HAMPSTEAD THEATRE AT HOME: A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE PRODUCTION FROM 2014
By BETH STEEL
Directed by EDWARD HALL
Running time: 2 hours and 35 minutes
FREE (See ticket information)
There’s 250 million years down there. A miner, he’s not just working a piece of rock, he’s working with the world…
HAMPSTEAD THEATRE AT HOME
6 - 12 Apr 2020
Box Office: 020 7722 9301
Originally performed and live streamed in 2014 on The Guardian website, this unique recording of Wonderland 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. Wonderland was available to watch on demand from Monday 6 April until Sunday 12 April. Find out more.
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Telegraph
★★★★ The Times
★★★★ The Independent
★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ Daily Mail
The Midlands, 1984. Two young lads are about to learn what it is to be a miner, to be accepted into the close camaraderie and initiated into a unique workplace where sweat, toil, collapsing roofs and explosions are all to be met with bawdy humour.
London, 1984. A conflicted Tory MP, a brash American CEO and an eccentric maverick are the face of a radical Conservative government preparing to do battle with the most powerful workforce, the miners.
As the two sides clash, the miners fight for their livelihoods and families, and the government for its vision of a free Britain. Together they change the fabric of the nation forever.
Beth Steel's Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nominated play, originally performed at Hampstead to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Miners Strike, is directed by Edward Hall.
Milton Friedman/Chief of Police
Matt Wolf awards Beth Steel's Wonderland four stars.
Artistic Director Roxana Silbert talks to Lauren Laverne about #HampsteadTheatreAtHome
HAMPSTEAD THEATRE, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GUARDIAN, TO STREAM A SERIES OF HIT PRODUCTIONS FROM ITS DIGITAL ARCHIVE, FOR FREE
Hampstead Theatre and The Guardian will re-release the live stream recordings of Mike Bartlett’s Wild, Beth Steel’s Wonderland and Howard Brenton’s Drawing the Line for free.
Vanessa Thorpe reports that three acclaimed Hampstead productions will be available to watch on the Guardian site as the coronavirus outbreak continues.
'Theatre has always sought to bring people together to tell stories that resonate.'
Hampstead Theatre in association with The Guardian announcesTHE LIVE-STREAMING OF BETH STEEL’S NEW PLAY WONDERLAND Directed by Edward Hall Designed by Ashley Martin Davis Lighting by Peter Mumford Music by Simon Slater Choreographed by Scott Ambler Sound by Matt McKenzie
30 years on – the miners’ strike retold for a new generation By Paul Mason, Channel 4’s Economic Editor
Wonderland, Hampstead Theatre, review By Quentin Letts, The Daily Mail
Wonderland, Hampstead Theatre, review By Sam Marlowe, The Times
Wonderland, Hampstead Theatre, review: ‘Moving and timely’ By Paul Taylor, The Independent
This play based on Beth Steel’s drama about the miners’ strike goes underground on an epic scale By Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
Wonderland review – Scargill, strikes, solidarity and scars By Michael Billington, Guardian
Wonderland, review: ‘rare power’ By Charles Spencer, The Telegraph
Beth Steel’s Wonderland sees Hampstead Theatre venture below ground By Bridget Galton, Ham & High
Photos taken by Manuel Harlan
One of the occupational hazards of running a New Writing theatre is that family holidays are the sole opportunities for play reading marathons… Thus, the Christmas before last, I made my farewells at the theatre and set off for home with a huge pile of scripts under my arm.
Wonderland Writer Beth Steel talks to Hampstead Theatre’s Online Features Editor, Susie Benson, about the inspiration behind her new play and bringing such an ambitious story to stage
Photos taken by Dominic Clemence
Meet the cast of Beth Steel’s new play Wonderland and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at their research trip which took them 140m underground down a coal mine at the National Coal Mining Museum.
Meet the cast for Beth Steel’s epic new play Wonderland…