One of Britain’s most respected directors, Mike Leigh, returns to theatre, to the Hampstead theatre and to his own 1979 play Ecstasy. This is the first time that Leigh has ever revisited one of his works and marks the continuation of his relationship with Hampstead theatre, which began with Abigail’s Party in 1977.

Exploring the frustrations of four working-class friends living in north London, Ecstasy is a lively comedy with dark overtones which combines Leigh’s mastery for observation with a satirical caustic edge.

Since his early theatrical works, which include Ecstasy, Leigh has gone on to become better known for his films, which he directs in an improvisational style, often using the same group of actors. Among his many movies are Topsy Turvy, Vera Drake, Secrets & Lies, High Hopes and Happy-Go-Lucky.

From 12 April, Ecstasy will transfer to the West End’s Duchess theatre.

For more about Ecstasy at the Hampstead theatre read the First Night Feature.

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