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Rehearsal images released for the Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy at King's Cross

Artists impression of Donmar King's Cross

REHEARSAL images have been released for the Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy at King’s Cross Theatre. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Artistic Director Josie Rourke and Executive Producer Kate Pakenham announced today that the Donmar will launch two ambitious seasons of work in London’s King’s Cross and in New York.

Beyond its Covent Garden home, the Donmar is opening a new, in-the-round, 420-seat temporary theatre at King’s Cross in association with Theatre Tracks, immediately adjacent to King’s Cross station and directly accessible from King’s Boulevard.

The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy – revivals of the sell-out Julius Caesar and Henry IV and a new production of The Tempest, all set in a women’s prison – will be directed by Phyllida Lloyd and star Harriet Walter in an all-female company, and will play a 13-week repertory season from September 23 to December 17, 2016.

On special Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy days, all three plays will be performed back to back.

The Donmar’s Young and Free Initiative

Young and Free builds on the success of the Donmar’s transformative Front Row ticket scheme. All of the front row for The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy will be free to 25s and under through the Young and Free initiative, with tickets being released throughout the run on a weekly basis.

Support from Delta Air Lines, the Official Airline Partner of the Donmar Warehouse, alongside funding from individuals and trusts and foundations, has made possible 20% of Young and Free tickets. The Donmar will challenge the public to make up the final 5% by ‘paying forward’ £20 tickets into the Young and Free initiative.

As part of Young and Free, the Donmar’s Education and Outreach programme will enable 2,300 students from targeted London state schools to see these productions. Alongside these free tickets are creative projects and free workshops, targeted at schools, youth groups, community centres and organisations working with young people at risk of offending, designed to inspire and empower young people with limited experience of Shakespeare performance.

The Donmar New York Season begins with Artistic Director Josie Rourke’s production of Privacy by James Graham, starring Daniel Radcliffe, which has just extended its run at The Public Theater. The Broadway transfer of Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses starring Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber and directed by Josie Rourke follows in October 2016 at The Booth Theater. And The Tempest, starring Harriet Walter and directed by Phyllida Lloyd, transfers to New York’s St. Ann’s Warehouse in January 2017.

Artistic Director Josie Rourke said:

“It’s exciting when the Donmar’s productions have a life beyond the Donmar stage. We want to share the work made by artists on the Donmar stage and we want to do that with generosity, with resonance, and with inspiring partners. Over the next eight months, the Donmar’s work will travel from the stage at the Public Theater that launched Hamilton, to The Booth Theater on Broadway, to St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn and into a purpose-built temporary theatre, right next to London’s King’s Cross.

“Although proud of this expansion, we’re most enthused about the launch of Young and Free. We’re living in a London where half our young people don’t attend a theatre, a museum or a music event each year. We want to make a quarter of Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy tickets free to those young people. We also hope that Young and Free will inspire seasoned theatre-goers to pay it forward, and we hope that young people, inspired by their generosity will walk through our doors to experience the Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy.

“I remember very clearly the furore created by the idea of an all-female Shakespeare, when Phyllida Lloyd first staged Julius Caesar with Harriet Walter in 2012. Phyllida Lloyd’s work with this diverse, all-female company has been genuinely ground-breaking and in the intervening four years, theatre has got into the fast lane of debate and change. It’s time, with these Young and Free tickets to join together our question about who gets to play these roles with a renewed mission for who gets to experience them.”