News: Cast for Hampstead Theatre’s The Fever Syndrome announced

Hampstead Theatre has announced the full cast and creative team for the world premiere of Alexis Zegerman’s vivid, new play, The Fever Syndrome, including the marvellous Alexandra Gilbreath

Running from 19th March until 23rd April 2022, The Fever Syndrome will be directed by Roxana Silbert and designed by Lizzie Clachan and features quite the impressive cast.

Lisa Dillon (Cranford, BBC One; Hapgood, Hampstead Theatre), Jake Fairbrother (Skyfall, EON Productions; Hamlet, National Theatre), Alexandra Gilbreath (Not Going Out, BBC One; The Provoked Wife, Royal Shakespeare Company), Robert Lindsay (My Family, BBC One; Anything Goes, Barbican), Sam Marks (Doctor Who, BBC One; Richard II, Royal Shakespeare Company), Bo Poraj (Miranda, BBC One, Raya, Hampstead Downstairs) and Alex Waldmann (The Mikvah Project, Orange Tree; Julius Caesar, Royal Shakespeare Company) will perform in this thrilling portrait of a brilliantly dysfunctional family.  They are joined by Nancy Allsop and Charlotte Pourret Wythe.

Director Roxana Silbert will be joined by designer, Lizzie Clachan; lighting designer, Matt Haskins; sound designer, Max Pappenheim; movement director, Wayne Parsons, dialect, Stephen Kemble; casting director, Helena Palmer CDG, and assistant director, Segen Yosef.

Roxana Silbert said:

The Fever Syndrome is an epic family drama and I can’t wait to bring Alexis’ vibrant play to life with this tremendous team of artists.  It’s a multi-generational feast of complicated relationships, festering grudges and explosive feelings.”

“You have to ignore the dissenters… You have to be a god, or the heart transplant would never have happened.”

Prof. Richard Myers, the great IVF innovator, is virtually a secular saint because of the thousands of babies he has created throughout his career.  Now, his family gather to see him receive a lifetime achievement award. 

This fractious group are more accustomed to debate than empathy, so it’s not long before the family home in the Upper West Side of Manhattan is once again alive with dispute: conflicting Thanksgiving memories, polarised opinions on investment banking, and how best to care for their ailing father.  And crucially, who will inherit Richard’s wealth and Richard’s prestigious science institution?

The Fever Syndrome is presented by special arrangement with Manhattan Theatre Club.

Alexis Zegerman was Pearson Writer-in-Residence at Hampstead Theatre in 2007, where her play Lucky Seven premiered in 2008.  A Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist for The Steingolds (2011), her other plays include I Ran The World (2003), Killing Brando (2004) and Holy Sh!t (2018).  Zegerman also wrote the screenplay for The Honeymoon Suite.

Roxana Silbert’s sold-out production of Nell Leyshon’s Folk is currently running at Hampstead Theatre’s Downstairs.  The Fever Syndrome will be her third Main Stage production at the theatre, following Al Blyth’s espionage thriller The Haystack (2020) and Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play ‘night, Mother (2021).  She also recently directed Deborah Bruce’s tender new play Raya (2021).


Also at Hampstead

The world premiere of Florian Zeller’s new play, The Forestbegins previews this week at Hampstead Theatre.  Running from 5 February until 12 March 2022, The Forest is translated by Zeller’s long-time collaborator Christopher Hampton, and directed by Jonathan Kent, who re-unites with Zeller after his critically acclaimed production of The Height of the Storm.  Toby StephensGina McKee, Paul McGann and Angel Coulby are joined in the cast by Millie Brady, Silas CarsonFinbar LynchSakuntala Ramanee and Eddie Toll.

Folk, Nell Leyshon’s critically acclaimed new play with songs, is at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs until 5 February 2022.  Inspired by a true story and set in Leyshon’s home county of Somerset, Folk features Ben AllenSasha FrostMariam Haque and Simon Robson.

INSPIRE, Hampstead Theatre’s annual year-long writers’ programme, has commenced.  Led by the award-winning playwright Roy Williams and Hampstead’s Literary Department, this year’s writers are Dexter Flanders, Jessica Norman, Magdalene Bird, Martha Watson Allpress, Mary Antony, Nana-Kofi Kufuor, Nancy Netherwood, Nic McQuillan, Nicola May-Taylor, Patrick Swain, Phoebe Frances Brown, Sarah Power and Sid Sagar.

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