Hampstead Theatre presents Michael Frayn’s Wild Honey, directed by Hampstead’s Associate Artist Howard Davies. Geoffrey Streatfeild will make his Hampstead Theatre debut in the role of Platonov.
The cast also includes Bruce Alexander, Joe Bannister, Gunnar Cauthery, Simon Chandler, Kammy Darweish, Joe Evans, Matthew Flynn, Jo Herbert, Rebecca Humphries, Justine Mitchell, Adrian Richards and Sophie Rundle.
This comedy of errors, drawn from Chekhov’s untitled – and posthumously discovered – early play, is a tale of nineteenth century Russian life replete with classic misunderstandings, irrepressible desires and nostalgia for a vanishing world.
Village schoolmaster Platonov has it all: wit, intelligence, a comfortable and respectable life in provincial Russia, and the attentions of four beautiful women – one of whom is his devoted wife… As summer arrives and the seasonal festivities commence, the rapidly intensifying heat makes everyone giddy with sunlight, vodka – and passion.
Geoffrey Streatfeild plays Platonov. Theatre credits include Young Chekhov: Ivanov and The Seagull, The Beaux Stratagem, Children of the Sun, Earthquakes in London, The Pains of Youth, The History Boys, Bacchae (National Theatre), My Night with Reg (Donmar Warehouse/West End).
Bruce Alexander plays Gerasim Kuzmich Petrin. Theatre credits include A View From Islington North (Out of Joint/Arts Theatre), Accolade (St James’ Theatre), Ciphers (Out of Joint/Bush Theatre).
Joe Bannister plays Sergey. Theatre credits include Hobson’s choice (Vaudeville Theatre), King John (Rose Theatre Kingston), As You Like It (National Theatre), Mad World My Masters (ETT Tour/The Barbican).
Gunnar Cauthery plays Dr Triletzky. Theatre credits include Another World: Losing Our Children to Islamic
State, The Suicide, This House, The White Guard (National Theatre).
Simon Chandler plays Porfiry Semyonovich Glagolyev. Recent theatre credits include Red Velvet (Garrick
Theatre/Tricycle Theatre/St Ann’s Warehouse New York), For Services Rendered (Chichester Festival Theatre).
Kammy Darweish play Marko. Theatre credits include East is East (UK Tour), Holy Warriors, Anthony &
Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe).
Joe Evans plays Vassily. Theatre credits include Hapgood (Hampstead Theatre), Three Winters (National
Theatre), The Late Henry Moss (Southwark Playhouse).
Matthew Flynn plays Osip. Theatre credits include I am Walrus (Young Vic), War Horse (National Theatre/
West End), Children of the Sun (National Theatre).
Jo Herbert plays Marya Yefimovna Grekova. Theatre credits include For Services Rendered (Chichester Festival Theatre), Three Winters (National Theatre).
Rebecca Humphries plays Sasha. Theatre credits include The Argument (Hampstead Downstairs), Pomona (National Theatre/ Orange Tree), Temple (Donmar Warehouse), Open Court: Primetime (The
Justine Mitchell plays Ana Petrovna. Theatre credits include The Plough and the Stars, Detroit, Children
of the Sun, The White Guard, Philistines, Coram Boy, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Night Season (National Theatre).
Adrian Richards plays Yakov. Credits include The Suicide (National Theatre), Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem
Serail (Glyndebourne), Advice for the Young at Heart (Theatre Centre).
Sophie Rundle plays Sofya. Theatre credits include Three Winters (National Theatre) and The Vortex (Rose Theatre). Television credits include Jamestown, Brief Encounters.
Michael Frayn has written sixteen plays, including Copenhagen, Afterlife, Benefactors, Donkeys’ Years, and Democracy. He has also translated for the theatre, mostly Chekhov and other plays as well as Wild Honey from the Russian.
Howard Davies, Hampstead Theatre’s Associate Artist, returns to Hampstead Theatre following the
acclaimed Hapgood by Tom Stoppard, Drawing the Line and 55 Days by Howard Brenton.
A play by Michael Frayn
From the play without a name by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Howard Davies
Starring Geoffrey Streatfeild
Designer Rob Howell
Lighting Peter Mumford
Sound designer Mike Walker
Composer Dominic Muldowney
Casting Juliet Horsley
2nd December 2016 – 14th January 2017
Press Night Thursday 8th December 7pm
Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London, NW3 3EU