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Donmar opens door to tyros

Three-year program ushers in new helmers

As part of a new three-year initiative to promote fresh directing talent, the Donmar Warehouse will present a 12-week season of plays by young helmers at off-West End venue Trafalgar Studios, a.d. Michael Grandage announced Wednesday.

Three directors per year will helm full productions of a play, each given a four-week run under the new program, dubbed Donmar Trafalgar.

All the tyro helmers have spent a year at the Donmar under the theater’s Resident Assistant Director concept, which has been in place since 1994. The program provides directors at the start of their professional careers with the opportunity to work alongside leaders in the field. Alumni include Rupert Goold, Sam Buntrock, Josie Rourke and Sacha Wares.

The first year of Donmar Trafalgar will open Sept. 30 with Charlotte Westenra’s production of Beau Willimon’s “Lower Ninth,” set after the New Orleans disaster. Roisin McBrinn follows with Italian writer Alessandro Baricco’s 1994 play “Novecento.” And Chris Rolls will direct Jeremy Sams’ translation of Cocteau’s “Les Parents Terribles,” first seen at the National Theater.

All tickets for the season will be priced at £17.50 ($27.50).

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