New leader to direct two productions

LONDON — An 18th century English comedy, a neglected British drama and a new version of a 1960s Euro classic will make up the inaugural Donmar Warehouse season under incoming a.d. Josie Rourke.

Until recently the a.d. at new writing venue the Bush, Rourke formally takes over the Donmar from outgoing Michael Grandage (“Red,” “Evita,” “Hamlet” starring Jude Law) on Jan. 1. Rourke will open at the London company with her own production of “The Recruiting Officer,” George Farquhar’s 1706 comedy of military maneuvers and sexual strategies. Designed by Lucy Osborne and lit by James Farncombe, the production runs Feb. 9-April 14 with a Feb. 14 press night.

Helmer Peter Gill (“Small Change”) returns to the Donmar to revive Robert Holman’s 1987 post-war triptych “Making Noise Quietly.” Designed by Paul Wills and lit by Paul Pyant, the production plays April 19-May 26 with an April 23 press night.

Rourke also will helm “The Physicists,” a satirical 1962 comedy about spies and scientists holed up in a sanatorium by Swiss dramatist Friedrich Durrenmatt (“The Visit”) in a new version by rising talent Jack Thorne. Robert Jones designs with lighting by Hugh Vanstone. Show runs May 31-July 21 with a June 7 press night.

Casting for the shows will be announced shortly. Music for both of Rourke’s productions will be by Michael Bruce, the Donmar’s newly appointed composer-in-residence.

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