Peter Souter's Hello/Goodbye and Hugh Whitemore's Stevie, Starring Zoë Wanamaker, Set for London's Hampstead

News   Peter Souter's Hello/Goodbye and Hugh Whitemore's Stevie, Starring Zoë Wanamaker, Set for London's Hampstead London's Hampstead Theatre is to revive Peter Souter's debut play Hello/Goodbye, a comedy that premiered at the theatre's Downstairs Studio last year and now transfers to the main stage, as well as transfer Hugh Whitemore's Stevie from Chichester's Minerva Theatre, starring Zoë Wanamaker.

Hello/Goodbye, which will begin pefomrances Jan. 21, 2015, prior to an official opening Jan. 27 for a run through Feb. 29, is described in press materials as a modern metropolitan guide to falling in (and out of) love. In the play, it's a new year and Juliet, young, smart, and sassy, has got herself a fresh start in a new flat. But amidst the boxes, there's a strange guy and he is also moving in. He says her agency has messed up and her flat is actually his flat - and he's not leaving. And the real problem is that he's rather gorgeous.

Tamara Harvey directs a cast led by Shaun Evans, best known for playing the young Morse in "Endeavour" and who was last seen onstage in Miss Julie/Black Comedy at Chichester's Minerva Theatre; and Miranda Riason, whose stage credits include Strangers on a Train in the West End, The River at the Royal Court and the title role in Anne Boleyn (Shakespeare's Globe).

Steve begins performances March 6 prior to an official opening March 16, for a run through April 18. The play is described in press materials as a biographical snapshot of both the poet Stevie Smith, who wrote nine volumes of poetry, as well as the private woman. She commutes to the West End to her work as a secretary at a publishing company. Her evenings are spent at home with her beloved Aunt - a world of Battenberg cake, gossip, Ginger Nuts and sherry in tiny glasses. But at the same time as leading this seemingly mundane suburban existence, she is writing the poetry and prose that will one day make her famous.

Christopher Morahan directs Zoë Wanamaker in the title role of the play, one she first did at Chichester's Minerva Theatre this summer. Wanamaker last appeared at Hampstead in Terry Johnson's Dead Funny, which transferred to the West End. Other recent West End appearances include Passion Play and All My Sons.

Priority booking for members is now open; public booking opens Nov. 28. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7722 9301, or visit www.hampsteadtheatre.com.

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