Donmar Warehouse’s outgoing artistic director Josie Rourke has announced today two new productions as part of her final season, both with rising directorial talents at the helm: the UK premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat, directed by former Donmar resident assistant director Lynette Linton; and an original stage adaptation of Peter Strickland’s film Berberian Sound Studio, written for the stage by Joel Horwood, marking the directorial debut for Donmar associate artist Tom Scutt and starring actor Tom Brooke (BBC’s Bodyguard).
Artistic director Josie Rourke said:
“Sixteen years ago, I began my career as a director at the Donmar. I had trained under Sam Mendes, who was then artistic director. At the end of my year as the resident assistant, Sam then invited me to direct my first professional production at the Donmar. That’s one of the reasons why this stage is – to me – the most special, and most memorable of all stages in London.
“Within my final season at the Donmar, I wanted to reflect on the place it had at the start of my directing career. I have asked two people at the beginning of their own careers as directors to stage a production for the Donmar. They have both been instrumental in creating some of our recent work and love the Donmar’s stage.”
7 December 2018 to Saturday 26 January 2019 (press night is 19 December)
In 2011, Lynn Nottage began spending time with the people of Reading, Pennsylvania: officially one of the poorest cities in the USA. During the following two years, she dug deep into the forgotten heart of middle America, finding a city divided by racial tension and the collapse of industry. Sweat is the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that Nottage wrote following her experience. Lynette Linton will make her Donmar debut as director.
Berberian Sound Studio
8 February to 30 March 2019 (press night is 14 February)
Italy, 1976. Gilderoy is a long way from home. His work as a sound designer for Dorking-based nature documentaries has not gone unnoticed. He has swapped the foley table of his garden shed for the glamour of the Berberian Sound Studio. Here, at the height of giallo horror, cabbages become corpses, your own voice can be over-dubbed and silence speaks louder than screams.
Based on the acclaimed subliminal horror film by Peter Strickland, conceived for the stage by Joel Horwood, directed by Tom Scutt. The cast includes Tom Brooke, Enzo Cilenti and Tom Espiner.
Tom Brooke (Gilderoy) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Berberian Sound Studio. His theatre credits include King Lear, The Kitchen (National Theatre), The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, Jerusalem, Wild East (Royal Court), I am the Wind, Some Voices (Young Vic), The Caretaker (Liverpool Everyman), Dying for It (Almeida), After the End (Bush), Osama the Hero (Hampstead) and The Long, the Short and the Tall for which he won a TMA Award (Sheffield).
Enzo Cilenti (Francesco) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Berberian Sound Studio. His theatre credits include Lingua Franca (Finborough Theatre), Anna In The Tropics (Hampstead Theatre), The Shape of Things (New Ambassadors), Ticket to Write (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Eye, Asylum Talk and Total Immersion No.1 (Royal Court), Miu Miu (Paines Plough), Perfect Days (Traverse Theatre).
Tom Espiner (Massimo) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Berberian Sound Studio. His theatre credits include Macbeth, Twelfth Night and The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory); Anything Goes, Love’s Labour’s Lost (National Theatre), The Firework Maker’s Daughter (Told By an Idiot), Peggy For You (Hampstead Theatre/West End), Tombstone Tales (Arcola), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Unicorn Theatre), Kursk (Sound&Fury/Young Vic/Sydney Opera House), Going Dark (London Science Museum/Sound&Fury), Ether Frolics (Sound&Fury with artists from Shunt).