Geoffrey Streatfeild will make his Hampstead Theatre debut as Platonov in the venue’s exciting revival of Michael Frayn’s Wild Honey.
Directed by Hampstead’s Associate Artist Howard Davies, the cast of Wild Honey also includes Bruce Alexander, Joe Bannister, Gunnar Cauthery, Simon Chandler, Kammy Darweish, Joe Evans, Matthew Flynn, Jo Herbert, Rebecca Humphries, Justine Mitchell, Adrian Richards and Sophie Rundle.
Michael’s farcical comedy of errors is drawn from one of Chekhov’s posthumously discovered early texts, and centres on the story of village schoolmaster Platonov, whose natural charisma, wit, intelligence and cavalier lifestyle makes him the object of four beautiful women’s affections – but only one of them is his devoted wife.
In the summer season, festivities commence, and the rapidly intensifying heat makes everyone giddy with vodka and passion, triggering classic misunderstandings, irrepressible desires and nostalgia for a vanishing world, to hilarious effect.
It is a story that Geoffrey is likely to know well, as the tale of Platonov was recently adapted by David Hare as one part of the Young Chekhov Trilogy at the National Theatre, in which the acclaimed actor also stars.
The production begins performances at the Hampstead Theatre on 2 December and plays until 14 January 2017. You can book tickets through the venue’s website.