A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE WORLD PREMIERE

THE DIVINE MRS S

By April De Angelis
Directed by Anna Mackmin

Stop writing? This was your first play. Did Shakespeare let Titus Andronicus put him off? An experimental tragedy about a pie? You’ve just begun!

Main Stage

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22 Mar - 27 Apr 2024

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Details

Drury Lane, 1800. Mrs Sarah Siddons, universally acclaimed as the greatest actress of all time, holds complete sway over public and critics alike. But she is herself subject to direction from the men in her life - her bone-headed brother who runs the theatre and chooses her roles, and her faithless husband who signs her contracts and collects her fees. Siddons decides it’s time become the leading lady of her own life, harnessing her star power as the world’s first female celebrity and taking control of her own destiny – but she reckons without the absurdly comic plot-twists of a life on the stage…

April De Angelis’ hilarious backstage comedy recalls the origins of celebrity culture – before fame automatically granted wealth and power. Her other plays include Playhouse Creatures, My Brilliant Friend and Jumpy.

Anna Mackmin returns to Hampstead for the first time since directing Di and Viv and Rose, which transferred from Downstairs, to Main Stage and eventually the West End. Her other productions include Dancing at Lughnasa, The Real Thing and Hedda Gabler (all Old Vic).

Sarah Siddons will be played by two time Olivier Award nominee Rachael Stirling. Recently on stage in Private Lives at the Donmar Warehouse, Plenty at Chichester Festival Theatre and last seen at Hampstead Theatre in Anna in the Tropics. Rachael's screen credits include Detectorists and Tipping the Velvet

Joining Rachael will be Anushka Chakravarti (The Crucible, National Theatre), Eva Feiler (Black Chiffon, Park Theatre), Dominic Rowan (The Jungle, West End; Giving, Hampstead Theatre, Catastrophe, Channel 4), Sadie Shimmin (Leopaldstadt, Wyndham’s) and Gareth Snook (Wise Children, Old Vic).

The Divine Mrs S is a Hampstead Theatre/AKO Foundation Next Decade commission.

Dates
Fri 22 Mar 19:30 PREVIEW Book now
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Cast

Artistic team

WRITER

APRIL DE ANGELIS

DIRECTOR

ANNA MACKMIN

DESIGNER

LEZ BROTHERSTON

LIGHTING DESIGNER

MARK HENDERSON

COMPOSER AND SOUND DESIGNER

MAX PAPPENHEIM

FIGHT DIRECTOR

MC_COMBAT (MAISIE CARTER)

COSTUME SUPERVISOR

IRENE BOHAN

COMPANY STAGE MANAGER

JERRY GUNN

DEPUTY STAGE MANAGER

CAITLIN SHAY

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

ROMA RADFORD

Cast

News

RACHAEL STIRLING STARS AS THE ‘QUEEN OF DRURY LANE’ IN THE DIVINE MRS S, A NEW PLAY BY APRIL DE ANGELIS

Posted on 12 February 2024

Rachael Stirling will star as Sarah Siddons aka the ‘Queen of Drury Lane’ in The Divine Mrs S, a new play by April De Angelis directed by Anna Mackmin, which will have its world premiere at Hampstead Theatre from 22 March – 27 April.

THE DIVINE MRS S, APRIL DE ANGELIS’ NEW PLAY, IS NOMINATED FOR THE SUSAN SMITH BLACKBURN PRIZE

Posted on 6 February 2024

April De Angelis’ new play The Divine Mrs S, which has its premiere at Hampstead Theatre in March, has been nominated for this year’s Susan Smith Blackburn prize.

SARAH SIDDONS - THE MOST FAMOUS WOMAN YOU MIGHT NEVER HAVE HEARD OF

Posted on 29 January 2024

The World Premiere of April De Angelis’ brand new comedy The Divine Mrs S, which opens on the Main Stage on the 22 March, explores the life of actor Sarah Siddons – the most famous woman you have probably never heard of!

HAMPSTEAD THEATRE ANNOUNCES ITS SPRING 2024 SEASON PLUS THE LAUNCH OF A £1.25M FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

Posted on 23 November 2023

Spring 2024 will see four world premieres, one UK premiere, and one English language premiere by acclaimed writers including April De Angelis, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Christopher Hampton and Richard Nelson alongside rising playwrights Sarah Power and Richard Molloy.

Tickets

Previews

Full Price: £25/£35/£45 

Under 30s/Students: £10 

Access ½ price 

Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free 

 

Monday – Saturday 

Full price: £35/£45/£55  

Under 30s/Students: £10 

Access ½ price 

Seniors*: (matinees only): £26/£36/£46

Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free 

*Ages 60+ 

 

All prices are subject to change. Book early for the best price. 

 

Content Warnings

CONTENT WARNINGS -

THE DIVINE MRS S

This production contains strong language, violence and themes of sexism.
This production contains references to miscarriage, abuse, child loss and rape.

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 boxoffice@hampsteadtheatre.com