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Berberian Sound Studio and Sweat feature in Josie Rourke's final season at Donmar Warehouse

Two directors will make their Donmar directorial debuts at the venue

Donmar Warehouse
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Josie Rourke has announced two shows as part of her final season at Donmar Warehouse.

In December, Lynette Linton will direct the UK premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat by Lynn Nottage. Set in Reading Pennsylvania, the piece explores how the US reached its current political climate. The piece runs from 7 December to 26 January and will have design by Frankie Bradshaw, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, sound design and composition by George Dennis, movement direction by Polly Bennet and casting by Amy Ball.

Donmar associate Tom Scutt will make his directorial debut with a stage adaptation of Berberian Sound Studio, based on the acclaimed horror film by Peter Strickland. Running from 8 February to 30 March, the piece is conceived by Joel Horwood and Scutt and will have design by Anna Yates and Scutt, lighting design by Lee Curran, sound design and composition by Ben and Max Ringham, movement direction by Sasha Milavic Davies and casting by Amy Ball.

Berberian Sound Studio's cast will feature Tom Brooke (King Lear), Enzo Cilenti (Anna In The Tropics) and Tom Espiner (Macbeth).

Rourke said: "Within my final season at the Donmar, I wanted to reflect on the place it had at the start of my directing career. I have asked two people at the beginning of their own careers as directors to stage a production for the Donmar. They have both been instrumental in creating some of our recent work and love the Donmar's stage."