Haydn Gwynne has been cast as Lady Wishfort in James Macdonald’s revival of William Congreve’s Restoration comedy masterpiece The Way of The World at The Donmar Warehouse.
Gwynne is taking over the lead from Linda Bassett who has withdrawn from the production, before the start of rehearsals, for personal reasons.
Full casting also includes Fisayo Akinade, Alex Beckett, Gabrielle Brooks, Phoebe Francis Brown, Sarah Hadland, Jenny Jules, Simon Manyonda, Caroline Martin, Tom Mison, Justine Mitchell, Christian Patterson, Geoffrey Streatfeild and Nathan Welsh.
Family, money, desire: the rules of the game, the way of the world.
Lady Wishfort’s sprawling, dysfunctional family are riven by desire – there’s everything to lose and six thousand pounds to gain.
Congreve’s glorious ensemble of characters battles it out in this satirical comedy where everyone needs to win just to get by.
Haydn Gwynne’s recent credits include Coriolanus for the RSC.
She was Olivier nominated for The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre) and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (West End), and also for the original London production of City of Angels.
Other theatre credits include Margaret Thatcher in The Audience (West End), The Memory of Water (Hampstead) and The Merry Wives of Windsor, Peer Gynt, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the RSC.
Her extensive television work includes Camilla in The Windsors, The C-Word, Ripper Street, Sherlock, Rome, Lewis and Midsomer Murders.
She won Royal Television Society Awards for Dalziel and Pascoe and Peak Practice, and was BAFTA nominated for Drop the Dead Donkey.
The Way of The World runs at The Donmar Warehouse from March 29 – May 26.
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