London's Hampstead Theatre to Present New Plays by Amelia Bullmore and William Boyd | Playbill

News London's Hampstead Theatre to Present New Plays by Amelia Bullmore and William Boyd
London's Hampstead Theatre will present Di and Viv and Rose, a new play by Amelia Bullmore that will transfer from its basement Hampstead Downstairs studio to the main house, and the world premiere of William Boyd's Longing, based on two short stories by Anton Chekhov, in the New Year.

Di and Viv and Rose will begin performances Jan. 17, 2013, prior to an official opening Jan. 23, for a run through Feb. 23. Anna Mackmin will direct a cast that comprises Tamzin Outhwaite, Gina McKee and Anna Maxwell Martin.

According to press materials, the play is an exploration of friendship's impact on life, and life's impact on friendship, as it follows three women who first met at University at the age of 18.

Bullmore, who is also an actress, has previously written Mammals and a version of Ghosts, both also directed by Mackmin, who is currently represented on the London stage by her production of Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic.

Maxwell Martin's theatre credits include Measure fore Measure at the Almeida, Cabaret (West End) and regular appearances at the Royal Court and National Theatre. McKee was last seen onstage in the Donmar's King Lear. Outhwaite was last seen in the title role of Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory and West End).  

Longing will begin performances Feb. 28, prior to an official opening March 7, for a run through April 13. Nina Raine will direct this new play by William Boyd, an award-winning novelist best known for "An Ice-Cream War," "Brazzaville Beach," "Any Human Heart," "Restless" and "Waiting for Sunrise." Based on two Chekhov short stories, it spins a tale of nineteenth century Russian life both familiar and unfamiliar. When Kolia is invited to visit his oldest friends on their estate in the country he anticipates a pleasant break from Moscow life.  But as the comedy of provincial life plays out around him, he finds himself adrift in a miasma of false expectations, missed opportunities and unspoken passions. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7722 9301 or visit for more details.

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