Hampstead Theatre Announces World Premieres by Howard Brenton and Mike Bartlett

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London's Hampstead Theatre is to present the world premieres of Howard Brenton's Lawrence After Arabia (which follows the announcement that Chichester Festival Theatre is to revive Rattigan's Ross that also concerns T.E Lawrence), and Mike Bartlett's Wild.

Lawrence After Arabia will begin performances April 28 prior to an official opening May 5, for a run through June 4. Commissioned to mark the centenary of the start of the Arab revolt, it is set in August 1922.

In the play, the most famous man in England has vanished without a trace: T.E. Lawrence has completely disappeared. But in the idyllic calm of the village of Ayot St. Lawrence, on the top floor of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Shaw, the ‘uncrowned King of Arabia’ is hiding—with slabs of homemade carrot cake for comfort. He is craving normality. But when you're a brilliant archaeologist, scholar, linguist, writer and diplomat – as well as a legendary desert warrior—how can you ever be normal? And beyond the Shaws’ garden wall, nobody cares how he feels: England just wants its hero back. Can he ever return?

The play will be directed by John Dove who has previously directed Brenton's In Extremis, Anne Boleyn and Dr. Scroggy's War (all at Shakespeare’s Globe).

Wild will begin performances June 10 prior to an official opening June 16, for a run through July 16. James Macdonald directs a play that, according to press materials, explores the unexpected, bewildering, and life-changing consequences of challenging the status quo at a global level. As the State grows more powerful because of technology, and technology grows more powerful because of the State, where do the self-appointed protectors of the rights of the citizen stand? Heroes? Or traitors? Last week, Andrew was that guy with his girl lunching in KFC, discussing apartments and making plans for the future. Today he's in Moscow, in an undisclosed hotel room, on the run and at risk of assassination. Last week, a nobody. This week, America's Most Wanted: a man who humiliated his country with one touch of a button.

Bartlett was previously represented at Hampstead by his adaptation of Chariots of Fire which subsequently transferred to the West End. His Olivier winning play King Charles III recently ended its Broadway transfer run. Other plays include Bull, Game, Cock, 13, Earthquakes in London and Love, Love, Love. 

Casting for both plays is still to be announced.

Public booking opens Feb. 25. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7722 9301 or visit hampsteadtheatre.com

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