Broadway vet Seth Numrich (War Horse) is to headline the previously announced production of Fathers and Sons at London’s Donmar Warehouse. Written by Brian Friel after the novel by Ivan Turgenev, the production will be directed by Olivier winner Lyndsey Turner and run for a limited engagement June 5 through July 26. Opening night is set for June 10.
Joining Numrich as Bazarov in the cast will be Anthony Calf as Nikolai, Elaine Cassidy as Anna, Caoilfhionn Dunne as Fenichka, Susan Engel as Princess Olga, David Fielder as Prokofyich / Timofeich, Joshua James as Arkady, Karl Johnson as Vassily, Tim McMullan as Pavel, Jack McMullen as Piotr, Siobhán McSweeney as Dunyasha, Phoebe Sparrow as Katya and Lindy Whiteford.
Two young men arrive at a country estate, fresh from university: one, the son of the landowner, the other a brilliant and charismatic radical, proclaiming a dangerous new philosophy. But their warm welcome cools as the new house guest attacks the values of his hosts, bringing to the surface the tensions between one generation and the next. Over the course of a summer, political ideals are tested by filial duty and the arrival of Anna, a mysterious visitor whose presence stirs the heart and threatens a friendship.
Design will be by Rob Howell, lighting design by James Farncombe, sound design by Carolyn Downing and music by Baranowski.