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The Memory of Water

The Memory of Water


Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, Shelagh Stephenson’s poignant and painfully funny comedy is about conflicting memories, life and loss.

Mary, Catherine and Teresa are sisters who think they share a common past. A world of disputed bicycles, midnight ice-cream sodas, Mum's cocktail dresses and perfumed advice - a seaside childhood punctuated by the odd monosyllable from Dad. But where does reality end and family myth begin? Why has war broken out in Mother's bedroom - and why is Vi, so recently deceased, still with us?

The Memory of Water makes a highly anticipated return to Hampstead 25 years after its World Premiere here in 1996. Following West End and New York transfers, The Memory of Water was also adapted into a film.

Stephenson’s other plays include An Experiment with an Air Pump (Royal Exchange/Hampstead), Ancient Lights (Hampstead), Five Kinds of Silence (Lyric Hammersmith) and Mappa Mundi (National Theatre).

Alice Hamilton returns to Hampstead following Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter last year and the Olivier-nominated Every Day I Make Greatness Happen and Paradise (both Hampstead Downstairs). Other directing credits include Blood Wedding (Salisbury Playhouse) and While We’re Here (Bush).

Event details

Wed 13 Oct 2021, 7:30pm

Captioned by STAGETEXT

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Venue details

Hampstead Theatre
Eton Avenue
Swiss Cottage

Phone: 020 7722 9301

Email: access@hampsteadtheatre.com

Website: Hampstead Theatre

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