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Rapture, Blister, Burn - Hampstead Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PETER DuBois directs Gina Gionfriddo’s ‘breathtakingly witty and virtuosic comedy8, Rapture, Blister, Burn, which runs at Hampstead Theatre (Main Stage) from January 16 to February 22, 2014.

Can any woman have it all? After university Catherine and Gwen chose opposite paths: Catherine built a career as a rock-star academic, while Gwen built a home with a husband and children.

Decades later, unfulfilled in opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, and a dangerous game begins as each tries to claim the other’s territory.

The cast includes Emilia Fox (as Catherine), Emma Fielding (Gwen), Polly Adams (Alice), Adam James (Don) and Shannon Tarbet (Avery).

Although Emilia Fox will be making her Hampstead Theatre debut in Rapture, Blister, Burn, she has previously appeared on stage in Coriolanus and Richard II (Almeida Theatre) and Good (Donmar Warehouse). Her screen credits include Silent Witness and Merlin (TV); The Pianist (film).

Emma Fielding’s recent theatre credits include In the Republic of Happiness (Royal Court Theatre), Headlong’s Decade (West End) and The King’s Speech (West End). On screen, she has appeared in Cranford and The Scarlet Tunic.

Gina Gionfriddo’s other plays include the critically acclaimed Becky Shaw (Almeida Theatre) and After Ashley (Vineyard Theatre). The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize winner has also written extensively for television including the popular dramas Law & Order and House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey.

Peter DuBois reunites with Gionfriddo following Becky Shaw. His other directing credits include All New People (West End). He is in his fourth season as the Artistic Director of the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston. His productions have been on the annual top ten lists of The New York Times, Time Out, Variety and The Evening Standard.