TIMES
Dominic Maxwell interviewed Toby Stephens for The Times, ahead of the World Premiere of The Forest on Hampstead's Main Stage.
THE GUARDIAN INTERVIEWS FLORIAN ZELLER
Laura Cappelle interviewed Florian Zeller for The Guardian, ahead of the World Premiere of The Forest on Hampstead's Main Stage.
HAMPSTEAD THEATRE ANNOUNCES FULL CAST & CREATIVE TEAM FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE FOREST
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
Hampstead Theatre is delighted to announce three world premieres for its Main Stage in 2022.
Previews, Mondays and matinees
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Under 30s/Students: £10/£15
Seniors*: (matinees only): £20/£25
Tuesday – Saturday evenings
Full price: £12/£25/£32/£37
Under 30s/Students: £10/£15
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CONTENT WARNINGS - THE FOREST
The play contains strong language.
The play contains references to physical violence, including depictions of blood.
The play contains brief nudity.
The play contains references to suicide.
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