Joe White’s Blackout Songs returns to Hampstead Theatre

Blackout Songs will return to Hampstead Theatre this Spring, playing the main stage for four-weeks only.

Joe White’s compassionate and unflinching new play about love, addiction and memory, directed by Guy Jones, will run from 8 April 2023 until 6 May 2023. Original cast members Alex Austin and Rebecca Humphries are set to return for the limited run.

Nominated for three Off West End awards, the show premiered in Hampstead’s studio space last year where it sold-out.

Playwright, Joe White said: “The response to Blackout Songs was overwhelming and I’m thrilled Hampstead Theatre are bringing the play back with its original extraordinary cast and creative team. This play would never have existed without the support of Hampstead’s artistic team and their commitment to the development of new plays. Telling new stories is crucial, and I’m so honoured I get to tell this one on Hampstead’s main stage.”

Guy Jones, director said: “It was such a joy to direct Joe’s brilliant play, Blackout Songs, at Hampstead Downstairs in the autumn. It’s a treat, and a treasure of a play: humane and devastating, funny and sad. I’m thrilled that the excellent Alex Austin and Rebecca Humphries are coming back to reprise their roles, and we will be re-joined by the original creative team. Together we will be reconfiguring Hampstead’s main space, so we can share this very special new play with an even bigger audience, who will see the space afresh.”

Greg Ripley-Duggan, Executive Producer at Hampstead Theatre said: “Joe White is an extraordinary playwright and everyone at Hampstead Theatre is delighted to have this opportunity to share Guy Jones’ brilliant production with a larger audience. And it’s wonderful to have the outstanding cast of Rebecca Humphries and Alex Austin back in the building. Love, addiction and memory are at the heart of Joe’s witty and warm play and it should be essential viewing for both regular theatre-goers and new audiences.”

Joining Jones on the creative team are designer Anisha Fields and lighting designer Christopher Nairne. Sound and composition will be by Max Pappenheim and Holly Khan with movement by Iskandar R. Sharazuddin.

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👤 📅26 January 2023
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📷 Main photo: Rebecca Humphries & Alex Austin - Blackout Songs - credit Helen Murray

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