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Luna Gale, playing at Hampstead Theatre

Luna Gale, playing at Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead stages Luna Gale premiere

Published 8 April 2015

Luna Gale, Rebecca Gilman’s acclaimed social work inspired drama, will receive a UK premiere at the Hampstead Theatre this summer.

Directed by former Almeida Theatre Artistic Director Michael Attenborough, it will run from 13 June to 18 July.

First seen at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in January 2014, Luna Gale follows what happens when Caroline, a social worker of 25 years, becomes embroiled in a child neglect case involving two teenage drug addicts, Karlie and Peter. When their child, the titular Luna, is moved into the care of Karlie’s mother, new issues about a secretive past emerge and a life changing decision has to be made.

Gilman’s drama, inspired by her own hospital emergency room experience, explores the power we have to change the future irrespective of the past and the seeming impossibility of the circumstances.

The American playwright has previously enjoyed UK success with productions including The Glory Of Living, which ran at the Royal Court and won Gilman the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright in 1999, and Boy Gets Girl, which ran at the Court in 2001 and received an Olivier Award nomination for best new play.

Casting for Luna Gale is yet to be announced.

Luna Gale runs at the Swiss Cottage venue following the current production of biographical play Stevie, which stars Zoë Wanamaker as poet Stevie Smith and runs to 18 April, and the world premiere of Michael Frayn’s new work Matchbox Theatre, which runs from 25 April to 6 June.

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