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About the Show Less...

A chilling modern mystery about a backpacker who goes missing. Read More >

Edward Hall opens his first season as Artistic Director of Hampstead theatre with this chilling modern mystery by Shelagh Stephenson, Enlightenment.

Exploring the lengths people go to to find the missing pieces of their lives, Enlightenment tells of a young man who disappears on a backpacking holiday to South East Asia. His parents are left in a state of turmoil, and desperation takes them down avenues they would never have previously contemplated. Then they get a phone call claiming that he has been found.

Enlightenment playwright Stephenson is no stranger to Hampstead theatre; her Laurence Olivier Award-winning play The Memory Of Water premiered there in 1996. Her other plays include The Long Road and Mappa Mundi.

For more about Enlightenment at Hampstead theatre read the First Night Feature or Big Interview with Julie Graham.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 30/09/2010

Opening Night: 06/10/2010

Closing Night: 30/10/2010

Running time: 2h15

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Cast & Creative


Daisy Beaumont, Richard Clothier, Paul Freeman, Julie Graham, Polly Kemp, Tom Weston-Jones


Director - Edward Hall

Producer - Hampstead

Designer - Francis O'Connor

Lighting Designer - Peter Mumford

Sound - Matt McKenzie

Author - Shelagh Stephenson

Music By - Simon Slater

About Hampstead Theatre

Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 3EU

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