Donmar Warehouse announces two new productions for 2018


Josie Rourke and Kate Pakenham have announced two new productions that will run at the Donmar Warehouse as part of Rourke’s penultimate season as artistic director.

Lyndsey Turner will revive Brian Friel’s play Aristocrats in August. Friel’s play is about a formerly wealthy Catholic family who find themselves caught between social classes, and feeling isolated. The production runs from 2nd August to 22nd September, and will have designs by Es Devlin, costumes by Moritz Junge, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Christopher Shutt, compositions by Alex Baranowski and movement direction by Jonathan Watkins.

The cast for Aristocrats includes Elaine Cassidy, David Dawson, David Ganly, Emmet Kirwan, Aisling Loftus, Ciaran McIntyre and Eileen Walsh.

From 28th September, Rourke will direct William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, starring Hayley Atwell (Dry Powder) and Jack Lowden (Ghosts). Rourke will imagine the original play set in the year of its first performance, 1604, and in 2018. It will have designs by Peter McKintosh and lighting by Howard Harrison.

Full casting has also been announced for David Harrower’s upcoming adaptation of Muriel Sparks’ The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Directed by Polly Findlay, the cast includes Nicola Coughlan, Emma Hindle, Rona Morison, Grace Saif, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Lia Williams, Helena Wilson, Angus Wright and Kit Young. The play runs from 4th June to 28th July.

Photo of Donmar credit LA Citta Vita (flickr)

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