To Have And To Hold, Hampstead Theatre

To Have and To Hold Tickets

Hampstead Theatre, London
Booking to 25 November 2023
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About To Have and To Hold

★★★★ “Entertaining, poignant play” – Telegraph

To Have And To Hold, Richard Bean’s uproarious new comedy premieres at Hampstead Theatre this October.

Writer of the international smash-hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, Bean’s play tackles the prickly problem of dealing with ageing parents who just don’t want to be dealt with!

Starring Olivier Award winner Alun Armstrong (New Tricks, Braveheart) and Marlene Sidaway (Pride and Prejudice, Mum).

Richard Bean returns to Hampstead after successes with Kiss Me and In the Club. Work elsewhere includes Jack Absolute Flies Again (National Theatre), Young Marx (Bridge) and Made in Dagenham, The Musical (Adelphi).

Director Richard Wilson returns to Hampstead after the success of his production of Peggy For You. He is reunited with Bean whose plays Toast, Under the Whaleback (both Royal Court) and The Nap (Sheffield Crucible) he also directed.

To Have And To Hold runs from 20 October 2023 until 25 November 2023 at Hampstead Theatre.

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What's the story of To Have and To Hold?

He talks about going to Switzerland, to that place where you pay them to kill you… And I say “go! It’ll do you good. Broaden your horizons…you’ve never been abroad!

After sixty years of marriage, happily settled into their retirement village in Yorkshire, Jack and Florence have elevated bickering almost to the status of high art. That said, they’re otherwise getting along fine with the support of a cousin and the hilarious interventions of the man known locally as ‘Rhubarb Eddie’. But will their anxious son, shuttling between London and LA, and their errant daughter, contemplating a move to Australia, leave them to live out their days in peace?

Who is in the cast of To Have and To Hold?

The cast features Alun Armstrong as Jack Kirk and Marlene Sidaway as his wife Flo Kirk, their children are played by Christopher Fulford and Hermione Gulliford. The cast is completed with Rachel Dale and Adrian Hood.

Who are the creative team of To Have and To Hold?

Written by Richard Bean and directed by Richard Wilson.

The production is designed by James Cotterill with lighting by Bethany Gupwell and sound by John Leonard. The casting director is Robert Sterne CDG and Assistant Director is Jos Vantyler.


Reviews of To Have and To Hold

★★★★ "This entertaining, poignant play positions Richard Bean as Alan Bennett’s heir apparent" - Telegraph
★★★★ "Great gags in Bean's bittersweet comedy" - Daily Mail

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 25 November 2023
Age restrictions
14+
Running time
2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
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

Contains strong language, minor references to murder and suicide

Access Performances:

Captioned performance 21st November, 19:30; Audio Described matinee 25th November, 14:30


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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Ticket Information

Official London Theatre tickets for To Have and To Hold at the Hampstead Theatre, London.  Book tickets to To Have and To Hold at the Hampstead Theatre, London with WestEndTheatre.com. You will be purchasing official London theatre tickets from an authorised retailer and member of the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers.


News about To Have and To Hold

Alun Armstrong & Marlene Sidaway to star in To Have and To Hold at Hampstead Theatre
Alun Armstrong and Marlene Sidaway will star in Richard Bean's new comedy To Have and To Hold. Running at Hampstead Theatre from 20 October New Tricks actor Armstrong and Sidaway - known for BBC series Mum - will play an ageing married couple exasperated by their well-meaning but interferring children, played by Christopher Fulford (Screw, Channel 4) and Hermione Gulliford (The Southbury Child, Bridge Theatre). Rounding out the cast are Rachel Dale (The Hypocrite, RSC; The Bay, ITV) and Adrian Hood (Harvest, Royal Court; The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, West End).  Directed by Richard Wilson, To Have and To Hold tackles the prickly problem of dealing with ageing parents who just don’t want to be dealt with.   “He talks about going to Switzerland, to that place where you pay them to kill you… And I say “go!  It’ll do you good.  Broaden your horizons…you’ve never been abroad!”  After sixty years of marriage, happily settled into their retirement village in Yorkshire, Jack and Florence have elevated bickering almost to the status of high art. That said, they’re otherwise getting along fine with the support of a cousin and the hilarious interventions of the man known locally as ‘Rhubarb Eddie’. But will their anxious son, shuttling between London and LA, and their errant daughter, who’s contemplating a move to Australia, leave them to live out their days in peace?   Writer of the international smash-hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, Richard Bean returns to Hampstead after successes with Kiss Me and In the Club. His other work includes Jack Absolute Flies Again (National Theatre), Young Marx (Bridge) and Made in Dagenham, The Musical (Adelphi).  Director Richard Wilson also returns to Hampstead after the success of his production of Peggy For You starring Tamsin Greig. He is reunited with Bean whose plays Toast, Under the Whaleback (both Royal Court) and The Nap (Sheffield Crucible) he also directed.  The production will be designed by James Cotterill with lighting by Bethany Gupwell and sound by John Leonard. The casting director is Robert Sterne CDG and Assistant Director is Jos Vantyler.  To Have and To Hold runs from 20 October 2023 until 25 November 2023 at Hamptead Theatre London. Book To Have and To Hold tickets.

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