Michael Longhurst has announced his first season as artistic director of London’s Donmar Warehouse, which will include one full-length world premiere, two UK premieres and two major revivals, the first helmed by Longhurst himself.
That is David Greig’s visionary early play Europe, running from 20 June to 10 August, with a press night on 27 June. Written 25 years ago, it is prophetic in its vision of Europe today – as a continent, a refuge, an idea. Cast includes Billy Howle (MotherFatherSon, On Chesil Beach), Kevork Malikyan (Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Cut), Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones, The Darkest Hour), Stephen Wight (The Paradise, Bluestone 42) and Shane Zaza (Happy Valley, Press).
The Donmar will then stage the UK premiere of Critics’ Circle Award-winning Most Promising Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ 2014 Off-Broadway play Appropriate, which takes on the rich tradition of American family drama. Jacobs-Jenkins’s play, set on a former slave plantation, about ghosts and the legacies we are left with will be directed by Ola Ince. Casting includes Monica Dolan (All About Eve, Appropriate Adult). It runs from 16 August to 5 October 2019, with a press night on 22 August.
We are delighted to announce the first five plays from Artistic Director Michael Longhurst: EUROPE, APPROPRIATE, [BLANK], TEENAGE DICK and FAR AWAY – important stories, thrillingly told. pic.twitter.com/wmajtJJsfp
— Donmar Warehouse (@DonmarWarehouse) April 2, 2019
The full-length premiere of a new play by Alice Birch, [BLANK], will be directed by Maria Aberg, making her Donmar Warehouse debut, running from 11 October to 30 November 2019, with a press night on 17 October. [BLANK] is a co-production to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Clean Break Theatre Company and will feature an all-female cast of 15, including women who have lived-experience of the criminal justice system, and an all-female creative team.
The UK premiere of Teenage Dick, US playwright Mike Lew’s high school take on Shakespeare’s Richard III, which was a hit last year at New York’s Public Theater. A dark and funny story about the rise of a teenage despot. Examining disability and power, Teenage Dick is directed by Michael Longhurst with actor Daniel Monks as Richard. It runs from 6 December 2019 to 1 February 2020, with a press night on 12 December.
For the final production in Longhurst’s inaugural season, director Lyndsey Turner will return to the Donmar Warehouse to revive Caryl Churchill’s Far Away, in which a world is sliding into chaos, 20 years on from its premiere. It runs from 6 February to 21 March 2020.
Speaking about his first season, Michael Longhurst commented:
“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; an intimate space in which to congregate and expand our horizons. I’m honoured to be here and can’t wait to get started.”