Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Kiss Me at the Hampstead Theatre

Claire Lams and Ben Lloyd-Hughes take bows
Last night to Kiss Me at the Hampstead Theatre. This is a remarkable and moving new play by Richard Bean - most famous for the smash-hit One Man Two Governors.

It's a sparse and searing 2-hander where, in the 1920s, "Stephanie" has signed up for a service operated by a radical Doctor (based on Dr Helena Wright though given a different name here) who (in the play) operates a service whereby women who want a baby have a visit from a gentleman caller (Dennis). The scenario is based on a Spectator article which claims that Dr Wright did this with "Derek" who was the son of a rubber planter in Ceylon.

It is a beautifully crafted piece, and excellently played by Claire Lams and Ben Lloyd-Hughes. In fact the play was written by Richard Bean for Claire who had played Pauline Clench in One Man Two Governors. Ben turns out to have been at St Paul's School - his character was at Charterhouse.

It's well worth catching the play if you can. It should certainly transfer at some stage. And look out for Claire and Ben.

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