London theater sets season
Joe Wright, whose pic “Anna Karenina” is about to bow at the Toronto Film Festival, will make his stage helming debut at London’s Donmar Warehouse next spring, with his production of “Trelawny of the Wells” on tap to be part of the company’s upcoming season.Also on the Donmar slate are an all-female production of “Julius Caesar,” directed by Phyllida Lloyd (“The Iron Lady”) and starring Harriet Walter, and a revival of Conor McPherson’s “The Weir” helmed by Donmar a.d. Josie Rourke. The upcoming season kicks off with “Caesar,” which reunites director Lloyd and thesp Walter following their collaboration on the Donmar staging of “Mary Stuart” that landed on Broadway in 2009. Walter will play Brutus in the distaff version of the Bard history, which will star Frances Barber in the title role. With sets and costumes by Bunny Christie, lights by Neil Austin and music by Gary Yershon, the production runs Nov. 29-Feb. 9. Wright will stage Arthur Wing Pinero’s 1898 comedy “Trelawny of the Wells,” about a stage star who exits her legit career for love only to come up against her aristocratic sweetheart’s conservative family. Designed by Hildegard Bechtler, “Trelawny” runs Feb. 15-April 13, with casting still to be set. Rourke’s production of McPherson’s ghost story “The Weir,” running April 18-June 8, revives a play that bowed at London’s Royal Court in 1997 and had a Broadway run in 1999. No thesps have yet been cast in the new incarnation. Donmar also will inaugurate an aud development initiative, the Barclays Front Row program, that will make two thirds of Donmar front row seats available for £10 ($16), to be put on sale Monday for the week of performances two weeks later.