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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

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