Michael Longhurst has unveiled his second season as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, which includes a stage adaptation of the film Force Majeure and a double-bill of plays about the climate crisis.
The London theatre has also announced that actor, writer and director Prasanna Puwanarajah will join director and designer Tom Scutt as an artistic associate.
Longhurst will direct the world premiere of Force Majeure, based on Ruben Östlund’s 2014 black comedy of the same name, which has been adapted by Tim Price.
The Contingency Plan, co-produced by the Donmar and Theatr Clwyd, will comprise two plays by Steve Waters and will open at Theatr Clwyd in Mold before running in London at the Donmar.
Both written a decade ago, the plays have been updated to reflect developments in the climate emergency. When first staged, they were directed by Longhurst and Theatr Clwyd artistic director Tamara Harvey, but will this time be helmed by Chelsea Walker and Caroline Steinbeis.
The Donmar and Theatr Clwyd will be working on the project with Julie’s Bicycle, which will consult on the design and production process in order to minimise its environmental impact.
Alongside this, the Donmar’s local company will work with writer Nina Segal and director Joseph Hancock on creating a new work exploring visions of a positive climate future.
The season also includes Suzan-Lori Parks’ In the Blood, which will have its first major UK production, directed by Ellen McDougall.
Inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter, it asks: how far would you go for your children?
In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Ellen McDougall
April 17 to June 6, with press night on April 22
The Contingency Plan by Steve Waters
Directed by Caroline Steinbeis and Chelsea Walker
May 19 to June 6, with press night on June 4 (Theatr Clwyd)
June 10 to August 2, with press night on June 17 (Donmar Warehouse)
Assembly by Nina Segal
Directed by Joseph Hancock
July 12 and 13
Force Majeure by Tim Price
Directed by Michael Longhurst
August 7 to September 26, with press night on August 13