Mamet play gets revival

Marber's 'Don' kicks off Donmar season

A new play from Patrick Marber (“Closer”), Tony winner Ian McDiarmid in the title role of Ibsen’s “John Gabriel Borkman” and a rare revival of David Mamet’s “The Cryptogram” make up a prestigious season for Michael Grandage’s Donmar Warehouse.

Commissioned and directed by Grandage, Marber’s “Don Juan in Soho” follows their previous collaboration “After Miss Julie,” a free adaptation of Strindberg’s “Miss Julie.” This time the springboard is Moliere’s “Don Juan.”

“Patrick is our greatest writer of London, of urban life and of the way sex works,” Grandage told Daily Variety.

“I’m following tracks laid down by Moliere but veering off,” Marber said. “I want to try to capture the feeling you have if you walk around Soho on a Friday at midnight where sex, drugs and all the pleasures of the flesh are available.”

“Don Juan in Soho” opens in December, after which Grandage will also helm “John Gabriel Borkman.” The production reunites him with McDiarmid after “The Jew of Malta,” “The Doctor’s Dilemma” and Pirandello’s “Henry IV.” The production is a further collaboration with playwright-translator David Eldridge (“Festen,” “Market Boy”), whose version of Ibsen’s “The Wild Duck” was a hit at the Donmar in 2005.

Director Josie Rourke will open the season with “The Cryptogram” in October. Mamet’s quietest, most elliptical play received its world premiere in London in 1994 in a production starring Lindsay Duncan and Eddie Izzard. Casting for the Donmar revival has not yet begun.

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