A brilliant quirky new comedy in English 

 tour dates to be announced


Directed by Paul Glaser                    

Playmate Theatre Malmö has been delighted to host the very first world premiere of HAP the summer of 2021, after its launch in Hamburg. A sparkling new comedy stage play in English by BAFTA award-winning, OFFIE-nominated British playwright John Foster.

A heart-warming and hilarious comedy about love, loneliness and our modern obsession with the pursuit of happiness.

The plot?

Two very different city-slicker women, on either end of a slippery therapist’s couch!

Meet Hap. Despite all attempts to be a miserablist she can’t ever be unhappy. Unhappy at being happy, she visits Doctor Marples seeking a cure. Doctor Marples, herself desperate for joy, doesn’t know how to be happy in the first place!

Through the ongoing monotony of Brexit, Corona and takeaways-for-one, Hap and her doctor find to their surprise, giggles and romance in the most unlikely of places.

                                                                              This play is one quirky, breathless ride you do not want to miss!

On stage; Vanessa Poole; Jana Pulkrabek 

Director Paul Glaser returns to Malmö 

HAP marks the return to Sweden as director of Swedish-born musical theatre star Paul Glaser, currently Artistic Director of The English Theatre of Hamburg, Germany’s oldest private English-language theatre. Audiences in Malmö will remember Paul on stage as “Tony” in Westside Story at Slagthuset, as “Jack” in Into the Woods, from the TV series Solstollarna, as “Nicole” in La Cage Aux Folles with Jan Malmsjö, among many other starring roles. Paul, a highly accomplished international theatre director & composer,  who directed among others "Thrill Me" by Stephen Dolginoff at West End’s Jermyn Street Theatre 2016,  is now directing HAP in Hamburg and in Malmö.  

A world premiere and a first-time comedy

HAP is the one and only comedy written by acclaimed British playwright John Foster. John Foster has received a host of awards for his otherwise film noir-style dark and powerful plays and screenplays for British and American audiences and is co-founder of Doppelganger Productions, a new writing theatre company. Playmate is delighted!


Directed by Paul Glaser from the English Theatre of Hamburg, HAP is part of the official 2021 Move the North ( cross-border-festival program; presented by HIT International (Denmark), The English Theatre of Hamburg (Germany), Teaterhuset Bastionen (Sweden) and in Sweden, in collaboration with Playmate Theatre Malmö.

HAP is produced by Manusarts GmbH.
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...Playmate har hittat en nisch i regionens teaterliv som behöver fyllas. Med tre uppsättningar på ett år har Playmate Theatre fått upp farten och hittat publiken. Det ska bli spännande att se vilken riktning ensemblen tar i framtiden.

Sydsvenskan, Jan 2018

is still available for agents/schools on demand
 winter/spring 2021/2022

by A. R. Gurney

Premeiered in English in Sweden by Playmate at Bastionen, Malmö
contact us with your enquiries if you are interested in performances of Sylvia


Our hugely fun, highly relevant and hilarious social comedy about life, love, the middle-aged mid-life itch and taking the dog for a walk in the park.

“Sharing…what some people sometimes call love… Of course, what do I know? …
I’m only a dog.”

Not bad for a talking dog! She is the only one in their marriage who really knows what they want!

The plot?

New York couple Greg & Kate find after 22 comfortable years of raising kids & life in the suburbs, they are now facing empty nest syndrome, the onset of middle age and the frustrations of marriage in Manhattan. Then in wanders Sylvia, a street-smart mixture of stray lab and poodle, en route from Central Park.

Together with Sylvia, Greg and his wife discover the power of nature, the meaning of life, for men and women, a bone of contention and a whole lotta laughs.

Directed by Joseph Sherlock.

With: Vanessa Poole, Robin Gott, Kevin Benn and Karen Olrich-White as Sylvia.

Sylvia by A. R. Gurney is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited.

Sylvia by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright A. R . Gurney, originally premiered in New York 1995, a Broadway and West End success, where it ran for 167 performances.

 "...fantastic theatre and Sylvia by Playmate Theatre Malmö is an absolute gem. Both hilarious and at moments sharply poignant"

"Wow vilken fantastisk föreställning o pjäs - underbar!!"

” så skickligt o så mycket känslor o vilken story!”

”Thanks so much for a wonderful performance - animals, play, life in a nutshell - massa igenkänning - så även tårar för mänsklighet och hundar. ”

” Så bra - många skratt, men även med ett djupare budskap.”

Watch our fun teazer trailer for the stage play Sylvia
by A R Gurney

” hilarious and lots of food for thought”
"Fantastic play, brilliantly executed! "

Covid 19 regulations

All plays will be performed in accordance with all current Swedish health and safety regulations, with all required social distancing requirements fully observed for cast, crew and audience ect. as required and recommended by the Swedish authorities.

Playmate Theatre Malmö was set up in 2017 by three British actors, living and working in Malmö, hoping to fill a niche in the local theatre scene in Skåne. We offer quality English-language theatre, small-cast intimate plays, for Swedes and international audiences.

In our first season of English language plays in Malmö, - by playwrights Alan Bennett, David Ives and Peter Shaffer - Playmate aimed to produce theatre that has wit, repartee, passion and relevance.

Like all actors we have an enormous love of words, but there is no denying the value of entertainment to an audience and the power of a good story. Some plays just sound better in their native language. Other well-loved English language plays are perhaps unfamiliar to a Scandinavian audience.

This is your chance to see them.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ CPH POST



Without danger Mr. Bardolph, there is no theatre!"

Lettice and Lovage

by Peter Shaffer (2018)

"None of my business. I'm just an actrice. Kinda bright in here. Mind if I change the lights?"

Vanda Jordan, Venus in Fur by David Ives (2017)

"I'm not just gonna sit here and wait for the phone to ring. No fear... You see, the more you have to offer as a person, the better you are as an actor. Acting is really just giving"

Lesley, Her Big Chance, from Alan Bennett's Talking Heads (2017)

En föreställning i världsklass här i Malmö på lilla Bastionen med strålande skådespelarprestationer

Engelsk humor och satir när den är som bäst"

Inlägg från publiken efter vår föreställning "Lettice and Lovage" Playmate Theatre Malmö. (2018)

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