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Make sure to check in to Donmar's Hotel in Amsterdam

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 his clutches.

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 Play.

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 television director.

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 television appearances.

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 film actress.

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.

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