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Wild at Hampstead Theatre - rehearsal images released


Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

REHEARSAL images have been released for the world premiere of Mike Bartlett’s Wild. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Mike Bartlett’s Wild, which runs at Hampstead Theatre (Main Stage) from June 16 (previews from June 10) to July 16, 2016.

Directed by James Macdonald, the line up comprises Jack Farthing (as Andrew), Caoilfhionn Dunne (Woman) and John Mackay (Man).

Let me tell you, now you’re in the club, that it’s important to keep a sense of humour, because things are going to get, now and for the rest of your life, extremely difficult.

Wild explores the unexpected, bewildering, and life-changing consequences of challenging the status quo at a global level. As the State grows more powerful because of technology, and technology grows more powerful because of the State, where do the self-appointed protectors of the rights of the citizen stand? Heroes? Or traitors?

Last week, Andrew was that guy with his girl lunching in KFC, discussing apartments and making plans for the future. Today he’s in Moscow, in an undisclosed hotel room, on the run and at risk of assassination. Last week, a nobody. This week, America’s Most Wanted: a man who humiliated his country with one touch of a button.

Jack Farthing’s recent theatre credits include Carmen Disruption (Almeida Theatre), Bang Bang Bang (Royal Court/Out of Joint), Mary Broome (Orange Tree Theatre), Charley’s Aunt, Comedy of Errors (Royal Exchange), Love Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare’s Globe/U.S Tour), Helen, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe) and The Odyssey (National Theatre).

His screen work includes The Riot Club and Burn, Burn Burn (film); and Poldark, Cilla, Blandings I & II and Da Vinci’s Demons (TV).

Caoilfhionn Dunne’s recent theatre credits include Forever Yours, Mary Lou (Theatre Royal, Bath), Our Country’s Good, The Veil (National Theatre) and Fathers and Sons, The Night Alive (Donmar Warehouse). Her television and film credits include Traders, Love/Hate, Vexed II, In View and Wrath of the Titans.

John Mackay’s theatre work includes Measure For Measure (Young Vic), Oresteia (Almeida Theatre), Drawing the Line, 55 Days (Hampstead Theatre), Richard III (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory), Going Dark (Young Vic/Sound & Fury) and Little Eagles, Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, Julius Caesar, The Grainstore, The Histories, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Pilate, Hamlet (RSC).

On television, he has appeared in Hollow Crown II, The Honourable Woman, Holby City, Law and Order, The Great Transatlantic Cable, Doc Martin, Casualty and Trial & Retribution III.

Mike Bartlett returns to Hampstead Theatre following his critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Chariots of Fire. His play King Charles III (Almeida Theatre) enjoyed a West End and Broadway transfer last year, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Play and the South Bank Sky Arts Theatre Award 2015.

His other recent plays include Bull (Young Vic), Game (Almeida Theatre), Theatre UK Best New Play winner Love, Love, Love (Paines Plough/Royal Court), 13 (National Theatre) and Earthquakes In London (Headlong/National Theatre). His television credits include Doctor Foster (BBC).

James Macdonald returns to Hampstead Theatre following The Arrest of Ai Weiwei by Howard Brenton. Wild is his second collaboration with Bartlett following Cock (Royal Court Theatre). His many other theatre credits include Caryl Churchill’s Escaped Alone, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? and Blasted, all at the Royal Court where he was Associate Director from 1992 to 2007.

His other recent work includes The Father (Theatre Royal Bath/Tricycle/West End), Exiles (National Theatre) and Glengarry Glen Ross (West End).

Tickets: Tuesday to Saturday evenings: £25-35; Mondays/Matinees/Previews: £18-28; Senior Citizens: From £15; Under 30s: From £10 for any performance; Other Concessions: From £15. To book, call the box office on 020 7722 9301 or visit

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Wednesday matinees at 2.30pm; Saturday matinees at 3pm.

The world premiere of Howard Brenton’s Lawrence After Arabia continues at Hampstead Theatre (Main Stage) until June 4, 2016.