THE BALLAD OF HATTIE AND JAMES

11 Apr - 18 May 2024

Kiln Theatre and ETT  present

THE BALLAD OF HATTIE AND JAMES

by Samuel Adamson

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An epic, life-spanning tale of friendship, music, and the moments that change you forever.

At St Pancras International, a woman sits at the piano and begins to play. The music captivates commuters, tourists and, following a viral clip,  people around the world. Behind the music is the incredible story of a lifelong duet – the ballad of Hattie and James.

Throughout their lives, Hattie and James find themselves inextricably linked, for better or worse, and cannot help but replay the experiences that have shaped them.

An impassioned story from Samuel Adamson (Wife) that asks who gets to have their voice heard, and can you ever settle the score?

Important Information

Post show Q&A: Fri 10 May, 7.30pm

Access Performances

Touch Tour: Thu 2 May, 6pm
Audio Described Performance: Thu 2 May, 7.30pm
Relaxed Performance: Wed 8 May, 2.30pm
Captioned Performance: Thu 9 May, 7.30pm

 

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Dates

11 Apr - 18 May 2024

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Cast

Charles Edwards

James

Charles Edwards plays James. He returns to the Kiln, having previously appeared in The 39 Steps (also Criterion Theatre and Cort Theatre, Broadway). Other theatre credits include Gore Vidal in Best Of Enemies (Young Vic – Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor), and at the National Theatre Absolute Hell, Waste, NT50, Strange Interlude (WhatsOnStage Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Play and Clarence Derwent Award winner), This House (Evening Standard Award nomination for Best Actor), Twelfth Night (WhatsOnStage Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play), All My Sons, and The Duchess Of Malfi. He appeared in Copenhagen (Minerva Theatre, Chichester), as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (Opera Australia – Green Room Award winner), Richard in Richard II and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe – Evening Standard Award nomination for Best Actor), Blithe Spirit (Gielgud Theatre and Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles), Bertie in The King’s Speech (Wyndham’s Theatre – Evening Standard Award nomination for Best Actor), Wanderlust (Royal Court Theatre), and Hay Fever (Haymarket Theatre Royal).

His television credits include Celebrimbor in The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power, The Crown, Downton Abbey, The Terror, Henry IX, The Halycon, Sherlock, Arthur and George, Ripper Street, Trying Again, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, and Michael Palin in Holy Flying Circus.

In film, The Duke, The Witches, Florence Foster Jenkins, Philomena, Batman Begins, Diana, Relative Values, Mansfield Park, and An Ideal Husband.

Suzette Llewellyn

Bo / Mrs Arbuthnot / Rosamund / Louise / Eve / Madame Schultz

Suzette Llewellyn plays Bo, Mrs Arbuthnot, Rosamund, Louise, Eve and Madame Schultz. Her theatre credits include Foxes (59E59), The Fellowship (Hampstead Theatre), Electric Rosary (Royal Exchange Manchester), Running with Lions (Talawa Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre), Chigger Foot Boys (Tara Theatre), Urban Afro Saxons (Talawa Theatre), Marisol (Traverse Theatre).

Her television credits include Vera (as Louisa Hampton), Eastenders (as series regular Sheree Trueman), Top Boy, Doctors (as series regular Estelle Vere), Hollyoaks (as series regular Margaret Smith), Rocket’s Island and Black Silk; and for film, The Mouse, Real, Faces and Bucky. 

Sophie Thompson

Hattie

Sophie Thompson plays Hattie. Her theatre credits include Present Laughter (The Old Vic – WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play, Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Play), Guys and Dolls (Chichester Festival Theatre, Savoy Theatre – Olivier Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical), The Physicists, Into the Woods (Donmar Warehouse – Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical), She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre), Clybourne Park (Royal Court, Wyndham’s Theatre – Olivier Award Nomination for Best Actress), Female of the Species (Vaudeville Theatre), Measure for Measure (Shakespeare’s Globe), Company (Donmar Warehouse, Noel Coward Theatre – Clarence Derwent Award for Best Supporting Performance, Olivier Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical), All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, Wildest Dreams (RSC – Olivier Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress) and Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It (Renaissance Tour). 

Television credits include the forthcoming Belgravia: The Next Chapter, Sex Education, Silo, Sisters, Sandylands, Feelgood, Coronation Street (as series regular Rosemary Piper), Detectorists, Inside No.9 and EastEnders (as series regular Stella Crawford – Inside Soap Award for Best Bitch). Sophie won Celebrity MasterChef 2014; and for film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Gosford Park, Relative Values, Dancing at Lughnasa, Emma, Four Weddings and a Funeral. Sophie has written the children’s books Zoo Boy and Zoo Boy and the Jewel Thieves and the recipe book My Family Kitchen (Faber & Faber).

Creative Team

Playwright

Samuel Adamson

Director

Richard Twyman

Designer

Jon Bausor

Lighting Designer

Simisola Majekodunmi

Sound Designer

Pete Malkin

Composers

Nicola T. Chang & David Shrubsole

Musical Director

David Shrubsole

Casting Director

Lotte Hines CDG

Movement Director

Anjali Mehra

Costume Supervisor

Isobel Pellow

Assistant Director

Zoë Templeman-Young

We are grateful for the support of Jon and NoraLee Sedmak and the Foyle Foundation for this production.