The latest show headed to the Hampstead Theatre arrives on the back of its monumentally successful debut at the Vineyard Theatre in New York in 2015, with Michael Longhurst directing Branden Jacob-Jenkins script in London.
A story that offers an insight into modern New York office life before things go wrong, Gloria managed to turn a few heads when it was first staged on the other side of the Atlantic and attracted even more attention when it came close to picking up the Pulitzer Prize for Drama last year. It means that its debut in London is highly anticipated and this is certainly something on which to keep a close eye when it opens in the summer.
We open Gloria in New York City as we delve into a typical day for magazine office workers vying for the latest writing job in the company. They are in their mid-twenties and driven to extremes to make it, with constant disputes on the recipient of the hottest stories. What begins as a normal day soon goes in a different direction, however, as we see just what happens when these tensions are allowed to bubble over.
The comic drama is both memorable and powerful in its themes, touching on issues that many can relate to whilst also exploring themes familiar to many thanks to the news. As such it is easy to see why this was such an acclaimed show in the US.
So for its British premiere producers have turned to Michael Longhurst to bring it to life. The director has been behind a wealth of acclaimed shows on both sides of the Atlantic, from ‘Tis A Pity She’s A Whore at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to Constellations in New York. He also earned praise for shows like The Art Of Dying at the Royal Court Theatre and Bad Jews at the Arts Theatre.
His next show, Gloria, runs at the Hampstead Theatre from Wednesday 21st June 2017 (previews from Thursday 15th June 2017).
|Booking From:||Thursday, 15th June 2017|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 22nd July 2017|
|Wed:||2.30pm and 7.30pm|
|Sat:||3.00pm and 7.30pm|
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