Into the Web: Spider Woman Begins Previews at London's Donmar Warehouse

News   Into the Web: Spider Woman Begins Previews at London's Donmar Warehouse The Donmar Warehouse revival of Kiss of the Spider Woman — starring Rupert Evans and Will Keen — begins previews April 19. Manuel Puig's prison play will officially open April 25.
Will Keen stars in The Kiss of the Spider Woman.
Will Keen stars in The Kiss of the Spider Woman. Photo by Johan Persson

Set in a South American jail cell, the play by late Argentine dramatist Puig (1932-1990), focuses on two cellmates: Marxist rebel Valentin (Evans), punished for his ideals, and romantic fantasist Molina (Keen), convicted for his sexuality.

Iain Glen was originally cast to play Molina, but following an announcement that the actor was "indisposed," Keen (The Changeling, Tom and Viv and the title role in Pericles) stepped into the role.

Piug's play is best known as the 1985 movie starring Raul Julia and William Hurt, and as a musical by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb.

Directed by Charlotte Westenra (Darfur – How Long is Never), the Donmar version boasts a new translation by Allan Baker. Ben Stones has designed the show, which features lighting design by Hartley T. A. Kemp and sound design by John Leonard.

For more on Kiss of the Spider Woman, which will run until May 26, call (0)870 060 6624.

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Harold Pinter's Betrayal — starring Dervla Kirwan, Toby Stephens and Samuel West — will be the Donmar's next tenant, playing May 31-July 21. Roger Michell directs.

Rupert Evans and Will Keen star in the Donmar production of <i>The Kiss of the Spider Woman</i>.
Rupert Evans and Will Keen star in the Donmar production of The Kiss of the Spider Woman. Photo by Johan Persson