DRY POWDER

New York City – open for business 24/7.
In the same week his private equity firm forced massive layoffs at a supermarket chain, Rick threw himself a lavish engagement party - which even featured an elephant - setting off a publicity nightmare. However all’s not lost when you’re the titan of high finance – there’s still an abundance of cash in reserve and Seth, one of Rick’s partners, spots an opportunity to salvage the company’s reputation with an investment that’s both sound and PR-friendly.  But Jenny, the third partner, and Seth’s nemesis, has other ideas: she’s not in business to make friends. If there’s money to be made, she’ll do whatever it takes to generate the maximum return, irrespective of what the critics might say…

The game is on in Sarah Burgess’ breathtakingly witty and virtuosic comedy exploring the vision, the vulnerability, and the vilification of those shaping - and skewing - the economy. Sarah makes a highly anticipated UK debut with Dry Powder. Her other plays include Kings, Camdenside and FAIL: Failures.

Hampstead regular Anna Ledwich returns to direct following the critically acclaimed Labyrinth (Beth Steel). Other Hampstead productions include Kiss Me (Richard Bean), The Argument (William Boyd), and the Olivier-nominated Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (James Fritz).

Hayley Atwell returns to the stage following Olivier-Award nominated performances in The Pride and A View from the Bridge. Her television credits include Howard’s End and the Agent Carter series. Film credits include Agent Peggy Carter in the Marvel movie franchise and The Duchess.

Tom Riley’s theatre credits include Arcadia (Broadway) and My City (Almeida) and his television credits include playing Leonardo Da Vinci in Da Vinci’s Demons and Ill Behaviour.

Aidan McArdle’s theatre credits include The Secret Theatre (Shakespeare’s Globe) and The White Devil (Menier Chocolate Factory) and his television credits include Mr Selfridge and The Maigret Series.

Times

2 Jan – 3 March 2018

Additional Details & FAQ

How Does It Work

Please print confirmation email and bring along with you to your performance. 

Suitable For Children

Suitable for aged 14+ only

Cancellation Policy

No exchange or refund after purchase.

Where Do I Go

Hampstead Theatre Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 3EU

TUBE:

Swiss Cottage, Jubilee Line: Leave the tube station through exit 2 and the Theatre is directly ahead of you.

Finchley Road, Metropolitan Line: Turn right out of the station and walk along Finchley Road (approx 10 minutes) to Swiss Cottage. Eton Avenue is on your left, across Swiss Cottage roundabout.

LONDON OVERGROUND:

Finchley Road and Frognal, Richmond – Stratford Line (turn right out of the station and walk along Finchley Road approx 10 minutes to Swiss Cottage. Eton Avenue is on your left, across Swiss Cottage roundabout).

South Hampstead, Watford – Euston Line (turn right out of the station and right again up Hilgrove Road. Turn left onto Finchley Road and Eton Avenue is on the right, across Swiss Cottage roundabout).

Critic Reviews

3.0(4 reviews)
  • The Guardian

    Feb 9, 2018

    the play has a hint of early David Mamet in its ability to both critique the corporate ethos and spring narrative surprises.

  • The Telegraph

    Feb 9, 2018

    "Burgess’s dialogue has a hint of Mamet’s hyper-masculine drive to it, but it’s much more glossy and, crucially, never aggressive enough to wound. "

  • The Guardian

    Feb 2, 2018

    the play has a hint of early David Mamet in its ability to both critique the corporate ethos and spring narrative surprises.

  • The Telegraph

    Feb 2, 2018

    "Burgess’s dialogue has a hint of Mamet’s hyper-masculine drive to it, but it’s much more glossy and, crucially, never aggressive enough to wound. "

Reviews

3.8(5 reviews)
  • Andy Hacking

    Mar 5, 2018

    I work for a company ultimately owned by private equity so it was rather pertinent. I thought the dialogue very sharp and the characters entirely believable. The acting was excellent. In particular I liked Joseph Balderamma - his false blokey camaraderie was spot on. All very enjoyable and I had a great time.

  • Trevor

    Mar 4, 2018

    Great show - first time at Hampstead Theatre and will definitely be going back.

  • Anon

    Mar 3, 2018

    What an insight to the real world. Great characters