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Donmar Warehouse - August 2014 to February 2015

Season preview

THE Donmar Warehouse has announced its new season and it includes revivals of Kevin Elyot’s Olivier and Evening Standard Award-winning comedy, My Night With Reg, and City of Angels, one of the greats of twentieth century musical theatre, plus an all-female production of Henry IV, directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

My Night with Reg, by Kevin Elyot, runs from July 31 to September 27, 2014.

When it premiered at the Royal Court in 1994, My Night with Reg defined a moment in the lives of gay men and became an instant classic. For its 20th anniversary, Robert Hastie directs this first major revival.

My Night with Reg is set in 1985 and centres on London’s gay community and the impact the promiscuity of the eponymous (but never seen) Reg has on a group of friends.

Described as deliciously funny and bittersweet, Elyot’s comedy captures the fragility of friendship, happiness and life itself.

The cast includes Matt Bardock, Jonathan Broadbent, Richard Cant, Julian Ovenden, Lewis Reeves and Geoffrey Streatfeild.

The production is designed by Peter McKintosh, with lighting by Paul Pyant and sound by Gregory Clarke.

Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV runs from October 3 to November 29, 2014.

Henry IV marks the return of Phyllida Lloyd, her reunion with actress Harriet Walter, here playing the title role, and the second instalment (after Julius Caesar) in what will be a trilogy of works at the Donmar featuring an all-female cast.

What makes a king? What makes a father? Shakespeare’s epic play travels to the heart of family, duty and country.

The cast also includes Jade Anouka, Clare Dunne and Ashley McGuire, and the production is designed by Ellen Nabarro, with costume design by Deborah Andrews and lighting by Neil Austin. The composer is Gary Yershon.

City of Angels, with a jazz score by Cy Coleman, lyrics by David Zippel and book by Larry Gelbart, runs from December 5, 2014 to February 7, 2015.

Hollywood comes calling for a New York novelist. The offer is too good to refuse: adapt the private detective protagonist of his books into a big-screen hero. Los Angeles is a dangerous temptation and while his movie plays out in black and white, his new life is all-too colourful.

City of Angels is directed by Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, two decades after its London premiere which starred Roger Allam, Haydn Gwynne and Henry Goodman.

The cast includes Samantha Barks (TV’s I’d Do Anything, the film adaptation of Les Miserables), Rosalie Craig (The Light Princess, Table, London Road, National Theatre, Ragtime, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Hadley Fraser (Rourke’s Coriolanus, Donmar Warehouse).

City of Angels is designed by Robert Jones, with lighting by Howard Harrison, musical direction by Gareth Valentine, sound by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster for Autograph and choreography by Olivier Award-winner Stephen Mear.

Privacy, a new play by James Graham, continues at the Donmar Warehouse until May 31. It will be followed – from June 5 to July 26 – by Fathers and Sons by Brian Friel, after the novel by Ivan Turgenev.

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