Harriet Walter visits location of new theatre at King's Cross
1 June 2016
Harriet Walter returns to tackle the historic challenge of playing Brutus, Henry IV and Prospero.
On six 'Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy days' the shows will be performed back to back, giving her a daunting dose of dialogue and a vast spectrum of emotions.
For the rest of the run all three shows will play in repertory in a purpose-built performance space in King's Cross, taking the Donmar from its intimate Covent Garden home to a new, in-the-round 420-seat temporary theatre.
Right next to the station and easily accessible from King's Boulevard, the new space will be built next to the King's Cross Theatre (currently hosting The Railway Childrenand In the Heights).
Donmar artistic director Josie Rourke describes how the 'genuinely ground-breaking' creative impact of Phyllida Lloyd's work with this all-female company needs to be reflected in the diversity of audiences that get to experience the productions.
Under a new Young and Free ticket scheme, a quarter of the Shakespeare Trilogy seats will be available free to those under 25.
“It’s time, with these ‘young and free’ tickets, to join together our question about who gets to play these roles with a renewed mission for who gets to experience them,” says Rourke.
And, after branching out to King's Cross, the Donmar will travel all the way across the Atlantic as The Tempest transfers to New York's St Ann's Warehouse in January 2017 and joins Donmar transfers Privacy and Les Liasions Dangereuses.