Earlier in the year audiences arriving at the Hampstead Theatre were treated to a revival of Mike Leigh’s 1979 play “Ecstasy”, which looked at a group of friends in Kilburn, London, during tough economic times. The show was directed by Leigh himself and proved to be a popular production when it opened with Sinead Matthew and Sian Brooke as part of the cast. But the revival does not end at the Hampstead Theatre; the show is also set for a brief run in the West End in April as it opens its doors at the Duchess Theatre on Catherine Street.
The characters of Jean, Len, Dawn, plus the latter’s husband and children, take centre stage in “Ecstasy” as we follow Jean, a suicidal garage attendant as she establishes herself as dissatisfied as she sleeps with an abundance of ill-suited men. When the rest of the characters join her in her bed-sit we follow the events as their frustrations of the recent Winter of Discontent take their tolls. In the bleak setting they expose their souls in a world of drunken anger. It was first witness at the Hampstead in 1979 with Julie Walters amongst the cast members.
Mike Leigh is one of the best known directors working in the London theatre scene, who will also be presenting a brand new play at The National later in the year, and has also directed an array of critically-acclaimed movies. He is responsible for famous plays like “The Box Play”, “Bleak Moments”, “Abigail’s Party” and “Two Thousand Years”, among others, in addition to movies like “Home Sweet Home”, “Topsy-Turvy”, “Vera Drake”, “Happy-Go-Lucky” and “Another Year”. He is noted for the ‘kitchen-sink realism’ that he is known to bring to his productions as they look at the struggles of ordinary people.
The Duchess Theatre is noted for the abundance of plays that it welcomes to the stage, with “Krapp’s Last Tape” and Sign Of The Times amongst the examples to have made their way to the venue in recent years. “Ecstasy” appears until the end of May and will be followed later in the year with a run of Butley with Dominic West and Amanda Drew.
Ecstasy begins its run at the Duchess Theatre on Tuesday 12th April 2011 and it then continues to Saturday 28th May 2011.
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 12th April 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 28th May 2011|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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