Divas, Foxes & Privates Fill Autumn at DonmarDate: 10 July 2001
The autumn programme at the Donmar Warehouse will include a return of its celebrated Divas at the Donmar cabaret season as well as classic Broadway drama The Little Foxes , and a revival of Peter Nichols's 1977 comedy Privates on Parade.
Interestingly, this year's Divas season, which runs from 3 to 29 September 2001, features two men - Clive Rowe, returning after his first solo turn as part of last year's Divas, and West End veteran Michael Ball - who are joined by Sian Phillips.
Rowe, who kicks off the season from 3 to 8 September, is familiar for his musical appearances in Guys and Dolls, Candide, Carousel, Company and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The season continues, from 10 to 15 September, with Phillips whose credits include Pal Joey, A Little Night Music and her own tribute to Marlene Dietrich. In addition to his renowned West End starring roles in Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love and Passion, Ball represented Great Britain in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest. He appears from 17 to 29 September.
Penelope Wilton stars in the revival of Lillian Hellman's 1939 Broadway drama The Little Foxes, which runs from 10 October (previews from 4 October) to 24 November 2001. The Little Foxes, a story of the enterprising Hubbard family torn asunder by greed, starred Bette Davies in the 1941 film version which received eight Oscar nominations. The Donmar production will be directed by Marianne Elliott.
Privates on Parade, runing from 30 November 2001, closes out the year at the Donmar. A satire tracing the decline of British colonialism, Privates on Parade takes place during a post-war army concert in Malaya. Nichols is enjoying a resurgence of late. His Passion Play was revived by the Donmar last year, before transferring to the West End's Comedy Theatre, and his 1967 comedy, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, opens at the New Ambassadors on 1 October (previews from 25 September), starring Clive Owen and Prunella Scales.
The Donmar's production of Privates on Parade will star Roger Allam and Malcolm Sinclair. Allam's recent stage credits include numerous acclaimed National productions including The Cherry Orchard, Albert Speer, Summerfolk, Money and Troilus and Cressida. Sinclair was recently seen in the West End in Cressida (Almeida at the Albery) and Hay Fever (Savoy).
Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, starring Sinead Cusack and Catherine McCormack, is currently playing at the Donmar where it continues to 1 September.
- by Terri Paddock