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Rehearsal images for KNIVES IN HENS at the Donmar Warehouse

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

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

Previews from Saturday 24 June 2017 (Press Night: Monday 3 July 2017)
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“The objective of this session is not to conduct a show trial. We want to learn some lessons.”

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

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

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

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

Michelle Terry and Rosalie Craig. photo Helen Maybanks

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

We were all born.

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

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

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

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

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

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

LISTINGS

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

www.donmarwarehouse.com

 

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

Telephone Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

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

 

PERFORMANCE TIMES
Tuesday  27 June – Saturday 1 July

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

Running time: Approximately 1 hour

TICKET PRICES

All tickets £10, including tea and cake.

TRANSPORT & PARKING

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

ACCESS

There will be space for buggies at the venue.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 DONMAR 2017 POWER SEASON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DONMAR 2017 POWER SEASON

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

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

Donmar Warehouse announces full casting for Limehouse, a new play by Steve Waters

Limehouse at The Donmar Warehouse

Limehouse at The Donmar Warehouse

The Donmar Warehouse has announced full casting for playwright Steve Waters’ searing new drama Limehouse. The play imagines what happened when the ‘Gang of Four’ met in 1981 to break away from the Labour party and form the SDP. Casting includes Roger Allam as Roy Jenkins and Tom Goodman-Hill as David Owen, joining the previously announced Paul Chahidi as Bill Rogers and Debra Gillett as Shirley Williams. Nathalie Armin will play Debbie Owen, wife of David Owen and co-host of that momentous day in east London. The production is directed by Olivier Award-winning Polly Findlay, who makes her Donmar debut.

A divisive left-wing leader at the helm of the Labour party. A Conservative prime minister battling with her cabinet. An identity crisis on a national scale.

 This is Britain 1981.

One Sunday morning, four prominent Labour politicians – Bill Rodgers, Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins and David Owen – gather in private at Owen’s home in Limehouse, east London. They are desperate to find a political alternative.  Should they split their party, divide their loyalties, and risk betraying everything they believe in? Would they be starting afresh, or destroying forever the tradition that nurtured them?

 Steve Waters’ thrilling new drama takes us behind closed doors to imagine the personal conflicts behind the making of political history. 

 LIMEHOUSE is a fictionalised account of real events.  It is not endorsed by the individuals portrayed.

 Making theatre accessible to as many people as possible remains at the heart of the Donmar’s mission. Limehouse will see the start of KLAXON TICKETS: a new allocation of tickets, starting from £10, will be made available every Monday for performances two weeks later. Tickets will also be available across the auditorium at every price band.

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

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

Roger Allam (Roy Jenkins) returns to the Donmar Warehouse following his Olivier Award-winning role in Privates on Parade directed by Michael Grandage. Other theatre credits include The Moderate Soprano and Seminar (Hampstead Theatre), The Tempest and the Olivier Award-winning role as Falstaff in Henry IV Parts I and II (Shakespeare’s Globe), Uncle Vanya (Chichester Festival Theatre), Boeing, Boeing (Comedy Theatre) and The God of Carnage (UK Tour). On television he is best known for his roles as Peter Mannion in the BBC political satire The Thick Of It and Detective Inspector Fred Thursday in the Morse prequel Endeavour. Film credits include Tamara Drewe and The Queen.

Nathalie Armin (Debbie Owen) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in Limehouse. Theatre credits include Another World: Losing Our Daughters to Islamic State, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Dara and Behind the Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre), The Complaint (Hampstead Theatre), The Bomb/First Blast (Tricycle Theatre), On the Record (Arcola), Lidless (High Tide/Trafalgar Studios), Arabian Nights and Othello (RSC), Crazy Black Muthaf**kin’Self (Royal Court). For television her credits include Humans, Maigret: Maigret’s Dead MenLuther, Doctors, EastEnders and SPOOKS. Nathalie’s film credits include Denial and Grow Your Own.

Paul Chahidi (Bill Rodgers) returns to the Donmar Warehouse having appeared in The Vote and Privacy directed by Artistic Director Josie RourkeHis theatre credits include As You Like It (National Theatre), Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward Theatre), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe/Apollo Theatre/NY), as well as numerous credits for the Royal Court, RSC, National Theatre, Young Vic and in the West End. Paul is also an RSC Associate Artist. His extensive film credits include The Death of Stalin, This Beautiful Fantastic, Undisputed, Love is Thicker Than Water, The Voices, Venus, The Libertine, and Notting Hill. Television credits include And Then There Were None, Chad, This Country of Ours, Maigret, Him & Her, The Tunnel, What Remains, The Hour and Holy Flying Circus.

 Debra Gillett (Shirley Williams) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in Limehouse. Her theatre credits include Young Chekhov: The SeagullYoung Chekhov: IvanovThree Days in the CountryA Small Family BusinessTartuffe (National Theatre), The Recruiting Officer (Chichester Festival Theatre), as well as numerous other credits for the RSC, Glasgow Citizens Theatre and the National Theatre. Film credits include Bridget Jones’s Baby, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Notes on a Scandal, Breathtaking, A Nice Arrangement and The Witches. Debra’s television credits include Call The Midwife, Cranford Chronicles, Dr Who, Spooks, and Cold Feet. 

Tom Goodman-Hill (David Owen) returns to the Donmar Warehouse having starred in The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union in 2005.  Theatre credits include Rabbit Hole (Hampstead Theatre), The Effect and Earthquakes in London (National Theatre), Death and the Maiden (Harold Pinter), Enron (The Coward Theatre, Chichester and Royal Court), and Spamalot (Palace Theatre). Television and film credits include The Secret AgentHumans, Mr SelfridgeCall the MidwifeBlack Mirror, The Truth CommissionerEverest and The Imitation Game.

Steve Waters (Writer) returns to the Donmar Warehouse following his play Temple in 2015 and World Music which was staged in 2004 (also Sheffield Crucible).  His plays include Why Can’t We Live Together? (Menagerie Theatre Company/UK Tour/Soho Theatre/Theatre 503), Europa co-authored (Birmingham Rep/Dresden Staatspielhouse/Teater Polski/Zagreb Youth Theatre), Ignorance/Jahiliyyah, English Journeys and After the Gods (Hampstead), Capernaum in Sixty-Six BooksLittle Platoons, The Contingency Plan and In a Vulnerable Place (Bush), Amphibians (Bridewell), Out of Your Knowledge (Menagerie Theatre), Fast Labour (Hampstead/West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Habitats (Gate and Tron Theatre Glasgow). For radio, Steve has written Scribblers, Bretton Woods and The Contingency Plan for BBC Radio 3 and Deep Swimmer, The Air Gap, Little Platoons, Morning, The Parliament of Rooks and The Moderniser for BBC Radio 4. For the screen, Steve has written The Contingency Plan; Safe House.   Steve is the author of The Secret Life of Plays.

 Polly Findlay (Director) makes her directing debut at the Donmar Warehouse with Limehouse. Polly was the joint winner (with Derren Brown) of the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment for DERREN BROWN: SVENGALI. She won the JMK Award for Young Directors in 2007, and was awarded the 2006/7 Bulldog Princeps Bursary at the NT Studio. Directing credits include Ghosts (HOME Manchester) The Alchemist (RSC and The Barbican),  As You Like It (National Theatre), Frǿken Julie (Aarhus Theatre, Denmark),The Merchant of Venice (RSC), Treasure Island (National Theatre), Krapp’s Last Tape (Sheffield Crucible), Arden of Faversham (RSC), Protest Song (The Shed, National Theatre), Gefährten/Warhorse (National Theatre/Theater des Westens, Berlin), A Taste of Honey (Sheffield Crucible), The Country Wife (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Antigone (National Theatre), Good (Royal Exchange Theatre), The Swan and Nightwatchman (Double Feature – National Theatre, Paintframe), Twisted Tales (Lyric Hammersmith), Honest (Royal & Derngate and Milnes Bar, Edinburgh, 2011), Light Shining in Buckinghamshire and Thyestes (Arcola Theatre), Eigengrau (Bush Theatre), and Romeo and Juliet (BAC).

 

Donmar Warehouse announces 2017 Spring Season

  • Artistic Director Josie Rourke and Executive Producer Kate Pakenham announce today the Power Season at the Donmar Warehouse.  This spring season includes a new play by Steve Waters examining the 1981 split in the Labour party; a revival of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui starring Lenny Henry; and a new musical with book and lyrics edited from the transcript of a House of Commons Select Committee evidence session on Whitehall’s Relationship with Kids Company.
  • Limehouse isa new play, imagining what happened when, in 1981, the ‘Gang of Four’ met to break from Labour and form the Social Democratic Party (SDP).  Playwright Steve Waters returns to the Donmar after his acclaimed play Temple, teaming up with Olivier-winning director Polly Findlay.  
  • Lenny Henry will make his Donmar Warehouse debut in Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.  This satirical masterpiece about the rise of a demagogue will be given a new translation by Pulitzer-, Olivier- and Tony-Prize winning American playwright, and author of Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris.  Simon Evans will direct.
  • Actor Hadley Fraser, Donmar Artistic Director Josie Rourke and composer Tom Deering have teamed up to create a new musical, editedfrom the transcript of a House of Commons Select Committee evidence session on Whitehall’s Relationship with Kids Company. The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee Takes Oral Evidence on Whitehall’s Relationship with Kids Company.  It will be directed by newly-appointed Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse, Adam Penford.
  • Following his triumphant return to the London stage with One Night in Miami…, Rourke and Pakenham are delighted to announce that Kwame Kwei-Armah will join the Donmar as an Associate Director.
  • The Donmar will be offering YOUNG+FREE tickets for every night of performances across the Power Season.  These free tickets for 25 year olds and under have proven transformative for the Donmar’s Shakespeare Trilogy.  YOUNG+FREE will continue to be funded through the generosity of audiences with the Donmar’s PAY IT FORWARD scheme.  Whilst sponsorship for the Front Row scheme has now come to its end, affordable ticket access for everyone remains central to the Donmar.  As such, £10 tickets will continue, as will Mondaymorning ticket releases, alongside day tickets.  
  • Today, alongside its season announcement, the Donmar is delighted to announce that the Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy, and its work in prisons alongside Clean Break theatre company and York St John’s University’s Prison Partnership Project, is the recipient of the 2016 Longford Prize. The Longford Prize recognises the contribution of an individual, group or organisation working in the area of penal or social reform in showing outstanding qualities in the following areas: humanity, courage, persistence and originality.

 Artistic Director Josie Rourke said:

Kate Pakenham and I want the Donmar to step up to what’s happening, and so we have worked with a seriously great group of artists to create the Power Season. Here is a new musical and two plays that concern themselves with truth and accountability; democracy and demagoguery; passion, despair and the rebirth of hope. Throughout this season, characters fight for, rise to and exercise their power. In creating the Power Season, we’re trusting that theatre will deploy its power to speak with swift and urgent clarity into the present.

 Launching the Power Season is Limehouse, a new play from our political history that speaks to our political present. Steve Waters returns to the Donmar with another thrilling drama that imagines what happened behind closed doors during a pivotal moment in history – the formation of the SDP, which split the Labour party in 1981. I’m delighted to welcome Polly Findlay to the Donmar to direct Limehouse

As the second play in the Power Season, Lenny Henry will then make his Donmar debut in Bertolt Brecht’s satirical masterpiece, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. The play is a timely comic parable about the rise of a demagogue, and will be given a new translation by Pulitzer-, Olivier- and Tony-award winning American playwright, Bruce Norris. The stellar Simon Evans will direct, with some Chicago Jazz Age flair along the way.

Finally in the Power Season, I have teamed up with Hadley Fraser, an actor I have had the immense pleasure of directing in several shows at the Donmar, including my current production of Saint Joan, along with the dazzling young composer Tom Deering. These two young artists are part of musical theatre’s future. Together, we are creating a new musical based on a House of Commons Select Committee evidence session about Whitehall’s Relationship with Kids Company. Directed by the brilliant Adam Penford, newly-appointed Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse, The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee Takes Oral Evidence on Whitehall’s Relationship with Kids Company examines how civil society holds itself to account.

 The return of Kwame Kwei-Armah to London theatre with One Night in Miami… brought joy and meaning to our stage. We are honoured that he will be joining the Donmar as an Associate Director, and look forward to him being a continuing part of our theatre, our culture and our lives.

The Donmar Warehouse announces today its new 2017 Spring Season. Playwright Steve Waters returns to the Donmar, following his acclaimed playTemple last year, with a searing new drama Limehouse. Set in 1981, the play imagines what happened when the ‘Gang of Four’ met to break from the Labour party and form the SDP. The production is directed by Olivier-award-winning Polly Findlay, who makes her Donmar debut.  [Limehouse is a fictionalised account of real events.  It is not endorsed by the individuals portrayed.]

Following this, Lenny Henry will also make his Donmar debut as Arturo Ui, in Bertolt Brecht’s satirical masterpiece The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, given a new translation by Bruce Norris and directed by Simon Evans.

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

 The Donmar will continue its YOUNG+FREE ticket scheme into 2017, after a successful launch during the Donmar’s Shakespeare Trilogy at King’s Cross this autumn. The scheme will offer free tickets to those 25 and under, every night across the spring season. YOUNG+FREE is made possible by the generosity of the public through PAY IT FORWARD.  In addition, to ensure constant affordable access to the Donmar for everyone, tickets from £10 will be released every Monday at 10am during each production’s run.

 Today, the Donmar Warehouse, Clean Break theatre company and York St John’s University’s Prison Partnership Project receive The Longford Prize for work carried out over the last 4 years in women’s prisons and the Donmar’s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy. The Longford Prize recognises the contribution of an individual, group or organisation working in the area of penal or social reform in showing outstanding qualities in the following areas: humanity, courage, persistence and originality.

 It is awarded annually by a prize committee on behalf of the trustees and patrons of the Longford Trust.  From 2016, the prize winner will receive £5,000, thanks to sponsorship from The McGrath Charitable Trust, founded by Kevin and Kate McGrath. The awards’ ceremony takes place as part of the annual Longford Lecture on Wednesday 16 November. The Longford Prize is organised in association with The Prison Reform Trust, for more information visit www.longfordtrust.org.

Executive Producer Kate Pakenham said:

We are excited to be bringing together great artists to present three productions which we hope will provoke valuable conversations and inspire our audiences.  Ensuring that young people can access this work is critical to our mission, so we are pleased to be making YOUNG+FREE tickets generally available across this season, as well as making all schools’ tickets free as part of the scheme. The initiative is a gift to young theatre-goers and a celebration of the ability of theatre to empower and inspire. YOUNG+FREE is made possible by the generosity of the public through PAY IT FORWARD.  We have been delighted by the support for PAY IT FORWARD from our audiences 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, both on our stage and beyond, possible.

First Look – One Night in Miami – Donmar Warehouse – Production Images

David Ajala as Jim Brown, Francois Battiste as Malcom X, Sope Dirisu as Cassius Clay and Arinzé Kene as Sam Cooke.

© Johan Persson