Knives in Hens

Donmar Warehouse, London
Knives in Hens
Donmar Warehouse, London
Our Review 4 / 5
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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.

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.’

Previews from |
17th August 2017
Opening date |
22nd August 2017
Booking from |
7th December 2019
Available until |
7th October 2017
Closes |
7th October 2017
Categories |
David Harrower
Donmar Warehouse
Yaël Farber
Tim Lutkin
Christopher Shutt
Soutra Gilmour
Cast list:
Christian Cooke, Judith Roddy, and Matt Ryan
Other info:
Movement Direction by Imogen Knight

Donmar Warehouse Venue Information

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

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Our Review of Knives in Hens


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 best artists are allowed the chance to fail sometimes, and now she returns to the intimacy... Read more

Latest Knives in Hens News & Features

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