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Donmar Warehouse announces 2017/2018 programme

Josie Rourke

Josie Rourke

  • Artistic Director Josie Rourke and Executive Producer Kate Pakenham announce today three new productions at the Donmar Warehouse for late 2017 and through to 2018: a new play by Amy Herzog, Belleville, a revival of Peter Gill’s modern classic, The York Realist, and a new production of William Congreve’s Restoration comedy The Way of the World.
  • The Donmar will host the UK premiere of American playwright Amy Herzog’s acclaimed play Belleville. The production will star James Norton and Imogen Poots as New York newlyweds living in Paris, opposite Faith Alabi and Malachi Kirby. Belleville is directed by the award-winning Michael Longhurst who is making his Donmar Warehouse debut.
  • Donmar Associate and Sheffield Theatres Artistic Director Robert Hastie returns after his hit productions of My Night with Reg and Splendour to direct a revival of Peter Gill’s The York Realist. Revived 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, The York Realist will star Ben Batt and Lesley Nicol, and will be a co-production with Sheffield Theatres.
  • The final production will be William Congreve’s Restoration comedy The Way of the WorldJames Macdonald returns to the Donmar after his acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker’s Rootsdirecting Linda Bassett who will play Lady Wishfort.
  • Donmar Associate Artist Tom Scutt will curate Donmar on Design, a week-long festival celebrating the power of design in theatre, and the designers who make it happen.
  • The Donmar’s free ticket scheme for those aged 25 and under, YOUNG+FREE, will continue to offer seats for performances across the new season. YOUNG+FREE is funded through the generosity of audiences via the Donmar’s PAY IT FORWARD scheme.
  • KLAXON tickets will also continue across the season.  Starting from £10, KLAXON tickets are put on sale every Monday for performances in the following three weeks. Tickets will be available across the auditorium at every price band.

 Artistic Director Josie Rourke said:

I am delighted to share with you the Donmar’s new season: a premiere of an American play, a revival of a modern classic, and one of the great Restoration comedies. 

At the end of this year the Donmar will stage the UK premiere of American playwright Amy Herzog’s dazzling play Belleville. Set at Christmas in a bohemian quarter of Paris, James Norton, Imogen Poots, Faith Alabi and Malachi Kirby will all make their Donmar debuts. I am also thrilled to welcome the director Michael Longhurst to the Donmar for the first time, after his acclaimed productions of Caroline, or ChangeAmadeus and Constellations.

Peter Gill’s work as a playwright has been part of the Donmar’s story for the past decade. We’re proud to be reviving his influential play, The York Realist. Donmar Associate Robert Hastie, who delighted Donmar audiences with his celebrated productions of My Night with Reg and Splendour, will direct this delicate piece about love and family ties in rural Yorkshire. He has assembled another stunning cast which includes Ben Batt, Lucy Black, Lesley Nicol, Katie West and Matthew Wilson.

Finally, we are transported back to 1700 with arguably the best comedy written in the English language:  William Congreve’s Restoration comedy The Way of the World.   We welcome James Macdonald back to the Donmar, after his mesmerizing production of Roots to direct this hilarious classic treat of tricks, love and money.  His cast includes Linda Bassett as the brilliant and witty Lady Wishfort.
With this season the Donmar aims to bring audiences world-class artists and essential stories for our times told within the intimate setting of our Covent Garden home.

The Donmar Warehouse announces today three new productions for the late 2017/2018 period.  First, American playwright Amy Herzog’s play Belleville will be given its UK premiere at the Donmar this winter.  James Norton (Happy Valley, Grantchester) and Imogen Poots (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) will play newlywed New York expats living in Paris.  Award-winning Michael Longhurst (Caroline, or ChangeAmadeusConstellations) will make his Donmar debut directing this twisting tale of friendship and lies.

The Donmar will then revive Peter Gill’s seminal play, The York Realist. Donmar Associate Robert Hastie (My Night with RegSplendour) will direct this delicate piece about first love and family ties in rural Yorkshire, in a co-production withSheffield Theatres. Casting includes Ben Batt, Lucy Black, Lesley Nicol, Katie West and Matthew Wilson

Finally in the season, the Donmar will transport audiences back to the 1700s with a revival of The Way of the World by William CongreveJames Macdonald (Roots) returns to the Donmar to direct Linda Bassett in this hilarious Restoration treat of tricks, love and money.

The Donmar’s YOUNG+FREE scheme, which provides free tickets to those aged 25 and under, will also continue throughout the season, with tickets released on the final Friday of every month. YOUNG+FREE is made possible thanks to donations from Donmar audiences via PAY IT FORWARD. These donations and the partnership support of Delta Airlines have allowed the Donmar to allocate almost 10,000 free tickets to those aged 25 and under over the past year.

Audiences can sign up to receive information about tickets on the Donmar’s website www.donmarwarehouse.com

Executive Producer Kate Pakenham said:

Sharing our work with as broad an audience as possible remains at the heart of the Donmar’s mission, so we are delighted to be able to work with Sheffield Theatres on a co-production of The York Realist with our Associate and Sheffield’s Artistic Director Robert Hastie. Following its run at the Donmar, The York Realist will play at Sheffield Crucible 27 March – 7 Apriltaking our work beyond our Covent Garden home.

 I am also thrilled to see KLAXON and YOUNG+FREE tickets continue to grow in popularity. I am proud that these ticket schemes ensure our venue remains accessible to new audiences, particularly young people.

 YOUNG+FREE is made possible by the generosity of the public through PAY IT FORWARD.  We have been delighted by our audiences’ ongoing support for PAY IT FORWARD and are excited to be working with them to prioritise young people’s access to the arts.  We are also grateful to the significant support we receive from corporate partners, individual philanthropists and the Arts Council which makes the Donmar’s work possible, both on our stage and beyond. 

 After the very special experience of opening up our Dryden Street home for Rosalie Craig and Michelle Terry’s Becoming earlier this year, we are delighted to continue this with the Donmar on Design festival. Curated by our Associate Tom Scutt, the week-long festival will be both an opportunity for audiences to have insight into the design process and for young people to meet and be inspired by world-class theatre designers.

CURRENT SEASON

Currently at the Donmar is Yaël Farber’s production of David Harrower’s haunting Knives in Hens. Running until 7 OctoberKnives in Hens stars Christian Cook, Judith Roddy and Matt Ryan.

 Following this, Donmar Associate Director and newly announced Artistic Director of the Young Vic, Kwame Kwei-Armah,returns to the Donmar to direct Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea, in a new version by Elinor Cook.  BAFTA nominated Nikki Amuka-Bird will lead the cast as Ellida from 12 October.

In November, Donmar Associate Artist Tom Scutt (Belleville, The Lady From the Sea, Elegy, Les Liaisons Dangereuses,The Weir) will curate Donmar on Design, a week-long festival at the Donmar’s Dryden Street home celebrating the power of design in theatre. The festival will feature a Designers’ Open Studio, free panel discussions with some of the UK’s leading theatre-makers including Es Devlin, Lizzie ClachanAnna Fleischle, former Donmar Resident Design AssistantRosie Elnile,  Chloe LamfordPeter McKintoshTom Piper and Rosanna Vize, and careers workshops for design students alongside a schools programme for designers of the future.

 Speaking about Donmar on Design, Tom Scutt said:

I’ve been looking to find a way to bring designers and audiences together in celebration for a long while. Donmar on Design is intended to bring our audiences closer to the role of Designer, to give three dimensions to the people that create the worlds we see on our stages and to shed light on what can be one of the most mysterious, shape-shifting roles in the creative process.  

The festival will also offer workshops and guidance to students and recent design graduates as well as providing a forum for more experienced designers to come together and discuss the issues that inform our work.  Through Donmar on Design we hope to create a stronger sense of community and provide an opportunity for designers of every experience to engage, connect and discover more about how each of us goes through our process.

Members Priority Booking for the new Donmar Warehouse season:

Steel level from 10am and Copper level from noon on Tuesday 10 October

Friends from 10am on Thursday 12 October

Public Booking for the new Donmar Warehouse season:

From 10am on Tuesday 17 October

BELLEVILLE

By Amy Herzog

Thursday 7 December 2017 – Saturday 3 February 2018

PRESS NIGHT:  Thursday 14 December 2017

Director Michael Longhurst

Designer Tom Scutt
Lighting Designer Natasha Chivers
Composition and Sound Design Ben and Max Ringham
Cast: Faith AlabiMalachi KirbyJames Norton and Imogen Poots

Americans Zack and Abby are bright, young and recently married.  He’s a doctor combating infant disease.  She’s an actress, also teaching yoga.  It’s just before Christmas and they’re living the expat highlife in bohemian Belleville, Paris.

 It’s all a little too perfect.

Writer Amy Herzog is ‘one of the brightest new talents in the theater’ (New York Times).  Her acclaimed play about a romantic dream gone sour receives its UK premiere. Michael Longhurst (Amadeus, National Theatre; Constellations, Royal Court, West End and Broadway) directs at the Donmar for the first time.

Cast includes Faith Alabi (The Rolling Stone, Orange Tree Theatre), Malachi Kirby (Rough Cuts, Royal Court), James Norton (Bug, Found 111, The Lion in Winter, Haymarket; TV includes GrantchesterWar & PeaceHappy Valley; Film includes Flatliners) and Imogen Poots (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Harold Pinter Theatre).

 Amy Herzog (Writer) plays include After the Revolution (Williamstown Theater Festival; Playwrights Horizons; Lilly Award), 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center; Obie Award for the Best New American Play, Pulitzer Prize Finalist), The Great God Pan (Playwrights Horizons), and Belleville (Yale Rep; New York Theatre Workshop; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist; Drama Desk Nomination). Amy is a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Helen Merrill, the Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Extraordinary Creativity, and the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award. She is a Usual Suspect at NYTW and an alumna of Youngblood, Play Group at Ars Nova, and the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab. She has taught playwriting at Bryn Mawr and Yale. MFA, Yale School of Drama.

Michael Longhurst (Director) is an award-winning stage director. He directed the production of Peter Schaffer’sAmadeus at the National Theatre which ran until March 2017 and received exceptional reviews when it opened in November 2016 in the Olivier. His Royal Court production of Nick Payne’s Constellations starring Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall transferred to the West End, winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Play 2012 and receiving four Olivier Award nominations. Constellations opened on Broadway in January 2015, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. He also directed Academy Award-nominee Jake Gyllenhaal in his American stage debut at the Roundabout Theatre, New York in Nick Payne’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet. He has developed and directed new plays across the UK including Adam Brace’s Stovepipe; a promenade co-production with the National Theatre, which featured in the Sunday Times ‘Best Theatre of the Decade’ list. Michael is also a recipient of the Jerwood Directors Award at the Young Vic (Dirty Butterfly) and a Fringe First (Guardians). He trained in directing at Mountview after reading Philosophy at Nottingham University. Michael is currently an Associate Director for Nuffield Theatre. In 2015, the Evening Standard named Michael as one of the 1000 most influential Londoners.

Faith Alabi (Amina) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in Belleville. Theatre credits include Trouble in Mind (Print Room Notting Hill), Funeral Flowers (Royal Court Theatre), The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre) and Eclipsed (Gate Theatre). Faith has appeared on television in Cold Feet, Grantchester, Drifters, Chewing Gum and Agatha Raisin, and on film in My Song. Radio credits include Girls for BBC Radio 4.

Malachi Kirby (Alioune) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Belleville. Theatre credits include Rough Cuts (Royal Court Theatre), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Theatre Royal Northampton), Wild Child (Royal Court Theatre), The Realness(Young Vic Theatre), Mogadishu (Royal Exchange, Manchester and Lyric Hammersmith), Dunsinane (Royal Shakespeare Company), Wish You Were Here (Oval House Theatre), Fall Out/The Life of a Teenager (National Theatre Studios), High Life (Hampstead Theatre), The Working Girl (Theatre 503), Beyond The Obvious (Stratford Circus). Malachi’s film credits include Kajaki, Fallen, Dough, The Last Showing, Gone Too Far, My Brother The Devil and Offender. Television credits include Black Mirror, Roots, Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Who, Vodka Diaries, Lawless, Way To Go, My Murder, Doctor XIII, The Garden, The Bill, Casualty and Silent Witness.

James Norton (Zack) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Belleville. Previous theatre credits include Bug (Found 111), The Lion in Winter (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Journey’s End (Duke of York’s Theatre and UK Tour), That Face (Sheffield Crucible), Posh (The Royal Court) and Cymbeline (Cambridge Arts Theatre). James’s television credits include McMafia, To Walk Invisible, Black Mirror, War and Peace, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Life in Squares, Grantchester, Happy Valley, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Television Award for Best Supporting Actor, Death Comes to Pemberley, Our Story, By Any Means, Restless, Doctor Who, Blandings and Inspector George Gently. James has appeared on film in Flatliners, Hampstead, Northmen: A Viking Saga, Belle, Bonobo, Angelica, Turner, Thicker Than Water, Rush, Cheerful Weather For A Wedding and An Education.

Imogen Poots (Abby) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in Belleville. Theatre credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Harold Pinter Theatre)Imogen’s extensive film credits include I Kill Giants, Mobile Homes, Sweet Virginia, Connor4real, Green Room, Frank & Lola, A Country Called Home, She’d Funny That Way, Knight of Cups, That Awkward Moment, Jimi: All Is By My Side, The Look of Love, A Long Way Down, Filth, Greetings From Tim Buckley, Comes A Bright Day, A Late Quartet, Fright Night, Jane Eyre, Centurion, Solitary Man, Cracks, Me and Orson Welles, Wish, 28 Weeks Later and V for Vendetta. Imogen’s credits for television include Roadies, Christopher and His Kind, A Bouquet of Barbed Wire and Miss Austen Regrets.

 

THE YORK REALIST

By Peter Gill

Thursday 8 February – Saturday 24 March 2018

PRESS NIGHT: Tuesday 13 February 2018

Director Robert Hastie

Designer Peter McKintosh
Lighting Designer Paul Pyant

Sound Designer Emma Laxton
Composer Richard Taylor

Cast includes Ben Batt, Lucy Black, Lesley Nicol, Katie West and Matthew Wilson.

 ‘I live here. I live here. You can’t see that, though. You can’t see it. This is where I live. Here.’

A cottage, 1960s Yorkshire. The York Mystery plays are in rehearsal.

Farmhand George strains against his roots as a new world opens up to him.

Peter Gill’s influential play about two young men in love is a touching reflection on the rival forces of family, class and longing.

Donmar Associate Robert Hastie returns for this timely revival from one of our greatest living playwrights, following his previous productions My Night with Reg and Splendour. Ben Batt also returns to the Donmar following Making Noise Quietly alongside Lesley Nicol, who returns to the London stage and makes her Donmar debut.

A Donmar Warehouse and Sheffield Theatres co-production.

 Peter Gill (Writer) is a hugely influential and radical figure in British theatre; he is a renowned playwright and one of the most important directors of the last thirty years. Previous Donmar credits include Versailles, 2014 (writer and director), Making Noise Quietly, 2012 (director), Small Change, 2009 (writer) and Days of Wine and Roses, 2005 (director). Peter has directed over eighty productions in the UK, Europe and North America, and held a variety of established positions within the industry, including the post of Associate Director at the National Theatre (1980 – 1997) and Associate Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company (1964/1965 & 1970/1972).

 Robert Hastie (Director) is Associate Director of the Donmar Warehouse and the Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres. For the Donmar he directed My Night with Reg, which transferred to the West End’s Apollo Theatre and was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Revival, conceived and directed My Mark with writer Michelle Terry, a project dramatising interviews with primary school children across the country and coinciding with the 2015 and 2017 General Elections, and directed Splendour by Abi Morgan. As Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, his credits include Julius Caesar (UK Theatre Awards nomination for Best Director), Of Kith and Kin, and the forthcoming The Wizard of Oz. His other theatre credits include Henry V at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Theatr Clwyd, A Breakfast of Eels by Robert Holman at the Print Room; Carthage by Chris Thompson and Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun by John McGrath at the Finborough Theatre; and The Hotel Plays by Tennessee Williams for Defibrillator at the Holborn Grange Hotel. As Associate Director for Sixty-Six Books, which opened the new Bush Theatre, Hastie directed the world premieres of In the Land of Uz by Neil LaBute, The Middle Man by Anthony Weigh, David and Goliath by Andrew Motion, Snow in Sheffield by Helen Mort and A Lost Expression by Luke Kennard. He was nominated for the Emerging Talent Award at the 2014 Evening Standard Awards.

Ben Batt (George) returns to the Donmar Warehouse following his role in Making Noise Quietly. Theatre credits include Woyzeck (The Old Vic), A Streetcar Named Desire, As You Like It (Royal Exchange, Manchester), and The Funfair (HOME, Manchester). Ben’s recent television credits include Prey, Barbarians Rising, From Darkness, The Go-Between, The Village (Series 2), From There to Here, Scott & Bailey, Prisoners Wives, Death in Paradise, and he will soon be seen in the BBC’s In The Dark. Film credits include The Windmill, Slapper and Me, Despite The Falling Snow, Coach, Electricityand A Running Jump.

Lucy Black (Barbara) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in The York Realist. Lucy’s theatre include Strife (Chichester Festival Theatre), 3 Winters, Children of the Sun (National Theatre), Drawing the Line (Hampstead Theatre), A Taste of Honey (Edinburgh Lyceum), The Only True History Of Lizzie Fynn (Southwark Playhouse), Epsom Downs (Salisbury Playhouse), Cause Celebre (Old Vic), The Misanthrope, A Tender Player, How The Other Half Loves and Seed Of The Bauhinia (Bristol Old Vic), The Three Sisters and Mary Barton (The Royal Exchange, Manchester), Antony And Cleopatra,Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Love’s Labour’s LostTitus Andronicus and Three Sisters (Tobacco Factory), One Minute (Bush Theatre), The Blind Bird and The Lesson (Gate Theatre). Television credits include The DurrellsThe LevelCasualty, Jericho, Call the Midwife, Granchester, Eastenders, Vera, Doctors, Holby City, The Bill, Waterloo Road, Wire In The Blood, The RoyalBombshell and Murder In Mind.

Lesley Nicol (Mother) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in The York Realist. Further theatre credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Palace Theatre), MAMMA MIA! (Prince Edward Theatre), Our House (Cambridge Theatre) and East is East (Royal Court), for which Lesley also reprised her role in the BAFTA 1999 Best British Film adaptation of the play.Lesley is well known on television for her role of Beryl Patmore in Downton Abbey. Further television credits include The Catch, Shameless, Blackadder, Dinnerladies, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Inspector George Gently.

Katie West (Doreen) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in The York Realist. Theatre credits include Uncle Vanya, Chamaco (HOME, Manchester), Lela & Co (The Royal Court), Carmen Disruption (Almeida Theatre), Hamlet, Blind-Sided, Blithe Spirit (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Macbeth (Manchester International Festival/Park Avenue Armory, New York),The Thrill of Love (New Vic Theatre), A Taste of Honey (Sheffield Crucible), 65 Miles (Hull Truck Theatre), Vote of Confidence (Theatre 503), Punk Rock (Hammersmith Lyric/Royal Exchange, Manchester) and Sense (Southwark Playhouse). Television credits include Inspector George Gently, Doctors, Without You and United. Katie has also appeared on film in Peterloo directed by Mike Leigh and Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Matthew Wilson (Arthur) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in The York Realist. Theatre credits include Snack Family Robinson (Rose Theatre Kingston), The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd (New Vic Theatre), The God’s Weep and Othello (RSC), Home (Theatre Royal Bath), Psychogeography (Southwark Playhouse), Enemies (Almeida Theatre), The Romans in Britain (Sheffield Crucible), Fair (Finborough Theatre), and Rampage Season: There (Royal Court). His numerous TV credits include Broken, Call the Midwife, Unforgotten, Vera, Poldark, Arthur & George, Endeavour, Sherlock, and Mr Selfridge. For film his credits include Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The Inbetweeners.

 THE WAY OF THE WORLD

By William Congreve

Thursday 29 March – Saturday 26 May 2018

PRESS NIGHT: Thursday 5 April 2018

Director James Macdonald

Designer Anna Fleischle
Lighting Designer Peter Mumford

Sound Designer and Composer Max Pappenheim

Cast includes Linda Bassett

 Family, money, mesire:  the rules of the game, the way of the world.

Lady Wishfort’s sprawling, dysfunctional family are riven by desire – there’s everything to lose and six thousand pounds to gain. Congreve’s glorious ensemble of characters battle it out in this exposing, satirical comedy where everyone needs to win just to get by.

Following their collaboration on the mesmerising Roots in 2013, James Macdonald returns to the Donmar to direct Linda Bassett in the role of Lady Wishfort.

 James Macdonald (Director) previously directed the acclaimed production of Roots by Arnold Wesker at the Donmar Warehouse. He was Associate Director of the Royal Court from 1992 to 2007 during which time he directed Drunk Enough to Say I Love You (also Public Theater, New York), Dying City (also Lincoln Center, New York), Fewer Emergencies, Lucky Dog, Blood, Blasted and 4.48 Psychosis, and more recently CockLove and Information and Circle Mirror Transformation(Royal Court in Haggerston). His other directing credits include The Arrest of Ai Wei Wei, And No More Shall We Part(Hampstead Theatre), King Lear, The Book of GraceTop Girls (Broadway/MTC), A Delicate Balance, Judgment Day, The Triumph of Love (Almeida), Dido, Queen of Carthage, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Exiles (National Theatre) and Glengarry Glen Ross in the West End.

Linda Bassett (Lady Wishfort) has previously performed at the Donmar in Roots and Phaedra. Throughout her prolific career she has performed at the National Theatre, Royal Court and RSC. Her television credits include Call the Midwife, The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Lark Rise to Candleford and Grandma’s House. She is best known for her roles in feature films East is East, The Reader, Calendar Girls, The Hours and Effie.

 

DONMAR WAREHOUSE:

LISTINGS

Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London WC2H 9LX

www.donmarwarehouse.com

 

Box Office:                           020 3282 3808 (No booking fees, £1 postage fee may apply)

Telephone Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

In person Mon-Sat, 10am-curtain up     (with some exceptions, see website)

 

PERFORMANCE TIMES
Evenings Mon – Sat: 7.30pm

Matinees Thu & Sat: 2.30pm

 

TICKET PRICES

Stalls £40, £30
Circle £30, £20, £10

 

PREVIEW PRICES
Stalls £37.50, £27.50
Circle £27.50, £17.50, £10

 

PREVIEW DISCOUNTS APPLY ON FOLLOWING DATES
Belleville                                               Thursday 7 – Monday 11 December 2017

The York Realist                              Thursday 8 – Monday 12 February 2018

The Way of the World                    Thursday 29 March – Monday 2 April 2018

 

KLAXON TICKETS

Allocations of tickets from £10 will be made available on Monday every week for performances within the following three weeks. Tickets will be available across the auditorium at every price band.

 

CONCESSIONS
For over 60s, £40 tickets reduced to £32.50 and £30 tickets reduced to £25 (matinees only).

£20 for disabled customers.  Must be booked in advance.

 

STANDING TICKETS
£10 standing tickets available every day from 10am online, by phone and in person. (Except Press Nights. The Box Office may be closed on certain dates, see website for details.)

 

YOUNG+FREE

Tickets will be released on the last Friday of each month at noon for the following month. For an opportunity to secure free tickets and for more information, sign up to the mailing list: http://www.donmarwarehouse.com/visit/young-and-free

 

ACCESS
The Donmar Warehouse is fully wheelchair accessible. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome in the auditorium. There is an infrared system in the main auditorium and there is also a hearing loop in the box office.

 

ASSISTED PERFORMANCES
Tickets cost £20. To book call 020 3282 3808 or email [email protected]
For all other access enquiries or bookings call 020 3282 3808

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES – 7.30PM (captioned by Stagetext)
Belleville                                               Monday 29 January 2018

The York Realist                              Monday 12 March 2018

The Way of the World                    Monday 14 May 2018

 

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE – 2.30PM (audio-described by Vocaleyes)
(TOUCH TOUR AT 1.30PM)
Belleville                                               Saturday 3 February 2018

The York Realist                              Saturday 17 March 2018

The Way of the World                    Saturday 12 May 2018

 

TRANSPORT & PARKING

Tubes: Covent Garden, Leicester Sq, Charing Cross, Holborn, Tottenham Court Road
Buses: Destination Leicester Sq.14, 19, 24, 29, 38, 176
Parking:  Masterpark

 

Principal Sponsor and supporter of Donmar Dryden Street

Donmar Warehouse announces full casting for the Lady From The Sea

The Lady From The Sea
The Lady From The Sea

The Lady From The Sea

The Donmar Warehouse today announced full casting for Elinor Cook’s new version of Ibsen’s masterpiece The Lady from the Sea. As previously announced Nikki Amuka-Bird will play Ellida, and she is joined by Ellie Bamber, Jake Fairbrother, Jim Findley, Jonny Holden, Finbar Lynch, Tom McKay and Helena Wilson.

Following his production of the Olivier Award-nominated One Night in Miami…. Donmar Associate Director Kwame Kwei-Armah returns to direct Ibsen’s moving play about duty and self-determination.

Ellida, the lighthouse-keeper’s daughter, is trapped in her marriage and longs for the sea. When a former lover returns from years of absence, she is forced to decide between freedom and the new life she has made for herself.

Making theatre accessible to as many people as possible remains at the heart of the Donmar’s mission. The Lady from the Sea has KLAXON tickets available throughout the run: an allocation of tickets, starting from £10, put on sale every Mondayfor performances in the following three weeks. Tickets will be available across the auditorium at every price band.

The Donmar’s YOUNG+FREE scheme, which provides free tickets to those aged 25 and under, will also continue throughout The Lady from the Sea, with releases for tickets at the end of every month. YOUNG+FREE is made possible thanks to donations from Donmar audiences via PAY IT FORWARD. The Donmar has allocated almost 7,500 free tickets to those aged 25 and under since September 2016, thanks to their partnership with Delta Airlines and public donations.

Audiences can sign up to receive information about ticket releases on the Donmar’s website www.donmarwarehouse.com

Nikki Amuka-Bird (Ellida) returns to the Donmar Warehouse after appearing in World Music by Steve Waters in 2004. Other theatre credits include God Bless the Child, Birdland, Love and Information (Royal Court), The Trial of Ubu (Hampstead), Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre), and Twelfth Night (Bristol Old Vic) for which she was nominated for an Ian Charleston Award. She has worked extensively in television and was BAFTA-nominated for her role in the BBC adaption of Zadie Smith’s NW. She is perhaps best known for her appearance in BBC One’s Small Island, as well with other TV credits including Quarry, Denial, Inside No.9, LutherHouse of FoolsSinbadSurvivorsThe No.1 Ladies Detective AgencyTorchwoodRobin HoodThe Line of Beauty and Death in Paradise.

Ellie Bamber (Hilde) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in The Lady from the Sea. Ellie’s theatre credits include High Society (The Old Vic) for which she received a nomination for Best Newcomer in a Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory). Television credits include The Musketeers and A Mother’s Son. For film Ellie’s credits include Taipei, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Extracurricular Activities, Nocturnal Animals, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Falling.

Jake Fairbrother (The Stranger) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Lady from the Sea. Jake’s theatre credits include Twelfth Night (Crucible/ ETT), The Last Days Of Troy (Royal Exchange, Shakespeare’s Globe), Orphan Of Zhao, ALife Of Galileo and Boris Gudonov (RSC), Hamlet (National Theatre) and Macbeth (Cheek By Jowl). Television credits include NW, Transylvania and Holby. Film credits include Stratton, Sand Castle, City of Tiny Lights and Skyfall.

Jim Findley (Ballested) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Lady from the Sea. Theatre credits include: Inside Out Of Mind (Meeting Ground Theatre/Lakeside Arts); The Duchess of MalfiOf Mice and Men, Macbeth, A Flea in Her Ear, The Cherry Orchard, Mother Courage(Nottingham Playhouse), Watership Down (Lyric Hammersmith), A River Sutra (Three Mills Island Studios), Playboy of the West Indies (Oxford Playhouse/Tricycle Theatre), Mr Puntila and his Man Matti (Almeida Theatre), where he also appeared in Maya Angelou’s production of Moon On A Rainbow Shawl, V.S Naipaul’s Miguel St (Latchmere Theatre) which he also co-adapted. Television credits include Silent Witness, Doctors, Livin’ It, EastEnders, Casualty, Dr Who-Resurrection Of The Daleks, and Johnny Jarvis. Film credits include Cry Freedom, Socrates and Playing Away.

Jonny Holden (Lynstrand) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Lady from the Sea. Jonny’s theatre credits include Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Headlong / Abbey Theatre), Blood Stained Tree (Young Vic),The Man with the Hammer (Theatre Royal Plymouth), and Romeo and Juliet (Sheffield Crucible). Television credits include Paula.

Finbar Lynch (Dr Wangel) previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Translations by Brian Friel, as well as Hecuba, Fool for Love and To the Green Fields Beyond. He also previously starred in the Donmar in the West End production of The Silence of the Sea at the Trafalgar StudiosHis extensive theatre credits include Richard III (Almeida Theatre), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The HothouseAntony and Cleopatra, Not About Nightingales and King Lear (National Theatre), Antigone (Barbican Centre / World Tour), Desire Under The ElmsThe Big Fellah (Lyric Hammersmith), The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne / Paris / New York), The Duchess of Malfi and Dancing at Lughnasa (The Old Vic), Faith Healer(Bristol Old Vic), The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist (Chichester Festival Theatre / Liverpool Everyman), The Fastest Clock in the Universe (Hampstead Theatre / Leicester Curve), Portrait of a Lady and A Doll’s House (Bath Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Rose Theatre Kingston), Three Sisters on Hope Street (Hampstead Theatre / Liverpool Everyman), Ghosts(Gate Theatre), The TempestJulius CaesarA Midsummer Night’s DreamMeasure for MeasureCoriolanusThe AlchemistThe VirtuosoAmphibians, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC), The Birthday Party (Duchess Theatre), A Moon for the Misbegotten (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Three Sisters (Royal Court / Gate Theatre Dublin). For television his credits include Foyle’s WarDCI BanksBreathlessGame of ThronesSilkRichard IIProofDalziel and PascoeWaking the DeadRed CapAtilla the HunSecond SightMind GamesHolby CitySmall WorldBetween the Lines and Glenroe. Film credits include The World We KnewBlack 47Property of the StateSuffragetteChild 44DepartureThe Numbers StationMatildeTo Kill a KingLost BatallionKing LearScold’s BridleA Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Schooner and Rawhead Rex.

Tom McKay (Arnholm) previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Frost/Nixon. Tom’s other theatre credits includeDrones Baby Drones (Arcola Theatre), Julius Caesar (The Globe), The Great Game (Tricycle Theatre/ U.S Tour / Public Theatre NYC), Rough Cuts (Royal Court), Dedication (Nuffield Theatre) and Henry V (National Theatre). Television credits include PrimevalSpooks, The Bastard Executioner and White Queen. For film his credits include Kill Command, Chromophobia, Imagine Me and You, Clubbed and The Harrow.

Helena Wilson (Bolette) recently graduated from Oxford UniversityHelena’s theatre credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (The Old Vic), Romeo and Juliet (Thelma Holt International Tour), The Alchemist (OUDS National Tour), Breathing Corpses (Knack Kneed Theatre), The Architect (Hypnotist Theatre), Dahling, You Were Marvellous! (Burton Taylor Studio), Lord of the Flies (O’Reilly Theatre), Slag (Burton Taylor Studio) and Cabaret (Robinson Theatre).

Elinor Cook (Writer) was the winner of the George Devine Award 2013 for Most Promising Playwright, and is currently under commission to the Gate Theatre and Warwick Arts Centre (co-commission). Her commission by Paines Plough for The Roundabout 2017 season, Out of Love, is now playing in Edinburgh.Plays include Extra Yaran (Orange Tree Theatre), Pilgrims (HighTide Festival 2016), Ten Weeks and Image of an Unknown Woman (Gate Theatre), The Boy Preference (National Theatre Connections), The Girls Guide to Saving The World (HighTide Festival 2014), and This is Where we got to When you Came in (Bush Theatre). In 2012 Elinor was part of the Royal Court’s ‘Supergroup’ and Paines Plough’s ‘The Big Room’ in association with Channel 4. For television, Elinor wrote an episode of The Secrets for BBC One.

Kwame Kwei-Armah (Director) is Associate Director at the Donmar where his directing credits include the Olivier Award-nominated One Night In Miami…. Kwame is an award-winning British playwright, director, actor, and broadcaster. His plays include Marley, Beneatha’s Place, Seize the Day, A Bitter HerbBlues Brother Soul SisterBig Nose, and his seminal triptych of plays chronicling the struggles of the British African-Caribbean community in London—Elmina’s KitchenFix Upand Statement of Regret—which each premiered at the National Theatre between 2003-2007. With Elmina’s Kitchen he became the first Black Briton to have a play produced in London’s West End; Elmina’s Kitchen and Let There be Love each had their American debuts at Center Stage in the US. He wrote the 2010 teleplay, Walter’s War, about the first black commissioned officer to lead British troops during WWI. As an actor, Kwei-Armah has appeared in CasualtyHolby CityAfternoon Play, Between the Lines and The Bill. He has presented documentary programmes for Channel 4 including Christianity: A History and On Tour With the Queen. He has also appeared on Newsnight, Question Time and The Culture Show. He is Artistic Director of Center Stage in Baltimore, Maryland, where he made his directing debut with Naomi Wallace’s Things of Dry Hours. Since then he has directed One Love: The Bob Marley Musical at the Birmingham Rep, the Pulitzer nominated playwright Esa Davis’s 10-minute play Dave Chappelle was Right for the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, and two successful productions of his play Let There Be Love at the Tricycle Theatre. Kwei-Armah was Goodwill Ambassador for Trade for Christian Aid; Chancellor of University of the Arts London; and served as Artistic Director for the World Arts Festival in Senegal, a month-long World Festival of Black Arts and Culture. He was awarded an OBE in 2012 for services to drama.

DONMAR WAREHOUSE:

LISTINGS

THE LADY FROM THE SEA

 By Henrik Ibsen

In a new version by Elinor Cook

Thursday 12 October – Saturday 2 December 2017

Press Night Wednesday 18 October 2017 at 7pm

Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London WC2H 9LX

www.donmarwarehouse.com

Box Office:                          020 3282 3808 (No booking fees, £1 postage fee may apply)

Telephone Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

In person Mon-Sat, 10am-curtain up (No booking fee)

PERFORMANCE TIMES
Evenings Mon – Sat: 7.30pm

Matinees Thu & Sat: 2.30pm

 

TICKET PRICES

Stalls £40, £30
Circle £30, £20, £10

 

PREVIEW PRICES
Stalls £37.50, £27.50
Circle £27.50, £17.50

 

CONCESSIONS
For over 60s, £40 tickets reduced to £32.50 and £30 tickets reduced to £25 (matinees only).

£20 for disabled customers.  Must be booked in advance and proof of eligibility must be shown on collection. Phone bookings only. A booking fee of £1 will be applied for delivery by post.

 

STANDING TICKETS
£10 standing tickets available every day from 10am in person at the box office (except 18 October).

 

ACCESS
The Donmar Warehouse is fully wheelchair accessible. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome in the auditorium. There is an infrared system in the main auditorium and there is also a hearing loop in the box office.

 

ASSISTED PERFORMANCES
Tickets cost £20. To book call 020 7845 8573 or email [email protected]
For all other access enquiries or bookings call 0844 871 7624

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES – 7.30PM (captioned by Stagetext)
Monday 20 November 2017, 7:30pm

 

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE – 2.30PM (audio-described by Vocaleyes)
(TOUCH TOUR AT 1.30PM)
Saturday 25 November 2017, 2:30pm

 

 

Rehearsal images for KNIVES IN HENS at the Donmar Warehouse

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FIRST LOOK: Video Footage from COMMITTEE…(A NEW MUSICAL) at the Donmar Warehouse

The Public Administration and Constitution Affairs Committee Take Oral Evidence on Whitehall’s Relationship with Kids Company

Previews from Saturday 24 June 2017 (Press Night: Monday 3 July 2017)
Donmar Warehouse

“The objective of this session is not to conduct a show trial. We want to learn some lessons.”

What happens when something goes wrong? Who holds us accountable? On 15 October 2015, as part of an inquiry into ‘The collapse of Kids Company’, Camila Batmanghelidjh and Alan Yentob gave evidence to The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee. Hadley Fraser, Josie Rourke and composer Tom Deering have transformed that evidence session into a new musical. Sandra Marvin (City of Angels) will play Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of Kids Company, and Omar Ebrahim will play Alan Yentob, former chairman of the charity.

It is based on the Parliamentary transcript of the oral evidence session on 15 October 2015 and the words spoken by those participating in the Inquiry.

Donmar Warehouse announces Becoming: Part One by Michelle Terry and Rosalie Craig

Michelle Terry and Rosalie Craig. photo Helen Maybanks
Michelle Terry and Rosalie Craig. photo Helen Maybanks

Michelle Terry and Rosalie Craig. photo Helen Maybanks

The Donmar Warehouse presents Becoming: Part One, a series of workshop performances written and performed by Rosalie Craig and Michelle Terry. This unique project represents the first time a public performance has taken place in the Donmar’s rehearsal space on Dryden Street from Tuesday 27 June to Saturday 1 July. Tickets are on sale from today, Thursday 1 June.

We were all born.

And immediately like, immediately that was the time I thought “And I’m a Mum.”’

Writers and performers Rosalie Craig and Michelle Terry share their very personal experiences of giving birth six months ago, remembering now because they are already starting to forget.

Since they becoming mothers at the end of 2016, Michelle and Rosalie have been working with the Donmar to explore how the theatre might work in new and different ways to allow them to be both artists and new mothers. The pair wanted to reflect on this turbulent time of change, so the Donmar co-commissioned them to research and write about this first ‘golden year’ – a phrase used in child development studies to refer to the first twelve months of a child’s life.

Join them for a limited run of very relaxed, workshop performances at the Donmar’s rehearsal space on Dryden Street.  While the show is aimed at adults, babes in arms are also welcome. You are invited to stay on after the performance to continue the conversation.

The Donmar has been a consortium member of Parents in the Performing Arts (PIPA) since 2016. As a partner of PIPA’s Best Practice Research project, we are trialling news ways of working to inform industry practice on working with parents and children. We will share the learning from the process of creating Becoming: Part One with PIPA.

A podcast of Becoming: Part One will be released later this year. Sign up to the Donmar e-newsletter to follow this investigation into the ‘golden year’ of becoming a parent.

LISTINGS

Donmar Warehouse Rehearsal Space, 3 Dryden Street, London WC2E 9NA

www.donmarwarehouse.com

 

Box Office:                           020 3282 3808 (No booking fees, £1 postage fee may apply)

Telephone Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

In person Mon-Sat, 10am-curtain up (No booking fee)

 

PERFORMANCE TIMES
Tuesday  27 June – Saturday 1 July

1pm, additional performances at 11am on Thursday 29 June and Saturday 1 July.

Running time: Approximately 1 hour

TICKET PRICES

All tickets £10, including tea and cake.

TRANSPORT & PARKING

Tubes: Covent Garden, Leicester Sq, Charing Cross, Holborn, Tottenham Court Road
Buses: Destination Leicester Sq.14, 19, 24, 29, 38, 176
Parking:  Masterpark

ACCESS

There will be space for buggies at the venue.

If you have any questions regarding access, please contact the box office on 020 3282 3808

Donmar Warehouse announces full casting for Committee…( A New Musical)

Donmar Warehouse

The Donmar Warehouse today announces full casting for The Public Administration and Constitution Affairs Committee Take Oral Evidence on Whitehall’s Relationship with Kids Company a new musical with music by Tom Deering, and book and lyrics by Hadley Fraser and Josie Rourke.   Committee… (A New Musical) is edited from the parliamentary transcript of an oral evidence session held on 15 October 2015 and the words spoken by those participating in the Inquiry. Sandra Marvin (City of Angels) will play Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of Kids Company, and Omar Ebrahim will play Alan Yentob, former chairman of the charity.

Further casting includes Alexander Hanson as Bernard Jenkin MP, Rosemary Ashe as Kate Hoey MP, Robert Hands as David Jones MP, Liz Robertson as Cheryl Gillan MP and Anthony O’Donnell as Paul Flynn MP. They will be joined by David Albury and Joanna Kirkland.

“The objective of this session is not to conduct a show trial. We want to learn some lessons.”    

What happens when something goes wrong? Who holds us accountable?  On 15 October 2015, as part of an inquiry into ‘The collapse of Kids Company’, Camila Batmanghelidjh and Alan Yentob gave evidence to The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee.  Hadley Fraser, Josie Rourke and composer Tom Deering have transformed that evidence session into a new musical.

This production has not been authorised by any participant or Parliament. We present it to you – the public – to consider how civic life in the UK is really governed.

It is based on the Parliamentary transcript of the oral evidence session on 15 October 2015 and the words spoken by those participating in the Inquiry.

Making theatre accessible to as many people as possible remains at the heart of the Donmar’s mission. Committee... (A New Musical) has KLAXON tickets available throughout the run: a new allocation of tickets, starting from £10, put on sale every Monday for performances in the following three weeks. Tickets will be available across the auditorium at every price band.

The Donmar’s YOUNG+FREE scheme, which provides free tickets to those aged 25 and under, will also continue throughout the Power Season, with releases for tickets at the end of every month.YOUNG+FREE is made possible thanks to donations from Donmar audiences via PAY IT FORWARD. The Donmar has now received almost 2,750 donations alongside their partnership with Delta Airlines, which has enabled the venue to allocate almost 5,600 free tickets to those aged 25 and under.

Audiences can sign up to receive information about tickets on the Donmar’s website www.donmarwarehouse.com

David Albury (Junior Clerk) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Committee… David’s theatre credits include The Life (Southwark Playhouse); Exposure: The Musical (St. James Theatre); Only The Brave (Wales Millenium Centre); The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Birmingham Rep); You Won’t Succeed on Broadway if You Don’t Have Any Jews (St. James Theatre & Tel Aviv); Love Story (Union Theatre); Porgy and Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Bare (Greenwich Theatre); The Lion King (National Tour).

Rosemary Ashe (Kate Hoey MP) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in Committee... (A New Musical). Rosemary’s theatre credits include Call Me Merman (Jermyn Street Theatre), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), The Boyfriend (Albery Theatre), Les Miserables (Barbican Arts Centre), Oliver! (London Palladium), Bitter Sweet(Sadler’s Wells), The Witches of Eastwick (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical, Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre), When We Are Married (Garrick Theatre), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Waterloo East Theatre), Honeymoon in Vegas (London Palladium), Noises Off (New Wolsey Theatre), Stepping Out (UK Tour), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Ages 13 & ¾ (Leicester Curve), Crush (Belgrade Theatre) and Sister Act(UK Tour). Rosemary’s television and radio appearances include An Audience With Ronnie Corbett, The House of Eliott, Monster TV, Friday Night is Music Night and Songs From the Shows. Rosemary has also appeared with English National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Sadler’s Wells Opera, Opera Northern Ireland and Carl Rosa in many different roles, including Musetta in La Boheme, Helene in La Belle Helene, Frasquita in Carmen and Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte. Rosemary can also be heard on many cast albums including The Phantom of the Opera, Kismet, The Boyfriend, The Witches of Eastwick, Oliver!, The 10th Anniversary Concert of Les Miserables and Mary Poppins.

Omar Ebrahim (Alan Yentob) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Committee... (A New Musical). Omar has sung in performances of contemporary operas and other works by Nigel Osborne, Michael Tippett, Harrison Birtwistle, Luciano Berio, Philip Glass, Peter Lieberson, Frank Zappa, György Ligeti, Peter Eötvös, and Michael Nyman. Omar’s television credits include the title role in BBC miniseries The Vampyr: A Soap Opera, an updated version of Heinrich Marschner’s opera Der Vampyr. Further credits include the role of “The Fool” in Liza Lim’s opera The Navigator (Brisbane Festival). He has also participated in performances of operas by Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Kurt Weill, Georges Bizet, and Gilbert and Sullivan.

Alexander Hanson (Bernard Jenkin MP) has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Enter The Guardsman and Brel. Alexander’s extensive theatre credits include the title role in Stephen Ward (Aldwych), 42nd Street (Theatre du Chatelet), The Truth (Wyndham’s Theatre and Menier Chocolate Factory), The Gathered Leaves (Park Theatre), Accolade (St James Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar(O2 London and Arena Tour), Uncle Vanya (Chichester Festival Theatre), An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre), A Little Night Music (Broadway, Garrick Theatre and Menier Chocolate Factory) for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award and a WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Further theatre credits include Marguerite (Haymarket Theatre) and The Sound of Music (London Palladium) as well as numerous credits at the National Theatre. Alexander also originated the role of Khashoggi in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre). Film credits include Papadopoulos & Sons, Kidulthood and Mauvaise Passe.

Robert Hands (David Jones MP) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Committee... (A New Musical). His extensive theatre credits include Mrs Henderson Presents (Noel Coward Theatre), Mouthful (Trafalgar Studios), Sun Spots (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs), Scenes From An Execution (National Theatre), A Winter’s Tale, Henry IV andRichard III for Propeller, Oh What A Lovely War (Northern Stage), Spamalot (Palace Theatre), The Schumann Plan (Hampstead Theatre), Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), Mamma Mia (Prince of Wales Theatre), Troilus and Cressida (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Royal Exchange Manchester), The Importance of Being Earnest(Old Vic) and Invisible Friends (National Theatre). Robert’s television credits include Dark Heart, Partners in Crime, Love & Marriage, Doctor Who, Sharpe’s Battle and The House of Elliott, and film credits include Charlotte Gray, Anna and the King and the Academy Award-winning film, Shine.

Joanna Kirkland (Chief Clerk) has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Parade. Joanna’s other theatre credits include The Adding Machine (Finborough Theatre), Shutters (Park Theatre), Season’s Greetings (Union Theatre) and A Chorus of Disapproval (Harold Pinter Theatre). Television credits include Suspicion, Doctors, St Milligan’s Wharf, Holby City, Casualty, The Bill, Children of The New Forest, Martin Chuzzlewit, The Benny Hill Show.

Sandra Marvin (Camila Batmanghelidjh) has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in the Olivier Award-winning production of City Of Angels. Sandra’s other theatre credits include Stepping Out (Vaudeville Theatre/Theatre Royal Bath), Showboat (New London Theatre/Sheffield Crucible), Kate Bush: Before the Dawn (Eventim Apollo), Chicago (Curve Theatre Leicester), Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre and UK & Ireland Tour), Ragtime, A Fairytale of New York and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Cool Hand Luke (Aldwych Theatre) and A Rake’s Progress (Royal Opera House). She has also appeared on television in Citizen Khan.

Anthony O’Donnell (Paul Flynn MP) has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Glengarry Glen Ross, Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya at the Donmar Warehouse and New York. Anthony’s other theatre credits include 1984, The Ruling Class, The Captain of Kopenick, The Shaughraun, Bartholomew Fair, Ghetto, The Miser, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Under the Milk Wood, The Way of the World, The London Cuckolds and President of an Empty Room (National), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Witch of Edmonton, The Winter’s Tale, Our Friends in the North, Measure for Measure, A New Way to Pay Old Debts, As You Like It, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Beggar’s Opera, Henry VIII and Kiss Me Kate (RSC), Our Private Life (Royal Court), King Lear, Galileo, Dance of Death, Ivanov and The Homecoming (Almeida), The Tempest (The Bridge Project, New York, on a world tour and at the Old Vic) and The Weir (West End). Television and film credits include Stella (Series 1 to 4 and Christmas Special 2013), The Suspicions of Mr Wicher, Being Human, Gavin and Stacey, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Sweeney Todd, Much Ado About Nothing, Charles II, Moll Flanders, Doc Martin, Skyfall, Caught in the Act, The Death Defying Acts, The Baker, Match Point, Vera Drake, Love’s Labours Lost, Secrets and Lies, Robin Hood, Santa Claus.

Liz Robertson (Cheryl Gillan MP) has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Kern Goes To Hollywood. Liz’s additional theatre credits include Follies (Toulon Opera), Finding Neverland (Curve Theatre), Phantom of the Opera (25th Anniversary Celebration – Royal Albert Hall and Her Majesty’s Theatre), Love Never Dies (Adelphi Theatre), Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre), Touch of Danger (UK Tour), Gypsy (Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre), Company (Derby Playhouse), Peter Pan (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), Stepping Out (Albery Theatre), The King and I (US Tour). Liz has also appeared on television in The Green Green Grass.

 Tom Deering (Composer) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut as Composer for Committee... (A New Musical). His recent theatre work as Music Supervisor includes The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic),Jesus Christ Superstar (Regents Park), and the Oliver Award winning In the Heights (King’s Cross Theatre). He was named as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in the 2016 honours list.

Hadley Fraser (Book and lyrics) returns to the Donmar having appeared in James Graham’s play for stage and television The Vote, and Josie Rourke’s productions of Saint Joan, City of Angels and Coriolanus. He also appeared in The Machine, directed by Rourke, for the Donmar co-production with the Manchester International Festival and Park Avenue Armory, New York. His recent theatre credits include A Long Days Journey into Night (Bristol Old Vic), as well as The Winter’s Tale and Harlequinade (The Kenneth Branagh Company at the Garrick Theatre). He has played Marius and, later, Javert in the West End production of Les Misérables and appeared in Tom Hooper’s acclaimed film adaptation. In 2012, Fraser played Raoul in the 25th Anniversary Concert of The Phantom of the Opera, which was broadcast around the world.  Other theatre credits include The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Fantasticks (Duchess Theatre) and Assassins (Sheffield Crucible).  For TV he has recently starred in Decline and Fall for the BBC and Him for ITV. Film credits include The Legend of Tarzan. Together with Ramin Karimloo, he writes, records and performs music as SHEYTOONS and recently released his first solo recording Just Let Go. Fraser is a patron of the Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford and is an Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.

Josie Rourke (Book and lyrics) is the Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, her most recent production was Saint Joan starring Gemma Arterton. For the Donmar Josie’s productions include the world premiere of Nick Payne’s Olivier nominated new play ElegyLes Liaisons Dangereuses, which was broadcast live in cinemas around the world in partnership with National Theatre Live, nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Revival and ran at the Booth Theatre, New York; The Vote, which was broadcast live nationwide on television on the night of the 2015 UK election to an audience of half a million and nominated for a BAFTA; City of Angels, which received the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival; Privacy, a new play created by James Graham and Josie Rourke;  Coriolanus, which was broadcast live in cinemas in partnership with National Theatre Live and for which Tom Hiddleston won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor; The Weir, which transferred to Wyndham’s Theatre; The Machine at Manchester International Festival and at Park Avenue Armory, New York; Berenice; The Physicists; The Recruiting Officer; Frame 312; World Music; and The Cryptogram. A new production of Privacy, written by James Graham and created by James Graham and Josie Rourke, featuring Daniel Radcliffe, played at The Public Theater New York last summer. Her additional theatre credits includeMuch Ado About Nothing at Wyndham’s Theatre, nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Revival; Men Should Weep at the National Theatre; Twelfth Night at Chicago Shakespeare;Crazyblackmuthafuckin’self, Loyal Women at the Royal Court; King John at the Royal Shakespeare Company; and The Long and the Short and the Tall and Kick for Touch at Sheffield Theatres. Rourke was previously Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre, which was named Theatre of the Year under her leadership. At the Bush Theatre, her credits include the premiere of If There Is I Haven’t Found it Yet by Nick Payne.

Adam Penford (Director) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut as director for Committee... (A New Musical). He has recently been appointed Artistic Director of the Nottingham Playhouse. He was Revival Director on One Man Two Guvnors (West End/ NY and Tour) and Associate Director of the NT 50th Anniversary Gala (NT and BBC). His theatre credits include The Boys in the Band (Park Theatre and UK Tour); A Small Family Business, Is There Wi-Fi in Heaven and Island (National Theatre), Platinum (Hampstead) and Unfaithful (Found111). Other theatre credits include Watership Down (Watermill Theatre), Deathtrap (Salisbury Playhouse), Ghost The Musical (ETF), Stepping Out (Salisbury Playhouse), The Machine Gunners and Run! (Polka Theatre), The Hostage (Southwark Playhouse), Young Woody and Tea and Sympathy (Finborough Theatre).

 DONMAR 2017 POWER SEASON

Committee... (A New Musical) is the final production in the Donmar Warehouse’s Spring Power Season, which launched with Steve Waters’ acclaimed new play Limehouse.

Music by Tom Deering, Book and Lyrics edited from the transcript of the evidence session by Hadley Fraser and Josie Rourke
Saturday 24 June – Saturday 12 August 2017
Press Night Monday 3 July 2017
Director Adam Penford
Designer Robert Jones
Musical Director Torquil Munro
Lighting Designer Jack Knowles
Sound Designer Nick Lidster for Autograph
Orchestrator Will Stuart
Movement Director Naomi Said
Video Designer Duncan McLean
Cast includes David Albury, Rosemary Ashe, Omar Ebrahim, Robert Hands, Alexander Hanson, Joanna Kirkland, Sandra Marvin, Anthony O’Donnell and Liz Robertson.

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Lenny Henry in rehearsals for The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Donmar Warehouse

Donmar Warehouse announces full casting for The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui starring Lenny Henry

Lenny Henry in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at The Donmar Warehouse
Lenny Henry in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at The Donmar Warehouse

Lenny Henry in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at The Donmar Warehouse

The Donmar Warehouse today announced full casting for Bruce Norris’ new translation of Bertolt Brecht’s satirical masterpiece The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, directed by Simon Evans with design by Peter McKintosh. As previously announced, Lenny Henry will make his Donmar debut as Arturo Ui, he is joined by Michael Pennington, who recently played the title role in King Lear at the Royal & Derngate Northampton, as Dogsborough. Other casting includes Philip Cumbus, Lucy Eaton, Tom Edden, Lucy Ellinson, Simon Holland Roberts, Louis Martin, Justine Mitchell, Gloria Obianyo, Guy Rhys and Giles Terera.

Chicago!  A city of jazz and gangsters, prohibition and poverty.  Amongst the murk of the Great Depression, there’s room for a small time crook like Arturo Ui to make a name for himself. 

 Ui and his henchmen just want to look after you, to offer protection for workers, for jobs, for businesses.  Nothing to fear.  But a little bribery here, some harmless corruption there, and soon something much more dangerous takes hold.

 Brecht’s satirical masterpiece about the rise of a demagogue will be given a new translation by Pulitzer, Olivier and Tony Award-winning American playwright, Bruce Norris.  Lenny Henry makes his Donmar debut as Arturo Ui.  

Making theatre accessible to as many people as possible remains at the heart of the Donmar’s mission. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui has tickets available throughout the run via KLAXON TICKETS: a new allocation of tickets, starting from £10, being made available every Monday for performances two weeks later. Tickets will also be available across the auditorium at every price band.

The Donmar’s new YOUNG+FREE scheme, which provides free tickets to those aged 25 and under will also continue throughout the season, with releases for tickets on the last Friday of each month. YOUNG+FREE is made possible thanks to donations from Donmar audiences via PAY IT FORWARD. The Donmar has now received almost 2,750 donations alongside their partnership with Delta Airlines, which has enabled the venue to allocate almost 5,600 of these free tickets so far to those aged 25 and under.

Audiences can sign up to receive information about tickets on the Donmar’s website www.donmarwarehouse.com

Philip Cumbus (Clark/Prosecutor) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Philip has made multiple appearances in productions at Shakespeare’s Globe including Comus, The Inn and Lydda, The Lightning Child, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Macbeth, Much Ado about Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo & Juliet and The Merchant of Venice. Other theatre credits include First Light (Festival Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (UK Tour and Vaudeville Theatre), Moon Tiger (Theatre Royal Bath and Tour), The Norman Conquests (Liverpool Playhouse), The Master Builder (Chichester Festival Theatre) and The Crucible (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Philip’s television credits include The Rebel.

Lucy Eaton (Dockdaisy) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Lucy’s theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Southwark Playhouse), Almost Maine (Park Theatre), Win Lose Draw(Waterloo East) and The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic).

Tom Edden (Announcer/Ragg/Sheet/Actor/Butler) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Tom’s extensive theatre credits include Amadeus (National Theatre), Doctor Faustus (Duke of York’s),Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Apollo Theatre), Measure For Measure (Young Vic), Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre),Oliver! (Sheffield Crucible) and One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre) for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor, and was nominated for a Tony Award and Outer Critics’ Circle Award. Tom’s television credits include Upstart Crow, The Woman in Red and Dr Who. Film credits include Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Cinderella, The Wolf Man and Mr Turner.

Lucy Ellinson (Giri) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Lucy’s theatre credits include Grounded (Gate Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), Mad Man (Plymouth Theatre Royal), Money: The Game Show (Bush Theatre), Trojan Women (Gate Theatre), Oh The Humanity! (and other good intentions) (Northern Stage/Soho Theatre) and Fib (National Theatre). Television and film credits include New Tricks, Underworld: Dublin Gangland and Really.

Lenny Henry (Arturo Ui) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. He made his West End acting debut in the role of Othello in the Northern Broadsides production at the Trafalgar Studios. His portrayal won him critical acclaim and the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Newcomer. Other theatre includes Fences (on tour and West End), Rudy’s Rare Records (Birmingham Rep and Hackney Empire) and The Comedy of Errors (National Theatre).

Lenny has been a comedian since the age of 16, finding fame as a comedy impressionist on 70’s TV talent show,New Faces. Other television work includes TISWAS, Three of a Kind, The Lenny Henry Show, Hope & Glory,Lenny Henry in Pieces, Chef! and the Saturday night BBC1 show, The Magicians. He has completed many sell-out live stand-up tours in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. On radio, Lenny worked for three years as a DJ on BBC Radio 1. He has also worked extensively for Radio 4, starring in the comedy Rudy’s Rare Records, he wrote the Radio 4 play Corinne Come Back and Gone and presented the series Lenny and Will.

 Simon Holland Roberts (Butcher/Judge) has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Artistic Director Josie Rourke’s production of Saint Joan. Theatre includes Cyrano, All My Sons, Hamlet, Arms and the Man,Aristocrats, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Taming of the Shrew and Arden of Faversham (Theatr Clwyd), Of Mice and Men (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Assembly 13 (National Theatre Wales), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Othello, Sex Strike, Edward IV, Henry VI, The School for ScandalThe Comedy of Errors and Sweet William (Northern Broadsides), Sheepish (Manchester 24:7), The Tempest (Northern Broadsides, New Vic Stoke, UK and China tour), The Man with Two Gaffers (Northern Broadsides, Theatre Royal York and UK tour), Richard III (Northern Broadsides, West Yorkshire Playhouse and UK tour), Sea of Silence (Quicksilver), Man is Man (Steam Industry). Television credits include All at Sea, Da Vinci’s Demons, Stepping Up, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Shameless, Eric & Ernie, Accused, The Street.

Louis Martin (Bodyguard/Caruther) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.Louis’ stage credits include Future Conditional (Old Vic), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Last Days of Troy (Shakespeare’s Globe) and A Witness For The Prosecution (The Agatha Christie Theatre Company).

Justine Mitchell (Public Defender/Betty Dullfeet) has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Michael Grandage’s production of King Lear. Justine’s extensive theatre credits include The Plough and the Stars (National Theatre), For Services Rendered (Chichester Festival Theatre), Love For Love (RSC), Man – Three Plays By Tennessee Williams (Young Vic), The Rivals (Arcola Theatre), Mr Burns (Almeida Theatre), Gastronauts (Royal Court) Detroit and Children of the Sun (National Theatre). Television credits include The Suspicions of Mr Whicher II, Harry and Paul, Doctors, New Tricks and Wild At Heart. Justine has also appeared on film in The Stag, Imagine Me and You, Citizen Verdict, The Honeymooners, Goldfish Memory and Conspiracy of Silence.

Gloria Obianyo (Flake/Hook) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Gloria’s stage credits include The Wild Party (St James Theatre), The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

 Michael Pennington (Dogsborough) has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in The Cosmonauts Last Message to the Woman He Loved. Michael’s most recent theatre credits include King Lear (UK Tour), She Stoops to Conquer (Theatre Royal Bath), A Winter’s Tale (Garrick Theatre), Richard II (RSC), Dances of Death (Gate Theatre), Judgement Day (The Print Room), Sweet William (Michael has also appeared in numerous productions at Chichester Festival Theatre, including Anthony and Cleopatra, The Syndicate, The Master Builder, Collaboration and Taking Sides). Michael has appeared on television in Endeavour, Father Brown, Silent Witness, Holby City, The Tudors, Lewis, Walking the Dead and The Bill, and on film in The Iron Lady and Return of the Jedi. Together with director Michael Bogdanov, Michael founded the English Shakespeare Company in 1986 and is an honorary Associate Artist.

Guy Rhys (Givola) has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Artistic Director Josie Rourke’s production of Saint Joan.Most recent theatre appearances include Pomona originating at the Orange Tree Theatre, and subsequent National Theatre/Manchester Royal Exchange revival.  Other theatre credits include Jason and the Argonauts (Unicorn), Bird (Sherman Cymru and Manchester Royal Exchange), Wendy & Peter (RSC), Rafta Rafta (Bolton Octagon) and Mother Courage and Her Children (National Theatre).

Giles Terera (Roma) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Giles’ stage credits include Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Hamlet, Death and the King’s Horseman, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Troilus and Cressida, Candide, Honk!, The Darker Face of the Earth, Mind the Gap and Walk in the Light (National Theatre), The Tempest (RSC). Other theatre credits include The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre), Pure Imagination (St James’ Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (Globe Theatre, International Tour) King John (Globe Theatre & UK tour), Don’t You Leave Me Here (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Up on the Roof (Chichester Festival Theatre), Six Degrees of Separation (Sheffield Crucible) and Generations of the Dead (Young Vic). Giles has appeared on television in Horrible Histories and Doctors, and on film in The Current War, Muse of Fireand London Boulevard.

 (All other characters will be played by members of the company.)

Bruce Norris (Translator) is the author of Clybourne Park, which won the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards (London) for Best Play, 2010, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2011, and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012.  Other plays include The Infidel (2000), Purple Heart (2002), We All Went Down to Amsterdam (2003), The Pain and the Itch (2004), The Unmentionables (2006) and The Qualms (2014), all of which had their premieres at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago.  Recent productions include The Low Road (2013 at the Royal Court Theatre (London), Domesticated (2013 at Lincoln Center Theatre), and The Qualms at Playwrights Horizons in 2015.  He lives in New York.

 Simon Evans (Director) was Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse working on Richard II, Inadmissible Evidence, Anna Christie, Luise Miller, Moonlight and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He directed Silence of the Sea in the Donmar at Trafalgar Studios Season. He was Staff Director at the Royal National Theatre, Creative Associate at the Bush Theatre and Associate Director at the White Bear Theatre. He is Creative Director of Myriad & Co. As Director, his work includes The Dazzle, Bug and Fool for Love (Found111), Alligators (Hampstead), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Go People/Southwark Playhouse),Almost Mine (Park Theatre), The Vanishing Man (Vaults and UK Tour), Hannah (Unicorn), Speed Twins, Apple Pie and Hours Till Autumn (Riverside Studio), Rubber Room (Old Vic), Madness in Valencia (Trafalgar Studios) and Skyscraper (Public, New York). As Associate Director his work includes The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic) and Finding Neverland (Weinstein Live Entertainment).

DONMAR 2017 POWER SEASON

Limehouse, a new play by Steve Waters, has just started performances and launches the Donmar’s Power Season. The play imagines what happened when the ‘Gang of Four’ met in 1981 to break away from the Labour party and form the SDP. Limehouse stars Roger Allam as Roy Jenkins, Paul Chahidi as Bill Rogers, Debra Gillett as Shirley Williams, Tom Goodman-Hill as David Owen and Nathalie Armin as Debbie Owen. (Limehouse is a fictional account of real events, and is not endorsed by the individuals portrayed.)

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is the second production in the Power Season, and the third and final show will then be The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee Takes Oral Evidence on Whitehall’s Relationship with Kids Company, a new musical with book and lyrics edited from the transcript of a House of Commons Select Committee evidence session by Hadley Fraser and Donmar Artistic Director Josie Rourke. Music is by composer Tom Deering and direction by Adam Penford.  [This production has not been authorised by any participant or Parliament.  It is based on the Parliamentary transcript of the oral evidence session on 15 October 2015 and the words spoken by those participating in the inquiry.]

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 FIRST LOOK: Rehearsals for Limehouse at the Donmar Warehouse