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Trelawny of the Wells - Donmar Warehouse

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TRELAWNY of the Wells, an original comedietta by Arthur Wing Pinero (1898) with ‘some most respectful additions and ornamentation by Patrick Marber (2013)’, runs at the Donmar Warehouse from February 26 (previews from February 15) to April 13, 2013.

Rose Trelawny is the brightest star 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. His family are less convinced of her charms, however, and her joyful challenge to their dreary, snobby existence shocks them to their core.

Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, Anna Karenina), making his theatre debut, directs a cast that includes Jamie Beamish, Ron Cook, Aimée-Ffion Edwards, Susannah Fielding, Daniel Kaluuya, Daniel Mays, Fergal McElherron, Amy Morgan, Joshua Silver, Maggie Steed and Peter Wight.

Patrick Marber’s other plays include After Miss Julie and Don Juan in Soho, both of which premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, as well as Dealer’s Choice, Closer, Howard Katz and The Musicians. He also wrote the screenplays for films such as Old Street, Closer, Asylum, Notes on a Scandal and Love You More.

Trelawny of the Wells is designed by Hildegard Bechtler and has lighting by Jon Clark. The composer is Michael Bruce, Composer in Residence at the Donmar, where his credits include Philadelphia, Here I Come!, The Physicists and The Recruiting Officer.