A Filthy Business and Occupational Hazards for Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead Theatre’s Main Stage spring season is all about new work. It features premieres of Ryan Craig ’s fiery new family comedy, Filthy Business, Stephen Brown’s new play, Occupational Hazards and Branden Jacob-Jenkins’ Gloria.

Filthy Business, directed by Edward Hall, opens the season in March. The production takes a closer look at the entrepreneurial outsiders who became part of the beating heart of Modern Britain.

Sara Kestelman takes on the lead role of matriarch, Yetta Solomon, in this epic new work that is set in 1960s East London.

Sara Kestleman

Over the years and against all the odds, Yetta Solomon has built a thriving business from nothing through sheer grit and passion.

In a rapidly changing Britain, Yetta must protect the shop and keep it in the Solomon family. But her sons, grandchildren and in-laws have other ideas.

Occupational Hazards, is based on Rory Stewart’s memoir, and will be directed by Simon Godwin. It tells an extraordinary story about the moral conflicts, the dangers and the comic absurdities inherent in any foreign occupation.

In September 2003 Rory Stewart is a 30-year-old former British diplomat and soldier of distinction, who is posted to serve as governor in a province of the newly liberated Iraq.

His job is to help build a new civil society at peace with itself and its neighbours- an ambitious mission, admittedly, but outperforming Saddam should surely not prove too difficult…

Gloria takes to the stage in June, directed by Michael Longhurst. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2016, this razor-sharp comic drama focuses on ambition, office warfare and hierarchies, where the only thing that matters is moving up the ladder and selling out to the highest bidder.

In the New York offices of a notorious Manhattan magazine, a group of ruthless editorial assistants vie for their bosses’ jobs and a book deal before they’re thirty.

But trapped between Starbucks runs, jaded gossip and endless cubicle walls, best-selling memoir fodder is thin on the ground – that is until inspiration arrives with a bang…

Hampstead Theatre (Main Stage) Spring Season

FILTHY BUSINESS: March 10 – April 22
OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS: April 28 – June 3
GLORIA: June 15 -July 22.

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