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‘Are there things that you’ve done that you’re ashamed of? Things that – if they came out – would break your life in half?’



Hampstead Theatre has announced the casting for Andrew Keatley’s Alligators, a Hampstead Downstairs Original. Directed by Simon Evans, this burning new thriller asks how well we actually know those closest to us and explores how shameful secrets, that we thought long buried, can come back to bite us.

Alligators is one of three Hampstead Downstairs Originals which open this spring. Following an initial development run at Hampstead Downstairs, the newly revised Deposit opened at Hampstead Theatre in May and Kiss Me is now playing at Trafalgar Studios.

Daniel Turner has it all: a devoted wife, two beautiful children and a teaching job he loves. But when a series of allegations surface from six years earlier his world begins to crumble around him. Can all the good he’s done be erased by one pointed finger? How can his loved ones doubt his innocence and can life ever be the same again?

Alec Newman (Daniel) in Alligators at Hampstead Theatre
Alec Newman (Daniel) in Alligators at Hampstead Theatre
Alec Newman (Daniel) in Alligators at Hampstead Theatre
Leah Whitaker (Rachel) in Alligators at Hampstead Theatre
Susan Stanley (Sally) in Alligators at Hampstead Theatre
Andrew Keatley (Writer) in Alligators at Hampstead Theatre
Simon Evans (Director) in Alligators at Hampstead Theatre
Lucia Peragine (Genevieve) and Tilly Murray (Genevieve) in Alligators at Hampstead Theatre
Ony Uhiara (Cathy) in Alligators at Hampstead Theatre
Alec Newman (Daniel) in Alligators at Hampstead Theatre


Alec Newman plays Daniel. His theatre credits include Bug (Found 111), Hapgood, The Fastest Clock In The Universe (Hampstead Theatre), The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Danton’s Death, (National Theatre), King Lear (Donmar Warehouse), The Soldiers Fortune, Andorra (Young Vic), Desperately Seeking Susan (Novello Theatre), Certain Young Men (Almeida Theatre), Plenty (The Albery Theatre), The Glass Menagerie and Translations (Royal Lyceum). Recent television credits include Fearless, Him, Bastard Executioner, Fox, The Last Kingdom, Lewis, 24-Live Another Day, Rogue, Dracula, and Waterloo Road. Film credits include Where Hands Touch, The Snowman, Greyhawk, Lonely Place To Die, Moonlight Serenade and The Fifth Patient.

Tillie Murray plays Genevieve. Her theatre credits include The Sound of Music (UK Tour) and Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (UK Tour).

Lucia Peragine plays Genevieve. Her theatre credits include The American Wife (Park Theatre), WW1 Memorial Tribute Play (Jacksons Lane Theatre).

Susan Stanley plays Sally. Her recent theatre credits include TOMCAT (Southwark Playhouse), F*ck the Polar Bears (Bush Theatre), Portia Coughlan (Old Red Lion), The Separation (Theatre503), Almost Maine (Park Theatre) and Confessions of a Scallywag (The Mill at Sonning). Her film credits include Hotel Amenities, 4.01, The Chair is Not Me, A Pathless Destiny and Shadows in the Wind.

Ony Uhiara plays Cathy. Her theatre credits include Anna Karenina (Royal Exchange), The Rolling Stone (West Yorkshire Playhouse), God Bless The Child (The Royal Court), Eye of A Needle (Southwark Playhouse), Idomeneus, Bears + Fatal Light, How To Be An Other Woman (Gate Theatre), The El Train (Hoxton Hall), Cannibals (Royal Exchange), Illusions (Actors Touring Company), Sixty Six Books (The Bush Theatre), Hadassa – A Response to Hester, Much Ado About Nothing (The Globe), Charged: Charged Dancing (Soho Theatre), Eurydice (The Young Vic and Tour), In the Red and Brown Water (The Young Vic) and Noughts and Crosses (RSC). Television credits include the lead in The State that’ll be aired this summer, Law & Order, Stolen, White Van Man, Criminal Justice, Barclay, Doctors, Rosemary and Thyme and The Bill. Film credits include Jawbone, Venus and Sixty 6.

Leah Whitaker plays Rachel. Her stage credits include Love’s Labours Lost (RSC/West End), An Audience with Jimmy Savile (Park Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost/The Christmas Truce (RSC), Taming Of The Shrew (Globe Theatre / Tour), Forever House (Drum Theatre, Plymouth), Charley’s Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory), Don Juan Comes Back From The War (National Theatre Studio/Finborough), Earthquakes In London (Headlong / Tour), The Heretic (Royal Court Theatre), Counted (Look Left Look Right), Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Royal Bath/Tour), Found in the Ground (The Wrestling School) and Harvest (Oxford Playhouse/Tour). Television credits include Father Brown, Whitechapel, Eggbox, Holby City, Eastenders and Midsomer Murders.

Andrew Keatley’s writing credits include The Gathered Leaves (Park Theatre), Go To Your God Like A Soldier (Old Vic Tunnels and Underbelly), Care (Bush Theatre), Why Don’t We Multiply, Weapon of Choice (Theatre 503) and Colourings (Old Red Lion). His first feature film, FOR Grace, premiered at Raindance Film Festival in 2016 and has also played Cinequest, Montclair and DeafFest.
Director Simon Evans’ recent credits include The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Silence of the Seas (Donmar Warehouse), The Dazzle, Bug, Fool for Love (Found111), Almost Maine (Park Theatre), Hannah (Unicorn), Speed Twins (Riverside Studio), Laura Marling, Shawshank Redemption and Ghostbusters (Secret Cinema), Rubber Room (The Old Vic) and Madness in Valencia (Trafalgar Studios). Simon was Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse, Staff Director at the National and Creative Associate at the Bush.


22 June – 22 July

by Andrew Keatley

Directed by Simon Evans

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