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Edward Hall to direct Howard Brenton world premiere for final Hampstead production

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Edward Hall is to direct the world premiere of a new play by Howard Brenton as his final production as artistic director of Hampstead Theatre.

Jude will run from April 23 to June 1, and will have a press night on May 2.

Hall said the play had been developed through the theatre’s Next Decade initiative, a fund that supports new work.

He said: “Jude will be the last production that I will direct for Hampstead before Roxana Silbert’s first season in the autumn…It is a particularly happy moment for me to be directing one of Howard Brenton’s plays as my last. Howard has given us five plays during my time here, with Jude emerging from our Next Decade programme, a fund that will support new work well beyond my tenure.”

He added: “It feels somehow appropriate then to sign off on this incredible journey with the world premiere of a Hampstead Theatre Next Decade play from this brilliant and original playwright, an artist whose work lies at the very heart of the British theatre canon.”

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Hall has also announced that Roy Williams’ The Firm will return to the theatre, playing from May 3 to June 8, with press night on May 14.

It is directed by Denis Lawson and previously ran at the theatre in 2017.

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