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Blackout Songs

“You told me you loved me, once. You said you carried me. You remember that? You still carry me? Or did you drop me, somewhere along the line?”

★★★★★ 'a dark, witty, indispensable drama' The Telegraph

★★★★ 'compulsive to watch' The Guardian

★★★★ 'witty, warm and unpredictable' The Financial Times

★★★★★ 'razor sharp dialogue' TheReviewsHub

★★★★ 'magnetic to watch' BroadwayWorld

Following its sold-out run in the Downstairs space, with three finalist nominations in the OffWestEnd Awards and amazing reviews, Blackout Songs transfers to a reconfigured main stage for a limited season.

A chance encounter at an AA meeting… they’re drawn to one another, into a crazy passionate bond. Then later, once they’re drinking again, they both have this almost-feeling that they might have met before. They should really get sober together and figure it out. Maybe they will - just after one last quick drink…

Joe White is a former Channel 4 Playwriting Award winner whose play Mayfly (Orange Tree) won Most Promising New Playwright at the OffWestEnd Awards.

Guy Jones, who directed Mayfly, returns to Hampstead following his triumphant production of Ruby Thomas’ Either.

The cast includes Alex Austin (I Hate Suzie, Sky; Gundog, Royal Court) and Rebecca Humphries (Ten Percent, Amazon Studios; Wild Honey, Hampstead Theatre).

Blackout Songs is a T.S. Eliot Foundation commission.

Important Information

Recommended ages 14+

This production contains strobing, pulsating and flashing lights and haze. There will be complete darkness for a maximum of 45 seconds at multiple points.

Themes of alcoholism, addiction and grief.

References to suicide, self-harm and violence.

Assisted Performances:

Audio described performance: Sat 29 April at 14:30

Captioned performance: Tues 2 May at 19:30

Age Restrictions

Recommended ages 14+

Performance Times

Now taking bookings for performances from Sat 8th April 2023 until Sat 6th May 2023.

Show times for each day are below.














Hampstead Theatre Details

Buses Icon Bus routes: 46, 113, 187, 268, 603

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London Underground Icon Tube lines: Jubilee Line

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Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London, NW3 3EU
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Blackout Songs

Hampstead Theatre, London

Running until: Sat 6th May 2023

Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes (no interval)