Hampstead theatre has announced its first live performance dates for 2021. Alfred Fagon’s darkly compelling drama, the death of a black man will run from 28 May – 10 July 2021 on the main stage. With its witty and complex characters, Dawn Walton directs this rare revival from the black british playwriting canon, making her Hampstead directorial debut. Hampstead downstairs will reopen with the world premiere of Raya, Deborah Bruce’s funny and tender new play, from 11 June – 24 July 2021. Raya will be Hampstead theatre’s artistic director Roxana Silbert’s first downstairs production. Raya will feature acclaimed stage and screen actors, Claire Price, Bo Poraj, and Shannon Hayes. Both productions will be staged with social distancing in place for the duration of their runs. Public booking opens from wednesday 24 March at 10.30am. Plays to follow in 2021 include other Hampstead originals by Tennessee Williams and Marsha Norman and world premieres by Tom Wells, Mufaro Makubika and Katie Mitchell. Future programme details will be released as social distancing rules evolve.