HAMPSTEAD THEATRE AT HOME: A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE PRODUCTION FROM 2014
By NINA RAINE
Directed by NINA RAINE
Running time: 2 hours
FREE (See ticket information)
Do you know what it’s like to be the person who’s actually sticking the knife in here…? You stick a knife in close to an artery, boy do you know it. Then you’re in Tiger Country…
HAMPSTEAD THEATRE AT HOME
20 - 26 Apr 2020
Box Office: 020 7722 9301
Originally performed and live streamed in 2014, this unique recording of Tiger Country returned as part of the Hampstead Theatre At Home series. Thank you to the whole company for kindly allowing us to share this incredible play again. Tiger Country was available to watch on demand from Monday 20 April until Sunday 26 April. Find out more.
★★★★ The Telegraph | ★★★★ The Sunday Times | ★★★★ The Independent | ★★★★ The Observer | ★★★★ Time Out | ★★★★ WhatsOnStage
December is the busiest time of year for London’s hospitals. For one particular team it’s business as usual, even with the seasonal upsurge.
Brian, the urology consultant, is audaciously trying to convince his superior, Mr Leffe, to swap irksome patients. Newcomer Emily has already discharged 5 people and it’s not even 10am. Her boyfriend James, a dishy doctor, is as usual engaged in charming his superiors – not to mention the eye-catching Rebecca. Feisty senior house officer Mark is wrestling with his bossy mentor Vashti to allow him to be more hands-on. And throughout it all, John, the cardiology registrar, simply can’t find a minute in the day to enjoy his roast turkey sandwich…
Nina Raine entertainingly entwines multiple stories in this action-packed drama that looks beyond the corridors into an extraordinary workplace, full of professionals under pressure, driven by ambition, compassion and humour.
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WRITER AND DIRECTOR
Urological surgeon Jyoti Shah recalls how she inspired the character played by Indira Varma in Nina Raine’s Tiger Country
Tiger Country, Review By David Jays, Sunday Times
Tiger Country, theatre review: Nina Raine’s insightful play is strongly recommended By Paul Taylor, Independent
‘Just what the doctor ordered’ ★★★★ Independent | ‘Needle-sharp’ ★★★★ Telegraph | ‘Superb’ ★★★★ The Observer | ‘Remarkable’ ★★★★ Time Out | ‘Should be compulsory viewing’ ★★★★ WhatsOnStage
Tiger Country review – a remarkable snapshot of the health service By Laura Barnett, The Observer
By Theo Bosanquet, WhatsOnStage
Tiger Country, Hampstead Theatre, review: ‘needle-sharp’ By Dominic Cavendish, Telegraph
By Daisy Bowie-Sell, Time Out
‘Remarkable… superbly put together’ ★★★★ Time Out
Taken by Robert Workman
From Game of Thrones to Silk, computer games to her current role in Nina Raine’s Tiger Country, Indira Varma has worked across a lot of different media to play very different roles.
We go behind-the-scenes into the Tiger Country rehearsal room and chat to Writer/Director Nina Raine and Medical Consultant, and inspiration behind the main character, Jyoti Shah about reviving Nina’s action-packed hospital drama and learning to act like a surgeon.
Photos taken by Bob Workman
Photo: Indira Varma with theatre staff from Queen’s Hospital, Burton-on-Trent
While Nina Raine was researching her new play, she found herself identifying a little too closely with the medical profession.
Famous for roles on screen and stage, Indira Varma has enjoyed an incredibly varied and successful career from playing Harold Pinter’s Gila in One for the Road (Broadway), Noel Coward’s Bunty Mainwaring in The Vortext (Donmar) and David Hare’s Nadia Baliye in The Vertical Hour (Royal Court) to prolific television roles such as Game of Thrones and Luther.
Image: 55 Days in traverse (2012)
Beyond the corridors of a busy London hospital lies a workplace full of professionals under the most extreme pressure – especially at Christmas – where an unintentional slip can have disastrous consequences.