Lawrence After Arabia at the Hampstead Theatre
Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London, NW3 3EU
Howard Brenton returns to Hampstead Theatre with Lawrence After Arabia.
‘In God’s name man, you’re Lawrence of Arabia! The public won’t let you be anything else, no one will let you be anything else’
Commissioned to mark the centenary of the start of the Arab revolt, Lawrence After Arabia finds Lawrence trapped in his love/hate relationship with the limelight, tormented by ghosts and haunted by broken promises.
Lawrence After Arabia will run from 28 April 2016 until 24 June 2016 at the Hampstead Theatre.
August, 1922. The most famous man in England has vanished without a trace: T.E. Lawrence has completely disappeared. But in the idyllic calm of the village of Ayot St Lawrence, on the top floor of the home of Mr and Mrs Bernard Shaw, the ‘uncrowned King of Arabia’ is hiding – with slabs of homemade carrot cake for comfort.
Wearied by his romanticised persona and worldwide fame, disgusted with his country and himself, Lawrence is craving normality. But when you’re a brilliant archaeologist, scholar, linguist, writer and diplomat – as well as a legendary desert warrior – how can you ever be normal? And beyond the Shaws’ garden wall, nobody cares how he feels: England just wants its hero back. Can he ever return?
The cast features Sam Alexander, William Chubb, Geraldine James, Khalid Laith, Jack Laskey, Rosalind March and Jeff Rawle.
Written by Howard Brenton, Lawrence After Arabia will be directed by John Dove.
“The skill of the play is that it doesn’t make you think; it lets you think.” Tim Auld, Daily Telegraph
“Jack Laskey plays Lawrence extremely well as a tortured figure” Michael Billington, The Guardian
“Brenton has certainly done his research” Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
“Brenton is one of the great British playwrights” Tim Bano, Time Out