Donmar Warehouse has announced further shows for its 2022 season.
Highlights include the European premieres of Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 (10 June – 6 August) and David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ The Band’s Visit (24 September – 3 December).
They’ll be joined by the UK première of Dawn King’s The Trials (12 – 27 August), a Donmar LOCAL production, and a first-time co-production with Tara Theatre with Silence (1 – 17 September).
Also part of the season is a free exhibition – WE. BLACK WOMEN. curated by Donmar Associate Artist Joan Iyiola, running alongside Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Marys Seacole which opens in April.
Michael Longhurst, Donmar Artistic Director commented: “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.
“Finally, Donmar Associate artist Joan Iyiola has curated an exhibition WE. BLACK WOMEN., with leading actresses celebrating their unsung heroes, which will run alongside Marys Seacole. It is such a joy to see our theatre full again, with audiences enjoying our recently refurbished spaces. Please do join us for more important stories, thrillingly told.”
Abdul Shayek, Artistic Director Tara Theatre added: “As Britain holds up a mirror to its colonial history that has shaped our present day reality, many of us are asking questions of our past and who we are. 2022 provides us with the last big milestone before we lose the survivors and their living memory, giving us the chance to understand the human cost of what occurred in 1947, retelling the stories of those who survived Partition and came to the UK.
“As a group of storytellers we will try to capture the unbiased documentation of these stories in Kavita’s book and the very real need to recognise that this is a shared history, this is our shared history, a British story regardless of the colour of your skin.”
Every production will have a BSL performance, alongside its captioned and audio described performance offer. There will also be 1,000 free tickets available for young audiences.
The Donmar has also revealed expansions of its Donmar LOCAL and CATALYST talent programme initiatives.
For more information and tickets, visit donmarwarehouse.com.