Hampstead Theatre has announced three Hampstead Downstairs Originals which will open this spring.
Following an initial development run at Hampstead Downstairs, the updated plays Deposit and Alligators will open at Hampstead Theatre, and the previously announced Kiss Me will play at Trafalgar Studios.
Matt Hartley’s Deposit will be directed by Lisa Spirling and will hold a press night on Wednesday 17 May at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, playing a full run of 11 May-10 June.
Rachel and Ben want to buy a flat in London. And so do their friends, Melanie and Sam. But what with rent, tax, student loans and bills, it’s impossible to save for a deposit. So the foursome comes up with a fast-track solution to the problem: live together. Sneakily split the rent and bills on a tiny one bedroom flat for a year. But with paper thin walls and space growing sparser by the day, which will they sacrifice first – the friendship, the relationship or the dream of buying their own property? Matt Hartley’s Deposit throws a lively and topical spotlight on ‘Generation Rent’ and the lengths they will go to in order to get that first step on the property ladder. Hartley returns to Hampstead with a new version of Deposit following a sold out run Downstairs in 2015.
Andrew Keatley’s Alligators will be directed by Simon Evans and will play 22 June-22 July, with press night on Wednesday 28 June at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs.
Daniel Turner has it all. A devoted wife, two beautiful children and a teaching job he loves. But when a series of allegations surface from six years earlier his world begins to crumble around him. Can all the good he’s done be erased by one pointed finger? How can his loved ones doubt his innocence and can life ever be the same again? Andrew Keatley’s burning new thriller asks how well we actually know those closest to us and explores how shameful secrets, that we thought long buried, can come back to bite us… Keatley returns to Hampstead with a new version of Alligators following a sold out run Downstairs last year.
Artistic Director Edward Hall commented: “I’m extremely proud to officially open Deposit, Kiss Me and Alligators this summer. Matt Hartley, Richard Bean and Andrew Keatley present revised versions of their original drafts, which they’ve been able to develop following their respective runs Downstairs. Hampstead Downstairs has been able to provide this kind of unique support where writers can trial, adjust and refine their scripts through rehearsal and preview.”
For more information and to book your tickets, visit the venue’s website.