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Donmar Warehouse's 2018 programme includes Aristocrats and Measure for Measure

Season preview

THE DONMAR Warehouse Artistic Director Josie Rourke and Executive Producer Kate Pakenham have announced two new productions as part of Josie Rourke’s penultimate season: Lyndsey Turner’s revival of Brian Friel’s haunting play, Aristocrats; and a new production of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, directed by Josie Rourke and starring Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden.

These join the previously announced new adaptation of Muriel Spark’s iconic novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Lyndsey Turner returns to the Donmar Warehouse, following Faith Healer, Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Fathers and Sons to direct Brian Friel’s Aristocrats.

With a cast that includes Elaine Cassidy (as Alice), David Dawson (Casimir), David Ganly (Willie Driver), Emmet Kirwan (Eamon), Aisling Loftus (Claire), Ciaran McIntyre (Uncle George) and Eileen Walsh (Judith), Aristocrats runs from August 9 (previews from August 2) to September 22.

Ballybeg Hall once played host to grand balls, musical evenings, tennis parties: its rooms busy, bursting with painters, poets and politicians. And presiding over all of it, the imposing figure of Judge O’Donnell.

Now, on the eve of a wedding, the O’Donnell children return to their ancestral home to find that the rot has set in.

Elaine Cassidy returns to the Donmar after her performances in Les Liaisons Dangereuses directed by Artistic Director Josie Rourke which was also broadcast live in cinemas around the world in partnership with NT Live; Lyndsey Turner’s critically-acclaimed production of Brian Friel’s Fathers and Sons in 2014; and Les Parents Terribles at Trafalgar Studios alongside Frances Barber and Tom Byam Shaw in 2010.

Her other theatre credits include Deluge (Hampstead Theatre), There Came a Gypsy Riding (Almeida Theatre), The Crucible and The Lieutenant Of Inishmore (RSC) and Scenes from the Big Picture (National Theatre). Her screen work includes Strangeways: Here We Come, The Loft, Just Henry, When Did You Last See Your Father?, The Truth, Felicia’s Journey and The Sun, the Moon and the Stars (film); The Paradise I & II, The Miraculous Year, The Garden, Harper’s Island, Little White Lie, A Room with a View, The Ghost Squad, Fingersmith, Uncle Adolf and Glenroe (TV).

David Dawson returns to the Donmar Warehouse after appearing in Luise Miller directed by Michael Grandage. His theatre credits include The Dazzle (Found 111), The Duchess of Malfi (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), The Vortex (Rose Theatre), Posh (Royal Court), Comedians for which he received a WhatsOnStage Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor (Lyric Hammersmith), Romeo & Juliet (RSC), Nicholas Nickleby for which he received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Newcomer (West End/UK Tour/Chichester Festival Theatre), The Entertainer, Richard II (Old Vic) and The Long and the Short and the Tall (Sheffield Theatres).

His television work includes The Last Kingdom Banished, Maigret Sets a Trap, The Secret Agent, Ripper Street, Peaky Blinders, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2: The Hollow Crown, Dancing on the Edge, The Borgias, Parade’s End, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Luther, Road to Coronation Street, Gracie!, The Thick of It, Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Doc Martin.

David Ganly makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Aristocrats. His many theatre credits include Girl from the North Country (West End), On Blueberry Hill (Dublin Theatre Festival), Once (Olympia Theatre, Dublin), Lonesome West (Tron Theatre), The Plough and the Stars (Abbey Theatre, Dublin/Irish and US Tour), Shakespeare in Love (West End), King Lear (Theatre Royal Bath), Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith), Macbeth (Sheffield Crucible), The Lonesome West (Druid Theatre/Royal Court/Sydney Festival/Lyceum, Broadway), Of Mice and Men (The Watermill), The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Young Vic), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre London), Translations (National Theatre) and The Full Monty (Prince of Wales Theatre).

His film and television credits include Citizen Charlie, Sunset Song, Body of Lies, Hippie Hippie Shake, Dorothy Mills, Widow’s Peak and Space Truckers.

Emmet Kirwan also makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Aristocrats. His theatre credits include Riot (Skirball Centre, Vicar Street), Juno and the Paycock and The Threepenny Opera (Gate Theatre), The Good Father (Axis Theatre), Dublin Oldschool (Project Arts, National Theatre), Major Barbara, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Alice in Funderland (Abbey Theatre, Dublin) and The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle (Soho Theatre). He will soon appear in the feature film adaptation of his play Dublin Oldschool.

Also making her Donmar debut is Aisling Loftus, whose theatre credits include The Treatment (Almeida Theatre), Touched (Nottingham Playhouse), Noises Off (Old Vic), Spur of the Moment (Royal Court), and Hotel Plays (Langham Hotel). Her television work includes A Discovery of Witches, Broken, War and Peace, Mr Selfridge, Dive, Public Enemies, Good Cop, The Borrowers, Page Eight and Five Daughters.

Ciaran McIntyre also makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Aristocrats. His numerous theatre credits include Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Sheffield Theatres), John Ferguson (Finborough Theatre), Uncle Vanya (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), How the World Began (Arcola Theatre), Translations (Curve, Leicester), Absence of Women (Lyric Theatre, Belfast/Tricycle Theatre), The Chairs (Theatre Royal, Bath), Deep Cut for which he won a Best Actor award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Traverse Theatre/Tricycle Theatre/Sherman Theatre/UK Tour), The Comedy of Errors, The Merry Wives Of Windsor, Coriolanus, The Seagull, A Jovial Crew and All’s Well That Ends Well (RSC), In Celebration (Duke Of York’s Theatre), Coriolanus and Under The Black Flag (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Richard II (Old Vic).

His television credits include Still Life, Hemingways, The Time of Your Life, Holby City, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Doctors, Absolutely Fabulous and Birds of a Feather.

Also making her Donmar debut is Eileen Walsh, whose numerous theatre credits include Absolute Hell, Broad Shadow and Liolà (National Theatre), The Same, Phaedra’s Love, Request Programme and The Merchant of Venice (Corcadorca Theatre Company), Little Eylof (Almeida), The Unknown, The Internet Is Serious Business, Sand and Crave (Royal Court), Image of an Unknown Woman, Crestfall (Gate Theatre), The Plough and the Stars, Macbeth, The Playboy of the Western World, Saved, Portia Coughlan and Ariel (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Hamlet (Young Vic) and Mary Stuart (National Theatre of Scotland/Royal Lyceum Theatre).

Her screen work includes Melrose, Delicious, Catastrophe and Pure Mule (TV); The Children Act, Gold, Snap, The Ballad of Kid Kanturk, Triage, The Maid of Farce, Eden, 33x Around the Sun, Nicholas Nickelby, The Magdalene Sisters, When Brendan met Trudy, Miss Julie, Janie Beard, The Last Bus Home, Spaghetti Show and The Van (film).

Director Lyndsey Turner’s work away from the Donmar includes Girls and Boys (Royal Court), Tipping The Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith), Hamlet (Barbican), Chimerica (Almeida/West End), and Saint George and the Dragon, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Edgar and Annabel, There is a War (National Theatre).

Brian Friel (January 9, 1929 to October 2, 2015) is considered one of the greatest Irish dramatists, having written over 30 plays across six decades. His plays have won numerous awards including the 1979 Evening Standard Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play for Aristocrats, and Tony, New York Drama Critics’ Circle and Olivier Awards for Best Play for Dancing at Lughnasa.

The Way of the World, by William Congreve, continues at the Donmar Warehouse until May 26, 2018.

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