The Donmar Warehouse has announced its 2013 autumn season, which will include two world premieres, an Avengers star on stage and the U.S. premiere of a new take on a Shakespeare classic. The productions will be presented in London, Manchester and New York.
The season opens with the world premiere of Nick Payne’s The Same Deep Water As Me, directed by John Crowley and starring Nigel Lindsay, Daniel Mays, Monica Dolan, Peter Forbes, Joanna Griffin and Niky Wardley. The show tells the story of two personal injury lawyers and a lie that spins out of control. Payne’s play runs from August 1 through September 21, with official opening on August 6.
James Macdonald directs Arnold Wesker’s Roots, which will feature Jessica Raine, Linda Bassett, Emma Stansfield and Michael Jibson. Roots is the second play in Wesker’s post-war trilogy about a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change. The show runs from October 3 through November 30, with official opening on October 8.
Phyllida Lloyd’s groundbreaking all-female production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar will make its U.S. premiere in Brooklyn from October 3 through November 3. Original cast members Harriet Walter, Frances Barber, Jenny Jules and Cush Jumbo will reprise their roles from the Donmar premiere. The show also stars Jade Anouka, Susan Brown, Helen Cripps, Clare Dunne, Jennifer Joseph, Irene Ketikidi, Carrie Rock and Danielle Ward.
The Avengers star Tom Hiddleston will play the title role in Coriolanus, directed by Josie Rourke and co-starring Mark Gatiss as Menenius. The classic Shakespearean tragedy will run from December 6 through February 8, 2014, and open on December 17—with a National Theatre Live broadcast set for January 30, 2014.
The Donmar will also premiere The Machine, a co-production with the Manchester International Festival and Park Avenue Armory, in Manchester from July 10 through July 21 before premiering in New York from September 4 through September 18. The play—about a world famous chess match—stars Francesca Annis, Antonia Bernath, Cornelius Booth, David Mumeni, Phil Nichol, John Ramm, Brian Sills, Lucille Sharp and Trevor White.