Donmar Warehouse



By Arnold Wesker

3 October – 30 November 2013

‘Raine’s meticulous, quivering performance has a beguiling honesty and vulnerability’

‘A meticulous and beautifully acted revival’

‘A marvel of a performance from Linda Basset’


It’s 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm, her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

Roots is the remarkable centrepiece of Wesker’s seminal post-war trilogy. Director James Macdonald directs Jessica Raine as Beatie in this portrait of a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.


Production Photos

in order of speaking

Jenny Lisa Ellis
Jimmy Michael Jibson
Beattie Jessica Raine
Stan Mann David Burke
Mrs Bryant Linda Bassett
Mr Bryant Ian Gelder
Mr Healey Nic Jackman
Frank Bryant Carl Prekopp
Pearl Emma Stansfield


Director James Macdonald
Designer Hildegard Bechtler
Lighting Designer Guy Hoare
Sound Designer Ian Dickinson for Autograph
Video Designer Dick Straker
Casting Director Alastair Coomer CDG

Rehearsal and production photography Stephen Cummiskey