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Shane Zaza & Alec Newman.

Hampstead Theatre moves ‘The Dumb Waiter’ to Jan 2021

Hampstead Theatre has rescheduled its 60th Anniversary production of The Dumb Waiter to January 2021.

The play was due to run at the North London venue from from 3 December until 16 January, but was forced to reschedule following the enforced closure of London theatres from 16 December 2020.

The production will now run from Monday 4 January until 30 January 2021.

Considered by many to be the best of Pinter’s early plays , the one-act, comic two hander is set in a derelict building where two hit-men (Gus and Ben) are waiting for their next assignment.

Acclaimed stage and screen actors Alec Newman (Call The Midwife, Eullenia) and Shane Zaza (Happy Valley, Black Mirror) play the roles of Ben and Gus, respectively, in Pinter’s classic play which is directed by Alice Hamilton.

The Dumb Waiter first premiered as part of Hampstead Theatre’s inaugural season in 1960 and has consistently been revived around the world over the last sixty years.

The piece combines the classic characteristics of early Pinter – a paucity of information and an atmosphere of menace, working-class small-talk in a claustrophobic setting – with an oblique but palpable political edge.

The Dumb Waiter (Hampstead Theatre). L-R Shane Zaza, Alec Newman. Photo: Helen Maybanks

Tickets holders will be contacted by their point of purchase for reschedule performances.

The Dumb Waiter will run from 4 January until 30 January 2021 at Hampstead Theatre, London.

Update: 30 December 2020. The Dumb Waiter will now run from 18 -30 January 2021.

Update: 5 January 2021. Due to government restrictions in England the remaining run of this production has now been cancelled.


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