The 1962 movie was a conspicuous success for stars Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick and their director, Blake Edwards (as well as songwriters Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, who won the film’s sole Oscar from five nominations). The Donmar’s take is by playwright Owen McCafferty and opens Feb. 22. The title was originally a television drama, directed by John Frankenheimer. It’s about a couple’s descent into alcoholism. In the new version the Americans Joe and Kirsten become Donal and Mona — Belfasters who move to London in the 1960’s.
Anne-Marie Duff and Peter McDonald star in the play, which runs for 105 minutes without an interval. Peter Gill directs, with designs by Alison Chitty. Lighting designs are by Hartley T.A. Kemp, music by Terry Davies and sound design by Matt McKenzie.
The show runs until April 2. For more information, call (0)20 7240 4882.