Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Josie Rourke and Executive Producer Kate Pakenham have announced two new productions as part of Rourke’s penultimate season in charge: Lyndsey Turner’s revival of Brian Friel’s haunting play, Aristocrats; and a new production of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, directed by Rourke and starring Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden. These join the previously announced new adaptation of Muriel Spark’s iconic novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
Lyndsey Turner returns to the Donmar Warehouse, following Faith Healer, Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Fathers and Sons to direct Brian Friel’s Aristocrats, running 2 August to 22 September. The cast includes Elaine Cassidy, David Dawson, David Ganly, Emmet Kirwan, Aisling Loftus, Ciaran McIntyre and Eileen Walsh.
Artistic Director Josie Rourke will then direct William Shakespeare’s play about sex and power, Measure for Measure, running 28 September to 24 November 2018. Within every performance, Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden will alternate the roles of the powerful Deputy and powerless Novice.
Full casting has been announced for David Harrower’s adaptation of Muriel Sparks’ The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, running 4 June to 28 July 2018. Directed by Polly Findlay, Edward MacLiam joins the previously announced company which also includes Nicola Coughlan, Emma Hindle, Rona Morison, Grace Saif, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Lia Williams, Helena Wilson, Angus Wright and Kit Young.
In other Donmar news, Phyllida Lloyd’s screen versions of her ground-breaking, all-female Shakespeare Trilogy – Julius Caesar, Henry IV and The Tempest – will be made available free on BBC iPlayer following a BBC4 transmission of Julius Caesar this summer. The Shakespeare Trilogy will also be presented on screen at St Ann’s Warehouse, New York from 31 May to 3 June 2018, and made available for free to over 3,000 schools across the UK in partnership via the National Theatre’s On Demand in Schools platform. Extensive education materials will be made available to schools for free to support the teaching of English, Drama and PSHE.
Artistic Director Josie Rourke said:
“I’m delighted to announce two new productions at the Donmar, joining the previously announced THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, for my penultimate season, with all three directed by women.
“Through her three productions of work by Brian Friel at the Donmar, director Lyndsey Turner has become the leading new interpreter of the great playwright’s canon. Following her acclaimed productions of Fathers and Sons, Faith Healer and Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Turner returns to Friel’s work with a new production of his haunting drama, ARISTOCRATS.
“I’m excited to return to Shakespeare at the Donmar with MEASURE FOR MEASURE. Within every performance in this production, Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden will alternate the roles of the powerful and powerless, Angelo and Isabella. Having worked with Jack on screen, I’m thrilled to bring him back to the London stage with this production.”
Executive Producer Kate Pakenham added: “In addition to these three exciting new productions we will be staging at our Covent Garden home, I am delighted that we are able to extend the legacy of the Shakespeare Trilogy by sharing the screen versions of the productions in partnership with the BBC, with St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York and with schools across the country. The Trilogy came out of a desire to celebrate and empower women’s voices, and it is thrilling that these films will ensure that they do that for years to come.
“It is also wonderful to see our KLAXON and YOUNG+FREE ticket schemes continue to grow in popularity, ensuring that our venue remains accessible to new audiences, particularly young people.
“YOUNG+FREE is made possible by the generosity of the public through PAY IT FORWARD. We have been delighted by our audiences’ ongoing support for PAY IT FORWARD and are excited to be working with them to prioritise young people’s access to the arts. We are also grateful for the significant support we receive from corporate partners, individual philanthropists and the Arts Council which makes the Donmar’s work possible, both on our stage and beyond.”