Shelagh Stephenson’s poignant and painfully funny comedy is about conflicting memories, life and loss.
Mary, Catherine and Teresa are sisters who think they share a common past. A world of disputed bicycles, midnight ice-cream sodas, Mum's cocktail dresses and perfumed advice - a seaside childhood punctuated by the odd monosyllable from Dad. But where does reality end and family myth begin? Why has war broken out in Mother's bedroom - and why is Vi, so recently deceased, still with us?
The Memory of Water makes a highly anticipated return to Hampstead 25 years after its World Premiere here in 1996. Following West End and New York transfers, The Memory of Water was also adapted into a film.
In the event of The Memory of Water being postponed, you can choose between a full refund or credit to be used for any show at Hampstead.
Desperate remedies: Brendan Macdonald writes on Alice Hamilton’s revival of Shelagh Stephenson’s comedy-drama that explores memory and family.
An exceptional performance
25 years on, this nuanced portrayal of grief still feels fresh
A fine balance between sadness, anger and comedy
The writing is still sharp, funny and well observed
There are laughs aplenty
Maintains manic energy levels throughout
How not to behave upon losing a parent
A damp squib of a show
Return of a domestic drama that’s sadly easy to forget
A revival that hasn’t aged well