The Two Character Play

The Two Character Play

“A doctor once told me that we were the bravest people he knew. I said “Why, that’s absurd, my brother and I are terrified of our shadows.” And he said, “Yes, I know, and that’s why I admire your courage so much…”

Overview

Fellow actors, brother and sister Felice and Clare have been on tour too long: every town looks increasingly the same until they feel they could be anywhere. Abandoned by the rest of the acting company, but faced with an audience expecting a performance, they must enact The Two Character Play. But as their gripping ‘play within a play’ unfolds, the line between reality and illusion becomes increasingly unclear; as their characters reach out to the outside world, the actors’ isolation and uncertainty grows.

One of the foremost playwrights of the twentieth-century, Tennessee Williams spent over ten years writing The Two Character Play, an innovative, partly autobiographical work which he called ‘My most beautiful play since Streetcar, the very heart of my life’. It returns to Hampstead Theatre for the first time in over fifty years with direction by Sam Yates, having received its World Premiere there in 1967.

Sam Yates makes a highly anticipated return to Hampstead Theatre’s Main Stage following his critically-acclaimed production of The Phlebotomist. His theatre credits include Glengarry Glen Ross starring Christian Slater (West End), Murder Ballad (West End) and The El. Train, starring Ruth Wilson (Hoxton Hall).

Age Recommendation: 14+

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Date & time

Show ended
Fri 24 Apr - Sat 23 May, 2.30pm, 3pm & 7.30pm

Venue

Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage NW3 3EU London, UK · Get Directions
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