Cast announced for UK premiere of Dawn King's The Trials at Donmar Warehouse

The Trials at Donmar Warehouse

Casting has been announced for the UK premiere of Dawn King’s new play The Trials.

The piece, set in the future at a trial over the climate crisis, will run at Donmar Warehouse from 12 August until 27 August 2022.


Elise Alexandre, Francis Dourado, Jowana El-Daouk, Will Gao, Pelumi Ibiloye, Honor Kneafsey, Joe Locke, Rue Millwood, Charlie Reid, Meréana Tomlinson, Taya Tower and Jairaj Varsani will perform as the jury, and are joined by Nigel Lindsay and Sharon Small as defendants.

Natalie Abrahami directs the Donmar LOCAL production with a creative team made up of designer Georgia Lowe, lighting designer Jai Morjaria, sound designer and composer Xana, movement directors Anna Morrissey and Aaron Parsons, video designer Nina Dunn, voice coach Emma Woodvine, associate director Joseph Hancock, sustainability consultants Julie’s Bicycle and production dramatherapist Wabriya King.

The climate crisis is unfolding and our generation is being judged.

The jurors? Children. But are they delivering justice, or serving revenge?

In this searing new play by Dawn King, the next generation of talent star alongside leading actors, directed by Natalie Abrahami.

Michael Longhurst, Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director said: “Dawn King’s explosive new play about the climate crisis demands we consider the generation most affected.

“I am proud that as part of our casting process for The Trials the Donmar has created an extensive engagement programme with young Londoners from our community, opening routes into the industry and platforming the next generation of actors and activists.”

Working with Julie’s Bicycle and Donmar Associate Zoë Svendsen, and with guidance from the Theatre Green Book, the creative team is focused on minimising the impact of the production on the environment.

Announced alongside the cast is a new podcast series Climate Conversations, bringing together Donmar directors and leading climate and social justice thinkers. The first podcast will be available in July.

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