Gemma Arterton to star in Donmar’s Saint Joan
Gemma Arterton will play the title role in Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan as part of the Donmar Warehouse’s new season.
The line-up also includes the UK premiere of Kemp Powers’ One Night in Miami…, which will see Kwame Kwei-Armah return to the London stage as director of the play.
Saint Joan runs from December 9 to February 18 and will be directed by Donmar artistic director Josie Rourke. It will have design by Robert Jones, sound by Christopher Shutt and video by Duncan McLean.
Other cast members include Hadley Fraser, Matt Bardock and Richard Cant.
One Night in Miami…, about boxer Muhammad Ali, runs from October 6 to December 3, with press night on October 11.
Directed by Kwei-Armah, it will have design by Jones, lighting by Oliver Fenwick and sound by John Leonard.
The cast includes David Ajala, Francois Battiste, Sope Dirisu and Arinze Kene.
As previously announced, the new season also includes Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Shakespeare trilogy, which will be staged in a pop-up theatre in King’s Cross.
Rourke said the season features two plays “which explore revolution, faith and the mythic status of two iconic figures”.
She said the play about Ali had been planned for 2016 for a while, but added that his death this year meant it had “taken on a new and added poignancy”.
Rourke said she was “thrilled” to be directing Arterton, who she described as “one of our most luminous and compelling stage actors”.
In New York, the Donmar is about to open its production of James Graham’s Privacy, which will be followed by a transfer of Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
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