The Donmar Warehouse announces Michael Longhurst’s second season as Artistic Director

Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Michael Longhurst. Photo by Helen Maybanks.

The Donmar Warehouse has announced details of Michael Longhurst‘s second season as Artistic Director, which will open with the first major UK production of Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks’ modern epic, IN THE BLOOD, directed by Ellen McDougall.

A striking take on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel, The Scarlet Letter, IN THE BLOOD will run from Friday 17 April to Saturday 6 June 2020.

The Donmar and Theatr Clwyd will then revive Steve Waters’ critically acclaimed THE CONTINGENCY PLAN, a timely double-bill of plays about the climate crisis, which will run at the Donmar from Wednesday 10 June to Saturday 1 August 2020 following a run at Theatr Clwyd from Tuesday 19 May to Saturday 6 June 2020.

This new production comes a decade on from their premiere and has been updated to reflect a decade of developments in the climate emergency.  

THE CONTINGENCY PLAN comes in two parts – On the Beach and Resilience. Audiences can book the two over multiple evenings or see both plays in one day.

Chelsea Walker directs ON THE BEACH and Caroline Steinbeis directs RESILIENCE.

For THE CONTINGENCY PLAN, the Donmar Warehouse and Theatr Clwyd will work with Julie’s Bicycle, industry leaders on climate change and environmental sustainability, to ensure that the co-production is made in a sustainable way.

In response to THE CONTINGENCY PLAN, writer Nina Segal and director Joseph Hancock will explore visions of a climate positive future with ASSEMBLY, a new show performed on Sunday 12 and Monday 13 July 2020 by the Donmar‘s newly formed Local Company.

The final production in the season will be the world premiere stage adaptation of Ruben Östlund’s unsettling black comedy, FORCE MAJEURE, adapted for the Donmar stage by Tim Price and directed by Michael Longhurst.

FORCE MAJEURE will run from Friday 7 August to Saturday 26 September 2020. 

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In 2020 Actor and Director Prasanna Puwanarajah joins Designer and Director Tom Scutt as an Artistic Associate at the Donmar Warehouse.

Executive Director Henny Finch and Artistic Director Michael Longhurst at the Donmar Warehouse. Photo by Helen Maybanks.

The Donmar is continuing its commitment to engaging new audiences with DONMAR DAILY RELEASE. Going into its second year, this ticket access scheme will continue to see a minimum of 40 tickets released for sale every morning for the performances seven days later. Audiences can sign up to receive information about productions and ticketing on the Donmar’s website:

The Donmar’s successful free ticket scheme for those aged 16 to 25, YOUNG+FREE, will continue to offer seats by ballot for performances across the new season. YOUNG+FREE is funded through the generosity of audiences and supporters. These donations have enabled the Donmar to allocate more than 21,000 free tickets to those aged under 26.

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