A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE UK PREMIERE

VISIT FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN

BY Christopher Hampton
BASED ON THE SHORT STORY BY STEFAN ZWEIG
DIRECTED BY CHELSEA WALKER

There’s this monstrous idiot – this monstrous elected idiot – who keeps telling his fellow-idiots to throw my books on a bonfire and beat me up in the street…

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21 Jun - 27 Jul 2024

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Vienna, 1934. Stefan is one of the world’s most successful authors – widely read, universally admired, and translated into every language. His is the life of a wealthy playboy, enjoying only the finest things in life - from luxurious world travel to the company of his most dazzling contemporaries in Europe’s most fashionable restaurants. Only two things cloud his prospects: the rise of the Nazi Party, and the sudden appearance of a woman who he clearly knows… but who he cannot, for the life of him, remember…

Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of the short story by Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) receives its English Language premiere following a triumphant run at Vienna’s Josefstadt Theater. Winner of multiple awards including two Oscars, Hampton’s plays include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Tales from Hollywood and The Philanthropist, and he is celebrated for his translations of Reza and Zeller.

Chelsea Walker returns to Hampstead to direct following her acclaimed productions of Yous Two and This Much I Know. Her recent work includes On the Beach (Sheffield), Missing Julie (Theatr Clwyd), Hedda Gabler (Sherman), Cougar (Orange Tree) and A Streetcar Named Desire (ETT).

Natalie Simpson and Thomas Levin will star as Marianne and Stefan. Ian Charleson Award-winner Natalie Simpson's recent stage credits include Jack Absolute Flies Again and Three Sisters (National Theatre). Thomas Levin makes his London theatre debut, with recent credits including Constellations and Ghosts (Aarhus Teater) and the Danish TV drama series Borgen.

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Cast

Artistic team

WRITER

CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON

SHORT STORY

STEFAN ZWEIG

DIRECTOR

CHELSEA WALKER

DESIGNER

ROSANNA VIZE

PRODUCTION MANGER

PAM NICHOL

LIGHTING DESIGNER

BETHANY GUPWELL

SOUND DESIGNER

PETER RICE

COMPOSER

MAX PERRYMENT

MOVEMENT DIRECTOR

MICHELA MEAZZA

INTIMACY DIRECTOR

LUCY FENNELL

CASTING DIRECTOR

ARTHUR CARRINGTON

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

ALEX KAMPFNER

DEPUTY PRODUCTION MANAGER

JOSH COLLINS

COMPANY STAGE MANAGER

JERRY GUNN

DEPUTY STAGE MANAGER

RAY YOUNG

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

ROMA RADFORD

Cast

News

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 - VISIT FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN

This production contains the smoking of herbal cigarettes.
This production contains references to antisemitism, child loss, domestic abuse and suicide.

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