Arcola Theatre and Jump Spark present


A new adaptation by Amanda Lomas
From the novel by Knut Hamsun

Directed by Fay Lomas

A bold new adaptation of the psychological novel.

A young man moves to the big city with dreams of becoming a writer. But in this unforgiving metropolis, friends are scarce and jobs are even scarcer. Once hunger rocks the core of his reality, how can his youthful spirit – and his sanity – survive?

In this fast-paced new adaptation, Amanda Lomas explodes Knut Hamsun’s tale about a mind on the margins and, more than a century since the original novel captured the brutality of urban isolation, asks how much has changed.

Directed by Fay Lomas, winner of the Peter Hall Emerging Artist Fellowship Award at the Rose Theatre, Hunger bursts onto the stage in a timely, world premiere production.

Please click here to read a statement about the author of the novel Hunger, Knut Hamsun.

Click here for a further insight into the rehearsal process.

★★★★ “There’s an urgent empathy about Fay Lomas’s production ... Amanda Lomas’s excellent adaptation is finely crafted ... mesmerising”The Guardian

★★★★ “Highly impactful, skillfully executed and intriguing”The Reviews Hub

★★★★ “Thought-provoking ... strikingly, shamingly relevant today”Theatre-News

★★★★ “A pertinent and accomplished piece”The Londonist

★★★★ “Amanda Lomas does a great job ... kudos must go to Rajiv’s Pattani’s lighting design and Lex Kosanke’s score”Upper Circle

★★★★ “Odoom gives an intense and evocative performance”The Artiscape

★★★★ “A very moving and disturbing piece of theatre .... could hardly be bettered”ReviewsGate

★★★★ “Odoom’s performance is sensational ... This exceptional production is worth seeing, whilst you still can”Last Minute Theatre Tickets

★★★★ “Undoubtedly relevant”Fairy Powered Production