Two-time Olivier Award nominee Emma Fielding will join Emilia Fox and a cast of London stage regulars in Hampstead theatre’s forthcoming drama Rapture, Blister, Burn.
Dissecting gender politics and that age old adage of whether the grass really is always greener, the acclaimed pair will be joined by Polly Adams, Adam James and Shannon Tarbet in the production that plays at the venue from 16 January.
While Fielding, whose many roles on stage include recent performances in the Royal Court’s critic-dividing In The Republic Of Happiness and the West End hit The King’s Speech, will make her Hampstead theatre debut in the production, her fellow cast mates are all familiar with the north London venue.
Adams, who was last seen in the West End in Legal Fictions, will make her Hampstead return more than a decade after performing in 2000’s The Good Samaritan. National Theatre regular James appeared in Nina Raine’s critically acclaimed Tiger Country, while rising star Tarbet made her Hampstead theatre debut in Skåne in the venue’s Downstairs space.
The forthcoming drama reunites playwright Gina Gionfriddo with director Peter DuBois following their successful collaboration on the Almeida theatre’s production of Becky Shaw. Centring on two university friends whose lives have taken very difference routes, Gionfriddo’s newest Pulitzer Prize nominated work asks whether any woman can really have it all as the pair reunite and measure themselves up against each other’s successes.
The production will open the Hampstead theatre’s 2014 season and follow another high-profile writer/director reunion. Drawing The Line, which sees Howard Brenton and Howard Davies join forces following the successful 55 Days, opens next week.