The Crown’s Tom Byrne will play the title role in an unfinished, visionary work by Friedrich Schiller, Dmitry (based on the peerless dramatist’s incomplete play Demetrius), will launch the new Marylebone Theatre.
Schiller’s prescient play, unfinished at the time of his death, offers a revelatory perspective on the current crisis on Europe’s eastern borders making Peter Oswald’s endeavour to pick up the baton timelier than ever.
This world premiere will be directed by the world-renowned former Artistic Director of the Young Vic Tim Supple, who returns to the London theatre scene after 15 years of international work to bring this urgently relevant piece to life.
Dmitry will play at The Marylebone Theatre Thursday 29th September – Saturday 5th November 2022.
You’re starring in Dmitry at Marylebone Theatre, what can you tell us about the play?
Amongst many things, it’s an exploration of truth, power and Russia, told as a gripping thriller through the true story of a wandering monk discovering he is the son and heir of Ivan The Terrible – I’m going to be a bit cagey about everything else – find out for yourself.
What was it about Peter Oswald’s version of the play that made you want to be part of the production?
Peter’s writing is of immense depth and beauty and character. But for me the obvious draw was the character of Dmitry, who goes on an epic personal journey and that challenge was incredibly exciting to me.
You’re playing the title role, tell us a little about the character and what you think you’ll find most challenging about it?
I’ve never played a character with such an epic journey. The stakes for him are always high and though his existential struggles are such a presence in the play, he never really has a moment to process or reflect on the chaos around him, and this tension is really exciting and challenging to play.
What have you enjoyed about working with director, Tim Supple, and what have you learnt from the experience?
Tim’s insight into text and detail is exceptional, he pushes you to work hard and to commit to the character’s need through every moment. Personally, he’s been a brilliant guide. I’ve learned a lot about myself as an actor and he’s given me the rigour and discipline to become a better one.
You’ll also be opening a brand new London theatre, how does that feel?
It’s incredibly exciting to be part of the history of a new theatre. The team there, Alexander and Adrian, have been fantastic from the start and I can’t wait to see what the Marylebone Theatre go on to do.
What would you say to anyone thinking of booking to see Dmitry?
It’s a brand new theatre producing brand new original work. What could be more exciting than that?
Dmitry, starring Tom Byrne, is at The Marylebone Theatre Thursday 29th September – Saturday 5th November 2022.