Kim Cattrall will play Donny in a revival of Mamet’s The Cryptogram, and Rhys Ifans takes on the title role in Patrick Marber’s updated Don Juan. Penelope Wilton will join Faith Healer Tony winner Ian McDiarmid in David Eldridge’s new version of Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman. "Sex in the City" star Catrall made her West End debut in Jan. 2005 with a Peter Hall-directed revival of Brian Clark’s Whose Life Is it Anyway. Ifans was last seen on the Donmar stage in 2003 with Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist, while Wilton's previous Donmar production in 2001 saw her play the vicious Regina in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes.
Mamet’s The Cryptogram — to be directed by Josie Rourke — charts the breakdown of a family, identifying the moment when childhood vanishes. The play was first seen in London in 1994 with Eddie Izzard and Lindsay Duncan. The Cryptogram opens Oct. 17 following previews that begin Oct. 12.
Marber’s Don Juan in Soho, which will be directed by Grandage, relocates Moliere’s 17th-century classic to London’s 21st-century Soho with its “swank, new hotels and festering, old clip joints, crackheads in alleys and cokeheads in clubs.” Don Juan in Soho opens Dec. 6 following previews that begin Nov. 30.
Grandage's current West End revival of Evita has just received a five-month extension. He will also direct Wilton and McDiarmid in Eldridge’s new version of John Gabriel Borkman, Ibsen’s indictment of 19th-century capitalism. That production opens Feb. 20, 2007, after five days of previews.
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