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Photos: First Look at THE FEVER SYNDROME at Hampstead Theatre

 The Fever Syndrome will run until 30 April 2022. 

Production images have been released for the world premiere of The Fever Syndrome, Alexis Zegerman's thrilling portrait of a brilliantly dysfunctional family. Directed by Hampstead Theatre's Artistic Director, Roxana Silbert, The Fever Syndrome will run until 30 April 2022.

Lisa Dillon (Cranford, BBC One; Hapgood, Hampstead Theatre), Jake Fairbrother (Skyfall, EON Productions; Hamlet, National Theatre), Alexandra Gilbreath (Not Going Out, BBC One; The Provoked Wife, Royal Shakespeare Company), Robert Lindsay (My Family, BBC One; Anything Goes, Barbican), Sam Marks (Doctor Who, BBC One; Richard II, Royal Shakespeare Company), Bo Poraj (Miranda, BBC One, Raya, Hampstead Downstairs) and Alex Waldmann (The Mikvah Project, Orange Tree; Julius Caesar, Royal Shakespeare Company) will perform in this vivid, new play. They are joined by Nancy Allsop and Charlotte Pourret Wythe.

Director Roxana Silbert is joined by designer, Lizzie Clachan; lighting designer, Matt Haskins; sound designer, Max Pappenheim; movement director, Wayne Parsons, dialect, Stephen Kemble; casting director, Helena Palmer CDG, and assistant director, Segen Yosef.

Olivier Award 2022 nominee, Robert Lindsay, (Best Actor in a Musical category for Anything Goes), stars as Prof. Richard Myers, the great IVF innovator, who is virtually a secular saint because of the thousands of babies he has created throughout his career. Now, his family gather to see him receive a lifetime achievement award.

This fractious group are more accustomed to debate than empathy, so it's not long before the family home in the Upper West Side of Manhattan is once again alive with dispute: conflicting Thanksgiving memories, polarised opinions on investment banking, and how best to care for their ailing father. And crucially, who will inherit Richard's wealth and Richard's prestigious science institution?

The Fever Syndrome is presented by special arrangement with Manhattan Theatre Club.

Alexis Zegerman was Pearson Writer-in-Residence at Hampstead Theatre in 2007, where her play Lucky Seven premiered in 2008. A Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist for The Steingolds (2011), her other plays include I Ran The World (2003), Killing Brando (2004) and Holy Sh!t (2018). Zegerman also wrote the screenplay for The Honeymoon Suite.

Roxana Silbert's sold-out production of Nell Leyshon's Folk is nominated in the Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre category at this year's Olivier Awards. The Fever Syndrome will be her third Main Stage production at the theatre, following Al Blyth's espionage thriller The Haystack (2020) and Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play'night, Mother (2021). She also recently directed Deborah Bruce's tender new play Raya (2021).

The world premiere of Ruby Thomas' critically acclaimed new play, The Animal Kingdom, is currently running at Hampstead Downstairs. Directed by Lucy Morrison, The Animal Kingdom is an observation of family dynamics told with wit and compassion featuring Paul Keating, Martina Laird, Jonathan McGuinness, Ashna Rabheru and Ragevan Vasan. The Animal Kingdom is extended until 2 April.

Photo Credit: Ellie Kurttz

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