Joining the previously announced Antony Sher are David Horovitch, Adrian Schiller and Lydia Wilson. The production, which is directed by the author, is presented in association with the Theatre Royal, Bath, where Johnson previously directed Sher in the play last year.
Sher plays Sigmund Freud, who in 1938 fled Nazi-occupied Austria and settled in leafy Swiss Cottage, where Hampstead Theatre itself is situated. At 82 years old, he aims to sped his final days in peace. Then Salvador Dali turns up and discovers a less than fully dressed woman in the closet, and peace becomes somewhat elusive. According to press materials, Hysteria imagines the fall-out when two of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and original minds collide.
Sher was most recently seen on the London stage in The Captain of Kopenick and Travelling Light, both at the National Theatre. He has previously appeared at Hampstead Theatre in Primo (first also seen at the National), and his own play The Giant premiered there in 2007. Johnson's other work as a director includes The Graduate and La Cage aux Folles, both of which also transferred to Broadway.
Horovitch's recent theatre includes Grief (National Theatre), When We Are Married and Absurd Person Singular (both Garrick), Bedroom Farce (Duke of York’s), Life Is A Dream and Mary Stuart (both Donmar Warehouse).
Schiller's recent theatre includes The Veil and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (both National Theatre), Our Private Lives (Royal Court) and playing Ian Dury in Ht Me! The Life and Rhymes of Ian Dury (Leicester Square Theatre). Wilson's recent theatre include 'Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Cheek By Jowl), Acid Test and The Heretic (both Royal Court), Blasted (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith) and Pains Of Youth (National Theatre).
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7722 9301, or visit www.hampsteadtheatre.com.