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Lucinda Coxon's chillingly funny new play Herding Cats transfers to Hampstead Theatre for its London premiere following outstanding success at the Ustinov Theatre, Bath. Nominated for the Theatre Awards UK, the play freeze-frames a generation negotiating intimacy and independence in the 21st century. Directed by Anthony Banks, the production stars the exceptional original cast: Olivia Hallinan, Philip McGinley, and David Michaels.

Balancing the cocktail of 21st century life is as impossible as herding cats for Justine, Michael and Saddo: Justine has an infuriating new boss; Michael works from home, chatting to strangers for a living; Saddo is one of those at the other end of the phone line. Teetering on the edge, all three are heading inexorably towards Christmas.

Herding Cats enjoyed an acclaimed short run at the Ustinov Theatre, Bath in December 2010, for which it was named a theatre Pick of the Year in the Guardian as well as receiving a nomination for the TMA's Theatre Awards UK for Best New Play.

Lucinda Coxon is one of the most outstanding playwrights to have emerged in the last ten years. Her most recent credits include the acclaimed BBC2 television series The Crimson Petal and the White ('as complex and rewarding as anything the BBC has produced', The Guardian). Her plays include Happy Now? (at the National, Primary Stages in New York and Yale Rep; Writer's Guild of Great Britain 2008 Best Play Award), Waiting at the Water's Edge and Wishbones (at the Bush), Three Graces (at Lakeside Theatre, Colchester), The Ice Palace and The Shoemaker's Incredible Wife (for NT Connections), Nostalgia (Plymouth Theatre Royal) and Vesuvius (South Coast Repertory Theatre). Her screenplays include The Heart of Me starring Paul Bethany and Helena Bonham-Carter and Wild Target starring Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt and Rupert Grint.

Anthony Banks is Associate Director for the National Theatre Discover Programme. Recent directing includes Bryony Lavery's More Light, Lucinda Coxon's The Eternal Not and Michael Lesslie's Prince Of Denmark (National Theatre); Calderon's El Gran Teatro Del Mundo (Royal Festival Hall), Snoo Wilson's Pignight (Menier Chocolate Factory), Doug Lucie's Shellshock (BBC), Mark Ravenhill's The Experiment (Soho Theatre, Berliner Ensemble and New York) and James Graham's Bassett (Bristol Old Vic). In 2012 he is directing a nationwide tour of Dennis Kelly's DNA and a new play by Bryony Lavery.

Herding Cats stars Olivia Hallinan, whose credits include Laura Timmins in Lark Rise to Candleford, Kim in the critically acclaimed Sugar Rush and Ellie in Girls in Love; Philip McGinley, who plays Tom Kerrigan in Coronation Street, and has recently acted with the RSC, Cheek By Jowl, in the Hampstead production of Jonathan Harvey's Canary, and in Sheffield Crucible's acclaimed revival of Hobson's Choice; and David Michaels, who has featured as Dr Neil Bolton in Heartbeat and Harry in As Time Goes By and acted in theatres throughout the UK, including most recently, The Constant Wife at Salisbury Playhouse and Tactical Questioning at the Tricycle Theatre.
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