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Donmar Warehouse - Rourke's second season

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JOSIE Rourke has announced her second season as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse and it includes Arthur Wing Pinero’s Trelawny of the Wells and Conor McPherson’s The Weir.

However, the season kicks off with director Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female version of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, which runs from November 29, 2012 to February 9, 2013.

The cast of Shakespeare’s raw and eternal study of power includes Frances Barber (as Caesar), Harriet Walter (Brutus), Jenny Jules (Cassisus), Cush Jumbo (Mark Anthony), Jade Anouka (Calpurnia) and Clare Dunne (Portia).

Phyllida Lloyd was last at the Donmar Warehouse in 2005 when she directed Mary Stuart, which won the 2006 South Bank Show Theatre Award and later transferred to the West End and Broadway. Having directed the original stage production of Mamma Mia!, she went on to direct the hugely popular 2008 film, as well as 2011’s Academy Award-winning The Iron Lady, both starring Meryl Streep.

Julius Caesar is followed – from February 15 to April 13, 2013 – by Pinero’s Trelawny of the Wells.

Rose Trelawny is the brightest star in the firmament of the Wells, the theatre company that raised her from birth. But she’s prepared to give it all up for the love of her stage-door suitor, aristocratic Arthur. However, his family are less convinced of her charms and her joyful challenge to their dreary, snobby existence shocks them to their core.

The production is directed by Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement and Anna Karenina), who will be making his theatre debut.

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The season concludes with the first major London revival of Conor McPherson’s The Weir, which runs from April 18 to June 8, 2013.

In Brendan’s pub, isolated above the town, the men are gathering for their daily pint. The arrival of a stranger in their midst – a woman – spurs them to impress her with stories. They are stories of souls past and of spirits very much present. But one story is more chilling and more real than any of the men could have foreseen.

On its première in 1997, The Weir won the Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and Olivier Award for Best New Play, and established McPherson’s place as one of our greatest living playwrights.

The Weir is directed by Josie Rourke.

Read more about The Weir

Rourke and executive producer, Kate Pakenham, also announced a new ticket scheme sponsored by Barclays, in which two-thirds of the Donmar’s front row seats will be made available for £10.

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See also Donmar Trafalgar Season 3.