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Sweet Charity – Oh God

Look, I’m going to stick my neck out here and say that we’re not going to look back on ‘Sweet Charity’ as a roaring success.

You think Theresa May’s got a job on her hands?

Spare a thought for the sound crew on The Donmar Warehouse’s new show, where someone has inexplicably cast Ann Marie-Duff as the terrible, terrible lead.

‘Cos it really is the equivalent of trying to shove a boulder up Kilimanjaro. Act 1 ends with the sound of someone falling down a hole that is trapped in an elevator that is portrayed using an overhead projector. I’m not making this up, the whole occasion grinds with jerking efficiency.

It works on paper.

Josie Rourke’s production, her final production as artistic director of the Donmar, is a mess.This is a perfect example of a good idea gone bad. It is all too jarring to work. Duff and Arthur Darvill star as Charity and Oscar in this revival of the 1966 Broadway hit. The run is sold out and you are probably gutted that you can’t get a ticket.

So I’ll help you out.

What stops Sweet Charity from being the most pointless exercise in The Donmar’s history, though, is the choreography by Wayne McGregor his ensemble of ten hip-thrusting Andy Warhols are fantastically eccentric; they are the new dancing fish people in dreadful 80’s musical Eugenius!

There are, though, moments when this collection of talent threaten to hit the mark, as the fine ensemble demonstrate. Namely Debbie Kurup, who is sizzling. Seriously.

Elsewhere Sweet Charity underwhelms, even if you accept that three of the Britain’s most interesting creatives (Rourke, Duff & McGregor) would always struggle to create something greater than the sum of its parts. It would be cruel to think of this as a complete vanity project – it’s intended to sell. However, at least vanity projects carry a sense of artists finding and needing space to spread their creative wings.

What a waste.

With music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and a book by Neil Simon, this show starts off being far better than you might have expected, ends up being far worse than you could ever have feared. It is not even an improvement on the film. It is mind-numbingly dull and Duff is as erotic as a wet sock.

For it’s one thing assembling a set of tin foil and step ladders, plus a rotating cast of folk to play the role of Daddy Brubeck, featuring appearances from the brilliant Adrian LesterBeverley Knight, Clive Rowe and La Gateaux Chocolat. Impressive. But in the brutal and relentless process, Rourke has somehow turned this epic final send off into one of theatreland’s funniest musical non-events, and I just wish that it was intentional.

I am sorry to report that Duff cannot sing; she also lacks the vulnerability that this character requires and she looks embarrassed to be there. And the thing lasts nearly three hours. Mad.

If this production actually managed to deliver the entertainment, like a theatrical version of a cheap acid trip, you might forgive her complete lack of characterisation or the uncertainty of tone that leaves the evening awkwardly pitched between the bonkers and the kitsch.

Let’s never talk about it again.

N.B. Anyone aged 25 and under will be able to enter a ballot for free tickets to see the show on its Friday performances between April 19-May 31, with schools in London also invited to see the show for free, which is nice.

Sweet Charity runs until June 8

West End transfer of the Donmar Warehouse production of Lynn Nottage’s play Sweat

The Donmar Warehouse’s sold-out production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat by Lynn Nottage will transfer to London’s Gielgud Theatre for a limited 6 week run fromFriday 7 June 2019.

Martha Plimpton will reprise her role as Tracey in Lynette Linton’s acclaimed production, with further casting to be announced.

Tickets will go on sale from 10am on Friday 8 February 2019.

 Speaking about the transfer, Sweat Playwright Lynn Nottage said:

“I’m beyond thrilled that this beautiful and haunting production of Sweat will have the opportunity to be in dialogue with a larger audience in the West End.”

Josie Rourke, Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director, said:

“We are overjoyed to be able to bring Lynette Linton’s scorching production of Lynn Nottage’s great play to a bigger audience. We’re grateful for the people who have worked to make it happen.”

In 2011, Lynn Nottage began spending time with the people of Reading, Pennsylvania: officially one of the poorest cities in the USA. During the following two years, she dug deep into the forgotten heart of middle America, finding a city divided by racial tension and the collapse of industry. Sweat is the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that Lynn Nottage wrote following her experience.

Centered around the friendships of factory workers and set in an all-American bar, the play explores the relationships, resentments and fears of a community left divided by de-industrialisation.  Simmering racial tensions and mounting anger lead to a devastating outcome for the residents of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Sweat is the first production of Artistic Director Josie Rourke’s final season at the Donmar, followed by Berberian Sound Studio in February and her revival of Sweet Charityin April. Sweat receives its West End transfer following its sold-out UK premiere at the Donmar Warehouse and is directed by Bush Theatre Artistic Director and former Donmar Resident Assistant Director Lynette Linton.

Lynn Nottage (Playwright) is a playwright and a screenwriter, and the first woman in history to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama.  Her plays include Sweat (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Nomination, Obie Award) which moved to Broadway after a sold out run at The Public Theater, Mlima’s Tale (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), By the WayMeet Vera Stark (Lilly Award, Drama Desk Nomination), Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, Obie Award), Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play), Fabulationor the Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award), Crumbs from the Table of JoyLas MeninasMudRiverStonePor’knockers and POOF!. In addition, she is working with composer Ricky Ian Gordon on adapting her play Intimate Apparel into an opera. She has also developed This is Reading, a performance installation at the Franklin Street, Reading Railroad Station in Reading, PA. She was writer/producer on the 1st season of Netflix’s series She’s Gotta Have It directed by Spike Lee. Nottage is a member of the Dramatists Guild, an Associate Professor at Columbia University School of the Arts, and the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, Steinberg “Mimi” Distinguished Playwright Award, Doris Duke Artists Award and PEN/Laura Pels Master Playwright Award among others.

Lynette Linton (Director) is the newly appointed Artistic Director of London’s Bush Theatre and returned to the Donmar Warehouse after being Resident Assistant Director, assisting on productions including Knives in Hens with director Yaël Farber, The Lady from the Sea with director Kwame Kwei-Armah, The York Realist with Robert Hastie andBelleville with the newly appointed Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Michael Longhurst. Lynette recently worked with Michael Grandage as Associate Director on The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Noël Coward). As director her productions include This is (Arts Ed), Assata Taught Me for which she received a Stage Debut nomination (Gate Theatre), Indenture (Dark Horse Festival), And Where There Once Were Two (Arcola Theatre), Assata: She Who Struggles (Young Vic), Chicken Palace (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Naked (The Vault Festival) and This Wide Night (Albany Theatre/Stonecrabs). Lynette is currently co-directing Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe) and will soon direct Function (National Youth Theatre). As a writer her credits include Hashtag Lightie (Arcola Theatre), Chicken Palace and Step (Theatre Royal Stratford East). Lynette was Associate Director at the Gate Theatre from 2016 to 2017, she is also a co-founder of production company Black Apron Entertainment.

Martha Plimpton (Tracey) reprises her role as Tracey in Sweat. Her theatre credits include Other Desert Cities (Old Vic), Company (New York Philharmonic), A Delicate Balance (John Golden, NY), Pal Joey (Roundabout, NY), Top Girls (MTC), Cymbeline, The Coast of Utopia (Lincoln Centre), A Midsummer Night’s DreamPericles  (Public, NY, Shakespeare in the Park), The False Servant (Classic Stage Co.), Flesh and Blood (New York Theatre Workshop), Boston Marriage (Public, NY), Hobson’s Choice (Atlantic, NY), Hedda Gabler, The Glass Menagerie, Playboy of the Western World, The Libertine (Steppenwolf) and Uncle VanyaThe Heidi Chronicles, The Sisters Rosensweig, Robbers (Seattle Repertory Theater). Her TV and film credits include The Real O’Neals, Younger, The Good Wife, Raising Hope, How To Make It In America, Grey’s Anatomy, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, ER, Hello Again, Company, Pecker, 200 Cigarettes, Eye of God, I’m Not Rappaport, I Shot Andy Warhol, Beautiful Girls, Mrs Parker & The Vicious Circle, Stanley & Iris, Parenthood, Another Woman, Running On Empty, Stars & Bars, Shy People, The Mosquito Coast, The

Goonies, The River Rat.

Martha Plimpton is appearing with the permission of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange programme between the American Equity and UK Equity.

SWEAT LISTINGS:

Mark Rubinstein, Gavin Kalin, Joe Baker, James Quaife, Micah Frank, Dave McNeilly present the Donmar Warehouse Production of

Sweat

By Lynn Nottage

Director Lynette Linton

Designer Frankie Bradshaw
Lighting Designer Oliver Fenwick
Sound Designer and Composer George Dennis
Movement Director Polly Bennett
Video Designer Gino Ricardo Green

Fight Director Kate Waters
Casting Director Amy Ball CDG

Casting Martha Plimpton as Tracey, further casting to be announced.

Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6AR

Friday 7 June – Saturday 20 July 2019

Website www.sweattheplay.com

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Donmar Warehouse announces full casting for Sweat

Donmar

The Donmar Warehouse today announced full casting for Lynette Linton’s production of Sweat by Lynn Nottage. Casting includes Leanne Best, Patrick Gibson, Osy Ikhile, Wil Johnson, Stuart McQuarrie, Clare Perkins, Martha Plimpton, Sule Rimi and Sebastian Viveros.

In 2011, Lynn Nottage began spending time with the people of Reading, Pennsylvania: officially one of the poorest cities in the USA.

During the following two years, she dug deep into the forgotten heart of middle America, finding a city divided by racial tension and the collapse of industry.

Sweat is the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that Lynn Nottage wrote following her experience.

Her tale of friends pitted against each other by big business and the decline of the American Dream receives its UK premiere at the Donmar, directed by former Donmar Resident Assistant Director Lynette Linton.

Lynn Nottage (Playwright) is a playwright and a screenwriter, and the first woman in history to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama.  Her plays include Sweat (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Nomination, Obie Award) which moved to Broadway after a sold out run at The Public Theater, Mlima’s Tale(Outer Critics Circle Nomination), By the WayMeet Vera Stark (Lilly Award, Drama Desk Nomination), Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, Obie Award), Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play), Fabulationor the Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award), Crumbs from the Table of JoyLas MeninasMudRiverStonePor’knockers and POOF!. In addition, she is working with composer Ricky Ian Gordon on adapting her play Intimate Apparel into an opera. She has also developed This is Reading, a performance installation at the Franklin Street, Reading Railroad Station in Reading, PA. She was writer/producer on the 1st season of Netflix’s series She’s Gotta Have It directed by Spike Lee. Nottage is a member of the Dramatists Guild, an Associate Professor at Columbia University School of the Arts, and the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, Steinberg “Mimi” Distinguished Playwright Award, Doris Duke Artists Award and PEN/Laura Pels Master Playwright Award among others.

Lynette Linton (Director) returns to the Donmar Warehouse after being Resident Assistant Director, assisting on productions including Knives in Hens with director Yaël Farber, The Lady from the Sea with director Kwame Kwei-Armah, The York Realist with Robert Hastie and Belleville with the newly appointed Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Michael Longhurst. Lynette recently worked with Michael Grandage as Associate Director on The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Noël Coward). As director her productions include This is (Arts Ed), Assata Taught Me for which she received a Stage Debut nomination (Gate Theatre), Indenture (Dark Horse Festival), And Where There Once Were Two (Arcola Theatre), Assata: She Who Struggles (Young Vic), Chicken Palace (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Naked (The Vault Festival) and This Wide Night (Albany Theatre/Stonecrabs). Lynette will soon co-direct Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe) and direct Function (National Youth Theatre). As a writer her credits include Hashtag Lightie (Arcola Theatre),Chicken Palace and Step (Theatre Royal Stratford East). Lynette was Associate Director at the Gate Theatre from 2016 to 2017, she is also a co-founder of production company Black Apron Entertainment.

 Leanne Best (Jessie) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in Sweat. Her theatre credits include The Human Voice (Gate), Educating RitaThe Matchbox, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Hypochondriac, The May Queen, Our Country’s Good, Fleet Street Nativity, The Way Home, Unprotected, The Morris, Macbeth, Popcorn (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse), The Matchbox (Tricycle), Backbeat (Theatre LA), Damned by Despair (National Theatre), My Zinc Bed (Royal Theatre Northampton), Horse Marines (Plymouth Drum), Drowning on Dry Land (Salisbury Playhouse) andDesperately Seeking Susan (Novello). TV credits include Carnival Row, Tin Star, Cold Feet, Babs, Good Karma Hotel, Black Mirror, Home Fires, Undercover, HG Wells – The Purple Pileus, Line of Duty, From Darkness, Home Fires, The Outcast, Ripper Street, Fortitude, New Tricks, The Driver, Shetland, Lucan, Worricker: Salting the Battlefield, Stepping Up, Good Cop, Moving On, Mobile, New Street Law, Heatwave, Wire in the Blood andCasualty. Film credits include Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, The Infiltrator, Native, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, The Be All and End All and Casbah – A Documentary.

 

Patrick Gibson (Jason) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Sweat. His TV and film credits include The OA, The White Princess, Guerrilla, The Passing Bells, NeverlandThe TudorsTolkien, The Darkest Minds, In A Relationship, Their Finest and What Richard Did.

 Osy Ikhile (Chris) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Sweat. His theatre credits include Torn (Royal Court), Sweet Love Remembered(Shakespeare’s Globe) and Your Number’s Up (Roundhouse Theatre). His TV and film credits include The Feed, Black Mirror, The Greatest of All Time, Childhood’s End, The Fear, Fresh Meat, Twenty Twelve, Blackout, Tom and Jenny, Misfits, Phone Shop, Daphne, Sand Castle, Beautiful Devils, Tarzan, Mission Impossible 5, Kill Your Friends, Jet Trash, In the Heart of the Sea, Victim and The Anomaly.

 Wil Johnson (Brucie) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Sweat. His theatre credits include Leave Taking (Bush) Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Old Vic), King Lear (Royal Exchange, Manchester), A Wolf In Snakeskin Shoes (Tricycle), Fuente Ovejuna (National Theatre), Redundant (Royal Court), A Mad World My Masters (Shakespeare’s Globe), Serious Money (Birmingham Rep), The Queen and I (Out Of Joint), Torn (Arcola) and the lead in Othello (Royal Lyceum). His TV and film credits include Carnival Row, Outlander, Vera, Waking the Dead, Lewis, The Five and Clocking Off, Moving On, Cracker, Waterloo Road, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale, Adulthood, Anuvahood, Midnight Breaks, Dead End andMacbeth.

 Stuart McQuarrie (Stan) returns to the Donmar Warehouse following his performances in The God of HellThe Dark and The Life of Stuff. His other theatre credits include Creditors (Edinburgh Lyceum), My Country (National Tour) and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National Theatre). His TV and film credits include Ordeal by InnocenceOutlanderTennisonHollow CrownDickensianThe Dad’s Army StoryVirtuosoAnother Year, Mr Turner, Harlots, Tennison and Angel Has Fallen.

 Clare Perkins (Cynthia) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in Sweat. Her theatre credits include Mrs Dalloway (Arcola), Emilia (Shakespeare’s Globe), Genesis Inc (Hampstead), The Immigrant (Hoxton Hall), Daisy Pulls It Off (Park), Primetime (Royal Court), Roundelay (Southwark Playhouse), The Convert (Gate), Removal Men (The Yard), The House That Will Not StandFabulationHow Long is Never (Tricycle), Welcome To Thebes (National Theatre), Mules (Royal Court) Meridian (Contact Theatre) How To Be Immortal (Penny Dreadful), Little Revolution (Almeida), Our Country’s Good (Nuffield), Generations Of The Dead (Young Vic), Twelfth Night (London Bubble), The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night time(National Theatre/UK Tour). Her TV and film credits include Damned, Shoot The Messenger, Family Affairs, EastEnders, Bullet Boy, The Riots, Men Behaving Badly, Death In Paradise, Clapham Common, Talk To Me, Big Women, Babyfather, Casualty, The Bill, All in The Game, Pigheart Boy, Been So Long, Ladybird Ladybird, Secrets and Lies, Whole New Heart, Hallelujah Anyway, 7 Lives and Blacklands.

Martha Plimpton (Tracey) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in Sweat. Her theatre credits include Other Desert Cities (Old Vic), Company (New York Philharmonic), A Delicate Balance (John Golden, NY), Pal Joey (Roundabout, NY), Top Girls (MTC), Cymbeline, The Coast of Utopia (Lincoln Centre), A Midsummer Night’s DreamPericles  (Public, NY, Shakespeare in the Park), The False Servant (Classic Stage Co.), Flesh and Blood (New York Theatre Workshop), Boston Marriage (Public, NY), Hobson’s Choice (Atlantic, NY), Hedda Gabler, The Glass Menagerie, Playboy of the Western World, The Libertine (Steppenwolf) and Uncle VanyaThe Heidi Chronicles, The Sisters Rosensweig, Robbers (Seattle Reperatory Theater). Her TV and film credits include The Real O’Neals, Younger, The Good Wife, Raising Hope, How To Make It In America, Grey’s Anatomy, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, ER, Hello Again, Company, Pecker, 200 Cigarettes, Eye of God, I’m Not Rappaport, I Shot Andy Warhol, Beautiful Girls, Mrs Parker & The Vicious Circle, Stanley & Iris, Parenthood, Another Woman, Running On Empty, Stars & Bars, Shy People, The Mosquito Coast, The Goonies, The River Rat.

Martha Plimpton is appearing with the permission of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange programme between the American Equity and UK Equity.

 Sule Rimi (Evan) returns to the Donmar Warehouse following his role in Measure for Measure. Theatre credits include Love and Information, Desire Under the Elms (Sheffield Theatres), Barber Shop Chronicles (National Theatre/Australia and New Zealand Tour), Mary Stuart, They Drink It In The Congo (Almeida), The Suicide (National Theatre), The Rolling Stone (Royal Exchange, Manchester/West Yorkshire Playhouse/Orange Tree Theatre), Bordergame (National Theatre of Wales), Babes in the Woods (Rainbow Valley Productions), Othello (Fluellen Theatre Company), Muscle (Shock n Awe), Serious Money (Waking Exploits), Robinson Crusoe, Aladdin (Owen Money Theatre Company) and Stanley’s Magic Lamp and the Heart of Darkness (Twm O’r Nant). Television credits include Death in Paradise, Black Earth RisingBirds of a Feather Christmas Special, Strikeback, Casualty, Unforgotten, Stella, Mistresses, Crash, Caerdydd, The Black Lion, Y Pris, Scrum IV, Doctor Who, Fondue, Sex and Dinosaurs, The Story of Tracey Beaker, Outside the Rules. Film credits include Ashens & The Quest for the Game Child, Bad Fucking, The Adventurer: Curse of The Midas Box, Silent Night, Bloody Night; The Homecoming, The Machine, Elfie Hopkins and the Gammons, Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection, Eastern Promises, Daddy’s Girl and Starter for Ten.

Sebastian Viveros (Oscar) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Sweat. His theatre credits include Bob, Balm in Gilead, After Troy, Golden Boy(Drama Centre London), Night of the Iguana (Geneva English Drama Society), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Accidental Death of an Anarchist(Ecolint). His TV credits include Our Girl.

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

Friday 7 December – Tuesday 11 December 2018

Donmar Warehouse Announces Two New Productions as Part of Josie Rourke’s Final Season

Josie Rourke
Josie Rourke

Josie Rourke

  • Donmar Warehouse’s outgoing Artistic Director Josie Rourke announced today two new productions as part of her final season, both with rising directorial talents at the helm: The UK premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat, directed by former Donmar Resident Assistant Director Lynette Linton; and an original stage adaptation of Peter Strickland’s chilling film Berberian Sound Studio, written for the stage by Joel Horwood, marking the directorial debut for Donmar Associate Artist Tom Scutt and starring actor Tom Brooke. Josie Rourke’s final production at the Donmar will open in April 2019 and will be announced later this year.
  • Lynette Linton will make her Donmar debut as director in December with the UK premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat. Nottage spent a number of years with the inhabitants of Reading, Pennsylvania – one of the poorest cities in America – to write Sweat.  It powerfully chronicles the story of how the USA has reached its current political and cultural situation. Lynette was previously a Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar, working on productions including BellevilleThe Lady from the Seaand The York Realist. The Resident Assistant Director scheme supports artists early in their career to develop their skills and alumni include Artistic Director Josie Rourke, Rupert Goold, Jamie Lloyd, Sacha Wares and Simon Evans.
  •  Donmar Associate Artist Tom Scutt will make his directorial debut in February with an adaptation of Peter Strickland’s chilling film Berberian Sound Studio, written for the stage by Joel Horwood.  In this darkly comic visual and sonic feast, the company will recreate the world of an Italian sound studio on the Donmar stage each evening. Actor Tom Brooke, recently seen in the BBC’s popular drama Bodyguard, will play the central role of Gilderoy. Further casting also includes Enzo Cilenti and Tom Espiner.
  • Donmar on Design will return to the Donmar’s Dryden Street creative hub for a second year, featuring designers in residence within an Open Studio, workshops for schools, a new series of podcast interviews with designers, and a programme of talks and discussions. The 2018 edition will again be curated by Tom Scutt and include discussions on developing audiences through design, design and criticism, and design and identity.
  • Announced earlier this week – the Donmar Warehouse production of Conor McPherson’s chilling play St Nicholas, starring Brendan Coyle and directed by Simon Evans, which is currently being performed at the Donmar’s Dryden Street studio space, will extend performances when it transfers to the Smock Alley Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival, playing until Saturday 20 October.
  • 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 with tickets released on the final Friday of every month. YOUNG+FREE is funded through the generosity of audiences via the Donmar’s PAY IT FORWARD scheme. These donations have allowed the Donmar to allocate more than 12,000 free tickets to those aged 25 and under.
  • KLAXON tickets will also continue across the season. Starting from £10, KLAXON tickets are released for sale every Monday for performances in the following three weeks. Tickets will be available across the auditorium at every price band. Audiences can sign up to receive information about tickets on the Donmar’s website www.donmarwarehouse.com

Artistic Director Josie Rourke said:

Sixteen years ago, I began my career as a director at the Donmar. I had trained under Sam Mendes, who was then Artistic Director. At the end of my year as the Resident Assistant, Sam then invited me to direct my first professional production at the Donmar. That’s one of the reasons why this stage is – to me – the most special, and most memorable of all stages in London.

Within my final season at the Donmar, I wanted to reflect on the place it had at the start of my directing career. I have asked two people at the beginning of their own careers as directors to stage a production for the Donmar. They have both been instrumental in creating some of our recent work and love the Donmar’s stage.

Former Resident Assistant Director Lynette Linton will make her debut in December with the UK premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning playSweat. Lynn’s play was crafted while spending a number of years with the inhabitants of Reading, Pennsylvania – one of the poorest cities in America – and powerfully chronicles the story of today’s America.

Following Sweat, Donmar Associate Artist Tom Scutt will make his directorial debut in February with an adaptation of Peter Strickland’s chilling filmBerberian Sound Studio, written for the stage by Joel Horwood.  Tom’s stunning designs for previous Donmar productions, which have included Belleville, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Elegy and The Weir, promise a visual and sonic feast each evening as the company recreate the world of an Italian sound studio on our stage. I am also delighted to welcome actor Tom Brooke who is making his Donmar debut in Berberian Sound Studio.

It is also wonderful to see the Donmar’s KLAXON and YOUNG+FREE ticket schemes continue to grow in popularity, ensuring that 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 for 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.” 

 

Members Priority Booking for Sweat and Berberian Sound Studio:

Steel members from 10am and Copper members from noon on 25 September 2018

Friends from 10am on 27 September 2018

Public Booking for Sweat and Berberian Sound Studio:

From 10am on 2 October 2018

Donmar Warehouse Appoints Anna Cooper CDG as Casting Director

Anna Cooper Photo Credit: Kristina Gasperas
Anna Cooper Photo Credit: Kristina Gasperas

Anna Cooper Photo Credit: Kristina Gasperas

The Donmar Warehouse today announced the appointment of Anna Cooper CDG as the new Casting Director from September 2018. Anna will work with newly appointed Artistic Director Michael Longhurst on casting productions in his first season in 2019.

Anna is currently a freelance Casting Director, who has worked with Michael Longhurst on the productions Gloria at Hampstead Theatre, They Drink it in the Congo at the Almeida Theatre and A Number at the Young Vic and Nuffield Theatres. Anna started her career in casting at the Almeida Theatre in 2003 assisting Maggie Lunn, and she has since cast a diverse range of theatre productions including: I and You, Dry Powder, The Fastest Clock in the Universe and Lucky Seven(Hampstead Theatre); Circle, Mirror, Transformation (HOME); Steel, Love and Information and The David Hare Season (Sheffield Theatres); Leave Taking and HIR(Bush Theatre); Five Finger Exercise (Print Room); Multitudes and The Arabian Nights (Tricycle Theatre); Tonight at 8.30 (ETT/Nuffield); The Glass Menagerie, The Saints and The Snow Queen (Southampton Nuffield); The Hudsucker Proxy (Liverpool Everyman/Nuffield); The Pitchfork Disney (Arcola); Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell(Theatre Royal Bath); Our Country’s Good (Liverpool Playhouse); ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Southwark Playhouse); Ghosts (West End) and Measure for Measure(Theatre Royal Plymouth).

Anna’s short film work includes The Knackerman, Bunny and Clive, That Woman and Act of Love.

 As Casting Associate to Toby Whale CDG for 8 years, television work includes Capital, Doc Martin (5 series), Arthur & George, Silk (3 series), Atlantis, Ashes to Ashes (3 series), Vicious and The Politician’s Husband.

As Casting Associate to Toby Whale CDG, film work includes Dunkirk, Kursk, Where Hands Touch, The Lady in the Van, The Dark Knight Rises, Belle and Sex and Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Speaking about Anna’s appointment Michael Longhurst, Artistic Director Designate of the Donmar Warehouse said: “I am so delighted Anna will be joining the Donmar as Casting Director.  I know she will bring her rigor, integrity, exquisite taste and progressive thinking to the role.”

Anna Cooper said “For me the Donmar Warehouse has always represented the best of the business: a space of thrilling intimacy and epic possibility, inspiring productions, and exhilarating performances – an actor’s theatre. I am thrilled and honoured to be joining Michael and the team at an incredibly exciting time in the life of this theatre.”

Josie Rourke, outgoing Artistic Director of Donmar Warehouse, said, “Since Sam Mendes, the Donmar has always had a building-based casting director. In twenty-five years, there have only been two – Anne McNulty, and Alastair Coomer. I’m delighted that Michael has found – in Anna – a brilliant collaborator and advocate to take up a role that has always sat at the heart of the Donmar and its values.”

Brendan Coyle to star in an intimate new production of Conor Mcpherson’s chilling play St Nicholas in the Donmar Warehouse’s Dryden Street Studio Space

St Nicholas Photo Credit Helen Maybanks
St Nicholas Photo Credit Helen Maybanks

St Nicholas Photo Credit Helen Maybanks

When I was a boy, I was afraid of the dark… What was there.
And maybe one of the things I thought was there was vampires

The Donmar Warehouse presents St Nicholasa chilling one-man play by Conor McPherson, directed by Simon Evans and starring Brendan Coyle. This is the first time McPherson and Coyle have collaborated since The Weir, for which both received Olivier Awards. The performances will take place at the Donmar’s intimate studio space at 3 Dryden Street from Monday 10 September – Friday 5 October 2018, and from Tuesday 9 October – Sunday 14 October 2018 at the Smock Alley Theatre, as part of Dublin Theatre Festival, which will be the play’s Irish premiere. Tickets for London performances will be allocated via a ballot, which is open for entries by signing up to the Donmar’s Newsletter or KLAXON email lists at donmarwarehouse.com.

Conor McPherson (Writer). Conor wrote The Weir which was performed at the Donmar in 2013 and in the same year he both wrote and directed The Night Alive. His other credits as writer include The Dance of Death (Trafalgar Studios) and Dublin Carol (Royal Court), as well as an adaptation of Kroetz’s The Nest. His other credits as writer and director include Girl from the North Country (Old Vic and Noël Coward), The Veil, The Seafarer (National Theatre), The Birds (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Shining City (Royal Court), St Nicholas, This Lime Tree Bower (Bush), Port Authority (New Ambassadors), The Good Thief (City Arts Centre Dublin), Rum & Vodka (University College Dublin). Conor’s directing credits also include Poor Beast In The Rain (Gate Theatre, Dublin). His TV credits as writer and creator include Paula, as writer Quirke. His film credits as writer include Artemis Fowl, and as writer and director The Eclipse.

Simon Evans (Director). Simon directed the Donmar Warehouse revival of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui in 2017 and The Silence of the Sea for the Donmar’s season at the Trafalgar Studios in 2013. He was also Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar in 2012 where he worked on productions including Richard II, Inadmissible Evidence, Anna Christie, Schiller’s Luise Miller, Moonlight, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Simon’s other theatre credits as a director include Killer Joe (Trafalgar Studios), The Best Man (Playhouse Theatre), The Dazzle, Bug, Fool For Love (Found 111), Alligators (Hampstead Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Southwark Playhouse), The Vanishing Man, The Extinction Event – co-directed and co-written with David Aula (Edinburgh/Vaults/UK Tour), Almost, Maine (Park Theatre), Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) (Print Room), The Separation (Theatre503), Hannah (Unicorn Theatre), The Speed Twins, Apple Pie, Hours till Autumn (Riverside Studios), Madness in Valencia (Trafalgar Studios), The Shawshank RedemptionLaura Marling – Live, Miller’s Crossing (Secret Cinema), Cyrano De Bergerac, The Misanthrope (White Bear) and Skyscraper (Public Theater, NY). Simon is the Artistic Director of Myriad & Co.

Brendan Coyle. Brendan’s theatre credits include The Price (Theatre Royal Bath), Mojo (Harold Pinter), Chain Play II, The Late Henry MossThe Silver Tassie (Almeida), The Bear (Gate Theatre), Buried Child, Battle Royal (National Theatre), The Dead Eye Boy (Hampstead), The Weir, for which he won both the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor and New York Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut (Royal Court, Ambassadors and Walter Kerr Theatre, NY), The Changing Room (Duke of York’s), A Love Song For Ulster (Tricycle Theatre), Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Wyndham’s), Pygmies In The Ruins (Royal Court), The Plough And The Stars (Olympia),The Playboy Of The Western World, Over The Bridge (Lyric Theatre Belfast), Rat In The Skull (Gate Theatre) and The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Sheffield Crucible).Brendan’s selected television credits include Requiem (BBC/Netflix), 12 Monkeys (SyFy), Spotless (Canal +/Netflix), Downton Abbey, which won three SAG Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and for which Brendan was nominated for a Primetime Emmy, BAFTA and IFTA for Best Supporting Actor (ITV), Common Ground (Sky), Starlings(Sky), Lark Rise To Candleford (BBC), Prime Suspect: The Final Act (ITV), North and South (BBC), McCready and Daughter (BBC), Paths to Freedom (RTE), Thief Takers(Carlton TV), OMAGH (Channel 4) and Conspiracy: The Meeting At Wansee (HBO). His selected film credits include Mary Queen of Scots, Unless, Me Before You, Noble, The Raven, Perrier’s Bounty, The Mark of Cain, Offside, The Jacket and Allegiance.

 Donmar Warehouse Announces 2018 Programme

Josie Rourke
Josie Rourke

Josie Rourke

  • Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Josie Rourke and Executive Producer Kate Pakenham announce today two new productions as part of Josie Rourke’s penultimate season: Lyndsey Turner’s revival of Brian Friel’s haunting play, Aristocrats; and a new production of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, directed by Artistic Director Josie Rourke, starring Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden.  These join the previously announced new adaptation of Muriel Spark’s iconic novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
  • Lyndsey Turner returns to the Donmar Warehouse, following Faith Healer, Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Fathers and Sons to direct Brian Friel’s Aristocrats, with a cast that includes Elaine Cassidy, David Dawson, David Ganly, Emmet Kirwan, Aisling Loftus, Ciaran McIntyre and Eileen Walsh.
  • Artistic Director Josie Rourke will then direct William Shakespeare’s play about sex and power, Measure for Measure.  Within every performance, Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden will alternate the roles of the powerful Deputy and powerless Novice.
  • Full casting has been announced for David Harrower’s adaptation of Muriel Sparks’ The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Directed by Polly Findlay, Edward MacLiam joins the previously announced company which also includes Nicola Coughlan, Emma Hindle, Rona Morison, Grace Saif, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Lia Williams, Helena Wilson, Angus Wright and Kit Young.
  • Phyllida Lloyd’s screen versions of her ground-breaking, all-female Shakespeare Trilogy – Julius Caesar, Henry IV and The Tempest – will be made available free on BBC iPlayer following a BBC4 transmission of Julius Caesar this summer.  The Shakespeare Trilogy will also be presented on screen at St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York from 31 May – 3 June 2018, and made available for free to over 3,000 schools across the UK in partnership via the National Theatre’s On Demand in Schools platform. Extensive education materials will be made available to schools for free to support the teaching of English, Drama and PSHE.
  • 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 with tickets released on the final Friday of every month. YOUNG+FREE is funded through the generosity of audiences via the Donmar’s PAY IT FORWARD scheme. These donations have allowed the Donmar to allocate more than 11,000 free tickets to those aged 25 and under over the past year.
  • KLAXON tickets will also continue across the season. Starting from £10, KLAXON tickets are released for sale every Monday for performances in the following three weeks. Tickets will be available across the auditorium at every price band. Audiences can sign up to receive information about tickets on the Donmar’s website www.donmarwarehouse.com

 Artistic Director Josie Rourke said:

“I’m delighted to announce two new productions at the Donmar, joining the previously announced THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, for my penultimate season, with all three directed by women.

 Through her three productions of work by Brian Friel at the Donmar, director Lyndsey Turner has become the leading new interpreter of the great playwright’s canon. Following her acclaimed productions of Fathers and SonsFaith Healer and Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Turner returns to Friel’s work with a new production of his haunting drama, ARISTOCRATS.

 I’m excited to return to Shakespeare at the Donmar with MEASURE FOR MEASURE. Within every performance in this production, Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden will alternate the roles of the powerful and powerless, Angelo and Isabella. Having worked with Jack on screen, I’m thrilled to bring him back to the London stage with this production.

Executive Producer Kate Pakenham said:

“In addition to these three exciting new productions we will be staging at our Covent Garden home, I am delighted that we are able to extend the legacy of the Shakespeare Trilogy by sharing the screen versions of the productions in partnership with the BBC, with St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York and with schools across the country.  The Trilogy came out of a desire to celebrate and empower women’s voices, and it is thrilling that these films will ensure that they do that for years to come.   

 It is also wonderful to see our KLAXON and YOUNG+FREE ticket schemes continue to grow in popularity, ensuring that 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 forPAY IT FORWARD and are excited to be working with them to prioritise young people’s access to the arts.  We are also grateful for 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.” 

CURRENT SEASON
James Macdonald’s production of The Way of the World – Congreve’s masterpiece Restoration comedy – is currently running at the Donmar Warehouse until 26 May. The cast includes Haydn Gwynne as Lady Wishfort.

 This production of The Way of the World is dedicated to the memory of actor Alex Beckett.

 

 Donmar Warehouse announces full casting for The Way Of The World

The Way Of The World
The Way Of The World

The Way Of The World

The Donmar Warehouse today announced full casting for James Macdonald’s new revival of William Congreve’s Restoration comedy masterpiece The Way of The World.

Haydn Gwynne will be playing the role of Lady Wishfortreplacing Linda Bassett who has sadly had to withdraw from the production before the start of rehearsals for personal reasons.

Full casting also includes Fisayo Akinade, Alex Beckett, Gabrielle Brooks, Phoebe Francis Brown, Sarah Hadland, Jenny Jules, Simon Manyonda, Caroline Martin, Tom Mison, Justine Mitchell, Christian Patterson, Geoffrey Streatfeild and Nathan Welsh.

Family, money, desire:  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 battles it out in this satirical comedy where everyone needs to win just to get by.

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.

Fisayo Akinade (Witwoud) returns to the Donmar Warehouse after appearing in Josie Rourke’s Saint Joan opposite Gemma Arterton, as well as James Graham’s play for theatre and television The Vote, also directed by Josie Rourke and broadcast live on More 4 on the night of the general election. Recent theatre work includes Barber Shop Chronicles (National Theatre), Pigs and Dogs and The Crossing Plays (Royal Court), and The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe). Other theatre includes Barbarians (Young Vic), As You Like It (New Wolsey), Refugee Boy and Waiting for Godot (West Yorkshire Playhouse), and Neighbours (Hightide). Fisayo’s television credits include A Very English Scandal, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ordinary Lives, Cucumber, Banana, and Fresh Meat.

 Alex Beckett (Waitwell) returns to the Donmar Warehouse after appearing in Hotel in Amsterdam. His theatre credits include Grimly Handsome (Royal Court),  Pygmalion (Headlong), Blue Heart (Orange Tree/Tobacco Factory), Edward II (National Theatre), Praxis Makes Perfect (National Theatre Wales), Here (Rose Kingston), The Changeling (Young Vic), 66 Books – A Nobody (Bush), Fen (Finborough), Much Ado About Nothing (West End), Natural Selection (Theatre 503), HamletThe Brothers Grimm (Creation), Letters (Union), Starbucks 24hrPlays (Old Vic New Voices), Swallow Song (Oxford Playhouse), Playing Hamlet (King’s Head), What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (True Fiction) and Gull (Antic Co-operation). Alex’s television credits include StathThe End of the F**King WorldW1AI Live with ModelsLove, NinaThe AliensCockroachesCuffsTop CoppersTwenty Twelve, The Job LotThe Scandalous Lady W, Burton & TaylorA Touch of ClothA Childs’s Christmases in WalesMarried Single OtherThe PersuasionistsThe Bill and Emmerdale, and film credits includeMary Queen of ScotsYouth, Ministry of Guilt and Survivor.

Gabrielle Brooks (Mincing) makes her debut at the Donmar Warehouse in The Way of the World. Her theatre credits include The Wizard of Oz and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Theatres), Queen Anne (RSC/Theatre Royal Haymarket), Lazarus (King’s Cross Theatre), Red Snapper (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre), I Can’t Sing (London Palladium), Our House (Savoy), and Avenue Q (UK Tour). For television her credits include Coming Down the Mountain, and for film she appeared in Notes on a Scandal.Phoebe

Frances Brown (Betty/Peg) makes her debut at the Donmar Warehouse in The Way of the World. Phoebe’s theatre credits include (sorry) (Birmingham Rep), Finding Nana (Soho Theatre) and Life According to Saki (New York Theatre Workshop). For television she has appeared in My Mad Fat Diary.

Haydn Gwynne (Lady Wishfort) returns to the Donmar Warehouse after appearing in a concert version of Company, as part of the Sondheim at 80 celebrations in 2010Most recently, Haydn played Volumnia in Coriolanus for the RSC. She was Olivier nominated for The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre) and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (West End), and also for the original London production of City of Angels. Other theatre credits include Margaret Thatcher (WhatsOnStage Award) in The Audience (West End), Richard III (Old Vic/BAM New York), Becky Shaw (Almeida), The Memory of Water (Hampstead), The Merry Wives of WindsorPeer Gynt, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), The Recruiting Officer (Royal Exchange), and her multi award-winning role as the dance teacher in Billy Elliot the Musical (West End and Broadway). Her extensive television work includes Camilla in The Windsors, The C-Word, Ripper Street, Sherlock, Rome, Mersey Beat, Lewis, Midsomer Murders, The Secret and Nice Work. She won Royal Television Society Awards for Dalziel and Pascoe and Peak Practice, and was BAFTA nominated for Drop the Dead Donkey. Films include Beauty and The Beast, Hunky Dory and Remember Me?

Sarah Hadland (Foible) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in The Way of the World. Her theatre credits include The War Has Not Yet Started (Theatre Royal Plymouth at Southwark Playhouse), The Norman Conquests (Chichester Festival Theatre), What’s In A Name?(Birmingham), Raving (Hampstead Theatre) and Canvas (Chichester Festival Theatre). Television credits include Hang Ups, The Job Lot(RTS nomination for Best Comedy Performance), Miranda, Burton and Taylor, Inside no 9, The Moonstone, Galavant, Ballot Monkeys, W1A, Ratburger, Hoff The Record, Brotherhood, Radges, Stop/Start, Horrible Histories , The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff , Royal wedding, That Mitchell and Webb Look, Waterloo Road, Marley’s Ghosts, The Jury and Moving Wallpaper.  Sarah’s film credits include Now Is Good, Quantum of Solace, Grow Your Own, Confetti, Basil, Leap Year and Magicians.

 Jenny Jules (Mrs Marwood) returns to the Donmar Warehouse after appearing in Phyllida Lloyd’s 2013 all-female production of Julius Caesar which also transferred to St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York. Her stage credits also include Her Portmanteau (New York Theatre Workshop), The Crucible (Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway), Henry IV (St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn), Father Comes Home from the Wars(Public Theater, New York), A Raisin in the Sun (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Moon on a Rainbow Shawl and Death and the King’s Horseman (National Theatre), RuinedKing LearThe Homecoming and Big White Fog (Almeida Theatre) and FabulationGem of the Ocean,Wine in the Wilderness and Pecong  (Tricycle Theatre). Jenny’s television credits include Death in Paradise, EastendersLaw and OrderSkinsVexedFather and SonCasualty and Judge John Deed. Her film credits include The Man InsideA Short Stay in Switzerland, OctaneSW9WitUp ‘N’ Under and Spiders and Flies.

Simon Manyonda (Petulant) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Way of the World. His theatre credits include Barber Shop Chronicles, Light Shining in BuckinghamshireKing LearGreenland and Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre), King Lear (Old Vic), A Midsummer Night’s Dreaming and Julius Caesar (RSC), Giving and Wildfire (Hampstead Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Sheffield Crucible), The Mamba (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Antony and Cleopatra (Liverpool Playhouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lyric Hammersmith), Red Peppers (Old Red Lion) and All Night I Dream of Being Good (The Yard). His television credits include Shakespeare and Hathaway, King Lear, Neil Gaiman’s Likely StoriesDoctor WhoSuspectsHolby City and Whitechapel, and film credits includes Undergods, In Fabric, The Current War, Failure to Thrive, JawboneWorld War ZJulius Caesar and How It’s Done.

 Caroline Martin (Mrs Fainall) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in The Way of the World. Her theatre credits include Hamlet directed by Kenneth Branagh, Red Velvet (Garrick Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (Almeida Theatre), Medea (Royal National Theatre), A Doll’s House(West End/Broadway), The Merchant of Venice and Macbeth (RSC), and The House of Special Purpose (Chichester Festival Theatre). Her television credits include RequiemFive DaysFoyle’s WarEndeavour, He Knew He Was RightByronInspector Lynley and Poirot, and film credits include Happy – Go – Lucky.

Tom Mison (Fainall) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Way of the World. Tom’s previous theatre credits include Posh (Royal Court/West End), Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (Theatre Royal Bath), Elektra (Headlong & Young Vic), When The Rain Stops Falling (Almeida Theatre), Hedda (Gate Theatre), The Living Unknown Soldier, Les Enfants Du Paradis (Arcola Theatre), and Time On Fire (National Theatre/Magic Theatre, San Francisco). Television credits include Sleepy HollowParade’s EndPoirot: Third GirlLost In Austen, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, and Secret Diary Of A Call Girl. Film credits include One DayDead Cat, Salmon Fishing in The Yemen, and Venus.

Justine Mitchell (Millamant) returns to the Donmar Warehouse after her performances in King Lear directed by Michael Grandage and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui directed by Simon EvansJustine’s extensive theatre credits include Beginning (National Theatre/West End), The Plough and the Stars, Detroit, Children of the Sun, The White Guard and The Night Season (National Theatre), Wild Honey (Hampstead Theatre), For Services Rendered (Chichester Festival Theatre), Love For Love and Twelfth Night (RSC), Man – Three Plays By Tennessee Williams (Young Vic), The Rivals (Arcola Theatre), Mr Burns (Almeida Theatre), and Gastronauts, Bodies and The Stone (Royal Court). Television credits include The Suspicions of Mr Whicher II, Harry and Paul, Your Bad Self, 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.

Christian Patterson (Sir Wilfull Witwoud) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Way of the World. He previously appeared in the Donmar’s UK Tour of Guys and Dolls. His other theatre credits include My Country (National Theatre/Tour), Journey’s End (West End/UK Tour), Macbeth, Ying Tong – A Walk with the Goons, Oliver! (West End), BlackbirdThe Dying of Today and Blasted (The Other Room). Christian is proud to be an Associate of Theatr Clwyd where his credits include The Rise and Fall of Little VoiceInsignificanceAll My SonsAristocratsRape of the Fair CountryGlengarry Glen Ross and As You Like It.His television credits include My CountryEllenHolby CityDoctors and Mr Selfridge, and film credits include PrideMalice in Wonderland and I Know You Know.

 Geoffrey Streatfeild (Mirabel) returns to the Donmar Warehouse after playing the part of Daniel in My Night With Reg, which also transferred to the West End. He has appeared on stage in productions including Cell Mates and Wild Honey (Hampstead Theatre), Young Chekhov: Ivanov and The Seagull, The Beaux Stratagem, Children of the SunEarthquakes in London, The Pains of Youth, The History Boys and The Bacchae (National Theatre), Macbeth and Copenhagen (Sheffield Crucible), Henry V, Henry IV: Part IHenry IV: Part IIHenry VI: Part 1, 2 and 3, and Richard III (RSC), Eigengrau and The Contingency Plan (Bush), The Merchant of Venice and Nathan the Wise (Chichester Festival Theatre), and Journey’s End (West End). His extensive television work includes The Miniaturist, Prime Suspect 1973, The Hollow CrownNew WorldsEndeavour, The Thick of It, Spooks, Ashes to Ashes, Hunter, Elizabeth, The Other Boleyn Girl, 20,000 Streets Under The Sky and Love in a Cold Climate. Film credits include Kursk, Making Noise Quietly, The Lady in the Van, Girls Night Out, Spooks: The Greater Good, Rush, Private Peaceful, City Slacker, Kinky Boots, Angel, Match Point.  

Nathan Welsh (Mirabel’s Servant/Wishfort’s Footman) makes his debut at the Donmar Warehouse in The Way of the World. His recent theatre credit includes Circa (The Vaults). Television credits include Dead Pixels, Shetland, Trust Me and Obsession.

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Josie Rourke and Kate Pakenham Announce their Departure from the Donmar Warehouse

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FIRST LOOK: Production images for The Lady from the Sea at the Donmar Warehouse