Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Donmar Warehouse announces autumn 2015 season

The opening play in the Donmar’s 2015 Autumn Season will be the first major London run of Splendour by Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning writer Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame). It will be directed by Donmar Associate Director Robert Hastie, fresh from his Olivier Award-nominated production of My Night with Reg. The production will feature Zawe Ashton, Sinéad Cusack, Michelle Fairley and Genevieve O’Reilly.

Dominic Cooke will then direct his first theatre production since leaving the Royal Court in 2013, with the UK premiere of Teddy Ferrara, Christopher Shinn’s story of a student tragedy sending a campus into turmoil, featuring Nancy Crane, Oliver Johnstone, Kadiff Kirwan, Ryan McParland, Matthew Marsh, Anjli Mohindra, Luke Newberry, Pamela Nomvete and Nathan Wiley.

The final production of the Donmar season will be Artistic Director Josie Rourke’s production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton. The production will star Michelle Dockery, Janet McTeer and Dominic West in this stage adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos’ 1782 novel.

Beyond the Donmar Warehouse, the venue will reunite with St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York this autumn to transfer Phyllida Lloyd’srevelatory staging of Henry IV, with an all-female cast led by Harriet Walter, which will be the opening production in St. Ann’s thrilling new space. After a previous transfer of Phyllida Lloyd’s Julius Caesar in 2013, Henry IV is the second production in a trilogy of Shakespeare productions set in a female prison, igniting conversations about gender, equality and who owns Shakespeare.

Donmar live in cinemas will continue with National Theatre Live Encore screenings of Coriolanus, directed by Josie Rourke and featuring an Evening Standard Award-winning performance by Tom Hiddleston. Coriolanus will be screened in cinemas around the UK from 24 September 2015, and internationally from 12 November 2015.

Artistic Director Josie Rourke said: "One of the things that most excites me about this season is the strong leading roles for women. It is a thrill to announce a season of work that features, in plays by living writers, women of the calibre and power of Zawe Ashton, Sinéad Cusack, Michelle Dockery, Michelle Fairley, Genevive O’Reilly and Janet McTeer, who returns to the Donmar and the London stage. This, combined with the transfer of Phyllida Lloyd’s second instalment in her trilogy of all-female Shakespeares to New York shows a programme of work in deep conversation with the lives of women and their status as actors on our stage. 

"We continue our commitment to bringing topical and searing new plays to the Donmar with the British premiere of Christopher Shinn’s Teddy Ferrara. I am particularly delighted that Dominic Cooke is returning to theatre and to his long-standing collaboration with Christopher Shinn to direct this production. On a personal note, I have long wanted to direct Christopher Hampton’s superb Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and the cast we have drawn together is a testament to the brilliance of his play. As well as welcoming Janet McTeer back to the Donmar, I am thrilled that Dominic West will return to our stage in this production.

"We’re delighted to announce that Phyllida Lloyd will be joining the Donmar as an Associate Director and playwright James Graham will join as an Associate Artist. Phyllida’s trilogy of all-female Shakespeare productions, and James Graham’s innovations in popular political playwriting, Privacy and The Vote have been defining moments on our stage over the past two years. We are thrilled that these major artists have agreed to join the artistic team."

Executive Producer Kate Pakenham said: "It is fantastically exciting to be once again working with the team at St. Ann’s Warehouse to bring the second instalment of Phyllida’s all-female Shakespeare trilogy, Henry IV, to New York audiences. We were overwhelmed by the response to the first instalment, Julius Caesar, which sparked important new conversations on both sides of the Atlantic and found such a warm welcome and perfect home at St. Ann's in 2013. 

"During that visit, we were delighted to be part of the ground-breaking ceremony for the new building, so to have been invited to present the inaugural production in St. Ann’s dynamic new Brooklyn space is a huge honour. We look forward to extending the important education and outreach work around the production during our residency in Brooklyn, and are hugely grateful to the partners who are making this project possible, especially J.P. Morgan and the Tow Foundation."

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