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Lisa Dillon is Hampstead’s Hapgood

Published 30 October 2015

Lisa Dillon will lead the cast of Hapgood when Tom Stoppard’s 1988 Cold War drama is revived at the Hampstead Theatre in December.

Dillon will play the title role in the production, which is directed by multi Olivier Award winner Howard Davies, from 4 December to 16 January.

The Critics’ Circle Award-winning actress returns to the London stage following recent performances in Happy New at the Trafalgar Studios and the Royal Court’s Birthday, in which she appeared opposite Stephen Mangan.

Her fellow Hapgood cast members will include Gerald Kyd and Tim McMullan, who performed together in the National Theatre’s 2011 production of The Cherry Orchard, and Alec Newman, also recently seen at the NT in the UK premiere of The Motherf**ker With The Hat.

Completing the cast are Gary Beadle (Sucker Punch, Royal Court), Kyd’s NT 3 Winters co-star Joe Evans and Edward Hancock (Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense, West End).

Set in 1980s London as the Cold War is approaching its endgame, Hapgood charts the story of spymaster Elizabeth Hapgood. She discovers someone in her network is leaking secrets, but the trap she sets becomes a hall of mirrors in which betrayal is personal and treachery is a trick of the light.

Davies’ production, which follows his previous Hampstead Theatre hits 55 Days and Drawing The Line, will open at the venue following David Hare’s new play The Moderate Soprano, which stars Roger Allam and ends its run on 28 November.

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