Hampstead’s Losing Louis Gets West End Transfer Feb. 23

News   Hampstead’s Losing Louis Gets West End Transfer Feb. 23
At last, a solid hit for London’s beleaguered Hampstead Theatre. The company has been searching for a critical and commercial success ever since moving from its well-worn temporary shack of a theatre into its grand new building in Swiss Cottage in early 2002. But now, with Simon Mendes da Costa’s new play Losing Louis, it has found one.

The show, which stars Alison Steadman and Lynda Bellingham, played a sell out season at Hampstead after opening to mostly excellent reviews on Jan. 20. Now, producer Michael Codron will transplant the show to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios beginning Feb. 23 (there’s no press night or preview period scheduled). Losing Louis blends comedic confusion as a family confronts its past in a bedroom where secrets were planted four decades earlier. Alongside Steadman — who’s most famous role, in Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party, was at the old Hampstead Theatre — and Bellingham (best known in the U.K. for TV's “At Home with the Braithwaites” and “All Creatures Great and Small”) are Anita Briem, Emma Cunniffe, Jason Durr, David Horovitch and Brian Protheroe. Robin Lefevre directs, designs are by Liz Ascroft, lighting by Mick Hughes and sound by John Leonard.

It’s Mendes da Costa’s second fully staged play and his first West End run. Previously an actor, his first play was staged at Islington’s The Hen and Chickens Theatre.

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