Michael Longhurst has announced his second season as artistic of the Donmar Warehouse. The first production will be Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks’ modern epic In the Blood (17 April – 6 June 2020), inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel The Scarlet Letter. Ellen McDougall will direct the first major UK production.
The Donmar and Theatr Clwyd will then revive Steve Waters’ critically-acclaimed The Contingency Plan (18 May-6 June, Theatr Clwyd; 10 June-1 August, Donmar), a double-bill of plays about the climate crisis. This new production comes a decade on from their premiere and has been updated to reflect a decade of developments in the climate emergency. Chelsea Walker directs On The Beach and Caroline Steinbeis directs Resilience.
In response to The Contingency Plan, writer Nina Segal and director Joseph Hancock will explore visions of a climate positive future with Assembly (12 and 13 July), performed by the Donmar Warehouse’s newly formed Local Company.
The final production in the season will be the world premiere of a stage adaptation of Ruben Östlund’s film Force Majeure (7 August-26 September), written by Tim Price and directed by Longhurst.
Speaking about the season, artistic director Michael Longhurst said:
“As we head into my second season as artistic director at the Donmar I am delighted for us to be bringing you more Important Stories, Thrillingly Told. 2020 will see exceptional artists, both new and familiar, joining us here at the Donmar to make inspiring productions that explore the world today.
“For The Contingency Plan, the Donmar Warehouse and Theatr Clwyd will also work with Julie’s Bicycle, industry leaders on climate change and environmental sustainability, to ensure that the co-production is made in as sustainable a way as possible.
“They will work with both venues throughout the design and creation process to advise and consult on best practice and how to minimise the environmental impact of the project. Julie’s Bicycle will then update their Sustainable Production Guide, adding The Contingency Plan as a key case study and demonstrative example of what actions the wider industry might take to address the climate crisis.”
The Donmar is continuing its commitment to engaging new audiences with Donmar Daily Release. Going into its second year, this ticket access scheme will continue to see a minimum of 40 tickets released for sale every morning for the performances seven days later. Audiences can sign up to receive information about productions and ticketing on the
The Donmar’s successful free ticket scheme for those aged 16 to 25, Young+Free, will continue to offer seats by ballot for performances across the new season. The scheme is funded through the generosity of audiences and supporters. These donations have enabled the Donmar to allocate more than 21,000 free tickets to those aged under 26.