Donmar Warehouse announces 2013 Autumn Season


Donmar Warehouse announces 2013 Autumn Season

Today the Donmar Warehouse announces its 2013 Autumn season of five productions in London, Manchester and New York and on cinema screens with National Theatre Live. Artistic Director, Josie Rourke has programmed a compelling mix of new writing, a modern classic and Shakespeare.

Josie Rourke commented: “This year, the Donmar is a champion of British and Irish theatre. This next season of new and classic work examines life on these islands and considers how we find our place in the world. Struggle, laughter and tragedy are in all these plays. When work on our stage can not only ask what essentially it is to be human but also ask what it is to be human right now – that’s dynamite.”

The season will open with the world premiere of Evening Standard Award-winner Nick Payne’s new play, The Same Deep Water As Me directed by John Crowley, starring Nigel Lindsay (Shrek The Musical, Four Lions, The Pillowman), Daniel Mays (Trelawny of the Wells and Moonlight for the Donmar, Welcome to the Punch, Atonement) and Monica Dolan (BAFTA winner for Appropriate Adult, Call the Midwife). Next, James Macdonald will direct Arnold Wesker’s modern classic, RootsCall the Midwife star, Jessica Raine will perform alongside Linda Bassett (East is East, Lark Rise to Candleford) and Emma Stansfield(Privates, Skins). Finally, Josie Rourke will direct Tom Hiddleston (Othello, Ivanov for the Donmar, Avengers Assemble, Thor, War Horse, The Hollow Crown) in the title role of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, alongside Mark Gatiss (The Recruiting Officer for the Donmar, Sherlock) as Menenius. Alongside these productions in London the Donmar’s work will be seen in Manchester, New York and on cinema screens across the globe.

In October the Donmar and St Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn will present the US premiere of the Donmar’s critically acclaimed all-female production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Phyllida Lloyd will reprise this ground-breaking production with original cast members including Harriet Walter, Frances Barber, Jenny Jules and Cush Jumbo. This will be the second production the Donmar takes to New York in 2013. The Machine, a co-production with the Manchester International Festival and Park Avenue Armory, will premiere in Manchester this July, before opening in New York on  04 September for a two week run.

Josie Rourke commented, “With the American premiere of Julius Caesar, Phyllida Lloyd’s ground-breaking production and company will bring the important conversation they began in London to New York this Autumn. I’m delighted that this incredible reimagining of a classic play will follow The Machine in New York, and be the first London to New York transfer from the Donmar’s new team.”

The Donmar will also run an ambitious programme of education workshops, projects and dedicated schools performances to sit alongside its forthcoming season. Over 1000 school students will get the chance to see a Donmar production for just £5 and each production will be accompanied by two practical Open Workshops, open to the general public to book.

The renovation and refurbishment of Donmar Dryden Street will continue through to the end of 2013 with the organisation set to move into its new creative and administrative hub in January 2014. Donmar Dryden Street will bring all of the theatre’s off-stage work under one roof for the first time, allowing this ambitious theatre to develop its creative output and expand its reach.

The Donmar also announces the continuation of its highly successful Barclays Front Row access initiative, which every Monday offers over 300 £10 tickets in the front row of the stalls and circle for performances two weeks later.

Kate Pakenham, Executive Producer, commented “In the first six months of Barclays Front Row, 5,000 of the £10 tickets have gone to people visiting the Donmar for the first time. It’s helped us to realise our ambition to open up the Donmar, and we are continuing the scheme for this new season of work.”

Barclays Front Row tickets will be available for The Same Deep Water As Me, Roots and Coriolanus. Tickets can be purchased online by going to , in person at the box office or on the telephone.


Full Production Breakdown:


A new play by Nick Payne
01 August – 21 September 2013
Press night: Tuesday 06 August 2013

Director: John Crowley
Designer: Scott Pask
Lighting Designer: Peter Mumford
Sound Designer: Christopher Shutt

Cast includes: Monica Dolan, Peter ForbesJoanna Griffin, Nigel Lindsay, Daniel Mays, Niky Wardley

“Everyone’s battlin’ it; fucking fiscal cliff, mate, and I’m hanging off the edge.”

Nick Payne won last year’s Evening Standard Award for Best New Play for ConstellationsJohn Crowley returns to the Donmar to direct Payne’s witty and incisive new play.

Had an accident at work? Tripped on a paving slab? Cut yourself shaving? You could be entitled to compensation. Andrew and Barry at Scorpion Claims, Luton’s finest personal injury lawyers, are the men for you.

When Kevin, Andrew’s high school nemesis, appears in his office the opportunity for a quick win arises. But just how fast does a lie have to spin before it gets out of control?

Nick Payne (Playwright) is an award-winning playwright, whose most recent play Constellations, won the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play and was nominated for Best New Play at the Olivier Awards. He studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama and University of York before completing the Royal Court Young Writers course. In 2009, he won the prestigious George Devine Award with his play If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet. The play premiered at the Bush Theatre, directed by Josie Rourke. His play Wanderlust was produced by the Royal Court in 2010.

John Crowley (Director) returns to the Donmar where, as Associate Director, he directed Tales from Hollywood, Juno and the Paycock, which transferred to Broadway, Into the Woods and How We Learned to Drive. For the stage he also directed Love Song, starring Neve Campbell and On An Average Day starring Woody Harrelson, both for the West End. For the National Theatre he directed The Pillowman which transferred to Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play in 2005. His debut feature film, Intermission, was released in 2003 and in 2009 he released Is Anybody There? starring Michael Caine.

Monica Dolan (playing Anne Gunn & Georgina Burns) has had a prolific stage and television career. Theatre credits include Birth of a Nation (Royal Court), numerous productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the West End production of Jane Eyre. In 2011 she won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for the ITV drama Appropriate Adult and appeared in the BBC TV series Call the Midwife. Film credits include Alan Partridge The Movie, Kick Ass 2 and Sightseers.

Peter Forbes (playing Guy Haines & Judge Appleton) is currently playing R F Simpson in Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace Theatre. Other theatre credits include The Observer (National Theatre) and Lord Elgin in the original cast of Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland). His film credits include Wilde and Blue Ice, and recent television credits include Peter Kosminsky’s The Promise.

Joanna Griffin (playing Terri & Attendant) graduated from LAMDA in 2011. Since graduating, she has appeared in Earlsfield at the Centre of the World (Tara Arts) and A Hundred Million Hits (Arcola).

Nigel Lindsay (playing Barry Paterson) has previously performed at the Donmar in The Real Thing and Morphic Resonance. Most recently he played the title role in the hit West End musical, Shrek The Musical, receiving an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. He starred in the BAFTA winning film Four Lions and has a prolific television career, including Spooks, Silent Witness, Waking the Dead and Rome. His extensive theatre credits include Under the Blue Sky, Guys and Dolls and Bedroom Farce in the West End and he has performed at the Royal Court and National Theatre on a number of occasions.

Daniel Mays (playing Andrew Eagleman) has previously appeared at the Donmar in Trelawny of the Wells and Moonlight. He is well known for his roles in films including Made in DagenhamTin TinRed Riding 1975 & 1983ShiftyAtonementVera Drake and most recently Welcome to the Punch. On television he has appeared in the series Mrs Biggs (National Television Awards nomination for Best Male Drama Performance), OutcastsAshes to AshesHustle and Public Enemies.

Niky Wardley (playing Jennifer Needleman) is probably best known for her television roles as Caroline in In With the Flynns, Sally in The Spa and The Catherine Tate Show. Her theatre credits include Bedroom Farce (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre), and Our Country’s Good andThree Sisters at the Nuffield Theatre.


By Arnold Wesker
03 October 2013 – 30 November 2013
Press Night: Tuesday 8 October 2013

Director: James Macdonald
Designer: Hildegard Bechtler
Lighting Designer: Guy Hoare
Sound Designer: Ian Dickinson

Cast includes: Linda Bassett, Michael Jibson, Jessica Raine, Emma Stansfield

“The world’s bin growing for two thousand years and we heven’t noticed it”

Roots is the exquisite centrepiece of Wesker’s seminal post-war trilogy, a landmark achievement of 20th century British theatre. James Macdonald now revives this portrait of a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change. The production will star Jessica Raine who is best known for her role as Jenny Lee in the BBC TV series Call the MidwifeLinda Bassett who starred in the films East is East and Calendar Girls and Emma Stansfield who recently starred in the BBC drama Privates.

It’s 1958. Beattie Bryant has been to London, and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm, her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

Arnold Wesker, F.R.S.L. (Playwright) born London 1932, has written over 45 plays the most well-known being The Wesker TrilogyThe KitchenChips With Everything, and Shylock, most of them performed worldwide.  He has written two opera librettos, published volumes of fiction and non-fiction, poetry, a book for young people, an autobiography – As Much As I Dare (1992). His work has been translated into 17 languages. Wesker may be unique in having had sixteen world premieres abroad. In the last seven years he has written five new plays and other works, including his first novel, Honey, published by Simon & Schuster 2005. In 2008 he published his first volume of poetry All Things Tire of Themselves. In that year he also completed a commission, to celebrate 75 years of the BBC World Service, for a radio play, later adapted for the stage – The Rocking Horse Kid. He has just completed his latest new play Joy and Tyranny. The recipient of honorary degrees and prizes, Wesker’s vast archives have recently been purchased by Texas University.  He was knighted in the 2006 New Year’s Honours list for services to world drama.

James Macdonald (Director) was Associate Director of the Royal Court from 1992 to 2007 where he directed Cock, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You (also Public Theater, New York), Dying City (also Lincoln Center, New York), Fewer Emergencies, Lucky Dog, Blood, Blasted and 4.48 Psychosis. His other directing credits include The Arrest of Ai Wei Wei, And No More Shall We Part (Hampstead Theatre), King Lear, The Book of GraceTop Girls (Broadway/MTC), A Delicate Balance, Judgment Day, The Triumph of Love (Almeida), Dido, Queen of Carthage, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Exiles (National Theatre) and Glengarry Glen Ross in the West End.

Linda Bassett (playing Mrs Bryant) has previously performed at the Donmar in Phaedra. Throughout her prolific career she has performed at the National Theatre, Royal Court and Royal Shakespeare Company. Her television credits include The Life & Adventures of Nick Nickleby, Lark Rise to Candleford and Grandma’s House. She is best known for her roles in feature films East is East, The Reader, Calendar Girls, The Hours and Effie.

Michael Jibson (playing Jimmy) has previously performed in Road Show (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Comedy of Errors (Manchester Royal Exchange), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Timon of Athens (Shakespeare’s Globe). He recently starred in the feature film Les Misérables and his television credits includeHatfields & McCoys and Band of Brothers.

Jessica Raine (playing Beatie) is best known for playing the lead role in the BBC drama, Call the Midwife. Her theatre credits include The Changeling (Young Vic), Rocket to the Moon, Earthquakes in London, Gethsemane and Harper Regan all for the National Theatre. She recently starred in the feature film The Woman in Black and television credits include Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time and Garrow’s Law.

Emma Stansfield (playing Pearl) made her West End debut in 2002 in Daisy Pulls It Off. She has performed in a number of productions at the National Theatre including Mephistopheles and Sparkleshark. She is perhaps best known for her role as Ronnie Clayton in Coronation Street and most recently starred in the BBC drama Privates. Other television credits include Skins, The Tudors and Fanny Hill.


By William Shakespeare
06 December 2013 – 08 February 2014
Press Night: Tuesday 17 December
National Theatre Live broadcast: 30 January 2014

Director: Josie Rourke

Cast includes: Mark GatissTom Hiddleston

“From face to foot he was a thing of blood”

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.

Josie Rourke directs Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston making his return to the Donmar in the title role, and Mark Gatiss playing Menenius.

Coriolanus will be broadcast live into cinemas around the world on 30 January 2014 (and on varying dates internationally) in partnership with National Theatre Live.

Josie Rourke (Director) is Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse. Since her appointment in 2012 she has directed The Weir, Berenice, The Physicists and The Recruiting Officer. Rourke trained at the Donmar, under Sam Mendes, through the theatre’s annual Resident Assistant Director scheme. Prior to the Donmar, she was Artistic Director at the Bush Theatre, London, from 2007 to 2011. Her 2010 production of Men Should Weep by Ena Lamont Stewart ran in the Lyttelton at the National Theatre. In 2011 her production of Much Ado About Nothing, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, ran in the West End at Wyndham’s Theatre and received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Revival.

Mark Gatiss (playing Menenius) performed at the Donmar in Josie Rourke’s 2012 production of The Recruiting Officer. Other theatre credits include 55 Days (Hampstead Theatre), Season’s Greetings (National Theatre) and All About My Mother (Old Vic). Recently he has played Mycroft Holmes in the BBC TV seriesSherlock and was co-creator and star of The League of Gentlemen. Feature films include Starter for Ten, Match Point and The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse.

Tom Hiddleston (playing Coriolanus) has previously performed for the Donmar in Othello and Ivanov (Donmar at Wyndham’s). In recent years he has gained international acclaim for his roles in feature films such as The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, Thor, The Deep Blue Sea, War Horse and Midnight in Paris. In 2012 he received critical praise for his portrayal of Shakespeare’s Henry V in the BBC’s epic series The Hollow Crown.  Other television credits include Cranford, Wallander and Miss Austin Regrets.


A new play by Matt Charman
10 July – 21 July 2013
Campfield Market Hall, Manchester, Campfield Avenue Arcade, Manchester, M3 4FH
Press Night:  Friday 12 July
Box Office: 0844 375 2013
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04 September – 18 September 2013
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, New York NY
Box Office: (212) 933 5812 beginning June 17
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Commissioned and produced by Donmar Warehouse, Manchester International Festival and Park Avenue Armory.

Director Josie Rourke
Designer Lucy Osborne
Lighting Designer Mark Henderson
Sound Designer Ian Dickinson
Video Designer Andrzej Goulding
Choreographer Jonathan Watkins
Casting Director Alastair Coomer CDG

Cast includes: Francesca AnnisAntonia BernathCornelius BoothDavid Mumeni, Phil NicholJohn RammBrian SillsLucille SharpTrevor White with Lorenzo AllchurchNicholas Croucher

Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, Josie Rourke, will direct the world premiere of award-winning writer Matt Charman’s new work, The Machine, to be performed in a specially designed arena.

In 1997, Garry Kasparov, the world’s greatest chess player, came to New York City and played the biggest match of his life. His opponent was a chess computer named Deep Blue, created by tech wunderkind Doctor Hsu. For its funders IBM, the event was a bid to raise their stock price. For Kasparov and Hsu, this blistering encounter risked their reputation and their genius.

Matt Charman’s (Playwright) first play, A Night at the Dogs (at Soho Theatre, London), won the prestigious Verity Bargate Award for new writers. Other productions include The Observer, directed by Sir Richard Eyre, and The Five Wives of Maurice Pinder, and Greenland (written with Jack Thorne, Moira Buffini and Penelope Skinner), all three of which premiered at the National Theatre where Charman was previously Pearson Writer in Residence. Charman is a recipient of the Peggy Ramsay Award and the 2008 Catherine Johnson Award for Best Play for The Observer. Matt is currently writing a screenplay for Universal/Working Title Film, and also for Sony Films and Roland Emmerich, as well as two original drama series for the BBC.

About Park Avenue Armory

Part palace, part industrial shed, Park Avenue Armory fills a critical void in the cultural ecology of New York city by enabling artists to create—and audiences to experience—unconventional work that cannot be mounted in traditional performance halls and museums. With its soaring 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall and array of exuberant period rooms, the Armory offers a new platform for creativity across all art forms.  The Armory has mounted major installations by Ernesto Neto, Ryoji Ikeda, Christian Boltanski, Tom Sachs, and Ann Hamilton; and dance performances by Shen Wei Dance Arts, Tricia Brown, and the final performances of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company across three separate stages. Music performances include Bernd Zimmermann’s harrowing Die Soldaten and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Gruppen with the New York Philharmonic and performances of his electronic masterpiece Oktophonie. Theater productions include a six-week residency of the Royal Shakespeare Company, in their Stratford-upon-Avon home rebuilt to scale in the drill hall.


By William Shakespeare
03 October – 03 November
St Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, New York
Presented by Donmar Warehouse and St Ann’s Warehouse

Director Phyllida Lloyd
Designer Bunny Christie
Lighting Designer Neil Austin
Sound Designer Tom Gibbons
Composer Gary Yershon
Movement Director Ann Yee
Fight Director Kate Waters
Casting Director Anne McNulty CDG
Additional Casting Vicky Richardson

Cast includes: Jade Anouka, Frances Barber, Susan Brown, Helen Cripps, Clare Dunne, Jennifer Joseph, Jenny Jules, Cush Jumbo, Irene Ketikidi, Carrie Rock, Harriet Walter, Danielle Ward

‘One of the most important theatrical events of the year’
The Observer

Phyllida Lloyd’s groundbreaking all-female staging of Shakespeare’s raw and eternal study of power.

The Donmar and St Ann’s Warehouse, one of America’s most dynamic and innovative theatre presenters, are proud to bring the Donmar’s visceral and unforgettable production to New York, playing for four weeks of performances only.

Phyllida Lloyd (Director) has directed Julius Caesar, The Threepenny Opera, Boston Marriage and Mary Stuart for the Donmar. Mary Stuart won the 2006 South Bank Show Theatre Award, and later transferred to the West End and Broadway. Her other theatre work includes Six Degrees of SeparationWild East (Royal Court), Pericles, Duchess of Malfi, What the Butler Saw, The Way of the World and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (National Theatre), The Virtuoso and Artists and Admirers (RSC) and MAMMA MIA! (London, New York and worldwide, also 2008 film). Her opera productions include La Bohème, Albert Herring, Gloriana, Carmen and Peter Grimes – Royal Philharmonic Society Award and a South Bank Show Award (Opera North), Macbeth (Opéra-Bastille, Royal Opera), The Carmelites (ENO, WNO), The Handmaid’s Tale (Royal Danish Opera, ENO), a staged Verdi Requiem and Wagner’s Ring Cycle (ENO) and an award-winning film of Gloriana (BBC2). Her most recent film was The Iron Lady reuniting her with Meryl Streep.

About St. Ann’s Warehouse

St. Ann’s Warehouse fills a vital niche on New York City’s cultural landscape as an artistic home for the American avant-garde; international companies of distinction; and highly talented, individual artists ready to work on a grand scale. By virtue of our creative programming profile, versatile performance space and highly tailored producing and marketing strategies, St. Ann’s brings some of the world’s most imaginative theater to New York City.   In 2001, St. Ann’s Warehouse moved to DUMBO, quickly becoming a major destination for artists and productions that might otherwise never have made it to our shores: Mark Rylance’sMeasure for Measure, Daniel Kramer’s Woyzeck, National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch, Kneehigh’s Brief Encounter and The Wild Bride, Dmitry Krymov’s Opus No. 7, TR Warszawa’s Festen and Macbeth; Mabou Mines’ Dollhouse; and Enda Walsh’s Misterman with Cillian MurphySt. Ann’s has been a second home for The Wooster Group and an incubator for Tristan Sturrock, Daniel Kitson and Cynthia Hopkins. These relationships will continue in the coming seasons at our temporary home in 29 Jay through spring 2015 and in the historic Tobacco Warehouse thereafter.