As recommended several months ago, don’t miss Old Money at the Hampstead Theatre which opened last night. Superb cast including Maureen Lipman and one older stage professional, who had not practiced as an understudy for this play, stepping in with remarkable ease. The writing felt fresh and contemporary and both both the older people in the audience and those slightly younger left with bits of the play sitting hauntingly with them to ponder.
From the Hampstead: “Forty years of respectable marriage should have prepared Joyce for respectable widowhood. She, however, has other ideas – and a secret life of champagne, strippers, and chance encounters unfolds in this tender comedy.
New voice Sarah Wooley makes her main stage debut following successful plays at the National Theatre Studio, Theatre 503 and BBC Radio.
Olivier award winner Terry Johnson returns to Hampstead Theatre following The Memory of Water, Cracked and Dead Funny. He has since directed numerous west end hits such as the Tony award winning La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory, Playhouse Theatre & Broadway), End of the Rainbow (Trafalgar Studios, West End & UK Tour), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Vaudeville Theatre), One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Garrick Theatre) and his stage adaptation of The Graduate (Gielgud Theatre).
Maureen Lipman makes a much anticipated return to Hampstead Theatre following Peggy for You in 1999. Her many other stage credits include When We Were Married (Garrick Theatre/West End), A Little Night Music (West End) and Oklahoma! (National Theatre). Her latest TV series was Ladies of Letters and she played the Mother in the Academy award winning film The Pianist.”