The third instalment of the Donmar's year-long residency at the Wyndham's theatre opened last night (18 March 2009, previews from 13 March), an adaptation (by Donald Keene) of Yukio Mishima’s little known 1965 drama Madame de Sade.

Among the guests were cast members from the previous two productions in the season, including recent Olivier Award-winner Derek Jacobi, and Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall (pictured), who starred in the Donmar revival of David Mamet's The Cryptogram in 2006.

Starring an all-female cast of Judi Dench, Rosamund Pike, Frances Barber, Deborah Findlay, Fiona Button and Jenny Galloway, the Madame de Sade centres on five women affected by the infamous debauchery of the Marquis de Sade, including his wife and mother. Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage directs, with design by Christopher Oram.

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For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was at the after party held at the National Gallery Cafe, where the company were joined by guests including Samantha Spiro, Elena Roger, Derek Jacobi, Penelope Wilton, Eddie Redmayne, Andrea Riseborough, Kevin R McNally, Malcom Sinclair, Una Stubbs, Daniel Evans and Kim Cattrall.

- by Theo Bosanquet