by Mike Lew
6 December 2019 – 1 February 2020
‘Brilliant… a fiery, charismatic central performance from Daniel Monks’
‘Michael Longhurst’s production shines’
‘The young cast are terrific’
Mike Lew’s darkly comic take on Shakespeare’s Richard III has its UK debut, directed by Donmar Artistic Director Michael Longhurst.
As winter formal gives way to glorious spring fling, Richard – the class loser – lusts for power at Roseland High.
After years of torment due to his hemiplegia, Richard plots the ultimate rise in power: to become president of his senior class. But like all teenagers, and all despots, he is faced with the hardest question of all: is it better to be loved, or feared?
This production is supported by Adam Kenwright.
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During the second week of rehearsals, playwright Mike Lew joined the Teenage Dick company in the rehearsal room. Whilst he was here, Resident Assistant Director Blythe Stewart sat down with Mike to discuss the play and writing process.
In order of appearance
Richard Gloucester DANIEL MONKS
Elizabeth York SUSAN WOKOMA
Clarissa Duke ALICE HEWKIN
Barbara ‘Buck’ Buckingham RUTH MADELEY
Eddie Ivy CALLUM ADAMS
Anne Margaret SIENA KELLY
Teenage Dick received its world premiere by Ma-Yi Theater Company; Ralph B. Peña, Producing Artistic Director, 20 June 2018 at The Public Theater, New York, NY.
Teenage Dick was developed with the support of Playwrights Foundation San Francisco, Amy L. Mueller, Artistic Director; The Lark Play Development Center, New York City and was commissioned and developed by The Apothetae; Gregg Mozgala, Artistic Director.
Teenage Dick was developed by The Public Theater, Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director and Patrick Willingham, Executive Director.
Teenage Dick was developed during a residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference in 2016, Preston Whiteway, Executive Director, Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director.
Director MICHAEL LONGHURST
Designer CHLOE LAMFORD
Lighting Designer SINÉAD MCKENNA
Sound Designer BEN AND MAX RINGHAM
Video Designer ANDRZEJ GOULDING
Choreographer CLAIRA VAUGHAN
Fight Director BRET YOUNT
Casting Director ANNA COOPER CDG
Rehearsal and Production Photography MARC BRENNER