ORIGINAL THEATRE PRESENTS
By SHOMIT DUTTA
Directed by GUY UNSWORTH
Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes, with no interval
For God's sake, let us sit upon the green and tell sad stories of the fall of batsmen…
16 Jun - 22 Jul 2023
Box Office: 020 7722 9301
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A game of cricket. Two of the greatest playwrights. And maybe even time for some tea.
Before Samuel Beckett became the playwright universally known for Waiting for Godot, he was a cricketer. He is still the only Nobel prize-winner to feature in the pages of Wisden as a first-class player. His friend and fellow Nobel prize-winner, Harold Pinter, whose best known works include The Birthday Party and Betrayal, described cricket as ‘the greatest thing that God created on earth’.
This brilliantly witty new play stars Stephen Tompkinson as Samuel Beckett (Brassed Off, Drop the Dead Donkey, DCI Banks, Wild at Heart) and Andrew Lancel (The Bill, Coronation Street) as Harold Pinter. Stumped gives a wonderful insight into what the friendship between these two great men may have looked like. As well as being a beautiful tribute to their writing, the theatre of the absurd, and of course their love for the game of cricket.
Shomit Dutta is a writer, translator and teacher of Latin and Greek who also reviews books on cricket and the classics. He has been a member of Harold Pinter’s cricket team Gaieties CC for over twenty years and was captain during Pinter’s final years.
Guy Unsworth directs. His credits include Bring It On (Southbank Centre); My Fair Lady (Grange Festival Opera & The Liceu, Barcelona) Being Mr Wickham (Queen Mary 2, UK tour, New York run, Original Theatre); Julius Caesar (Fort Canning Park, Singapore); Of Mice and Men (UK Tour); Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (UK Tour); Hand To God (Singapore Repertory Theatre); The Food of Love (Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall).
“A real treat... see it if you can" The Spectator
“Perfect pitch for lovers of drama and cricket" The Guardian, Mark Lawson
“A delightful play” British Theatre Guide
We are excited to introduce two closed captioned shows for Stumped. To book for these shows, please select either 12th July at 19.45 or 13th July at 14.45 and select the Caption User price type on the booking page.
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.
Set & Costume Designer
Hampstead Theatre today announces three new plays for its Downstairs space for Spring 2023.
*Ages 60+ matinees only
CONTENT WARNINGS - stumped
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