Donmar Warehouse Announces New Season – A tantalising choice of old and new

Mark your calendars.  The Donmar’s new season will be open for new bookings on November 26th and the tickets will sell quickly if the new line-up is anything to go by.

First off, Josie Rourke, the Donmar’s Artistic Director, is giving us Peter Gill‘s Versailles, a new play which is set around the 1919 Paris Peace Conference.  The play looks at the consequences of the Treaty of Versailles and coincides with the centenary of the start of the Great War.

Versailles: February 20th – April 5th

For the second course, Rourke herself will direct James Graham‘s new play Privacy which explores how governments and corporations collect and use our personal information.  James Graham who brought us the 2012 Oliver nominated This House at the National Theatre has been interviewing journalists and government ministers to get an up-to-the-moment snapshot of the state of cyber snooping.  I would definitely book this play.

Privacy Courtesy Donmar Warehouse
Privacy Courtesy Donmar Warehouse

Privacy: April 10th – May 31st

Finally, Lyndsey Turner is directing Brian Friel‘s Fathers and Sons.  Ms Turner has directed a number of stage successes, amongst them, the superlative Chimerica (Almeida Theatre, 2012),  the very good Philadelphia Here I Come! (Donmar Warehouse, 2012) and the timely Posh (Royal Court Theatre/West End 2010).  The play, which is an adaptation of Turgenev’s novel, is set in Russia in the mid 19th century where an anarchic young man visits his best friend, the son of a rich provincial landowner.   Determined to dislike his bourgeois hosts, he is tormented by conflicting emotions.   The play is obviously political but also concerned with the fraught difficulties of parent-child relationships.  I have to admit upfront that I have a weakness for Friel’s plays which resonate with emotions and humanity.

Fathers and Sons: June 5th – July 26th