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Sarah Hadland joins the top-grade cast headed by Alex Kingston in the new West End play.

It’s shaping up to be an amazing year in the West End with the arrival of yet another critically acclaimed New York City production. Admissions, a funny and biting new play by Joshua Harmon – who wrote the hit dark comedy Bad Jews – is crossing the pond. It’s set to transfer from the Lincoln Centre Theatre to London’s Trafalgar Studios on 28 February 2019.

Directed by Daniel Aukin, Admissions is about much more than getting into the university of your choice. The story follows Sherri, the progressive head of admissions at an elite private school who’s been actively trying to diversify the student population. However, her personal agenda is suddenly called into question when her son doesn’t make the cut at his desired university – but his best friend who “ticks more boxes” does.

Starring in Admissions in the role of Sherri is Alex Kingston. Everyone knows her from TV series like ER and Doctor Who, plus she’s recently been seen on Sky One’s hit supernatural romance A Discovery of Witches – adapted from the novel by Deborah Harkness. Kingston also boasts a lengthy list of stage credits having performed in Friedrich Schiller’s Luise Miller as well as in Darwin’s Flood, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and MacBeth.

Sarah Hadland will play Ginnie, the mother of Sherri’s son’s best friend, in Admissions. Hadland, of course, is everybody’s favourite friend Stevie from the BAFTA-nominated sitcom Miranda. She too is no stranger to the stage with credits including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Grease, Time and the Conways and most recently What’s in a Name?. Hadland has also appeared on screen opposite Daniel Craig in 2008’s James Bond film Quantum of Solace.

Others announced for the cast of Admissions include Andrew Wooddall as Bill, Sherri’s husband and the liberal headmaster, and Margot Leicester as Roberta, an administrator at the school. Ben Edelman will also reprise his role as Sherri’s son Charlie, having first performed it in the Lincoln Centre Theater production where he received rave reviews.

Admissions has won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play. In addition, it’s been lauded by an array of critics. The New York Times called Admissions “astonishing and daring”, while Theatre Mania said it’s “a scorching new drama” that “lands like a gut-punch”.

Admissions will run at London’s Trafalgar Studios from 28 February – 25 May 2019 before embarking on a UK tour.

Tickets for its West End run are available now at Ticketmaster.co.uk.