HAMPSTEAD DOWNSTAIRS / CELIA ATKIN PRESENT
By MAREK HORN
Directed by ED MADDEN
Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes without an interval
There were three people in my marriage, Dr Giscard… Three people and twelve legs.
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15 Sep - 28 Oct 2023
Box Office: 020 7722 9301
'Brilliant' The Daily Mail
'Jemma Redgrave excels' The Times
'Crisp and surprising humour' The Guardian
'An engrossing night' WhatsOnStage
‘Tender, excited and beautifully exciting to watch’ The Arts Desk
'Strikingly original and highly entertaining' The Reviews Hub
Professor George Grey is a brilliant behavioural biologist who, alongside her recently deceased husband, became world-renowned for her pioneering research into octopus intelligence. Mainly the intelligence of one particular octopus, in fact: Frances, who still resides in a large, purpose-built tank in George’s campus accommodation.
Into this house of grief walks Harry, an ambitious anthropologist, despatched by the university with permission to test his breath-taking new theory on Frances. The nature of his assignment is shocking to George, and threatens to tear her world apart in more ways than one.
Marek Horn’s plays include Wild Swimming (Edinburgh Fringe and Bristol Old Vic) and Yellowfin (Southwark Playhouse). Octopolis is directed by Ed Madden and is his second collaboration with Marek. Ed’s credits include Yellowfin (Southwark Playhouse), A Table Tennis Play (Edinburgh Fringe) and the original production of Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons.
Ewan Miller plays Harry. Ewan made his London stage debut in 2022 in Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre) and other theatre credits include The Comedy of Errors and A Christmas Carol (Citizens Theatre). Recent screen credits include ITV's Crime.
Jemma Redgrave plays Professor George Gray. Previous theatre credits include Farewell To The Theatre (Hampstead Theatre); Mood Music (Old Vic); An Ideal Husband and The Cherry Orchard (Chichester Festival Theatre). Her extensive TV credits include Silent Witness; Granchester; Holby City; Doctor Who and her film credits include Howard’s End and Love and Friendship.
An Audio Introduction is available for this production. This is a pre-recorded introduction describing the set, characters and costumes and includes an interview with the cast.
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ESTHER KEHINDE AJAYI
MOVEMENT AND INTIMACY DIRECTOR
Jemma Redgrave and Ewan Miller are to star in the world première of Marek Horn’s Octopolis at Hampstead Theatre. Directed by Ed Madden, Octopolis will play Hampstead Downstairs from 15 September to 28 October 2023.
Full Price: £25
Seniors* (matinees only): £15
Under 30s/Students: £10
Access ½ price
Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free
All prices are subject to change. Book early for the best price.
CONTENT WARNINGS - octopolis
This production contains strong language and references to death.
Please note that our content warnings evolve as the production does throughout rehearsal and previews, so there may be changes made between booking and attending the theatre. If you would like to speak to a member of our team about specific themes or concerns, please call the Box Office on 020 7722 9301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org