Donmar Warehouse

Blindness transfers to North America

Following its sell-out run at the Donmar the acclaimed sound installation Blindness will transfer to North American venues this Autumn.

Blindness will be one of the first events to be staged indoors in Canada and the USA since theatres closed due to the pandemic in March. There will be an international premiere at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto on 17 November, and installations at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. and at the off-Broadway Daryl Roth Theatre in New York in November and December. Dates will be announced by each venue in the next few weeks.

For more information and final dates, visit the website for each venue:

The Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto
Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.
Daryl Roth Theatre, New York


With the voice of Juliet Stevenson
Based on the novel by José Saramago
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Walter Meierjohann
Sound Designers Ben and Max Ringham
Designer Lizzie Clachan
Lighting Designer Jessica Hung Han Yun
Production Consultant Professor Hannah Thompson
Resident Assistant Director Sara Aniqah Malik

Blindness is based on the dystopian novel by Nobel-prize winning José Saramago, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Walter Meierjohann, with a stunning recorded performance by Juliet Stevenson as the narrator/doctor’s wife. It opened at the Donmar in August and we were one of the first UK venues to reopen temporarily to the public with COVID-19 safety precautions in place.

‘The Donmar Warehouse has made stage history as the first playhouse here to open its doors…Brave? Yes, and even better, with a brilliant production.’
New York Times

‘Artistically and technologically pioneering… Stevenson relays the story with her usual impeccable verbal poise.’
Daily Telegraph

‘An exquisitely told story of resilience, violence and hope.’

During the installation, visitors listen on headphones to this gripping story of an unimaginable global pandemic of infectious blindness– and its profoundly hopeful conclusion – featuring an immersive sound design using binaural technology by Ben and Max Ringham.  Each venue will be reimagined by designer Lizzie Clachan and atmospheric lighting designed by Jessica Hung Han Yun, with the creative team working remotely to bring the installation to life from over three thousand miles away.

Blindness at the Donmar Warehouse

Click here for more information about the run of Blindness at the Donmar Warehouse.

Photos by Helen Maybanks

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