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The Phlebotomist transfers to Hampstead Theatre's Main Stage

The Phlebotomist

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ELLA Road’s debut play, The Phlebotomist, is transferring to the Hampstead Theatre Main Stage following a sold out run Downstairs in 2018, with Jade Anouka reprising her role as Bea.

The production, directed by Sam Yates, will run from March 25 (previews from March 19) to April 20, 2019.

I’m not that into this whole ratings thing to be honest… shouldn’t we just go for who we fancy?

Bea meets Aaron. He’s intelligent, handsome, makes her laugh and, most importantly, has a high rating on his genetic profile. What’s not to like? Char has two degrees and is on the brink of landing her dream job but her rating threatens it all.

In a ratist world where health, wealth and happiness depend on a single blood test – dictating everything from bank loans to dating prospects – phlebotomy reigns supreme. So how far will people go to beat the system?

Ella Road’s debut play is a powerfully provocative vision of a dystopian future, questioning the value we place on one another, whether knowledge really is power, and if love truly can conquer all.

Jade Anouka’s numerous theatre credits include Queen Margaret (Royal Exchange); Cover My Tracks (The Old Vic); Shakespeare Trilogy (Donmar at King’s Cross); Doctor Faustus (West End); Julius Caesar, Henry IV and The Tempest (Donmar Warehouse/St. Ann’s Warehouse, NY); So Here We Are (Royal Exchange/Hightide); Chef (Soho Theatre); The Vote (Donmar Warehouse); Omeros (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe); Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (National Theatre); Blood Wedding (Southwark Playhouse); The Taming of the Shrew and
The Merchant of Venice (RSC); and The Penelopiad (RSC/NAC, Canada) .

Her screen work includes Fisherman’s Friends, The Rhythm Section, Baby Gravy, A Running Jump and The Dark Channel (film); Cleaning Up, Turn Up Charlie, Trauma, Chewing Gum, Lucky Man, The Vote, Shakespeare Uncovered, Doctor Who, Secrets and Words and Law & Order: UK (TV).

Sam Yates will be making his Hampstead Theatre Main Stage directorial debut. His theatre credits include Incantata (Galway International Arts Festival); Glengarry Glen Ross starring Christian Slater (Playhouse Theatre/UK tour); Murder Ballad (Arts Theatre); Cymbeline (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse/Shakespeare’s Globe – Ian Charleson Award commendation); East Is East (West End/UK tours); The El. Train starring Ruth Wilson (Hoxton Hall); Cornelius (Finborough Theatre/59E59 Theatres, New York – nominated for four Off West End Theatre Awards) and Mixed Marriage (Finborough Theatre).

Yates film work includes The Hope Rooms (winner of the Rhode Island International Film Festival 2016 Grand Prize Filmmaker of the Future Award); Cymbeline, All’s Well That Ends Well and Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Complete Walk, Shakespeare’s Globe) and music videos, Emeralds and Auld Wives for the Ivor Novello Award-nominated band Bear’s Den (Communion Music).

Ella Road is currently writing new commissions for Hampstead Theatre, The Almeida, and Theatre Royal Plymouth and is one of the Bush Theatre’s ‘Emerging Writers’ of 2018/19. She is also developing a number of projects for television and film, including an adaption of The Phlebotomist.

Further casting will be announced in due course.

Also at Hampstead Theatre (Main Stage): the UK premiere of Martyna Majok’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cost of Living (January 25 to March 2, 2019).