Paul Higgins and James Laurenson will join the previously announced Elaine Cassidy, David Dawson, David Ganly, Emmet Kirwan, Aisling Loftus, Ciaran McIntyre and Eileen Walsh in the cast for Brian Friel’s play Aristocrats, at the Donmar Warehouse from 2 August to 22 September 2018 (press night is 9 August).
The production is directed by Lyndsey Turner who returns to the Donmar following Faith Healer, Fathers and Sons and Philadephia, Here I Come!
Ballybeg Hall once played host to grand balls, musical evenings, tennis parties: its rooms busy, bursting with painters, poets and politicians. And presiding over all of it, the imposing figure of Judge O’Donnell. Now, on the eve of a wedding, the O’Donnell children return to their ancestral home to find that the rot has set in.
Also in the creative team are designer Es Devlin, costume designer Moritz Junge, lighting designer Paule Constable, sound designer Christopher Shutt, composer Alex Baranowski and movement director Jonathan Watkins
Paul Higgins (Tom Huffnung) returns to the Donmar Warehouse after appearing in Temple, Luise Miller and The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman he once Loved in the Former Soviet Union. Theatre credits include The Seagull (Lyric Hammersmith), Twilight Song (Park
Theatre), Blackbird, King Lear (Citizens Theatre), Hope, Night Songs (Royal Court), Children of the Sun, The White Guard, Paul, An Enemy of the People (National Theatre), Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland), Damascus (Traverse/ Tricycle/ Middle East Tour), The Tempest (Tron Theatre), Macbeth, Conversations After A Burial (Almeida Theatre), Measure For Measure (RSC), The Golden Ass, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Globe Theatre), Buried Alive, The Maidenstone (Hampstead Theatre), Macbeth (English Touring Co/ Lyric Hammersmith), Slab Boys Trilogy (Young Vic).
James Laurenson (Father) returns to the Donmar Warehouse after appearing in Othello and Passion Play. Theatre credits include Henry V (West End), The Master Builder (The Old Vic), The Comedy of Errors (The Globe Theatre), The School for Scandal (Theatre Royal Bath), Hamlet, Three Winters, The Cherry Orchard (National Theatre), The Road to Mecca (Arcola), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rose Theatre, Kingston), The Apple Cart, The Browning Version and Swansong (Theatre Royal, Bath/ Tour), Pygmalion (Theatre Royal, Bath/ The Old Vic), Waiting for Godot (Theatre Royal, Bath/New Ambassadors), Measure for Measure (Theatre Royal, Bath/Stratford Upon Avon), The Crucible (RSC/Gielgud), As You Like It (Theatre Royal, Bath/Rose Theatre/USA Tour), Don Juan, Galileo’s Daughter and Man and Superman (Theatre Royal, Bath), The Prince of Hamburg, The General From America, Julius Caesar, Othello, Saratoga, The Changeling and As You Like It (RSC) and A Delicate Balance (Theatre Royal, Haymarket).