Charlotte Jones’s The Dark Opens at London’s Donmar, March 23

News   Charlotte Jones’s The Dark Opens at London’s Donmar, March 23 The new play by Charlotte Jones, The Dark, is set to open at London’s Donmar Warehouse on March 23. It’s her first new show since 2001’s Humble Boy—which transferred from the National Theatre for a high-profile run at the Gielgud Theatre— established Jones, in her mid-thirties, as one of the most bankable of the younger generation of playwrights.

  While Humble Boy was highly visible, with casts that included Diana Rigg, Felicity Kendall and Simon Russell Beale, Jones is working on an even bigger project for the end of 2004, having signed on for the book of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical, The Woman In White. However, she’s gone small for The Dark, which is an intimate, experimental play. It continues Humble Boy's theme of characters who are isolated, despite living with others. There’s John, who lives with his mother and is helping the police; Brian and Janet, whose son only talks to strangers; and Barnaby and Louisa, who cannot name their new baby. A crisis arises when the lights go out.

Anna Mackmin directs, with designs by regular Matthew Bourne collaborator Lez Brotherston.

The cast will include Brid Brennan, Anastasia Hille, Stuart McQuarrie and Sian Phillips. Brennan was most recently seen opposite Joan Plowright in the 2003 production of Pirandello’s Absolutely!(perhaps), and was Olivier Award-nominated for her role in the The Little Foxes at the Donmar. Sian Phillips appeared as one of the Divas At The Donmar - she has previously won Olivier, Tony and Drama Desk awards for her portrayal of Marlene Dietrich in the Pam Gems tribute play.

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