Dominic West has shorn his luxuriant Jimmy McNulty waves from TV’s The Wire for his return to the stage as banished heir to the Polish throne Segismundo in Life Is a Dream, which opened last night (13 October 2009, previews from 8 October) at the Donmar Warehouse, where it runs until 28 November (See News, 17 Apr 2009).

Pedro Calderon de la Barca’s 17th-century Spanish classic, in a new version by Helen Edmundson, examines the conflict between free will and fate by following the travails of Segismundo, who still dreams of palaces, empires, freedom and revenge.

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For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer was for the post-show party at the Donmar Warehouse along with the Life Is a Dream cast and creatives as well as other first night guests including Matthew Marsh, Harriet Walter, Samantha Bond, Alex Waldmann, Guy Henry and director Rupert Goold, whose wife Kate Fleetwood co-stars with West.

The current Donmar company also features Rupert Evans, David Horovitch, Lloyd Hutchinson, Sharon Small and Malcolm Storry. The production is directed by Jonathan Munby and designed by Angela Davies.