Michael Longhurst, artistic director of London’s Donmar Warehouse, has announced plans for his second season at the venue.
Opening the season, Gate Theatre Artistic Director Ellen McDougall makes her directorial debut at the Donmar with the first major UK production of IN THE BLOOD. Originally staged in 1999, Suzan Lori-Parks’ Pulitzer Prize-nominated play is inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel, The Scarlet Letter.
Running from 17th April 2020 to 6th June 2020, IN THE BLOOD features direction by McDougall, design by Mol Tran, lighting design by Azusa Ono and casting by Anna Cooper.
Next up, the Donmar, in a co-production with Theatr Clwyd, presents a revival of Stever Waters’ acclaimed double-bill, THE CONTINGENCY PLAN. Composing of two plays tackling the theme of climate change (ON THE BEACH and RESILIENCE), the two productions will run in repertory, with audiences having the opportunity to purchase tickets to see both plays in one day.
THE CONTINGENCY PLAN was first produced at the Bush Theatre in 2009, with the plays directed originally by Michael Longhurst and Tamara Harvey, now both Artistic Directors of the Donmar and Theatr Clwyd respectively. The new revival of THE CONTINGENCY PLAN runs from 19th May to 6th June at Clwyd, before transferring to London from 10th June to 1st August.
THE CONTINGENCY PLAN will be directed by Caroline Steinbeis and Chelsea Walker, with design by Alex Lowde and casting by Anna Cooper.
In response to THE CONTINGENCY PLAN, writer Nina Segal has penned ASSEMBLY, a new play exploring visions of a climate positive future. Directed by Joseph Hancock and designed by Khadija Raza, ASSEMBLY marks the first production by Donmar’s newly-formed Local Company. ASSEMBLY runs for only two performances on 12th and 13th July.
Finally, Artistic Director Michael Longhurst directs the world premiere stage adaptation of dark-comedy, FORCE MAJEURE. Adapted for the stage by Tim Price, FORCE MAJEURE is based on the award-winning 2014 film by Ruben Östlund, in which a family skiing holiday in the Alps goes horrendously wrong, with both dark and hilarious repercussions.
Directed by Longhurst and with casting by Anna Cooper, further cast and creatives are still to be announced. FORCE MAJEURE opens at the Donmar on 7th August and runs at the Covent Garden venue to 26th September.
In addition to the season announcement, Longhurst has appointed Prasanna Puwanarajah as a new Artistic Associate of the theatre.
Public booking for the Donmar Warehouse’s new season opens on 5th February. Tickets for TEENAGE DICK and FAR AWAY are on sale now.