There’s been the odd murmur suggesting that new Donmar Warehouse artistic director Josie Rourke hasn’t been able to bring home the celebrity bacon in the same way as her predecessors Michael Grandage and Sam Mendes, but she seems to have disproven this rather eloquently with the venue’s new season.
The main event, so to speak, will be Rourke’s own production of Shakespeare’s ‘Coriolanus’, which will see Tom Hiddleston (above) returning to the stage for the first time since he hit the big time in Hollywood. He’ll star in the title role of the violent Roman tragedy, with Mark Gatiss starring opposite as the senator Menenius. ‘Coriolanus’ will run Dec 6 to Feb 8 2014, and for those who can’t get tickets there’ll be an NT Live screening in cinemas on January 30.
Before that, two more new productions have been announced. John Crowley will direct ‘The Same Deep Water As Me’ (Aug 1-Sep 21), a new comedy about a Luton-based ‘crash for cash’ lawyer written by Nick Payne, author of the West End smash ‘Constellations’. Daniel Mays will star in the lead role.
And then that’s followed by a revival of Arnold Wesker’s ‘50s classic ‘Roots’ (Oct 3-Nov 30), which stars ‘Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine as a young woman finding her own voice and identity.
Tickets go on sale to the public June 25; all three shows will be in the Barclays Front Row scheme, meaning the front row seats for each performance will only go on sale a fortnight beforehand.
For more info, see donmarwarehouse.com.