Artistic Director Josie Rourke and Executive Producer Kate Pakenham announce today two new productions at the Donmar Warehouse this autumn: a revival of David Harrower’s modern classic, Knives in Hens, and Ibsen’s masterpiece, The Lady from the Sea, in a new version by Elinor Cook.
Internationally-acclaimed theatre artist, Yaël Farber, makes her Donmar debut directing David Harrower’s haunting Knives in Hens. Full casting includes Christian Cooke as Pony William, Judith Roddy as Young Woman andMatt Ryan as Gilbert.
Associate Director Kwame Kwei-Armah returns to the Donmar to direct The Lady from the Sea, in a new version by Elinor Cook. BAFTA nominated Nikki Amuka-Bird will lead the cast as Ellida.
The Donmar will also present the previously announced Becoming: Part One, a series of workshop performances written and performed by Rosalie Craig and Michelle Terry performed at the Donmar’s rehearsal space. Both share their very personal experiences of giving birth six months ago, remembering now because they are already starting to forget.
Beyond the Donmar and as previously announced, the first of the Donmar’s acclaimed Shakespeare Trilogy plays, Julius Caesar, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Dame Harriet Walter, will premiere this summer at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June and be broadcast in UK cinemas from 12 July 2017.
Artistic Director Josie Rourke said:
The Donmar will once again be home to stories both epic and intimate. This autumn I am delighted to bring you two exceptional plays, celebrating world-class theatre making talent.
I am delighted to welcome the hugely talented Yaël Farber, to direct at the Donmar for the first time, staging David Harrower’s haunting modern classic, Knives in Hens. Yaël has assembled a terrific cast which includes Christian Cooke, Judith Roddy and Matt Ryan. This Donmar staging is the play’s first major London revival since its premiere in 1995, when it instantly established David Harrower as one of the UK’s leading playwrights.
Our Associate Artist Kwame Kwei-Armah will then return after his hit production of One Night in Miami… last year, to direct Ibsen’s masterpiece The Lady from the Sea. Writer Elinor Cook has created a beautiful new version of the play and we are thrilled that wonderfully gifted and recently BAFTA-nominated Nikki Amuka-Bird will return to the Donmar and lead the cast, playing Ellida.
The Donmar strives to create a thriving community of artists both at our theatre in Covent Garden and at our rehearsal spaces on Dryden Street. In the next month we will host Becoming: Part One, a unique project which will present public performances at our rehearsal space for the first time. Rosalie Craig and Michelle Terry, both of whom I have had the privilege to direct at the Donmar, will share their very personal experiences of giving birth six months ago in a series of very relaxed workshop performances. This is the first part of a year-long investigation into the ‘golden year’ of becoming a parent.
Award-winning playwright Bruce Norris’ new adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui continues The Power Season at the Donmar Warehouse, starring Lenny Henry in the title role and directed by Simon Evans.
The Power Season concludes this summer with a new musical, The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee Takes Oral Evidence on Whitehall’s Relationship with Kids Company. The book and lyrics have been edited by Hadley Fraser and Josie Rourke, based on a House of Commons evidence session, and the music is by brilliant young composer Tom Deering. The piece is directed by Adam Penford and examines how civil society holds itself to account.