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Hampstead Theatre Downstairs - September 2018 to January 2019

Season preview

HAMPSTEAD Theatre Downstairs’ new season opens with the world premiere of Richard Molloy’s Every Day I Make Greatness Happen. Winner of the Nick Darke Award in 2017, it runs from September 26 (previews from September 13) to October 20.

For the next six weeks, we meet here, in this room. Unless you are hospitalised, or deceased, or suffering some kind of catastrophic physical or emotional trauma, you need to be here.

It’s back to school with a bang for Alisha, Iman and Kareem – they all failed GCSE English and there are only six weeks until their resits. This is their last chance to continue Sixth Form, failure is not an option. It’s down to Miss Murphy to see the trio through.

But collectively, the students are unruly, she’s already snowed under with her other classes and the school is literally falling apart. Can she deliver when there’s just as much drama in the staffroom as there is in the classroom?

Molloy’s play is a searingly witty exploration of a struggling system and the people inside it, on both sides of the desk, trying to make things work.

Alice Hamilton directs.

Every Day I Make Greatness Happen is followed – from November 8 (previews from October 26) to December 1 – by the world premiere of Ifeyinwa Frederick’s debut play The Hoes.

Once you’re a woman doing as she pleases with her body, in someone’s eyes you qualify for hoe status.

Bim, Alex and J have been best friends since school. Loud, funny, inseparable – they are the epitome of girls who just want to have fun. But now they’re 25, life is starting to get in the way. Careers, relationships, expectations…What better way to escape than a trip to Ibiza for a week of sun, sea and selfies?

But there’s trouble in paradise when reality catches up with them, threatening to derail their holiday as they are forced to accept no amount of partying will let them escape themselves…

The Hoes is described as a riotous celebration of sisterhood, showing that while life may throw up unexpected turbulence, friendships will last the course.

Completing the season is the world premiere of Paradise by Dusty Hughes, which runs from January 7 (previews from December 7) to January 19.

Live every day like your last, and garden as if you’re going to live forever.

Elite Homes: offering the Platinum Package in luxury retirement living. Old friends Roddy Meakin and Amanda Goose are enjoying their twilight years on their own terms – outrageous pranks and clandestine gins in the garden, adult magazines at the dinner table and a healthy disregard for the other residents. All is idyllic – until, that is, new management is brought in to restore order…

New comedy Paradise looks at the cost of growing old and the joys of ageing disgracefully.

Priority Booking is now open for Hampstead Friends and Patrons. Public Booking opens Friday, July 6 at 10.30am.

New in the Main House: the UK premiere of the Broadway production of The Humans by Stephen Karam (August 30 to October 13) and the UK premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s I and You, in which Game of Thrones‘ star Maisie Williams will make her stage debut as Caroline (October 18 to November 24, 2018).