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Hampstead Theatre Downstairs - two new plays for Spring 2013

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

HAMPSTEAD Downstairs and The Peter Wolff Trust have announced two new plays for Spring 2013 – Say It With Flowers by award-winning theatre maker Katie Mitchell and A Human Being Died That Night by the acclaimed playwright Nicholas Wright.

Say It With Flowers – Friday, April 5 to Saturday, May 4.

Katie Mitchell returns to Hampstead Theatre following last year’s The Trial of Ubu on the Main Stage and the sell-out small hours. In Say It With Flowers, she takes the audience on a surreal and unexpected journey through a selection of celebrated American modernist Gertrude Stein’s writing.

Say It With Flowers, which will be performed in promenade by Laura Harling, Peter Hobday, Sarah Malin, Sarah Northgraves and Sean Jackson, is designed by Alex Eales, with lighting by Jack Knowles.

Katie Mitchell’s other credits include Hansel and Gretel, A Woman Killed with Kindness and Women of Troy (National Theatre) and Written on Skin (Royal Opera House).

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm and 9pm (only 7.45pm on April 6, 7 and 17); Saturday matinees (excluding April 17) at 3.15pm and 4.30pm.

A Human Being Died That Night – Friday, May 10 to Saturday, June 15.

I was a veteran fighter. That’s how I saw myself. But at the end of the day, Pumla, all that I really am is a veteran of lost ideologies. Once you realise that, you lose your innocence.

1997, Pretoria Central Prison, South Africa. Psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela prepares to sit opposite the apartheid regime’s most notorious assassin.

A member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, she is interviewing Eugene de Kock while he serves 212 years for crimes against humanity, murder, conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, assault, kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms, and fraud.

How did he become one of the most reviled figures in apartheid history? Is she able to overcome her disgust and hate for this monster and find the human within? And will he even be prepared to open up and tell an educated black woman the truth?

A Human Being Died That Night is directed by Jonathan Munby, who will be making his Hampstead Theatre debut. His theatre credits include A Number (Menier Chocolate Factory), Company (Sheffield Crucible), Life is a Dream (Donmar Warehouse) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Nicholas Wright makes his Hampstead Downstairs debut following his sell-out hit The Last of the Duchess on the Main Stage in 2011. A Human Being Died That Night is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela and explores her extraordinary interviews with Eugene De Kock, her time on the TRC, and how a fundamentally moral person could become a mass murderer.

Full casting will be announced shortly.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm; Saturday matinees (excluding May 11) 3.15pm.

Tickets: £12, £10 concessions and access, £6 and £5 for the first five performances. All are available from the box office on 020 7722 9301 or online at www.hampsteadtheatre.com/.