A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE PRODUCTION

THE INVENTION OF LOVE

By TOM STOPPARD
Directed by BLANCHE MCINTYRE

If I had my time again, I would pay more regard to those poems of Horace which tell you you will not have your time again. Who knows how many tomorrows the gods will grant us? Now is the time, when you are young, to deck your hair with myrtle, drink the best of the wine, pluck the fruit…

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4 Dec 2024 - 25 Jan 2025

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A E Housman is, as he understands it, finally dead. The noted Latin scholar and celebrated poet of A Shropshire Lad is being ferried across the Styx to Hades – but beyond the stygian gloom on the other side of the river he finds, to his surprise, the Oxford University of his youth. Alive with the academic debates that shaped his work and the friendships that shaped his life, this is the Oxford of Ruskin and Pater; a place still marked by the brilliance of a recently departed student called Wilde…

Tom Stoppard returns to Hampstead after the triumphant revivals of Hapgood and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Winner of eight Evening Standard, three Olivier and five Tony Awards, Stoppard’s plays include Leopoldstadt; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Arcadia.

Director Blanche McIntyre directed Botticelli in the Fire in 2019. She recently directed The Merry Wives of Windsor for the RSC and has worked extensively at The Globe; her previous credits include The House of Shades and The Writer (Almeida) and Tartuffe (National Theatre).

BAFTA, Olivier and Tony award-winner Simon Russell Beale returns to Hampstead following the 2015 sell-out hit Mr Foote's Other Leg. His theatre credits include The Lehman Trilogy (National Theatre, West End and Broadway), King Lear and Hamlet (National Theatre) and Jumpers (West End and Broadway). His film and television work includes The Death of Stalin, The Hollow Crown, Dunkirk and House of the Dragon.

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Cast

Artistic team

WRITER

TOM STOPPARD

DIRECTOR

BLANCHE MCINTYRE

DESIGNER

MORGAN LARGE

LIGHTING DESIGNER

PETER MUMFORD

COMPOSER AND SOUND DESIGNER

MAX PAPPENHEIM

Cast

Tickets

Previews

Full Price: £25/£35/£45/£55

Under 30s/Students: £10 

Access ½ price 

Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free 

 

Monday – Saturday 

Full price: £35/£45/£55/£65  

Under 30s/Students: £10 

Access ½ price 

Seniors*: (matinees only): £26/£36/£46/£56

Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free 

*Ages 60+ 

 

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Content Warnings

CONTENT WARNINGS - THE INVENTION OF LOVE

 

This production contains references to suicide and the use of homophobic language. There is also discussion of juvenile prostitution. 
 

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