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About the Show Less...

A hard-hitting tale of forbidden love set over five decades in London and Liverpool. Read More >

Canary, a new play by Jonathan Harvey, is a hard-hitting tale of forbidden love that could tear families and lives apart. Set in Liverpool and London across five decades, Canary is a tragic, comic and surreal exploration of the changing attitudes towards homosexuality in contemporary Britain.

Playwright Harvey is the author of the award-winning play Beautiful Thing, who has also written for television’s Gimme Gimme Gimme and Coronation Street.

Canary is directed by Hettie MacDonald, who also directed Beautiful Thing on stage and film.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 17/05/2010

Opening Night: 24/05/2010

Closing Night: 12/06/2010

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Cast & Creative


Director - Hettie MacDonald

Producer - Hampstead theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, English Touring Theatre

Author - Jonathan Harvey

About Hampstead Theatre

Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 3EU

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