Kiss Me by Richard Bean at Trafalgar Studios

Mark Cartwright presents A Hampstead Downstairs Orginal

Kiss Me

Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY

Tuesday 6th June – Saturday 8 th July 2017

Press Night: Friday 9th June, 7pm

I’m thirty two and I want a baby. There are no men.

Multi-award winning writer Richard Bean’s Kiss Me opens at Trafalgar Studios after a sold out run at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs in 2016. Claire Lams (The King’s Speech, Chichester Festival Theatre; The Little Mermaid, Bristol Old Vic; Routes, The Royal Court) and Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Future Conditional, Old Vic; Henry V, Michael Grandage Company; Jumpy, Duke of York’s Theatre) reprise their roles.

This new play is a beautiful and unorthodox love story about two people struggling to escape the guilt and ghosts of the past, set against the shifting world of London post World War I. As the roles women play change, Stephanie, a war widow finds it increasingly difficult to play by the rules as she still longs to have a baby. A meeting with Dennis changes everything. A desperate woman. A chivalrous man. And a forbidden kiss

While Bean is more often know for comedy and farce, this intimate and tender portrayal reflects emotion in a time of great crisis and suffering. Bean’s other plays include One Man, Two Guvnors, Great Britain, Made in Dagenham and the recent sell out hit The Nap, which starred Jack O’Connell. He comments, I’m very excited that Kiss Me is transferring to Trafalgar Studios, and this intriguing story will hopefully find a wider audience. It will be great to be working with Claire Lams, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Anna Ledwich again.

Director Anna Ledwich will be returning to the Trafalgar Studios following her Olivier-award nomination for Four Minutes Twelve Seconds.

Hampstead Theatre also announce two other Hampstead Downstairs Originals, which will open at Hampstead this Spring. Following an initial development run at Hampstead Downstairs, the updated plays, Deposit by Matt Hartley and Alligators by Andrew Keatley will run from May.