The Way of the World

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Family, money, desire: the rules of the game, the way of the world.

Lady Wishfort’s sprawling, dysfunctional family are riven by desire – there’s everything to lose and six thousand pounds to gain. Congreve’s glorious ensemble of characters battle it out in this exposing, satirical comedy where everyone needs to win just to get by.

Following their collaboration on the mesmerising Roots in 2013, James Macdonald returns to the Donmar to direct Linda Bassett in the role of Lady Wishfort.

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William Congreve
James Macdonald
Songs by:
Max Pappenheim
Peter Mumford
Max Pappenheim
Anna Fleischle
Cast list:
Linda Bassett
The Way of the World Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Thursday, 29 March, 2018
Opening date: 
Thursday, 5 April, 2018
Available from: 
Monday, 18 June, 2018
Saturday, 26 May, 2018
Booking to: 
Saturday, 26 May, 2018

Donmar Warehouse

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

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The Donmar Warehouse's artistic director Josie Rourke began her tenure at the helm there in 2012 with a candlelit production of George Farquhar's 1706 play The Recruiting Officer. Now the candles are back at the Donmar for another restoration classic The Way of the World that originally premiered in 1700 (though Rourke has been nowhere to be seen around the Donmar for most of the last year... Read more

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Haydn Gwynne to lead cast of Donmar Warehouse’s The Way of the World
Monday, February 19, 2018

Full casting has been announced for James Macdonald’s new revival of the William Congreve play The Way of the World at the Donmar Warehouse. Haydn Gwynne leads the cast as Lady Wishfort, a part originally due to be played by Linda Bassett who has been forced to withdraw from the production due to personal reasons.

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