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The Donmar Warehouse in central London has announced details of its Autumn 2015 season which features three plays by leading contemporary playwrights: Abi Morgan’s Splendour, the UK Premiere of Teddy Ferrara by Christopher Shinn, and the thirty-year revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, by Christopher Hampton.
Artistic Director Josie Rourke introduced the season by saying:
"One of the things that most excites me about this season is the strong leading roles for women...We continue our commitment to bringing topical and searing new plays to the Donmar".
The season includes:
This will be the first major London run of the drama by Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning writer Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame), which will run from 30 July to 26 September 2015, with an official opening on 4 August 2015.
Directed by Donmar Associate Director Robert Hastie, the production will feature Zawe Ashton, Sinéad Cusack, Michelle Fairley and Genevieve O’Reilly. It will feature designs by Peter McKintosh, lighting design by Lee Curran and sound design by Adrienne Quartly.
"In the opulent drawing room of the Presidential Palace, a Western photojournalist awaits the return of the dictator. She is here to take his portrait. The dictator’s wife, her best friend and an interpreter wait with her. Prada shoes, vodka glasses and light fingers tap out the time. He is late, very late…All four women harbour secrets and suspicions. All four are in danger. This is the day that revolution comes to the streets. Abi Morgan's devastating play allows us a glimpse into the minds of four women as their world turns."
The UK premiere of Christopher Shinn's story of a student tragedy will be directed by Dominic Cooke and run from 1 October to 5 December 2015 with an official opening on 7 October 2015.
The cast will include Nancy Crane, Oliver Johnstone, Kadiff Kirwan, Ryan McParland, Matthew Marsh, Anjli Mohindra, Luke Newberry, Pamela Nomvete and Nathan Wiley. It will features designs by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting design by Paule Constable and sound design by Carolyn Downing.
"It's Gabe's senior year and he's going to make the most of it. He’s the chair of the LGBT Students Group, and he has one eye on a future in politics and one eye on Drew, the editor of the university newspaper. But as Gabe and his friends throw themselves into campus life, unexpected events reveal a darker, lonelier world inhabited by a freshman called Teddy Ferrara."
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Josie Rourke will direct this revival of Christopher Hampton's play based on Choderlos de Laclos’ 1782 novel which runs from 11 December to 13 February 2016, with an official opening on 17 December 2015.
The production will star Michelle Dockery, Janet McTeer and Dominic West.
"Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cécile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel. While these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed."
Beyond the Donmar Warehouse, the venue will reunite with St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York this autumn to transfer Phyllida Lloyd’s staging of Henry IV, with an all-female cast led by Harriet Walter.
Tickets for the new productions will go on sale to the public on 16 June 2015.