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Josie Rourke to direct Anne-Marie Duff in Sweet Charity

Anne Marie-Duff. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Josie Rourke will direct Anne-Marie Duff in a new production of Sweet Charity as her final show as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse.

Duff will make her musical theatre debut as Charity alongside Arthur Darvill as Oscar.

The Cy Coleman musical will be choreographed by Wayne McGregor and runs from April 6 to June 8.

The production will be Rourke’s last at the Donmar, before handing over to Michael Longhurst [1].

As part of a new initiative, Sweet Fridays, schools from every London borough will be invited to see the show for free. This will run alongside the Donmar’s existing Young and Free scheme, which gives free tickets to audiences under 25.

Rourke said: “Part of my mission as the Donmar’s artistic director has been to create cheap and free access for audiences, particularly young people. Through the generosity of Susie Sainsbury and the Backstage Trust, I’m able to finish my time at the Donmar on the happiest of notes, with something I really care about – great theatre for all young people.”

Sweet Charity is designed by Robert Jones, with lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Nick Lidster for Autograph. Musical supervision is by Gareth Valentine, orchestrations by Larry Blank and Mark Cumberland, based on original orchestrations by Ralph Burns.

Video design is by Finn Ross and casting by David Grindrod.

Press night will be on April 17.