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Roxana Silbert unveils inaugural Hampstead Theatre season

Roxana Silbert. Kris Askey.
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Hampstead Theatre new artistic director Roxana Silbert has unveiled six premieres as part of her inaugural season, with directors in the line-up including Blanche McIntyre and Michael Boyd.

The season features writers who have never written for Hampstead before, and opens with The King of Hell’s Palace, by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig and directed by Boyd, running from September 5 to October 12.

Jordan Tannahill’s Botticelli in the Fire follows, which receives its European premiere at the theatre. McIntyre directs.

Annabelle Comyn directs the next play, Ravens: Spassky vs Fischer, which is a Cold War drama written by Tom Morton-Smith.

Al Blyth’s The Haystack completes the main stage season, directed by Silbert.

Downstairs the theatre will present the world premieres of Either, by Ruby Thomas, and Unknown Rivers by Chinonyerem Odimba.

Silbert said: “These six premieres ask vital questions about community and individualism, greed and account, the responsibility and rights of the individual, technology and privacy, uncertainty and identity, the toll on mental health, and, always, the need to find love and connection. They are theatrical, human, and brilliantly written. Here is a vibrant and varied selection of new stories, from home and abroad, epic and true, by six voices all new to the Hampstead stage.”

Silbert described the directors as the “best directors in British theatre”.

“Together, we aim to entertain, enrich and surprise you in equal amounts,” she said.

The season at a glance:

The King of Hell’s Palace by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

Directed by Michael Boyd

September 5 to October 12, with press night on September 12


Botticelli in the Fire by Jordan Tannahill

Directed by Blanche McIntyre

October 17 to November 23, with press night on October 24


Ravens: Spassky vs Fischer by Tom Morton-Smith

Directed by Annabelle Comyn

November 28 to January 18 with press night on December 5


The Haystack by Al Blyth

Directed by Roxana Silbert

January 31, 2020 to March 7, with press night on February 6



Either by Ruby Thomas

Directed by Guy Jones

September 19 to October 26, with press night on October 2


Unknown Rivers by Chinonyerem Odimba

Directed by Daniel Bailey

October 31 to December 7, with press night on November 13



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