Alan Hollinghurst's new translation of Racine's tragedy of unfulfilled passion Berenice opened at the Donmar Warehouse last night (2 October 2012).

The play recounts the tragic love story of the Roman emperor Titus and Berenice of Cilicia. Unable to rectify his duty as emperor with his love for a foreign queen, Titus is forced to choose between love and responsibility. Meanwhile Antiochus, Titus’ best friend, is sent to comfort her, but reveals his own unrequited love for Berenice.

The cast features Anne-Marie Duff, Dominic Rowan, Stephen Campbell Moore, Nigel Cooke, Kurt Egyiawan, Derek Howard and Rosie Jones.

Guests at the first-night party, which took place at The Hospital Club in London, included Alan Hollinghurst, director Josie Rourke, producer Kate Pakenham, designer Lucy Osbourne and actors Rafe Spall, Elize du Toit, Jamie Glover, and James McAvoy.

Directed by Josie Rourke, Berenice runs at the Donmar Warehouse until 24 November.

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