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David Harrower’s thriller is about a ploughman and his wife who go about their normal lives, pre-industrialisation. But a love triangle develops when a local miller arrives on the scene and enlightens the young woman about knowledge and power. Harrower’s play was published in 1995, and first produced the following year at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.
The Donmar Warehouse production is directed by Yaël Farber, whose Salome recently played at the National Theatre. Her previous work includes Nirbhaya at the Edinburgh Festival, and The Crucible at The Old Vic, which earned her an Olivier Award nomination. Knives in Hens marks her directional debut at the Donmar.
The production stars Christian Cooke (Experience, Hampstead Theatre), Judith Roddy (The Plough and The Stars, National Theatre) and Matt Ryan (Hamlet, Donmar). It will have designs by Soutra Gilmour, lighting by Tim Lutkin and compositions by Isobel Waller-Bridge.
It runs at the Donmar Warehouse from 17th August to 7th October, with an official opening on 22nd August.
Knives in Hens Tickets are available now.
Photos by Marc Brenner.