Writers! – Hampstead Theatre invites play submissions

Attention all writers – Hampstead Theatre has put out an open call for script submissions.

Following much preparatory work and an amount from the Culture Recovery Fund, Hampstead Theatre are opening their spaces again in December and are on the lookout for “original plays that speak to a modern audience”.

Anyone is welcome to submit a play, as long as it fulfils certain criteria, which include that the plays should be from UK-based writers, that they be unperformed, and that only one script per author can be submitted.

For full details, and how to apply, please click here


Hampstead Theatre’s #AIWW: THE ARREST OF AI WEIWEI

The next play available from Hampstead Theatre is Howard Brenton’s political drama, THE ARREST OF AI WEIWEI.

On 3 April 2011, as he was boarding a flight to Taipei, the Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei was arrested at Beijing Airport. Advised merely that his travel “could damage state security”, he was escorted to a van by officials after which he disappeared for 81 days. On his release, the government claimed that his imprisonment related to tax evasion.

Howard Brenton’s play is based on conversations with Ai in which he told the story of that imprisonment – by turns surreal, hilarious, and terrifying. A portrait of the Artist in extreme conditions, it is also an affirmation of the centrality of Art and of freedom of speech in civilised society.

Directed by James Macdonald (who also directed Hampstead Theatre At Home production Wild) and starring Benedict Wong as Ai Weiwei (Doctor StrangeThe Personal History of David Copperfield, Black Mirror, The Martian).  

The production is available now until 10pm on May 3rd on demand.

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the Hampstead Theatre to enable it to keep its doors open after this crisis has passed

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Hampstead Theatre’s TIGER COUNTRY

The next play available from Hampstead Theatre is Nina Raine’s medical-set drama, TIGER COUNTRY, directed by Raine herself.

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.

The production is available now until 10pm on April 26th on demand.

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the Hampstead Theatre to enable it to keep its doors open after this crisis has passed.

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Hampstead Theatre’s DRAWING THE LINE

London, 1947. Summoned by the Prime Minister from the Court where he is presiding judge, Cyril Radcliffe is given an unlikely mission. He is to travel to India, a country he has never visited, and, with limited survey information, no expert support and no knowledge of cartography, he is to draw the border which will divide the Indian sub-continent into two new Sovereign Dominions. To make matters even more challenging, he has only six weeks to complete the task.

Wholly unsuited to his role, Radcliffe is unprepared for the dangerous whirlpool of political intrigue and passion into which he is plunged – untold consequences may even result from the illicit liaison between the Leader of the Congress Party and the Viceroy’s wife… As he begins to break under the pressure he comes to realise that he holds in his hands the fate of millions of people.

Howard Brenton‘s sweeping epic directed by Howard Davies vividly unfolds the chaotic story of the partition that shaped the modern world, in a production from 2013.

The production is available now until April 19th on demand.

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the Hampstead Theatre to enable it to keep its doors open after this crisis has passed.

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Hampstead Theatre’s WONDERLAND

Hampstead Theatre’s production of WONDERLAND by Beth Steel, directed by Edward Hall from 2014 is available now to view online at the Hampstead Theatre’s website (and also the Guardian’s website).

The production is available now until April 12th on demand.

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the Hampstead Theatre to enable it to keep its doors open after this crisis has passed.

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