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The Donmar Warehouse in central London has announced details of its Spring 2016 season which features: Welcome Home, Captain Fox!, a new version of Jean Anouilh’s Le Voyageur Sans Bagage by Anthony Weigh, the world premiere of a new play by Nick Payne, Elegy, and a revival of Brian Friel’s Faith Healer.
Artistic Director Josie Rourke introduced the season by saying:
"The Donmar Spring Season features two world premieres by leading writers, and the third play in my tenure as Artistic Director by dramatist Brian Friel, ‘Faith Healer’, directed by Lyndsey Turner. Alongside Lyndsey, I’m thrilled to welcome another of the UK’s leading directors - Blanche McIntyre, who is making her Donmar debut."
The season includes:
Welcome Home, Captain Fox!
A new version of Jean Anouilh’s Le Voyageur Sans Bagage by Anthony Weigh. The comedy is directed by Blanche McIntyre, with set design by Mark Thompson, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Gregory Clarke.
Cast includes Francesca Annis (Mrs Fox) - see below update, Michelle Asante (Juliette), Barnaby Kay (George Fox), Rory Keenan (Gene), Katherine Kingsley (Mrs Marcee Dupont-Dufort), Trevor Laird (James) and Fenella Woolgar (Valerie).
Cast update issued 29 January 2016: Sian Thomas will be taking on the role of Mrs Fox in Welcome Home, Captain Fox! replacing Francesca Annis, who has had to withdraw from the production for personal reasons.
"It’s the legendary hot summer of 1959 and while the Cold War rages and America tunes into I Love Lucy!, Captain Jack Fox, believed missing in action in the fields of France 15 years before, is about to be reunited with his family in The Hamptons. But is this really Jack Fox? And if it isn’t, who is this man? And why are there 22 other families so intent on claiming him as their own?"
By Nick Payne, directed by Josie Rourkem, with set design by Tom Scutt, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.
"What if every neuron in the human brain could be mapped and decoded? Every act of human behaviour catalogued and wholly understood? Elegy imagines a very-near future in which radical and unprecedented advances in medical science mean that it’s now possible to augment and extend life. Elegy explores a world in which the brain is no longer a mystery to us. But at what cost?"
By Brian Friel, directed by Lyndsey Turner and starring Stephen Dillane and Gina McKee.
"Throughout the remote and forgotten corners of the British Isles, Frank Hardy offers the promise of redemption to the sick and the suffering. But his is an unreliable gift, a dangerous calling which brings him into conflict with his wife Grace and his manager Teddy. Their accounts of their lives together and their memories of the past collide as they attempt to understand the power which lies at the heart of Frank’s ministry."
Tickets for the new productions will go on sale to the public on 11 December 2015.