Joe Wright, one of the hottest film directors around with credits including Atonement and Anna Karenina, has returned to his theatrical roots with a revival of Victorian comedy Trelawny of the Wells, which opened at the Donmar Warehouse last night (26 February 2013).
Arthur Wing Pinero's play, which has been given "respectful additions and ornamentation" by Patrick Marber, centres on a Victorian actress who renounces her love of theatre in order to marry an aristocrat. His family are less convinced of her charms, however, and her challenge to their dreary, snobby existence shocks them to their core.
Wright - the son of the founders of Islington's Little Angel Theatre - directs a cast including Jamie Beamish, Ron Cook, Aimée-Ffion Edwards, Susannah Fielding, Daniel Kaluuya, Daniel Mays, Fergal McElherron, Amy Morgan, Joshua Silver, Maggie Steed and Peter Wight.
Trelawny of the Wells continues at the Donmar until 13 April 2013.
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