Preview by Paul Nelson
DIRECTOR, Robin Lefevre, returns to the Donmar Warehouse
to direct Tom Hollander and Olivia Williams (pictured)
in John Osborne's biting comedy, The Hotel in Amsterdam.
Six London friends, whose lives and work are overshadowed by
a demanding film director, flee the country for a weekend to escape
Safely ensconced in a hotel in Amsterdam, the uneasy equilibrium
that has existed between them is joyously exposed as the alcohol
begins to flow.
First presented by the English Stage Company at the Royal Court
in 1968, The Hotel in Amsterdam then transferred to the
New Theatre. That production, which starred Paul Scofield, Joss
Ackland and Susan Engel, won the Evening Standard Award for Best
Robin Lefevre's previous work for the Donmar includes Three
Days of Rain. His most recent West End production was Brian
Friel's Afterplay, with Penelope Wilton and John Hurt.
His other West End productions include Aristocrats, which
won the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play, The Entertainer,
Krapp's Last Tape and Are You Lonesome Tonight?, which
won the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical.
Other theatre work includes When We Are Married and On
The Ledge, for the National Theatre, and extensive work with
the Gate Theatre in Dublin. He is also an extremely successful
Continuing his association with the Donmar, where he was Macheath
in The Threepenny Opera, Tom Holloway plays the role of
Laurie. His theatre work includes many appearances at the Almeida
and The Royal Court. He possesses an impressive list of film and
Making her Donmar stage debut, Olivia Williams plays Annie. She
was recently seen at the National in Love's Labour's Lost
and she has done extensive work for the RSC. She is an accomplished
Hollander and Williams are joined by Anthony Calf as Gus (Cressida,
The Almeida at the Albery; Betrayal, The Madness of George
III, National Theatre), and Selina Griffiths who plays Amy
(Peggy For You at the Comedy Theatre, The Way of the
World at the Lyric Hammersmith).
The Hotel in Amsterdam by John Osborne, Directed by Robin
Lefevre. Designer Liz Ascroft, Lighting Mick Hughes. WITH: Tom
Hollander, Olivia Williams, Anthony Calf, and Selina Griffiths.
From September 11 to November 15, Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
matinee Thursdays at 2.30pm, The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham
Street, London WC2. Tickets 0870 060 6624.