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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - images released of Lia Williams and the cast in rehearsal

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Photo by David Stewart.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IMAGES have been released of the cast rehearsing for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Edward MacLiam (as Teddy Lloyd) will be making his Donmar Warehouse debut in David Harrower’s new adaptation of Muriel Spark’s iconic novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Starring Lia Williams in the title role, it runs from June 4 to Saturday, July 28, 2018.

MacLiam’s theatre credits include The Taming of the Shew, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Liberty (Shakespeare’s Globe), Deluge (Hampstead Theatre), I’ll be the Devil (Tricycle Theatre/RSC), Water Harvest (Theatre503), Platonov (Almeida Theatre), The Provok’d Wife (Southwark Playhouse) and Stitching (Everyman Palace).

His extensive screen credits include Come Home, Silent Witness, Paula, Endeavour, Midsummer Murders, DCI Banks, Ordinary Lies, Cucumber, Charlie, The Turn of the Screw, Fantabulosa!, Big Thunder, The Eejits, Waking the Dead, Midsomer Murders, Above Suspicion, Holby City, Sugar Rush, Love Soup, The Last Detective, The Year London Blew Up and Murder in Suburbia (TV); Run & Jump (Irish Film and Television Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor 2014), Angel, Buy Borrow Steal and Conspiracy of Silence (film).

Previously Posted: To mark the centenary year of Muriel Spark’s birth, the Donmar Warehouse is staging David Harrower’s new adaptation of Spark’s iconic novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – from Monday, June 4 to Saturday, July 28, 2018.

The production will star Lia Williams in the title role, Rona Morison (Sandy), Nicola Coughlan (Joyce-Emily), Emma Hindle (Mary), Grace Saif (Monica), Sylvestra Le Touzel (Miss Mackay), Helena Wilson (Jenny), Angus Wright (Gordon Lowther) and Kit Young (The Journalist).

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie will be directed by Polly Findlay, who returns to the Donmar following her acclaimed production of Limehouse.

Artistic Director Josie Rourke said: “In the centenary year of her birth, Muriel Spark’s iconic novel, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, has been adapted for the Donmar by leading playwright, David Harrower. It’s wonderful to have these two major Scottish voices join in concert on the Donmar stage. Directing the production, we herald the return of one our most significant and exciting directors, Polly Findlay, whose production of Limehouse was a resounding triumph last year. Lia Williams and rising talent Rona Morison lead the cast.”

At Marcia Blaine School for Girls, Miss Jean Brodie presides over her ‘set’, her chosen few. In return for their absolute devotion, Miss Brodie will provide an education far beyond the confines of the curriculum.

Great teachers leave a mark. Miss Jean Brodie’s will never be erased.

Lia Williams returns to the Donmar Warehouse after starring in The Lover and The Collection. Her most recent theatre credits include Mary Stuart (Almeida/West End) and Oresteia for which she received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress (Almeida/West End). Other theatre credits include The Revengers’ Comedies for which she was nominated for an Olivier for Best Comedy Performance, Old Times (West End), Arcadia and Skylight for which she was Olivier and Tony nominated (National Theatre/West End/Broadway), Earthquakes in London, The Hothouse and Mappa Mundi (National Theatre), Oleanna, King Lear and My Child (Royal Court) and Celebration/The Room (Almeida/New York).

Her screen credits include Kiri, Strike: Silkworm, The Missing, The Crown, Secret State, Doc Martin, May 33rd (BAFTA nomination for Best Actress), The Russian Bride, Imogen’s Face, A Shot Through the Heart, Seaforth and Mr Wroe’s Virgins (TV); The Foreigner, Jonathan Toomey, The King is Alive, Different for Girls, The Fifth Province, Firelight, Dirty Weekend and La Suite Blanche-Neige (film).

As Director, her theatre credits include The Match Box for the Liverpool Playhouse and the Tricycle Theatre and the films Feathers, The Stronger (BAFTA nomination for Best Short Film), Dog Alone and the feature documentary Nanabozhung.

Rona Morison makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Her theatre work includes Dead Don’t Floss (National Theatre), Glory on Earth (Royal Lyceum Theatre), The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Southwark Playhouse), Julie (Northern Stage), The Crucible (Bristol Old Vic), Scuttlers (Royal Exchange, Manchester), The James Plays (National Theatre/National Theatre of Scotland), Anhedonia (Royal Court), To Kill a Mockingbird (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Illusions (Bush Theatre), The Second Mrs Tanqueray (Rose Theatre Kingston), and Crave (ATC).

For television, Morison’s credits include Decline and Fall and her film credits include Ready Player One, Love Bite and The Boy I Loved.

The production is designed by Lizzie Clachan, with lighting design by Charles Balfour, sound design by Paul Arditti, composition by Marc Tritschler and movement direction by Naomi Said.

The Donmar’s free ticket scheme for those aged 25 and under, YOUNG+FREE, will continue to offer seats for performances of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie with tickets released via ballot on the final Friday of every month. YOUNG+FREE is funded through the generosity of audiences via the Donmar’s PAY IT FORWARD scheme. These donations and the partnership support of Delta Air Lines have allowed the Donmar to allocate more than 11,000 free tickets to those aged 25 and under over the past year.

KLAXON tickets will also continue across the run. Starting from £10, KLAXON tickets are released for sale every Monday for performances in the following three weeks. Tickets will be available across the auditorium at every price band. Audiences can sign up to receive information about tickets on the Donmar’s website

Image: Lia Williams by David Stewart.

Also at the Donmar Warehouse: The Way of the World by William Congreve (March 29 to May 26, 2018).