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Gloria - Hampstead Theatre


Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

HAMPSTEAD Theatre is presenting the UK premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Gloria. Directed by Michael Longhurst, it runs from June 21 (previews from June 15) to July 22, 2017.

Aren’t you turning thirty any day now? I will die before I turn thirty in a cubicle.

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.

New York. A city that runs on ambition – and coffee.

In the 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…

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ credits include Everybody (forthcoming at the Signature Theatre), War (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater), Gloria (Vineyard Theatre; Pulitzer Prize-finalist), Appropriate (Signature Theatre; Obie Award), An Octoroon (Soho Rep; Obie Award) and Neighbors (The Public Theater).

Michael Longhurst is an award-winning stage director. He directed the current production of Peter Schaffer’s Amadeus at the National Theatre, which runs until March 2017 and received exceptional reviews when it opened in November 2016. His Royal Court production of Nick Payne’s Constellations, starring Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall transferred to the West End, winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Play 2012 and receiving four Olivier nominations.

Constellations transferred to Broadway, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. Longhurst also directed Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal in his American stage debut at the Roundabout Theatre, New York in Nick Payne’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet.

Casting for Gloria will be announced in due course.

Currently at Hampstead Theatre: the UK premiere of Laura Eason’s smart comedy Sex with Strangers, starring Emilia Fox and Theo James (until March 4, 2017).