A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE WORLD PREMIERE

THE LIGHTEST ELEMENT

By STELLA FEEHILY
Directed by ALICE HAMILTON

Nothing compares with being the first person in the history of the world to see something, but timing is everything. The world has to be ready for you.

Main Stage

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5 Sep - 12 Oct 2024

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Details

Boston, 1956. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, one of the most eminent astronomers of the twentieth century, is about to be appointed Chair of Astronomy and the first woman to head a Harvard department. Only two things stand in her way: a covert investigation aimed at exposing her as a communist sympathiser, and the entrenched conservatism of her male colleagues. When a student journalist asks to profile her it feels like an opportunity to control her own narrative – assuming, of course, that the invitation is actually what it seems…

Stella Feehily’s taut drama explores how challenging social norms can be almost as difficult as overturning scientific orthodoxy. Her other plays include Duck and O Go My Man (Royal Court), Dreams of Violence (Soho), and This May Hurt a Bit (Tour and St James’).

Director Alice Hamilton is Hampstead’s Associate Director, with credits including The Memory of Water, The Dumb Waiter, The Harmony Test, Out of Season, Nineteen Gardens and the Olivier nominated Every Day I Make Greatness Happen.

Dates
Thu 05 Sep 19:30 PREVIEW Book now
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Thu 12 Sep 19:00 PRESS NIGHT Sold Out
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Sat 12 Oct 14:30 AUDIO DESCRIBED Book now
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Cast

Artistic team

WRITER

STELLA FEEHILY

DIRECTOR

ALICE HAMILTON

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+ 

 

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

 

Content Warnings

CONTENT WARNINGS - THE LIGHTEST ELEMENT

 

This production contains discussions of discrimination and sexism, strong language and the use of cigarettes.
 

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