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Relationships, love and family define the new season at the Donmar

As a major sponsor of the Donmar Warehouse, MS Amlin is a proud supporter of this unique London venue. Here we take a look at what’s on offer during the next season which starts in December.

The new season at the Donmar Warehouse takes us from present-day Paris to 1960s rural Yorkshire, and finally 18th century Covent Garden.

And although the settings and eras may differ they all take a close look at the nature of relationships, love and family.

Amy Herzog’s Belleville  gets its UK premiere after dazzling the critics when it opened in New York. Set in Paris, it features a bright, young, recently married American couple. He’s a doctor combating infant diseases. She’s an actress, also teaching yoga. It’s just before Christmas and they’re living the expat highlight in bohemian Belleville, Paris. It’s all a little too perfect.

Herzog was described as one of the ‘bright new talents of the theater’ by the New York Times. Acclaimed director Mike Longhurst (Constellations, Royal Court, West End and Broadway, Amadeus, National Theatre) makes his Donmar debut and has brought together a stellar cast, including Faith Alabi (Cold Feet) Malachi Kirby (Roots), James Norton (Happy Valley, Grantchester War & Peace) and Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later). Belleville will run from 7 December to 3 February 2018.

Next, Donmar Associate, Rob Hastie will return to direct a timely revival of Peter Gill’s semi-autobiographical The York Realist set in 1960s rural Yorkshire. Described by the Guardian’s Michael Billington as ‘adventurous, witty and fresh’, this influential play about two young men in love is a touching reflection of the rival forces of family, class and longing.

Ben Batt (Shameless) returns to the Donmar to play farmhand George – straining against his roots as a new world opens up to him – alongside Lesley Nicol (Downtown Abbey) and Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch). The York Realist is a
co-production with Sheffield Theatres and will run at the Donmar Warehouse, London from 8 February until 24 March 2018 before transferring to Sheffield.

Finally, James Macdonald returns in March to direct what many consider our greatest Restoration comedy, William Congreve’s The Way of the World. The setting is Covent Garden and it’s all about family, money and desire. Lady Wishfort’s sprawling, dysfunctional family are riven by desire – there’s everything to lose and six thousand pounds to gain.

Congreve’s glorious ensemble of characters battle it out in his exposing, satirical comedy where everyone needs to win just to get by. James reunites with Linda Bassett (East is East), who will play Lady Wishfort following her acclaimed performance in his production of Roots at the Donmar in 2013. The Way of the World will run from 29 March - 26 May 2018.

The Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke said: “With this season the Donmar aims to bring audiences, world-class artists and essential stories for our times told within the intimate setting of our Covent Garden home.”

Geale Whyte, Head of Brand Engagement at MS Amlin said: “Once again the Donmar has pulled together another challenging and exciting programme of stories that are both unexpected and thought-provoking. The opportunity to enjoy quality performances in such an intimate environment continues to make the Donmar experience truly special.”

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