The Donmar Warehouse has announced its 2015 Spring season. Productions include a revival of Patrick Marber’s 20th Century classic Closer, a new play for theatre and television by James Graham, The Vote and the world premiere of Temple, a new play by Steve Waters.
Artistic Director Josie Rourke said: "I am delighted to announce a new season for 2015 that includes the return of two directors and a playwright with deep-rooted connections to the Donmar. David Leveaux – a former Associate Director – who has assembled a terrific cast for the first London revival of Patrick Marber’s award-winning play Closer.
"Howard Davies, another important figure in the Donmar’s history, who ran the theatre when it was the RSC’s new writing studio in the late 1970s, will direct Temple, a new play by Steve Waters. Following our collaboration on Privacy, James Graham and I will reunite for a bold experiment, centred around the May 2015 General Election. The Vote will be broadcast on television, live and in real time on election night in partnership with Channel 4."
The first play in the Donmar’s 2015 Spring season will see David Leveaux direct Patrick Marber’s Closer (12th February – 4th April 2015) which on its premiere in 1997 won the Olivier, Evening Standard and New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards for Best Play, and later became a hit film in 2005. David Leveaux’s production will star Nancy Carroll as Anna, Oliver Chris as Dan, Rachel Redford as Alice and Rufus Sewell as Larry.
Following their celebrated collaboration on Privacy, James Graham and Josie Rourke will reunite for The Vote (24th April – 7th May 2015). Set in a fictional polling station, the play will be screened live and in real time on election night during the last 90 minutes of the poll. It will use cutting edge fixed rig technology to bring the production into homes across the UK on More4 on the last night of its run at the Donmar.
Howard Davies will direct Steve Waters' new play Temple (21st May – 25th July 2015), a fictionalised account of the events that took place during the 2011 Occupy demonstration outside St Paul’s Cathedral. Simon Russell Beale returns to the Donmar having previously starred in The Philanthropist, Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya (for which he won the 2003 Olivier Award for Best Actor) to play the Dean. Temple takes us to the heart of a very British crisis - a crisis of conscience, a crisis of authority, and a crisis of faith.
In other news, Phyllida Lloyd’s acclaimed all-female production of Henry IV (which continues to play to sold-out houses at the Donmar) will take up a week’s residency in December at Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets following its Donmar run.