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Longing - Hampstead Theatre


Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NINA Raine will direct the world premiere of William Boyd’s play Longing. Based on two short stories by Anton Chekhov, it runs at Hampstead Theatre from March 7 (previews from February 28) to April 13, 2013.

When Kolia is invited to visit his oldest friends on their Estate in the country he anticipates a pleasant break from Moscow life. But as the comedy of provincial life plays out around him, he finds himself adrift in a miasma of false expectations, missed opportunities and unspoken passions.

From the two short stories by Chekhov, renowned and award-winning novelist William Boyd (An Ice-Cream War, Brazzaville Beach, Any Human Heart, Restless, Waiting for Sunrise) spins a tale of nineteenth century Russian life both familiar and unfamiliar.

Director Nina Raine returns to Hampstead Theatre following the sell-out success of her play Tiger Country in 2010 which she also directed. As experienced a writer as a director, her directing credits include April de Angelis’ critically acclaimed Jumpy (Royal Court and West End), Shades by Alia Bano (Royal Court) and Unprotected (Liverpool Everyman) for which she won the TMA Best Director Award.

Her other writing credits include Tribes (Royal Court ) and her debut play Rabbit (Old Red Lion, Trafalgar Studios, 59E59 New York) which won the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Most Promising Playwright.

Longing will be designed by Lizzie Clachan, with lighting by James Farncombe and sound by Gareth Fry. Casting has yet to be announced.

Longing follows the return to Hampstead of Amelia Bullmore’s Di and Viv and Rose starring Tamzin Outhwaite, Gina McKee and Anna Maxwell Martin.