News Published 12 July 2011

New Funding Agreement for Hampstead Downstairs

Generous donation from the Peter Wolff Trust.

Rosanna Hall

Hampstead Theatre has a announced a major five year funding agreement with the Peter Wolff trust for their studio space, Hampstead Downstairs. The venue has also announced a season of new writing to coincide with this £300,000 donation.  The funding will help ensure the future of the space – launched last year by Artistic Director Edward Hall – and will support six plays per year.

The first three of the autumn season will include: Amelia Bullmore’s Di and Viv and Rose. Best known as an actress, Bullmore oreviously penned the comedy Mammals and this new play reunites her with her director on that project, Anna Mackmin; the play runs from 14th September to 15th October.

The second play of the season is Skane by Pamela Carter, whose recent credits include What We Know and An Argument About Sex, both for the TraverseIt runs from 27th October to 26th November. This will be followed by Lay Down Your Cross by Nick Payne, whose previous plays include Wanderlust and an adapation of Electra for the Gate Theatre. It will be directed by Hampstead Theatres Associate Director Clare Lizzimore and will play from 23rd February to 24th March 2012.

For tickets and further information, visit the Hampstead Theatre website.

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Rosanna Hall is a contributor to Exeunt Magazine

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