Donmar Warehouse Announces Michael Longhurst’s Second Season As Artistic Director

Excutive Director Henny Finch and Artistic Director Michael Longhurst at the Donmar Warehouse. Photo by Helen Maybanks.
Excutive Director Henny Finch and Artistic Director Michael Longhurst at the Donmar Warehouse. Photo by Helen Maybanks.

The Donmar Warehouse announces Michael Longhurst’s second season as Artistic Director. The first production in this season will be Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks’ modern epic In The Blood (17 April – 6 June 2020). Ellen McDougall will direct the first major UK production.

The Donmar and Theatr Clwyd will then revive Steve Waters’ critically acclaimed The Contingency Plan (18 May – 6 June, Theatr Clwyd; 10 June – 1 August, Donmar Warehouse), a double-bill of plays about the climate crisis. This new production comes a decade on from their premiere and has been updated to reflect a decade of developments in the climate emergency. Chelsea Walker directs On The Beach and Caroline Steinbeis directs Resilience.

For The Contingency Plan, the Donmar Warehouse and Theatr Clwyd will work with Julie’s Bicycle, industry leaders on climate change and environmental sustainability, to ensure that the co-production is made in a sustainable way.

In response to The Contingency Plan, writer Nina Segal and director Joseph Hancock will explore visions of a climate positive future with Assembly (12 and 13 July 2020), performed by the Donmar Warehouse’s newly formed Local Company.

The final production in this season will be the world premiere of a stage adaptation of Ruben Östlund’s film Force Majeure (7 August – 26 September 2020), written by Tim Price and directed by Donmar Artistic Director Michael Longhurst.

In 2020 Actor and Director Prasanna Puwanarajah joins Designer and Director Tom Scutt as an Artistic Associate at the Donmar Warehouse.

Speaking about his second season Artistic Director Michael Longhurst said:

As we head into my second season as Artistic Director at the Donmar I am delighted for us to be bringing you more Important Stories, Thrillingly Told. 2020 will see exceptional artists, both new and familiar, joining us here at the Donmar to make inspiring productions that explore the world today.

More details can be found here.

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