News: Hampstead Theatre announces Sons of the Prophet

Following the sell-out hit, The Humans, Stephen Karam returns to Hampstead Theatre with the European premiere of his award-winning comedy, Sons of the Prophet, from 2 December to 14 January. The full cast will feature:

  • Raphael Akuwudike, Holly Atkins, Juliet Cowan, Jack Holden, Raad Rawi, Irfan Shamji, Eric Sirakian, and Sue Wallace.
  • Director Bijan Sheibani is joined by designer, Samal Blak; lighting designer, Jack Knowles; sound designer, Giles Thomas; casting director, Julia Horan and assistant director, Stepan Mysko von Schultze.

“Every family’s got their stuff, right? The Douaihys have a habit of dying tragically. We’re like the Kennedys without the sex appeal.”

Joseph Douaihy, a gay American-Lebanese Maronite Christian in rural Pennsylvania, has a pretty complicated life.  When his father dies as the result of a prank, life truly spirals towards the bizarre. With unexplained pain blocking his athletics career, a desperate new boss who wants to capitalize on his grief, a dependent uncle who thinks he’s his legal guardian and a very wayward younger brother, Joseph has a lot on his plate. So, he really should not be spending time with the attractive journalist who’s looking for the inside scoop on his father’s accident.

Described by the New York Times as ‘the absolutely wonderful new comedy-drama by Stephen Karam’ Sons of the Prophet was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and won the Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play in 2012. It follows Stephen Karam’s The Humans which was a sell-out smash-hit at Hampstead Theatre in 2018.

Stephen Karam is the Tony Award-winning author of The HumansSons of the Prophet and Speech & Debate.  For his work he’s received two Drama Critics Circle Awards, an OBIE Award and is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. After a year on Broadway, The Humans ran at Hampstead Theatre and continues to be produced across the USA and internationally, having opened in over 10 countries.

Stephen said:

“I’m very excited to be back at Hampstead Theatre. There’s no better feeling than being back at a place that has already been such a great, wonderful home. Sons of the Prophet is a comedy about human suffering and the laughter and ways that people make sense of the wounds they carry with them. The play is something that audiences everywhere can relate to.”

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