Full cast revealed for ‘The Human Body’ at the Donmar Warehouse

Lucy Kirkwood’s romantic drama marks Michael Longhurst’s final production as artistic director of the Donmar. The play stars Keeley Hawes and Jack Davenport.

Olivia Rook
Olivia Rook

The full cast has been announced for the world premiere of Lucy Kirkwood’s The Human Body, which opens at the Donmar Warehouse on 27 February.

Joining the previously announced Keeley Hawes (Iris) and Jack Davenport (George) are Tom Goodman-Hill as Julian Elcock, Flora Jacoby Richardson as Laura Elcock, Audrey Kattan as Laura Elcock, Pearl Mackie as Sylvia Samuels, and Siobhán Redmond as Helen Mackeson MP. Additional characters will be played by members of the company.

Michael Longhurst will co-direct the show with Ann Yee, following their collaboration on rock musical Next to Normal, which transfers to Wyndham’s Theatre this year. The Human Body marks Longhurst’s final production as artistic director of the theatre, with Tim Sheader taking over as artistic director and joint chief executive in March.

The rest of the creative team includes Fly Davis (designer), Joshua Pharo (lighting designer), Ben and Max Ringham (sound designers and composers), Nathan Amzi and Joe Ransom (video designers), and Kate Waters (fight director).

The Human Body is a romantic drama set in Shropshire in 1948. Iris Elcock, GP, socialist and Labour party councillor, is working tirelessly to implement Nye Bevan’s National Health Service Act and its promise of free health care for all. But at home she is wife to an ex-Navy man scarred by the war. A chance meeting with George Blythe, a local boy who has made it to Hollywood, turns her world upside down.

The play runs at the Donmar Warehouse until 13 April.

Check back for information about The Human Body on London Theatre.

Photo credit: Pearl Mackie and Tom Goodman-Hill. (Photos courtesy of production)

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