Rachel Leskovac, David Tennant and Charlotte Randle will feature in two of the opening productions in the Donmar Warehouse's 2002 season of American Imports. Leskovac will star in the world premiere of Keith Redin's Frame 312, which runs from 11 to 30 March 2002, while both Tennant and Randle will lead the ensemble for the UK premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero, playing from 4 April to 4 May.

In Frame 312, directed by Josie Rourke, Leskovac plays Lynette, a young secretary who becomes the only surviving witness of film footage which tells the truth about the 1963 assassination of President John F Kennedy. Frame 312 runs in repertory with Stephen Adly Guirgis' Jesus Hopped the A Train, which launches the annual season on 6 March. The latter is directed by Hollywood actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and features its original US cast of Elizabeth Canavan, Salvatore Inzerillo, Ron Cephas Jones, John Ortiz and David Zayas.

Leskovac is best-known for playing the young Viv Nicholson in the musical Spend Spend Spend, both on tour and in the West End. The actress was nominated for a 2000 Laurence Olivier award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance but lost out to co-star Barbara Dickson who played the older Nicholson. Leskovac's other stage credits include Annie and Bugsy Malone, while on television she has appeared in Heartbeat, In Deep, North Square and Peak Practice.

She is joined in the cast of Frame 312 by Matt Bardock, Katherine Parkinson and Doraly Rosen. The production is designed by Tom Piper, with lighting by Tom Piper, lighting by David Plater and sound by Matt McKenzie.

In Lonergan's Lobby Hero, Tennant plays Jeff, a luckless young doorman who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation and falls for rookie cop Dawn, played by Randle.

Tennant's numerous stage credits include Comedians (Oxford Stage Company), King Lear (Royal Exchange), Vassa (Almeida at the Albery), the double bill of The Real Inspector Hound and Black Comedy (a Donmar Warehouse production at the Comedy) and, for the RSC, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It and The Herbal Bed.

Randle has recently been seen on stage in The Man Who Had All the Luck (Sheffield Crucible), Romeo and Juliet (National), Marat/Sade (National), The Taming of the Shrew (RSC) and The Dispute (RSC). On TV, she's played Teresa Lawless on Eastenders, while her film credits include The Honest Courtesan.

Joining Randle and Tennant in the cast are Dominic Rowan (Private Lives at the NT, The Two Gentleman of Verona, Talk of the City, The Merchant of Venice for the RSC) and Gary McDonald (Wine in the Wilderness, Deadmeat). Lobby Hero is directed by Mark Brokaw and designed by Rob Jones, with lighting by Rick Fisher.

Playwright Lonergan will also be represented in the West End this spring by his first play, This Is Our Youth, which runs at the Garrick Theatre from 1 March to 20 April 2002. The Donmar's American Imports season continues in the summer with premieres of David Auburn's Proof and Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out.

- by Terri Paddock