Robert Lindsay stars in The Fever Syndrome at Hampstead Theatre in London.
Alexis Zegerman’s vivid new play directed by Roxana Silbert is a thrilling portrait of a brilliantly dysfunctional family.
An all-star cast includes Lisa Dillon (Cranford), Robert Lindsay (Anything Goes), Jake Fairbrother (Skyfall) and Alexandra Gilbreath (Not Going Out).
What is The Fever Syndrome about?
Professor Richard Myers, the great IVF innovator, is virtually a secular saint because of the thousands of babies he has created throughout his career. Now, his family gather to see him receive a lifetime achievement award.
This fractious group are more accustomed to debate than empathy, so it’s not long before the family home in the Upper West Side of Manhattan is once again alive with dispute: conflicting Thanksgiving memories, polarised opinions on investment banking, and how best to care for their ailing father. And crucially, who will inherit Richard’s wealth and Richard’s prestigious science institution?
The cast of The Fever Syndrome
The play’s cast includes Lisa Dillon (Cranford, BBC One; Hapgood, Hampstead Theatre), Jake Fairbrother (Skyfall, EON Productions; Hamlet, National Theatre), Alexandra Gilbreath (Not Going Out, BBC One; The Provoked Wife, Royal Shakespeare Company), Robert Lindsay (My Family, BBC One; Anything Goes, Barbican), Sam Marks (Doctor Who, BBC One; Richard II, Royal Shakespeare Company), Bo Poraj (Miranda, BBC One; Raya, Hampstead Downstairs) and Alex Waldmann (The Mikvah Project, Orange Tree; Julius Caesar, Royal Shakespeare Company). They are joined by Nancy Allsop and Charlotte Pourret Wythe.
The creators of The Fever Syndrome
Alexis Zegerman is the writer of The Fever Syndrome. He was Pearson Writer-in-Residence at Hampstead in 2007, where her play Lucky Seven premiered in 2008. A Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist for The Steingolds (2011), her other plays include I Ran The World (2003), Killing Brando (2004) and Holy Sh!t (2018). Zegerman also wrote the screenplay for The Honeymoon Suite.
The play is directed by Hampstead’s Artistic Director Roxana Silbert, who directs her third Main Stage production, following The Haystack (2020) and ‘night, Mother (2021). Downstairs at Hampstead, she has recently directed Raya and Folk.
Reviews of The Fever Syndrome'Robert Lindsay leads a strong ensemble through a rollercoaster of emotion in a finely-crafted American family drama.’ Evening Standard
‘The performances are sharp and assured, played on an immensely atmospheric multilevel set’ The Times
'Robert Lindsay heads a strong cast in a tale of family dysfunction' The Telegraph
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday
Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.
The play contains: strong language; references to IVF treatment; references to caring for a child with a chronic condition; extended references to Parkinson’s disease.
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