Following a hugely successful season at the Hampstead theatre, Mike Leigh’s Ecstasy transfers to the West End.

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.

This production of Ecstasy marks the first time that Leigh has ever revisited one of his works and continues his relationship with Hampstead theatre, which began with Abigail’s Party in 1977.

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.

Leigh, who also directs the production, says of Ecstasy: “Of my own plays, Ecstasy is my favourite. For years I have wanted to share its passion, its comedy, its sadness and its songs with a new, wider audience, and now, with my wonderful young cast, I am delighted to have the opportunity to do so.”

To celebrate Ecstasy’s success, 100 tickets each night in the West End will be sold at Hampstead theatre prices.

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

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