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Donmar Warehouse Theatre - New season Dec to June
The Donmar Warehouse has announced three new productions taking its season to June 2013.
Public booking opens 1 Oct 2012.
An all-female version of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar opening 4 Dec 2012, following previews from 29 Nov - running to 9 Feb 2013. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, and starring Frances Barber (Julius Caesar), Harriet Walter (Brutus), Cush Jumbo (Mark Anthony), Jade Anouka (Calpurnia), Clare Dunne (Portia), Jenny Jules (Cassius). It is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Neil Austin.
Trelawny Of The Wells by Arthur Wing Pinero, opening 26 Feb 2013, following previews from 15 Feb - running to 13 Apr 2013. Directed by Joe Wright, designed by Hildegard Bechtler. Rose Trelawny is the brightest star in the firmament of the Wells, the theatre company that raised her from birth. But she's prepared to give it all up for the love of her stage-door suitor, aristocratic Arthur. His family are less convinced of her charms, however, and her joyful challenge to their dreary, snobby existence shocks them to their core.
A new revival of The Weir by Conor McPherson, directed by Josie Rourke, opening 25 Apr 2013, following previews from 18 Apr - running to 8 June 2013. In Brendan’s pub, isolated above the town, the men are gathering for their daily pint. The arrival of a stranger in their midst – a woman - spurs them to impress her with stories. They are stories of souls past and of spirits very much present. But one story is more chilling and more real than any of the men could have foreseen.
These three new productions follow previously announced Berenice by Jean Racine, in a new version by Alan Hollinghurst, directed by Josie Rourke, starring Anne-Marie Duff opening 2 Oct 2012, following previews from 27 Sep - running to 24 Nov 2012.Berenice’s long and patient wait is over. Her lover, Titus, is now Emperor of Rome and with his succession, she can become his queen.
Alongside the new season, Rourke and Executive Producer Kate Pakenham also announce a new audience initiative – Barclays Front Row, supported by the company’s long-term Principal Sponsor, Barclays: Two-thirds of all front row tickets, across the stalls and circle, will be made available for each performance; The tickets will be released two weeks out, ie a full week of tickets (8 performances) will be released on sale on the Monday two weeks prior; All Barclays Front Row will be priced at £10, with no booking fee; They are available to buy in person from the box office, on-line or over the phone; The tickets are available to everyone, regardless of age. The first set of tickets for Julius Caesar will go on sale via all the usual routes – telephone, on-line and in person - on 19 November.