James Norton set to sizzle in new season at Donmar Warehouse

James Norton & Imogen Poots in Belleville

TV and stage hunk James Norton returns to theatre to star with Imogen Poots in a new play at London’s Donmar Warehouse.

Three new productions will take the Donmar Warehouse through to 2018.

Norton and Poots star in Amy Herzog’s Belleville; there is a revival of Peter Gill’s modern classic, The York Realist, and a new production is planned of William Congreve’s Restoration comedy The Way of the World.

Directed by the award-winning Michael Longhurst, Belleville sees James Norton and Imogen Poots play New York newlyweds living in Paris, opposite Faith Alabi and Malachi Kirby.

Donmar associate and Sheffield Theatres artistic director Robert Hastie returns after his hit productions of My Night with Reg and Splendour to direct a revival of The York Realist.

Revived 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, The York Realist will star Ben Batt and Lesley Nicol, and will be a co-production with Sheffield Theatres.

The final production will be The Way of the World.

Ben Batt in The York Realist.

James Macdonald returns to the Donmar after his acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker’s Roots, directing Linda Bassett who will play Lady Wishfort.

Donmar artistic director Josie Rourke said: “I am delighted to share with you the Donmar’s new season.

“At the end of this year the Donmar will stage the UK premiere of American playwright Amy Herzog’s dazzling play Belleville.

“Set at Christmas in a bohemian quarter of Paris, James Norton, Imogen Poots, Faith Alabi and Malachi Kirby will all make their Donmar debuts.

“I am also thrilled to welcome the director Michael Longhurst to the Donmar for the first time, after his acclaimed productions of Caroline, or Change, Amadeus and Constellations.

“Peter Gill’s work as a playwright has been part of the Donmar’s story for the past decade. We’re proud to be reviving his influential play, The York Realist.

“Robert Hastie will direct a delicate piece about love and family ties in rural Yorkshire. He has assembled another stunning cast which includes Ben Batt, Lucy Black, Lesley Nicol, Katie West and Matthew Wilson.

“Finally, we are transported back to 1700 with arguably the best comedy written in the English language: The Way of the World.

“We welcome James Macdonald back to direct this hilarious classic treat of tricks, love and money”.

Executive producer Kate Pakenham said: “Sharing our work with as broad an audience as possible remains at the heart of the Donmar’s mission.

“So we are delighted to be able to work with Sheffield Theatres on a co-production of The York Realist with our Associate and Sheffield’s Artistic Director Robert Hastie.

“Following its run at the Donmar, The York Realist will play at Sheffield Crucible 27 March – 7 April, taking our work beyond our Covent Garden home”.


BELLEVILLE, December 7 – February 3
THE YORK REALIST, February 8 – March 24
THE WAY OF THE WORLD, March 29 – May 26.

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