Hampstead to stream Bartlett, Steel and Brenton plays

Published: 30 March 2020
Reporter: David Chadderton

Wild by Mike Bartlett; Wonderland by Beth Steel; Drawing the Line by Howard Brenton

Hampstead Theatre is to stream its productions of Mike Bartlett’s Wild, Beth Steel’s Wonderland and Howard Brenton’s Drawing the Line for free, each for a week on demand, in partnership with The Guardian. Each will be available from 10AM on a Monday until 10PM on the following Sunday.

Wild, originally produced in 2016, will run from Monday 30 March to Sunday 5 April. Directed by James Macdonald, it explores the life-changing consequences of challenging the status quo at a global level, inspired by the case of Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who copied and leaked classified information from the US National Security Agency in 2013.

Wonderland, directed by Edward Hall in 2014 and running online from Monday 6 to Sunday 12 April, takes a look at the clashing ideologies during the UK’s Miners' Strike of 1984–85 and presents the full sweep of the turbulent events that transformed the country.

The late Howard Davies directed Drawing the Line in 2013, which will be available from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 April and tells the story of the chaotic partitioning of India in 1947.

The three productions were originally live-streamed on The Guardian's web site and then made available on-demand for just 72 hours.

Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre, said, “I am delighted and grateful to be in a position to offer this new #HampsteadTheatreAtHome series from Hampstead’s digital archive. I hope these productions offer audiences entertainment, connection and nourishment in a time of uncertainty and isolation. These three plays all shine a light on turbulent points in our international history which, along with acknowledging the worst of human behaviour, celebrates the ingenuity, humour, compassion and resilience of the best.”

The productions will be available to view on demand on The Guardian web site and on Hampstead Theatre's YouTube channel.