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13 September – 06 October

The Human Voice

The Human Voice

Box office: 020 7229 0706

  • 13 September – 6 October

Press Night
  • 18 September

Supporter's Night
  • 20 September

Young People's Night
  • 28 September

Caption Night
  • 4 October

‘I’m whispering into your ear - and we couldn’t be further apart.’

Experience this extraordinary monologue of one woman’s desperate fight for love.

Jean Cocteau’s iconic play explores how technology disrupts our most intimate relationships, with audiences listening in via headphones on a final phone call between two lovers.   

Starring Leanne Best – Cold Feet; Black Mirror; Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Line of Duty; Home Fires.

Running time: 60 minutes, no interval

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"a fearless performance"
Evening Standard

The Stage

"pick up your phone and book a ticket"
Once a Week Theatre

@LadyofShalott80  The Human Voice at @gatetheatre is one the best shows I've seen in a long while. Tonight, for 60 minutes, I was hardly able to breathe. It's an overwhelming play and this is a flawless production, so you should all book a ticket and go.

@KalynChesney  Had the pleasure of seeing this brilliant piece of theatre tonight. So engaging and an effortless, organic performance from #leannebest. Amazing work! GO AND SEE IT WHILE YOU CAN @danieltnraggett @gatetheatre

Thanks to the Comité Jean Cocteau.

Photos by Ikin Yum Photography.

Check out rehearsal blog series for backstage access by Assistant Director, Jessi Clayton.

Week 1 rehearsals
Week 2 rehearsals

Take a look at rehearsal photos here.


13 September – 6 October

Press Night: 18 September
Supporter's Night: 20 September
Young People's Night: 28 September
Caption Night: 4 October

Evening performances: 7.30pm
Matinees: 3pm



Please see The Human Voice Production Syndicate Pack

“The Gate creates work of a scope and scale which belies its size and tells stories which attempt to reach far out beyond its four walls. I would like to honour this mission and would be grateful if you would consider collaborating with me to support this production.” Daniel Raggett, Director.

Arts Council England
Thanks to the Comité Jean Cocteau

The Gate Theatre is supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. 
Jerwood Designers
Since 2001 Jerwood Designers has given outstanding individuals the opportunity to lead on the design of productions at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill.
The support that the Jerwood Designers [link to Jerwood page] scheme provides in both nurturing talent and offering the opportunity of practical experience has been instrumental in launching the careers of some of the country’s most exciting theatrical designers. Jerwood have now supported 90 placements on the Designers programme over the course of 16 years.
We are deeply grateful for the faith in our work shown by our funders.

Young People's Night is supported by Douglas & Gordon. 

Mike Winship +

Sound Designer

Gareth Howells +

Production Manager

Jessi Clayton +

Assistant Director and Dramaturg

Hugo Aguirre +

Design Assistant

Television credits include: Carnival Row (Amazon Studios); Tin Star (Sky Atlantic); Cold Feet (Big Talk/ITV); Babs (BBC); Good Karma Hospital (ITV); Black Mirror (Channel 4); Home Fires (ITV); Undercover (BBC); HG Wells – The Purple Pileus (Sky Arts); Line of Duty 3 (BBC); From Darkness (BBC); The Outcast (BBC); Ripper Street (BBC); Fortitude (Sky Atlantic); New Tricks (BBC); The Driver (BBC); Shetland (BBC); Lucan (ITV); Worricker: Salting the Battlefield (BBC); Stepping Up (BBC); Good Cop (BBC); Moving On (BBC); Mobile (Granada/ITV); New Street Law (Red Productions); Heatwave (BBC); Wire in the Blood (Coastal Productions); Casualty (BBC). 

Film credits include: Little Joe (COOP99 Filmproduktion); Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (Eon Productions); The Infiltrator (Good Films Ltd); Native (Film First Productions); Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Lucasfilm); The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (Exclusive Media); The Be All and End All (Whatever Films); Casbah – A Documentary (Best Wishes Prods).

Theatre credits include: Educating Rita (Liverpool Everyman); The Matchbox (Tricycle Theatre, Liverpool Everyman); Backbeat (Theatre LA); Damned by Despair (National Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire (Liverpool Playhouse); My Zinc Bed (Royal Theatre Northampton); The Hypochondriac (Liverpool Everyman); Horse Marines (Plymouth Drum); Drowning on Dry Land (Salisbury Playhouse); Desperately Seeking Susan (Novello Theatre); The May Queen (Liverpool Playhouse); Our Country’s Good (Liverpool Playhouse); Fleet Street Nativity (Liverpool Everyman); The Way Home (Liverpool Everyman); Unprotected (Liverpool Everyman); The Morris (Liverpool Everyman); Macbeth (Liverpool Everyman); Popcorn (Liverpool Playhouse).
Short film credits include: Cotton Wool (Quinn Productions).

Leanne was nominated for the TMA Award for Best Performance for The Matchbox at Liverpool Everyman.
Jean Cocteau, (1889 - 1963) was a French poet, librettist, novelist, actor, film director, and painter. Some of his most important works include the poem L’Ange Heurtebise; the play Orphée; the novels Les Enfants terribles and La Machine infernale and his surrealistic motion pictures Le Sang d’un poète and La Belle et la bête.

Daniel Raggett’s work in theatre includes, as director, A Marked Man for HighTide; Old Vic New Voices: 24 Hour Playsat the Old Vic; The Seagull at Bloomsbury Theatre; and Mr Kolpert at the Edinburgh Fringe. As associate director his work includes Network and The Red Barn at the National Theatre; Hamlet at the Almeida and in the West End; 1984on UK tour, international tour, at the Almeida, in the West End and on Broadway; Mary Stuart, Iliad and Odyssey at the Almeida; and Bad Jews in the West End. He was previously resident director on The Nether in the West End; and staff director on Three Days in the Country and A Small Family Business at the National Theatre.

Sarah is an award-winning performance designer.

She studied Design for Stage at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, graduating in 2011 with First Class Honours. Later that year she was awarded The Linbury Prize for Stage Design.

From 2015-2016, she was the Designer On Attachment at The Old Vic Theatre. Her work has been exhibited at The National Theatre, World Stage Design (Cardiff), the Victoria and Albert Museum and World Stage Design 2017 (Taiwan).
Sarah has designed for venues in the UK and internationally including Sadler's Wells, Manchester Royal Exchange, Trafalgar Studios, Hampstead Theatre, The Oxford Playhouse, The Lowry, Altes Schauspielhaus (Germany), Theatre Rigiblik (Switzerland), Freedom Theatre (Palestine) & Lit Live Festival (India).
She is an Associate Artist of Engineer Theatre Collective and a visiting lecturer at the RCSSD. She works from her studio in Shoreditch, London.
Mike Winship trained at Goldsmiths College, London and was a member of the National Theatre’s Sound & Video department for over a decade. His sound designs include:
The Winter’s Tale;  Another World - Losing Our Children to Islamic State;  Macbeth;  Comedy of Errors;  Romeo and JulietThe Holy RosenbergsThree More Sleepless Nights; Lolita;Berlin;  A Slight Ache Landscape;  De Profundis Intolerance Crime and Punishment  (National Theatre), Shadows (Eurydice Speaks) (Schaubühne, Berlin), The Jumper Factory(Young Vic Taking Part @ HMP Wandsworth), Zoo (Assembly Studios, Edinburgh),  Julius Caesar,  Buster’s (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts @ Bernie Grant Art Centre); The Shadow of a GunmanJohn Bull's Other Island (Tricycle); The God Botherers;  Christmas (Bush);  Americans (Arcola); The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Southwark Playhouse/Manchester Royal Exchange);  A Thought in Three Parts (BAC);  The York Realist;  Love Upon the Throne (West End).  As Associate Sound Designer Mike has worked on
Macbeth;  Hedda Gabler (NT UK & Ireland Tours), The Hairy Ape (Old Vic production @ Park Avenue Armory, New York), The ElephantomThe HushThis House;  Pains of Youth;  Spring Storm;  Beyond the Horizon;  Mrs Afflek;  Chatroom/Citizenship;  Attempts on Her Life;  A Minute Too Late;  Waves (National Theatre),  Hamlet (Harold Pinter Theatre);  Once In A Lifetime (Young Vic),  Die Wellen (Schauspiel, Cologne).

Other sound work includes: Binaural sound recordist for Opera North’s Aeons sound walk, as part of the Great Exhibition of the North;  Assistant sound designer on Land Rover’s binaural Discovery Adventures podcast; Sound design for artist Kathleen Herbert’s AV installation Everything Is Fleeing To Its Presence, to be exhibited at New York Public Library.
Kirsten is a London-based Stage Manager, who moved to the UK from Singapore in 2011. She recently spent a year in Cardiff studying an MA in Stage and Event Management, at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Theatre credits include: Deputy Stage Manager – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UK Tour / Lyric Hammersmith), Dido and Aeneas (Blackheath Halls Opera), Peter Pan (Harlow Playhouse), The Last Ambulance (Gate Theatre, Notting Hill), Street Scene (Sherman Theatre), MOLLY (Pleasance Theatre / Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

Assistant Stage Manager - Twelfth Night (The Watermill, Newbury), My Mother Said I Never Should (The Other Palace), Land of Our Fathers (UK tour), The Separation (Theatre503), The Dinner (Vault Festival 2015).

Stage Manager Intern - Knives in Hens (Donmar Warehouse). 
Gareth has been working as a Production Manager for over 10 years in London and internationally. He has worked on small and large scale tours, site specific, immersive and new and experimental theatre.

Gareth is also the Director of Groundswell Arts, an arts organisation that creates bespoke projects with schools, community and children’s centres.

13 September – 06 October

The Human Voice

The Human Voice

Box office: 020 7229 0706

  • 13 September – 6 October

Press Night
  • 18 September

Supporter's Night
  • 20 September

Young People's Night
  • 28 September

Caption Night
  • 4 October