Important Stories, Thrillingly Told.
That is director Michael Longhurst’s resolve regarding his first season of plays as Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse.
The Donmar Warehouse are delighted to share details of their upcoming season, which is to include the revival of David Greig’s prophetic early masterpiece ‘Europe’, the UK premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins unsettling play ‘Appropriate’, the full-length premiere of a new play by Alice Birch ‘[BLANK]’, the UK premiere of Mike Lew’s hilarious take on Shakespeare‘s ‘Richard III’, entitled ‘Teenage Dick’, and the revival of Caryl Churchill’s dazzling play ‘Far Away’.
‘This is what a border is. A magic money line.
Something changed today. The trains are no longer stopping at the border and no one knows why. Plus, the stationmaster has two new arrivals to deal with. Arrivals that will divide the local population’.
Michael Longhurst directs this 25th Anniversary revival of David Greig‘s play as his inaugural production as Artistic Director of the Donmar.
Casting will include Theo Barklem-Biggs (White Gold, Our World War, Journey’s End, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Inbetweeners Movie), Ron Cooke (Girl From The North Country, The City & The City, Mr Selfridge, Little Dorrit, Hot Fuzz), Billy Howle (MotherFatherSon, The Witness for the Prosecution, Cider with Rosie, Outlaw King), Kevork Malikyan (Doctor Who, Silent Witness, The Professionals, House of Cards) , Faye Marsay (McMafia, Black Mirror, Game of Thrones, Bletchley Circle, The White Queen, Darkest Hour), Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones, Shameless, Afterlife, Harry Potter, Mrs Henderson Presents, About A Boy), Stephen Wight (Manhunt, Maigret, Bluestone 42, The Paradise, Sherlock, Men In Black: International) and Shane Zaza (Doctor Who, Press, Black Mirror, Happy Valley, Silent Witness, Spooks: The Greater Good).
The production will feature design by Chloe Lamford, lighting design by Tom Visser, composition by Simon Slater, movement direction by Imogen Knight and casting by Anna Cooper CDG.
‘This prophetic early masterpiece from David Greig explores our complex relationship to Europe – as a continent, a refuge, an idea’.
‘Europe‘ runs at the Donmar Warehouse from Thursday 20th June to Saturday 10th August 2019.
‘“So I thought, since we can’t do Europe this summer, why don’t the kids and I just do a little Southern History road trip? We’re going to drive back home through Mississippi, Louisiana – all those places – experience some of Daddy’s heritage”.
The Lafayette family gather at their late father’s home in Arkansas to bury the hatchet and prepare the former plantation for its Estate Sale.
Until, that is, they make a discovery which changes everything’.
Ola Ince directs the UK premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins ‘Appropriate’, a take on the rich tradition of American family drama in this gripping play about ghosts, and the legacies we are left with.
Fresh from her Olivier-Award Winning performance in ‘All About Eve’, Monica Dolan stars. Joining her will be Jaimi Barbakoff, Charles Furness, Edward Hogg, Stephen Mackintosh, Isabella Pappas, Orlando Roddy, Oliver Savell and Tafline Steen.
The production will feature design by Fly Davis, lighting design by Anna Watson, sound design by Donato Wharton, with casting by Julia Horan CDG.
Speaking about why he chose the play, Donmar Artistic Director Michael Longhurst said: “‘Appropriate’ is a riotous family drama set on a former slave plantation: A brutally observed portrait of family dysfunction – a slug-fest of recriminations, buried trauma and gobsmacking fist-in-mouth, ‘no he didn’t’ writing. Branden audaciously subverts that most classic of drama set-ups: The grieving family gathering following the death of the patriarch. Consciously appropriating from his favourite canonical dramas, he examines white America’s response to the legacy of slavery, asking ‘what is really appropriate?’
‘Appropriate’ will run at the Donmar Warehouse from Friday 16th August to Saturday 5th October.
“When she was little, she was so happy.
I know everyone says that. I do.
She can’t stay awake.
She sold drugs.
She’s good at interrogations.
She drinks in the mornings.
She ate a rabbit.
She smashed up a shop.
She stabbed a man.
She used a hammer.
She had a baby.
She can’t find her mother.
She’s covered in blood and doesn’t know why”.
A striking new play from Alice Birch, directed by Maria Aberg, ‘[BLANK]‘ takes a kaleidoscopic view of what happens when a woman goes to prison.
The production will feature design by Rosie Elnile and casting by Anna Cooper CDG.
A co-production with Clean Break, this full-length premiere celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Clean Break, the leading theatre company working with women affected by the criminal justice system.
‘[BLANK]’ will run at the Donmar Warehouse from Friday 11th October to Saturday 30th November 2019.
‘As winter formal gives way to glorious spring fling, Richard – the class loser – lusts for power at Roseland High.
After years of torment due to his hemiplegia, Richard plots the ultimate rise in power: to become president of his senior class. But like all teenagers, and all despots, he is faced with the hardest question of all: is it better to be loved, or feared?’
A darkly comic take on Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’, Mike Lewis’ play ‘Teenage Dick‘ has its UK debut at the Donmar Warehouse.
Daniel Monks stars as Richard. The production will feature casting by Anna Cooper CDG.
‘Teenage Dick’ will run at the Donmar Warehouse from Friday 6th December 2019 to Saturday 1st February 2020.
‘You’ve found something secret. You know that don’t you?
In a cottage far away, a child wakes to the sound of screaming.
Who will tell her what’s really going on?
And where will the discoveries she makes that night take her in the years to come?’
Caryl Churchill’s ‘Far Away’, a dazzling play about a world sliding into chaos, receives a new production at the Donmar, twenty years on from its explosive premiere.
Directed by Lyndsey Turner, the production will feature casting by Anna Cooper CDG.
‘Far Away’ will run at the Donmar Warehouse from Thursday 6th February to Saturday 21st March 2020.
Also included in Michael Longhurst’s first season is ‘Writing Wrongs’, part of the ‘Fly the Flag’ programme of international events celebrating universal human rights.
‘Writing Wrongs’ brings together writers including Alexandra Wood, Zainab Hasan, Sabrina Mahfouz, Monsay Whitney and Natasha Simone with school and community groups for a six-month project to create monologues that explore what these rights mean to them personally.
The monologues will be released as films, and performed in public spaces across London during ‘Fly The Flag Week’ from 24th to 30th June 2019.
Committed to creating accessible theatre, the Donmar have also announced a new and simple way for audience members to get their hands on tickets to their shows.
Executive Producer Henny Finch explains: “We want the Donmar Warehouse to be for everyone and, although there’s no getting away from the fact it’s an intimate space, we have thought of ways to ensure tickets can be made continuously accessible and simplify the process of seeing shows here.
Firstly, we will be launching Daily Donmar Release – a new and simplified way of getting your hands on tickets for Donmar shows. This new scheme will see a minimum of 40 tickets made available every morning for the performances taking place one week later.
Engaging with new audiences is at the heart of what we do at the Donmar Warehouse, so we are thrilled to be continuing the fantastic YOUNG+FREE scheme where tickets will be free for those aged under 26 by ballot. YOUNG+FREE is funded through the generosity of audiences via the Donmar’s PAY IT FORWARD scheme, so far these donations have allowed the Donmar to allocate more than 16,000 tickets to those aged under 26. Together these schemes will ensure tickets for the Donmar are available to as many people as possible, every day that we are open”.
Addressing journalists, Michael Longhurst said: “I couldn’t be more excited to announce my first season as Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse. This is a theatre I’ve adored for years. I once even slept outside overnight to get a ticket. For me, the Donmar is a magical space designed to ignite theatrical fireworks; a place for rehearsing new ways of being; and an intimate space in which to congregate and expand our horizons. I’m honoured to be here and can’t wait to get started”.
General sale for ‘Europe’, ‘Appropriate’ and ‘[BLANK]’ begins on Tuesday 16th April at 9am online.
Tickets for ‘Teenage Dick’ and ‘Far Away’ will be released for sale in the autumn.