'James Macdonald’s revival offers clarity and hilarity, with Haydn Gwynne on brilliant form as an amorous widow'Guardian
'James Macdonald's stylish account of Congreve's Restoration comedy is terrifically funny... And the superb cast highlight the delicious absurdities and buoyancy in the dialogue.'Independent
'Lucid, illuminating and immensely handsome... there is glittering comedy, particularly from Fisayo Akinade’s wonderfully ridiculous fop, Witwoud, and Alex Beckett'Financial Times
'This success, helped by Anna Fleischle's glowing jewel-box design, proves the exceptional range of director James Macdonald'Observer
'James Macdonald’s slick, period-dressed production feels wonderfully fresh'The Stage
'Top marks of all go to set design by Anna Fleischle, which turns the postage-stamp Donmar stage into a Tardis-like townhouse'Sunday Times
'Gwynne's Lady Wishfort is a comic joy... Mitchell is delightful as Millamant... As Mirabell, Streatfeild is equally wonderful... this rare revival emerges with the gleaming richness of a symphony.'WhatsOnStage
'Executed immaculately... Haydn Gwynne as Lady Wishfort...is born for it, magnificent, tall and angular and quivering with eagerness and vanity; nicely contrasted with a brisk Sarah Hadland as the motherly little Foible'Libby Purves, Theatre Cat
'Designer Anna Fleischle has given you so much to be wowed by... It's a lovely treat.'Broadway World
'This production is a treat... a veritable feast of stylish actors and utterly sumptuous costumes... there's quietly stunning work from Geoffrey Streatfeild and Justine Mitchell'Mark Shenton, London Theatre
THE WAY OF THE WORLD
Family, money, desire: the rules of the game, the way of the world.
Lady Wishfort’s sprawling, dysfunctional family are riven by desire – there’s everything to lose and six thousand pounds to gain. Congreve’s glorious ensemble of characters battle it out in this exposing, satirical comedy where everyone needs to win just to get by.
James Macdonald returns to direct at the Donmar, following the mesmerising Roots in 2013.
Performances of The Way of the World have resumed with Robin Pearce in the role of Waitwell.
Evenings Mon-Sat: 7.30pm
Matinees Thu and Sat: 2.30pm
Latecomers will not be admitted.
Running time: 3 hours and 10 minutes, including a 15 minute interval
Stalls: £40, £30
Circle: £30, £20, £10
Stalls: £37.50, £27.50
Circle: £27.50, £17.50
For over 60s: £40 reduced to £32.50 and £30 reduced to £25 (matinees only)
Disabled customers: £20
A booking fee of £1 will be applied for delivery by post
41 Earlham Street
London WC2H 9LX
020 3282 3808
Mon - Sat: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Alongside every Donmar production, we run Open Workshops designed to give members of the public of all ages a unique insight into the process of theatre-making. These Open Workshops are not targeted at professional actors or theatre-makers, but at members of our audience interested in learning more about the Donmar’s rehearsal process.
Join us for a The Way of the World Open Workshop on:
Saturday 12 May 2018, 11.00am-1.00pm
Wednesday 17 May 2018, 5.00pm-7.00pm