The Donmar Warehouse today announces full casting for Elinor Cook’s new version of Ibsen’s 1888 masterpiece The Lady from the Sea, which is directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah and runs from 12 October to 2 December 2017, with a press night on 18 October.
As previously announced Nikki Amuka-Bird will play Ellida Wangel, and she is joined by Finbar Lynch as her husband Dr Wangel and Ellie Bamber as her daughter Hilde, as well as Jake Fairbrother (The Stranger), Jim Findley (Ballested), Jonny Holden (Lynstrand), Tom McKay (Arnholm) and Helena Wilson (Bolette).
Ellida, the lighthouse-keeper’s daughter, is trapped in her marriage and longs for the sea. When a former lover returns from years of absence, she is forced to decide between freedom and the new life she has made for herself.
Following his production of the Olivier Award-nominated One Night in Miami, Donmar Associate Director Kwame Kwei-Armah returns to direct Ibsen’s moving play about duty and self-determination. The production is designed by Tom Scutt, with lighting by Lee Curran, sound by Emma Laxton and music by Michael Bruce.
Nikki Amuka-Bird (Ellida) returns to the Donmar Warehouse after appearing in World Music by Steve Waters in 2004. Other theatre credits include God Bless the Child, Birdland, Love and Information (Royal Court), The Trial of Ubu (Hampstead), Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre), and Twelfth Night (Bristol Old Vic) for which she was nominated for an Ian Charleston Award. She has worked extensively in television and was BAFTA-nominated for her role in the BBC adaption of Zadie Smith’s NW. She is perhaps best known for her appearance in BBC One’s Small Island, as well with other TV credits including Quarry, Denial, Inside No.9, Luther, House of Fools, Sinbad, Survivors, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Torchwood, Robin Hood, The Line of Beauty and Death in Paradise.
Ellie Bamber (Hilde) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in The Lady from the Sea. Ellie’s theatre credits include High Society (The Old Vic) for which she received a nomination for Best Newcomer in a Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory). Television credits include The Musketeers and A Mother’s Son. For film Ellie’s credits include Taipei, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Extracurricular Activities, Nocturnal Animals, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Falling.
Jake Fairbrother (The Stranger) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Lady from the Sea. Jake’s theatre credits include Twelfth Night (Crucible/ ETT), The Last Days Of Troy(Royal Exchange, Shakespeare’s Globe), Orphan Of Zhao, A Life Of Galileo and Boris Gudonov (RSC), Hamlet (National Theatre) and Macbeth (Cheek By Jowl). Television credits include NW, Transylvania and Holby. Film credits include Stratton, Sand Castle, City of Tiny Lights and Skyfall.
Jim Findley (Ballested) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Lady from the Sea. Theatre credits include: Inside Out Of Mind (Meeting Ground Theatre/Lakeside Arts); The Duchess of Malfi, Of Mice and Men, Macbeth, A Flea in Her Ear, The Cherry Orchard, Mother Courage(Nottingham Playhouse), Watership Down (Lyric Hammersmith), A River Sutra(Three Mills Island Studios), Playboy of the West Indies (Oxford Playhouse/Tricycle Theatre), Mr Puntila and his Man Matti (Almeida Theatre), where he also appeared in Maya Angelou’s production of Moon On A Rainbow Shawl, V.S Naipaul’s Miguel St (Latchmere Theatre) which he also co-adapted. Television credits include Silent Witness, Doctors, Livin’ It, EastEnders, Casualty, Dr Who-Resurrection Of The Daleks, and Johnny Jarvis. Film credits include Cry Freedom, Socrates and Playing Away.
Jonny Holden (Lynstrand) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Lady from the Sea. Jonny’s theatre credits include Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme(Headlong / Abbey Theatre), Blood Stained Tree (Young Vic), The Man with the Hammer (Theatre Royal Plymouth), and Romeo and Juliet (Sheffield Crucible). Television credits include Paula.
Finbar Lynch (Dr Wangel) previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Translations by Brian Friel, as well as Hecuba, Fool for Love and To the Green Fields Beyond. He also previously starred in the Donmar in the West End production of The Silence of the Sea at the Trafalgar Studios. His extensive theatre credits include Richard III (Almeida Theatre), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Hothouse, Antony and Cleopatra, Not About Nightingales and King Lear (National Theatre), Antigone (Barbican Centre / World Tour), Desire Under The Elms, The Big Fellah (Lyric Hammersmith), The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne / Paris / New York), The Duchess of Malfi and Dancing at Lughnasa (The Old Vic), Faith Healer (Bristol Old Vic), The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist (Chichester Festival Theatre / Liverpool Everyman), The Fastest Clock in the Universe (Hampstead Theatre / Leicester Curve), Portrait of a Lady and A Doll’s House (Bath Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Rose Theatre Kingston), Three Sisters on Hope Street (Hampstead Theatre / Liverpool Everyman), Ghosts (Gate Theatre), The Tempest, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Coriolanus, The Alchemist, The Virtuoso, Amphibians, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC), The Birthday Party (Duchess Theatre), A Moon for the Misbegotten (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Three Sisters (Royal Court / Gate Theatre Dublin). For television his credits includeFoyle’s War, DCI Banks, Breathless, Game of Thrones, Silk, Richard II, Proof, Dalziel and Pascoe, Waking the Dead, Red Cap, Atilla the Hun, Second Sight, Mind Games, Holby City, Small World, Between the Lines and Glenroe. Film credits include The World We Knew, Black 47, Property of the State, Suffragette, Child 44, Departure, The Numbers Station, Matilde, To Kill a King, Lost Batallion, King Lear, Scold’s Bridle, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Schooner and Rawhead Rex.
Tom McKay (Arnholm) previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Frost/Nixon. Tom’s other theatre credits include Drones Baby Drones (Arcola Theatre), Julius Caesar (The Globe), The Great Game (Tricycle Theatre/ U.S Tour / Public Theatre NYC), Rough Cuts (Royal Court), Dedication (Nuffield Theatre) and Henry V (National Theatre). Television credits include Primeval, Spooks, The Bastard Executioner and White Queen. For film his credits include Kill Command, Chromophobia, Imagine Me and You, Clubbed and The Harrow.
Helena Wilson (Bolette) recently graduated from Oxford University. Helena’s theatre credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (The Old Vic), Romeo and Juliet (Thelma Holt International Tour), The Alchemist (OUDS National Tour), Breathing Corpses (Knack Kneed Theatre), The Architect (Hypnotist Theatre), Dahling, You Were Marvellous! (Burton Taylor Studio), Lord of the Flies (O’Reilly Theatre), Slag (Burton Taylor Studio) and Cabaret (Robinson Theatre).