Lia Williams in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Donmar Warehouse: first look

Muriel Spark’s novel comes to the stage in a new adaptation

Lia Williams in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Lia Williams in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
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Photos have been released offering a first look at the new production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which opens this week at the Donmar Warehouse.

Starring Lia Williams as the titular character, the piece is set in a girls' school and follows the exploits of Brodie and her specially-selected set of pupils. The story was originally a series of articles published in the New Yorker magazine by Muriel Spark, before being published as a novel in 1961.

The new version is adapted by Scottish playwright David Harrower, and is directed by Polly Findlay who returns to the venue following her production of Limehouse starring Roger Allam. It has design by Lizzie Clachan, lighting design by Charles Balfour, sound design by Paul Arditti, composition by Marc Tritschler and movement direction by Naomi Said.

It was first adapted for the stage in 1966 with Vanessa Redgrave in the lead role, while three years later a film version starring Maggie Smith was released.