Thesp to 'Lear'; season to include Sondheim salute

Donmar Warehouse a.d. Michael Grandage will direct Derek Jacobi in “King Lear” as part of the venue’s newly announced 2010-11 season.

Grandage and Jacobi have previously collaborated on SRO productions of “Don Carlos,” “The Tempest” and “Twelfth Night,” the last of which netted Jacobi an Olivier award. “Lear” will run Dec. 3-Feb. 5, with the official opening set for Dec. 7.

“My collaboration with Derek Jacobi has led inexorably to this play,” Grandage told Daily Variety. “We’ve never actually worked together at the Donmar itself, and we both believe there is much more intimacy in this play than is often seen.”

Theater will also present Simon Gray’s little-seen drama “The Late Middle Classes” (May 27-July 17), helmed by David Leveaux and starring Helen McCrory.

Jonathan Munby will helm Dennis Kelly’s new version of Heinrich von Kleist’s 19th century poetic classic, “The Prince of Homburg” (July 22-Sept. 4). Cast includes Charlie Cox and Ian McDiarmid.

In honor of Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday, Donmar will present a season of the composer’s work alongside its previously announced spring run of “Passion.” Production reunites director Jamie Lloyd with lead actress Elena Roger. Sondheim said: “There is no venue, or team of artists, that I would rather have produce the piece.”

Accompanying events will include “In Conversation” evenings with Sondheim and Donmar creatives plus concert perfs of previous Donmar productions “Company” and “Merrily We Roll Along.”

The Donmar’s current revival of Lanford Wilson’s “Serenading Louie” will commence a three-week U.K. tour on March 30. In New York, Grandage’s production of John Logan’s “Red” begins previews at Broadway’s Golden Theater on March 11, while Alan Rickman’s Donmar staging of Strindberg’s “Creditors” runs April 16-May 16 at BAM.

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