Rehearsal images have been released for Hampstead Theatre’s production of Pulitzer Prize-winning play ‘night, Mother by Marsha Norman. Featuring Stockard Channing and Rebecca Night, with direction by the theatre’s Artistic Director, Roxana Silbert, ‘night, Mother will run from 22 October until 4 December 2021.
‘night, Mother received its UK Premiere at Hampstead Theatre in 1985, following a smash-hit Broadway debut and four Tony Award nominations.
‘night, Mother, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1983) and the Susan Smith Blackburn Award (1982-83), explores a mother and a daughter’s lives, relationships and up-to-the-minute life defining choices with unblinking honesty, raw humour and suspense.
Marsha Norman is a multi-award-winning screenwriter, novelist and playwright. Her other plays include Getting Out and an adaptation of Louise Erdrich’s novel The Master Butchers Singing Club. She won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for The Secret Garden.
Stockard Channing stars as Thelma Cates, who shares the old family home out in the sticks with her daughter Jessie (Rebecca Night). This particularly quiet evening seems no different to any other – one of grocery lists, crochet, television, hot chocolate and caramels. But enough is enough for Jessie and a shattering revelation is in the air. As this may prove to be the last evening they share, it seems they have much to talk about…
Rebecca Night will play the role of Jessie. Rebecca returns to Hampstead Theatre having previously starred in The Meeting (2015) and Terry Johnson’s Prism (2017). Other theatre credits include The Grapes of Wrath (Chichester Festival Theatre) and The Importance of Being Earnest (Vaudeville Theatre). Screen credits include Fanny Hill (2007), Wuthering Heights (2009) and Maigret (2016).
Roxana Silbert is Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre. Previously, she was Artistic Director of Birmingham REP and Paines Plough. She has been Associate Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Literary Director of the Traverse Theatre, and Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre. ‘night, Mother will be her second Main Stage production as Hampstead’s Artistic Director following the critically acclaimed The Haystack. She has most recently directed Raya Downstairs.
She will be joined by designer, Ti Green, lighting designer, Rick Fisher, sound designer, John Leonard, Voice & Dialect, Stephen Kemble, Fight, Ruth Cooper-Brown and Bethan Clark of Rc-Annie Ltd and Assistant Director Nikhil Vyas.