Donmar lines up new dramas and musical The Band’s Visit

Last Updated on 22 March 2022 by Showcall Editorial Team

London’s Donmar Warehouse has announced productions for 2022 including Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 and musical The Band’s Visit

Noma Dumezweni
Noma Dumezweni is to star in A Doll’s House, Part 2, at London’s Donmar Warehouse

New plays and the Broadway musical The Band’s Visit are to have their UK premieres at the Donmar Warehouse in London this year.

The new programme, running to December 2022, includes the European première of Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2, the UK première of Dawn King’s The Trials, and Silence, a co-production with Tara Theatre.

The Donmar’s artistic director, Michael Longhurst, said: “I am thrilled to be announcing the European premieres of two major Broadway shows, in brand-new productions at the Donmar: A Doll’s House, Part 2, an audacious sequel from the dazzling mind of Lucas Hnath starring Noma Dumezweni returning to the London stage; and the deeply moving, awards-sweeping musical The Band’s Visit by David Yazbek and Itamar Moses.

“In between, the Donmar breaks new ground platforming the next generation of young performers opposite the current generation’s leading actors in Dawn King’s The Trials, a courtroom drama unlike any other, deepening our investigation into the climate crisis and our sustainability practices.

“And we are proud to be co-producing with Tara Theatre a vital new commission Silence to mark the 75th anniversary of Partition in India, inspired by extraordinary testimony, acknowledging events that need to be spoken of in Britain.

“In a deeply conflicted world, this season celebrates the power of connection to change and heal. Familial, generational, religious, historic – the divisions that sit under these works hold up our need to find and celebrate our shared humanity.

Also announced today is a free exhibition, We. Black Women, curated by Donmar associate artist Joan Iyiola, in which leading actresses celebrate their unsung heroes.

It will open on 6 May in the theatre’s foyer spaces and continue alongside Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Marys Seacole which runs at the theatre from 15 April to 4 June 2022.

Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2, directed by James Macdonald, will run from 10 June to 6 August. Set 15 years after the events of Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House, it ran on Broadway in 2017.

The UK première of Dawn King’s The Trials, directed by Natalie Abrahami, in a Donmar Local production, will run from 12 to 27 August. Featuring young performers alongside leading actors, it is described as a timely piece in response to the climate crisis, and the impact on the next generation.

Silence, from 1 to 17 September, will be a first-time collaboration with Tara Theatre, adapted from Kavita Puri’s Partition Voices: Untold British Stories by Sonali Bhattacharyya, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Ishy Din and Alexandra Wood. It will mark 75 years since the Partition of India, examining the legacy this brutal moment in history leaves us with today.

David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ multi-Tony award-winning The Band’s Visit will have its European premiere from 24 September to 3 December, directed by Michael Longhurst. The show, which premiered off-Broadway in 2016 and on Broadway in 2017, won 10 Tony Awards and a Grammy for best musical theatre album.

Based on an Israeli film, it follows an Egyptian police band that is mistakenly sent to a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert, leading to their lives becoming intertwined with the locals’ in unexpected ways.

Tickets for the new season go on sale to the public on Wednesday 30 March 2022 at www.donmarwarehouse.com.

Allocations of tickets are also made available every day for performances seven days later. Tickets are available across the auditorium at every price band.

More than 1,000 free tickets will be available for audiences aged under 26, released by ballot, as part of the Donmar’s Young+Free scheme, supported by IHS Markit.

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