London's Hampstead Theatre Transfers Belongings from New Work Studio to West End's Trafalgar Studios

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London's Hampstead Theatre  will transfer Belongings, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's first full-length play, from its Michael Frayn Space at Hampstead Downstairs to the West End's Trafalgar Studios 2. It will begin performances June 16, prior to an official opening June 21, for a run through July 9.

The play is currently running at Hampstead Downstairs through June 11. Hampstead Downstairs was established as a home for risk and experiment, to try new work from a variety of writers and experiences in a studio environment free from the pressures of commercial interests or formal reviews.

In Belongings, a young soldier returns from Afghanistan to a home she no longer recognizes or connects with. She has proved herself in combat but her hardest battle is just beginning, as she navigates family politics, old relationships, and the memory of betrayal. From the deserts of a modern war to the battleground of a family kitchen, Belongings explores a woman’s quest for identity and a place she can call home.

Playwright Malcolm is a comedy writer and playwright. She has previously written for theatre as part of a team of writers with credits including Dick Whittington and His Cat and Jack and The Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith), Platform (Old Vic Tunnels), and Suddenlossofdignity.com and Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover At Christmas (Bush Theatre). As part of the cult comedy group Trippplicate, she has five Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows under her belt and several television credits including "School of Comedy" (E4, Series 1 and 2) and "Hotel Trubble" (BBC1).

The play is directed by Maria Eberg (who has directed God's Weep for the RSC at Hampstead; Days of Significance for the RSC at the Swan Theatre, Stratford and London's Tricycle; State of Emergency at the Gate; and Alaska at the Royal Court).

The cast comprises Ian Bailey, Kirsty Bushell, Calum Callaghan and Joanna Horton. In a press statement, Edward Hall, artistic director at Hampstead Theatre, commented, "We are thrilled to see what we are sure will be the first of many transfers from our Hampstead Downstairs programme to other spaces. Trafalgar Studio 2 is a perfect home for work from the programme – the space has an almost identical configuration so productions will lose nothing in the move. And that our first transfer should be Morgan's first full-length play is particularly pleasing – one of our aims being to support emerging writing talent - and the performances and Maria Aberg's pitch-perfect production have really gone from strength to strength during the play’s run here."

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0870 060 6632, or visit www.theambassadors.com/trafalgarstudios.

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