Casting announced for Brian Friel’s Fathers and Sons at the Donmar

Fathers & Sons

Brian Friel’s Fathers And Sons, his take on the novel by Ivan Turgenev, runs at The Donmar from June 5 to July 26.

Casting for the drama, which is due to be directed by Olivier Award-winner Lyndsey Turner, was announced today.

Turgenev’s masterpiece exposes a new world in conflict with the old, the uneasiness of clashing generations and the difficulty of staying radical as maturity beckons.

Seth Numrich stars as Bazarov, returning to the UK stage for the first time since he was awarded Best Newcomer at The Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2013, for his performance in Sweet Bird of Youth (Old Vic).

Joining Numrich in the company are: Anthony Calf, Elaine Cassidy, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Susan Engel, David Fielder, Joshua James, Karl Johnson, Tim McMullan, Jack McMullen, Siobhán McSweeney, Phoebe Sparrow and Lindy Whiteford.

Two young men arrive at a country estate, fresh from university: one, the son of the landowner, the other a brilliant and charismatic radical, proclaiming a dangerous new philosophy.

But their warm welcome cools as the new house guest attacks the values of his hosts, bringing to the surface the tensions between one generation and the next.

Over the course of a summer, political ideals are tested by filial duty and the arrival of Anna, a mysterious visitor whose presence stirs the heart and threatens a friendship.

Fathers and Sons speaks of the heartbreak of being a parent and the terrible compromise of growing up.

Brian Friel is considered one of the greatest living Irish dramatists, having written over 30 plays across six decades.

He is best known for plays including Translations, Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Dancing with Lughnasa, which won Best Play at the Tony Awards, Olivier Awards and New York Drama Critics Circle.

Friel co-founded Field Day Theatre Company in 1980 with actor Stephen Rea where they staged Translations which went on to win the Ewart-Biggs Peace Prize.

In the late 1990s Friel wrote a number of adaptations of the work of Anton Chekhov and Henrik Ibsen.

Fathers and Sons tickets are available to all through the Donmar’s Barclays Front Row scheme.

The first batch of tickets will be released at 10am on May 26, and thereafter, tickets will be made available every Monday for performances two weeks later.

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