Sons of the Prophet

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Hampstead Theatre, London
Booking to 14 January 2023
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Award-winning comedy Sons of Prophet comes to Hampstead Theatre this Christmas.

Written by Stephen Karam (Humans) and directed by Bijan Sheibani, Sons of the Prophet is playing at Hampstead Theatre from 3 December 2022 to 14 January 2023.

Tony Award-winning Stephen Karam makes a highly anticipated return to Hampstead following his multi award-winning, box office smash-hit, The Humans. ‘The absolutely wonderful new comedy-drama’ (New York Times), Sons of the Prophet makes its European premiere having been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

What's the story of Sons of the Prophet?

Joseph Douaihy is a gay American Maronite Christian in rural Pennsylvania, who has a pretty complicated life. When his father dies as the result of a prank, life truly spirals towards the bizarre. With unexplained pain blocking his athletics career, a desperate new boss who wants to capitalize on his grief, a dependent uncle who thinks he’s his legal guardian and a very wayward younger brother, Joseph has a lot on his plate. So, he really should not be spending time with the attractive journalist, who’s looking for the inside scoop on his father’s accident.

Who is in the cast of Sons of the Prophet?

Irfan Shamji (Hamlet, Chasing Hares) plays Joseph Douaihy, alongside Jack Holden (Cruise).

Also in the cast are Raphael Akuwudike (First TouchThe Jumper Factory), Holly Atkins (The Book of Dust), Juliet Cowan (Everything I Know About Love, I Hate Suzi, Fresh Meat), Raad Rawi (An Honourable Woman), Eric Sirakian (The Kite Runner), and Sue Wallace (Allelujah).

Who are the creative team of Sons of the Prophet?

Sons of Prophet is written by Stephen Karam and directed by Bijan Sheibani.

Alongside Bijan Sheibani in the creative team is designer Samal Blak; lighting designer, Jack Knowles; sound designer, Giles Thomas; casting director, Julia Horan and assistant director, Stepan Mysko von Schultze.


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 14 January 2023
Running time
To be confirmed
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


Important Notes

Content warnings: The play contains themes of grief, death and frequent references to death throughout. There is haze in this production. Offensive, racist, homophobic and ableist language. Reference to suicide. Strong language


Venue Information

Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London, NW3 3EU
Nearest Tube or Train: Swiss Cottage (Jubilee Line)
Nearest Buses: C11, 13, 31, 46, 82, 113, 187, 268
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Roxana Silbert steps down at Hampstead Theatre due to funding cuts
Hampstead Theatre has announced Roxana Silbert has decided to step down as its Artistic Director. The reason has been cited as the 100% cut in Hampstead's Arts Council grant, in the recent 2023 - 2026 funding round. The theatre has said that the £766,455 cut means it will need to change direction and is moving away from being a solely new writing venue. Hampstead’s Executive Producer, Greg Ripley-Duggan, is going to be responsible for the transition to a new model.  Roxana Silbert said in a statement: “Due to financial constraints, which are well documented, and after thorough reflection, it feels appropriate for me to resign my post at Hampstead Theatre. This has not been an easy decision.  Hampstead will have to recalibrate and change in order to go forward and I wish it every success. I’d like to extend heartfelt thanks to all the staff, freelancers, writers and artists – onstage and backstage – for their wonderful contributions to the work on our stages and beyond. And, of course, to our audiences who have made everything worthwhile.”  Irene Dorner, Chair of Hampstead Theatre, said: “Obviously, we have all been devastated by the cut to Hampstead’s grant, and we will all be very sad to see Roxana go. She has been an inspirational leader for Hampstead and has directed some truly wonderful productions on both our stages.  As part of our new strategy, we trust that she will often be able to return to Hampstead as a visiting director.”  Hampstead Theatre has had a long tradition over 60 years of championing new writing. A stark press statement from the theatre said: "It is tragic that a leading writers’ theatre, having launched so many careers over the years and created work that has been enjoyed across the UK, should be treated in so summary a manner." The theatre is currently playing Stephen Karam's new play Sons of the Prophet until 14 January 2023. 
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Four new plays revealed by Hampstead Theatre: Sons of the Prophet, Linck and Mülhahn, The Art of Illusion, Akedah
Hampstead Theatre in North London has announced four new plays for its Autumn 2022 / Winter 2023 season. In the main theatre, Stephen Karam's play Sons of the Prophet gets its European premiere, directed by Bijan Sheibani. The play runs from 2 December 2022 to 14 January 2023. Sons of Prophet centres on Joseph Douaihy, a gay American-Lebanese Maronite Christian in rural Pennsylvania, who has a pretty complicated life! When his father dies as the result of a prank, life truly spirals towards the bizarre… With unexplained pain blocking his athletics career, a desperate new boss who wants to capitalize on his grief, a dependent uncle who thinks he’s his legal guardian and a very wayward younger brother, Joseph has a lot on his plate… So he really should not be spending time with the attractive journalist who’s looking for the inside scoop on his father’s accident… Also in the main theatre, Hampstead is staging the world premiere of Linck and Mülhahn by Ruby Thomas, directed by Owen Horsley. This plays from 27 January to Saturday 4 March 2023. Linck and Mülhahn is set in Prussia in 1720. Dashing musketeer and skilled seducer Anastasius Linck has no intention of falling in love. But when he meets passionate young Catharina Mülhahn, so strong is the attraction that the match becomes inevitable. As the couple strive to build a radical kind of marriage, Catharina’s mother becomes obsessed with her mysterious son-in-law and sets out to uncover his secret - a secret that, if revealed, would threaten to engulf them all… The Hampstead Downstairs theatre will also showcase two new plays, with the UK premiere of Alexis Michalik's The Art of Illusion, directed by Tom Jackson Greaves, and running from 17 December 2022 to 28 January 2023. In The Art of Illusion it is 1984, and as the France vs Yugoslavia match unfolds on TV, a man meets a woman in a Parisian café. He is returning a bag that she lost on the Paris Métro, but he doesn’t reveal he stole it… Instead, he tells her the story of Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin, watchmaker, inventor, and master magician of the 19th century. Together they set out to find a vanished theatre beneath a bank vault in the Boulevard des Italiens, to break into a museum in the Trocadero, to uncover the mystery of the Mechanical Turk, to witness the birth of the kinetograph… and to delve ever deeper into the art of illusion. And also Downstairs, the world premiere of Akedah by Michael John O'Neill, directed by Lucy Morrison. Akedah will run from 10 February to 18 March 2023. In Akedah, Gill has come to a remote part of the coast of Northern Ireland - a place that was once her home but has since become the base of a slowly expanding mega-church called Harvest. She’s on a mission to persuade her younger sister Kelly to leave her new found family in the church… But she also wants to confront their mother, whose abandonment and betrayal of her daughters set them on their divergent paths… The full casts and creative teams for these plays will be announced soon. Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre, said: "Our autumn/winter season celebrates Hampstead Theatre’s cosmopolitan roots with a range of international playwrights from Scotland to the USA, Northern Ireland to France and some great homegrown talent in between. Stephen Karam’s The Humans was playing at Hampstead when I was applying for the job of Artistic Director and I was blown away by it. So it’s a privilege to be producing Sons of the Prophet directed by the brilliant Bijan Sheibani. Meanwhile our Downstairs Christmas show The Art of Illusion by Alexis Michalik has been playing in Paris since 2014, having won a clutch of Molières, and started off in a studio not unlike ours. One of the joys of running a new writing theatre is seeing writers develop and I’m delighted that having produced her first ever play, Either, and following a highly successful run of her second play The Animal Kingdom, we will be producing her first Main House show Linck and Mülhahan. And following the tradition of the studio being a launching pad for playwrights, we are introducing Michael John O’Neill to London audiences with his first full length play Akedah.” Today, Hampstead also announced casting for its productions of Rona Munro’s Mary and Blackout Songs by Joe White. Book tickets to Sons of the Prophet

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