Donmar Warehouse

Michael Longhurst's first season: Important Stories, Thrillingly Told

Michael Longhurst’s first season at the Donmar goes on public sale on Tuesday 16 Aprl at 9am.

Addressing journalists at our press launch earlier this month, Michael said:

“I couldn’t be more excited to announce my first season as Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse.

This is a theatre I’ve adored for years. I once even slept outside overnight to get a ticket. For me, the Donmar is a magical space designed to ignite theatrical fireworks; a place for rehearsing new ways of being; and an intimate space in which to congregate and expand our horizons. I’m honoured to be here and can’t wait to get started.

In June, I’ll be kicking it all off by directing David Greig’s EUROPE. A masterpiece of modern British theatre, my production will be the play’s 25-year revival. EUROPE is prophetic in its vision for our complex continent. A story of borders and refugees; hope, conflict and love – it knocks me off my feet and I am sure you will feel the same.

Then, from August, you can catch the UK premiere of APPROPRIATE by playwrighting sensation Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Stealing tropes from the great American canon, Branden’s riotous family drama uncovers buried secrets and asks what the correct response is. I’m delighted that rising star Ola Ince will direct.

Following on, from October we share with you a new play by Alice Birch, one of the UK’s most daring playwrights. Mapping the far-reaching effects of our criminal justice system on the lives of women, [BLANK] is an invitation to see our society anew. Visionary director Maria Aberg helms this co-production with Clean Break, who are celebrating 40 years of making ground-breaking work with women with lived experience of the criminal justice system. I’m immensely proud to share the Donmar’s stage with them.

I can’t wait to direct the UK premiere of Mike Lew’s genuinely hilarious play, TEENAGE DICK, which will open in December. Set in an American high school, it’s a cheeky and subversive take on Shakespeare’s Richard III, exploring our society’s treatment of disability and how it is represented. I am delighted that the incredible actor Daniel Monks will lead the cast as Richard.

Finally, I am thrilled Lyndsey Turner will return to the Donmar to direct Caryl Churchill’s FAR AWAY. This extraordinary piece about a divided planet sliding into chaos is a landmark play of the 21st century, and I can’t wait to bring to the Donmar 20 years after its explosive premiere.”

General sale for Europe, Appropriate and [BLANK] begins on Tuesday 16 April at 9am online.

 

We also announced a new and simple way to get your hands on tickets to the Donmar. Our Executive Producer, Henny Finch, explains:

“We want the Donmar Warehouse to be for everyone and, although there’s no getting away from the fact it’s an intimate space, we have thought of ways to ensure tickets can be made continuously accessible and simplify the process of seeing shows here.

Firstly, we will be launching Daily Donmar Release – a new and simplified way of getting your hands on tickets for Donmar shows. This new scheme will see a minimum of 40 tickets made available every morning for the performances taking place one week later.

Engaging with new audiences is at the heart of what we do at the Donmar Warehouse, so we are thrilled to be continuing the fantastic YOUNG+FREE scheme where tickets will be free for those aged under 26 by ballot. YOUNG+FREE is funded through the generosity of audiences via the Donmar’s PAY IT FORWARD scheme, so far these donations have allowed the Donmar to allocate more than 16,000 tickets to those aged under 26. Together these schemes will ensure tickets for the Donmar are available to as many people as possible, every day that we are open.”