Rourke completes casting for Donmar Warehouse’s revival of Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan

Saint Joan (photo by Mads Perch)

Donmar Warehouse artistic director, Josie Rourke, has announced her full cast for her revival of Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan which opens at the venue in December and is being broadcast around the work in partnership with the National Theatre.

The full cast is: Fisayo Akinade, Gemma Arterton, Matt Bardock, Niall Buggy, Richard Cant, Hadley Fraser, Simon Holland Roberts, Arthur Hughes, Rory Keenan, Elliot Levey, Syrus Lowe, Guy Rhys and Jo Stone-Fewings

Saint Joan will be broadcast live, directly from the Donmar Warehouse, on February 16. This will be the fourth Donmar production to be screened in cinemas, and follows the acclaimed productions of Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Coriolanus starring Tom Hiddleston, both directed by Rourke, and King Lear, directed by Michael Grandage.

Gemma Arterton (Joan of Arc) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in Saint Joan. She most recently starred in the title role in Nell Gwynn (Apollo) and as Rita O’Grady in Made in Dagenham (Adelphi) for which she won the Evening Standard ‘Best Newcomer in a Musical’ Award.

Her other theatre credits include The Duchess of Malfi (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Little Dog Laughed (Garrick), The Master Builder (Almeida) and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Gemma’s previous film credits include the title role in Gemma Bovery; Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters; Song for Marion; Byzantium; Runner, Runner; the title role in Tamara Drewe; Clash of the Titans; Disney’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time; The Disappearance of Alice Creed; The Boat that Rocked; and Bond Girl Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace.

Television credits include Tess in the BBC adaptation of Tess of the D’Urbevilles and Liza in Capturing Mary.

Fisayo Akinade (Dauphin) returns to the Donmar after appearing in James Graham’s new play for theatre and television, The Vote, directed by Josie Rourke and broadcast live on More 4 on the night of the general election.

Recent theatre work includes Pigs and Dogs and The Crossing Plays at the Royal Court and Dominic Dromgoole’s farewell production of The Tempest at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Niall Buggy (Archbishop) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Saint Joan. His recent stage credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Harold Pinter Theatre), Haunted (Manchester Royal Exchange, Broadway and Sydney), Translations (Sheffield Crucible on tour) and The Hanging Gardens at Abbey Theatre.

Hadley Fraser (Dunois) has previously appeared in the Donmar Warehouse productions of The Vote, City of Angels, Coriolanus and The Machine (Manchester International Festival, Park Avenue Armory, New York).

His other theatre credits include Long Day’s Journey into Night (Bristol Old Vic); The Winter’s Tale (Garrick), Harlequinade (Garrick), The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Fantasticks (Duchess), Assassins (Sheffield Crucible), Pirate Queen (Hilton, NY); Pacific Overtures (Leicester Haymarket); Longitude (Greenwich) and The Shaughraun (Abbey Dublin).

Fraser has played Marius and, later, Javert in the West End production of Les Misérables and appeared in Tom Hooper’s acclaimed film adaptation.

Rory Keenan (Steward/Inquisitor) returns to the Donmar after appearing in Welcome Home, Captain Fox! earlier this year, Lyndsey Turner’s production of Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come! in 2012 and Dublin Carol as part of the Donmar Trafalgar season.

Most recently Rory starred alongside David Haig and Adam Rayner in Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me. TV includes Lucky Man, War and Peace, Peaky Blinders and Birdsong.

Jo Stone-Fewings (Warwick) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Saint Joan. Theatre includes King John (Shakespeare’s Globe), Richard III (Trafalgar Studios), The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The City Madam and Twelfth Night (RSC), Heartbreak House and The Way of the World (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Television credits include Doctors, Misfits, New Tricks, Doctor Who and Midsomer Murders

Saint Joan runs at the Donmar Warehouse from December 9-February 18.

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