London’s Donmar Warehouse has announced its reopening season following extended closure and completion of essential building works, beginning with with Inua Ellams’ audience-led poetry event Search Party.
The season features four new productions, an initial cast including Rory Kinnear and Kit Harington, new plays by Cordelia Lynn and Jackie Sibblies Drury, plus a school tour of Mike Lew’s play Teenage Dick.
Highlights also include:
- Love And Other Acts Of Violence, a new play by Cordelia Lynn. Directed by Elayce Ismail, with Abigail Weinstock making her professional stage debut.
- Rory Kinnear will star in Tim Price’s new stage adaptation of Ruben Östlund’s award-winning comedy film about a family falling apart, Force Majeure. Donmar artistic director Michael Longhurst directs.
- Kit Harington will star in Henry V, directed by Donmar associate director Max Webster.
- Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Marys Seacole will be directed by Nadia Latif.
Speaking about the reopening season, artistic director Michael Longhurst said: “We’re back with a season that mines history to examine our present; that holds society to account through personal stories; that is laced with comedy and poetry and packed full of talent for our shared entertainment.
“I’m delighted that the Donmar is also mounting its first local comprehensive schools tour, giving young people and young actors opportunities they’ve been denied during the pandemic. We can’t wait to see you in person again!”
21-25 September 2021
Award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams (Barber Shop Chronicles, The Half-God of Rainfall) brings his audience-led poetry event to the Donmar Warehouse.
Love And Other Acts Of Violence
7 October-27 November 2021 (Press night is 14 October)
A young Jewish physicist and a left-wing poet meet at a party and fall in love. As society splinters around them, the couple’s struggle to survive erupts into violence. Cordelia Lynn’s new play is a subversive and intimate love story about inheritance and the cycles of politics and history. Elayce Ismail directs a cast including Abigail Weinstock and Richard Katz.
10 December 2021-5 February 2022 (Press night is 16 December)
Ruben Östlund’s award-winning comedy about a family falling apart is adapted for the Donmar stage by Tim Price, directed by Donmar Warehouse artistic director Michael Longhurst. Cast includes double Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear.
11 February-9 April 2022 (Press night is 22 February)
Kit Harington leads the cast in an exciting modern Shakespeare production directed by Donmar associate director Max Webster, exploring what it means to be English and our relationship to Europe, asking: do we ever get the leaders we deserve?
15 April-4 June 2022 (Press night is 21 April)
Mary Seacole was the pioneering Jamaican nurse who bravely voyaged to heal soldiers in the Crimean War. She was a traveller, a hotelier and a businesswoman. She was the most impressive woman you’ve ever met. Directed by Nadia Latif, the UK premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Jackie Sibblies Drury’s new play reunites the team behind her critically-acclaimed Fairview in 2019.
5 July-16 July 2021
The Donmar will revive its 2019 production of Teenage Dick, a reimagining of Richard III by Mike Lew, which will tour ten comprehensive schools in the boroughs of Camden and Westminster. Michael Longhurst’s production is reimagined for schools by former Donmar resident assistant director Blythe Stewart. Jack Hunter will star as Richard, alongside Alfie Jones, Jan Le, Nicola May-Taylor, Talia Palamathanan and Elena Pitsiaeli.
The Donmar will also introduce BSL performances across productions in the season, alongside its captioned and audio described performance offer.