Wild Honey at the Hampstead Theatre
Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London, NW3 3EU
Jonathan Kent directs Wild Honey at the Hampstead Theatre.
Multi-award winner Michael Frayn returns to Hampstead with a comic new play adapted from the play without a name by Anton Checkov.
Frayn’s comedy of errors, drawn from Chekhov’s untitled – and posthumously discovered – early play, is a tale of nineteenth century Russian life replete with classic misunderstandings, irrepressible desires and nostalgia for a vanishing world.
Wild Honey runs from 2 December 2016 until 14 January 2017 at the Hampstead Theatre.
Village schoolmaster Mikhail Vasilyevich has it all: wit, intelligence, a comfortable and respectable life in provincial Russia, and the attentions of four beautiful women – one of whom is his devoted wife… As summer arrives and the seasonal festivities commence, the rapidly intensifying heat makes everyone giddy with sunlight, vodka – and passion.
The cast also includes Geoffrey Streatfeild, Bruce Alexander, Joe Bannister, Gunnar Cauthery, Simon Chandler, Kammy Darweish, Joe Evans, Matthew Flynn, Jo Herbert, Rebecca Humphries, Justine Mitchell, Adrian Richards, Sophie Rundle and Howard Ward.
Adaptation by Michael Frayn from The Play Without A Title by Anton Checkov, with direction by Jonathan Kent and Howard Davies.
Jonathan Kent directs with consummate tragicomic timing – Paul Taylor, Independent
Frayn finds the farce in Chekhov’s comic despair – Michael Billington, The Guardian
A finely observed mix of banter, romance and despair – Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard
It’s a slick, polished job that’ll clearly knock your socks off – Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out