Film director on the slate at London theater
Movie helmer Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Pride and Prejudice”) will direct his second-ever theater production at the Young Vic in the summer of 2013 as part of the venue’s new season slate.
Following his previously announced stage debut with the Donmar Warehouse production of the Victorian backstager “Trelawny of the Wells” (Feb. 15-April 13,) Wright will direct Chiwetel Ejiofor in the world preem of “A Season in the Congo” by Martinique poet and politician Aime Cesaire. A historical drama about the Congo rebellion and the assassination of rebel leader Patrice Lumumba, the production runs July 6-Aug. 10.
Other highlights in the innovative, off-West End venue’s season include the world preem of a new version of Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People” (May 4-June 8), helmed by theater and opera director Richard Jones. Play, which follows a small-town doctor who warns the population of a threat in the waters of a local spa, is currently running on Broadway in a separate production from Manhattan Theater Club; the new version, by playwright David Harrower, is renamed “Public Enemy.”
In addition to a return engagement for Carrie Cracknell’s critically lauded production of “A Doll’s House,” (April 2-20), Alban Berg’s celebrated opera “Lulu” (Sept. 13-24) will also be staged in a radical reworking by composer Olga Neuwirth, directed by John Fulljames.
The season opens with “Feast” (Jan. 25-Feb. 23), a collaboration between five playwrights from across the world celebrating Yoruba culture, helmed by Rufus Norris (“London Road,” “Les Liasons Dangereuses”).