Jonathan Groff joins ‘Red’

Play opens Aug. 1. at Mark Taper Forum

Jonathan Groff (“Glee”) will join Alfred Molina in Michael Grandage’s Tony-winning Donmar Warehouse production of “Red” at L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum, opening Aug. 1.

Groff, whose stage work includes “Spring Awakening” and his London debut opposite Simon Russell Beale in “Deathtrap,” will play the role created by Eddie Redmayne in John Logan’s play about abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko, which won six Tonys.

In more Donmar news, a.d. Josie Rourke has announced two further productions to her 2012 slate. Lyndsey Turner will direct a revival of “Philadelphia, Here I Come” by Irish scribe Brian Friel. Design is by Rob Howell (“Matilda — The Musical,” ” “Ghost”) and the cast is led by Rory Keenan and Paul Reid. The production runs July 26 – Sept. 22 with a July 31 opening.

Rourke will then helm the tragedy “Berenice” by French classical dramatist Racine in a new version by Alan Hollinghurst, best known for his Booker prizewinning novel “The Line of Beauty.” Running Sept. 27 – Nov. 24 with an Oct. 2 opening, the production is led by Anne-Marie Duff, winner of the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle awards for Best Actress for her lead perf as “Saint Joan” at the National Theater.

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