Donmar Warehouse

VERSAILLES

VERSAILLES

A new play by Peter Gill

20 February 2014 – 5 April 2014

★★★★★
‘A vital, necessary play… I loved every minute of it’
Guardian

★★★★★
‘As profound as it is poignant’
Sunday Express

★★★★
‘A testament to Gill’s gifts as a director as well as a writer’
Observer

In the drawing room of the Rawlinson’s late Victorian villa in Kent, life as it was lived before the war is quietly resuming its place.

The family’s son, Leonard Rawlinson, is among the British delegation sent to Versailles to draw up the treaty that will come to define Europe, the Middle East and the rest of the world. With the ghost of a fallen loved one still haunting him, Leonard perceives that the choices made in Paris will shape the fate of millions for centuries to come.

At the start of the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities in 1914, this major new play draws startling connections between this pivotal moment at the end of WWI and the world we live in today, reminding us that the past is not a foreign country.


 

Production Photos

CAST
in order of speaking

Edith Rawlinson FRANCESCA ANNIS
Mabel Rawlinson TAMLA KARI
Constance Fitch HELEN BRADBURY
Hugh Skidmore JOSH O’CONNOR
Geoffrey Ainsworth ADRIAN LUKIS
Leonard Rawlinson GWILYM LEE
Ethel ELEANOR YATES
Marjorie Chater BARBARA FLYNN
Gerald Chater TOM HUGHES
Henry Sedgwick Bell EDWARD KILLINGBACK
Angela Isham SELINA GRIFFITHS
The Honourable Frederick Gibb SIMON WILLIAMS
Arthur Chater CHRISTOPHER GODWIN

CREATIVE TEAM

Director PETER GILL
Designer RICHARD HUDSON
Lighting Designer PAUL PYANT
Sound Designer GREGORY CLARKE
Music Consultant TERRY DAVIES
Casting ALASTAIR COOMER CDG
and VICKY RICHARDSON

Production photography by Johan Persson