Knives In Hens

Knives in Hens

The Donmar Warehouse presents David Harrower's hauntingly poetic thriller Knives in Hens, helmed by multi-award winning director Yaël Farber. The production marks the play’s first major London revival since its 1995 premiere.

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About Knives in Hens:

A ploughman and his wife live a simple existence in a pre-industrial time, until the hated local miller ensnares them in a struggle of knowledge, power and attraction.

‘I have no name for the thing which is in my head. It is not envy. It is more than envy. It does not scare me. I must look close enough to discover what it is.’
 

By:
David Harrower
Producer:
Donmar Warehouse
Director:
Yaël Farber
Lighting:
Tim Lutkin
Sound:
Christopher Shutt
Design:
Soutra Gilmour
Cast list:
Christian Cooke, Judith Roddy, and Matt Ryan
Other info:
Movement Direction by Imogen Knight
Knives in Hens Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Thursday, 17 August, 2017
Opening date: 
Tuesday, 22 August, 2017
Available from: 
Thursday, 21 September, 2017
Closes: 
Saturday, 7 October, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 7 October, 2017

Donmar Warehouse

Address:
Donmar Warehouse, London, WC2h 9LX
Venue Box Office:
0844 871 7624
Nearest tube:
Covent Garden

Knives in Hens Customer reviews

Our Review

South African director Yaël Farber has become known for her raw and intense productions of plays about epic personal battles, from Mies Julie (a blistering South African version of Strindberg's Miss Julie) to The Crucible (at the Old Vic). Earlier this summer her reputation lost some of its lustre with a critically-lambasted production of Salome on the National's largest Olivier. But even the... Read more

Latest Knives in Hens News & Features

Knives in Hens rehearsals
Rehearsal images of the Donmar Warehouse's Knives in Hens released
Monday, July 31, 2017

Rehearsal images have been released showing the cast of Knives in Hens, which opens at the Donmar Warehouse later this month. David Harrower’s thriller is about a ploughman and his wife who go about their normal lives, pre-industrialisation. But a love triangle develops when a local miller arrives on the scene and enlightens the young woman about knowledge and power. Harrower’s play was published in 1995, and first produced the following year at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.

Knives In Hens
Donmar Warehouse reveals its Autumn Season
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, has announced details of the venue's forthcoming autumn season including two new productions: David Harrower's Knives in Hens and Henrik Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea. The Donmar's production of Knives in Hens marks the first major London revival of Harrower's intense drama since its premiere in 1995. It also marks the Donmar debut of multi-award winning director Yaël Farber, who is set to helm the hauntingly poetic thriller. The cast includes Christian Cooke (as Pony William), Judith Roddy (as Young Woman) and Matt Ryan (as Gilbert).

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