An epic love story inspired by the extraordinary real life of an 18th Century gender pioneer has its world premiere at Hampstead Theatre. Linck & Mulhahn, written by Ruby Thomas and directed by Owen Horsley, opens at Hampstead Theatre from Friday 27 January to Saturday 4 March 2023, with a press night on Monday 6 February, 7pm.
Maggie Bain (Man to Man, Wales Millennium Centre; Henry V, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre) plays the role of Anastasius Linck with Helena Wilson (Jack Absolute Flies Again, National Theatre; The Lady from the Sea, Donmar) playing the role of Catharina Mulhahn and Lucy Black (The Durrells, ITV; The Haystack, Hampstead Theatre) playing Mother. They will be joined by Daniel Abbott, David Carr, Marty Cruickshank, Kammy Darweish, Qasim Mahmood, Leigh Quinn and Timothy Speyer.
“It is life’s great aim. To find a way to be honest with oneself, even as the world pretends around you.”
Dashing soldier Anastasius Linck has no intention of falling in love, but a chance encounter with the rebellious Catharina Mulhahn changes everything. As they begin to forge a relationship that breaks boundaries and rejects the rigid rules of their society, they find themselves confronted by a world determined to tear them apart.
Ruby Thomas’ epic and playful modern love story is inspired by eighteenth century court records and the extraordinary true lives of this gender pioneering couple. It follows her two sold-out plays for Hampstead Downstairs: The Animal Kingdom ('pure theatre’ – The Guardian) and Either (‘marks Ruby Thomas out as a daring and exciting new voice’ – The Arts Desk). Owen Horsley directs at Hampstead for the first time; his credits for the RSC include the recent double bill of Rebellion and Wars of the Roses, as well as Maydays and Salomé.
Owen Horsley directs at Hampstead Theatre for the first time; his credits for the RSC include the recent double bill of Rebellion and Wars of the Roses, as well as Maydays and Salomé.
Linck & Mulhahn is designed by Simon Wells with lighting design by Matt Daw, sound design by Max Pappenheim and assistant direction by Dewi Johnson. The fight and intimacy direction is by Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper Brown of RC-Annie.
Linck & Mulhahn has been supported by the Godwin family and is a T.S. Eliot Foundation commission.
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MAIN STAGE – WORLD PREMIERE
LINCK & MÜLHAHN
By Ruby Thomas
Directed by Owen Horsley
Designer Simon Wells
Lighting Designer Matt Daw
Sound Designer Max Pappenheim
Casting Director Helena Palmer
Assistant Director Dewi Johnson
Cast Daniel Abbott, Maggie Bains, Lucy Black, David Carr, Marty Cruickshank, Kammy Darweish, Qasim Mahmood, Leigh Quinn, Timothy Speyer and Helena Wilson.
Dates: Friday 27 January 2023 – Saturday 4 March 2023
Press Night: Monday 6 February at 7pm
Audio Described Performance: Saturday 25 February at 2.30pm with a Touch Tour at 1pm
Captioned Performance: Tuesday 28 February at 7.30pm
Monday – Saturday: 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday Matinees: 2.30pm