Derek Jacobi to Take A Voyage Round My Father to the West End

By John Nathan
28 Jul 2006

Derek Jacobi is to return to the West End with the Donmar Warehouse revival of John Mortimer’s A Voyage Round My Father.



Mortimer’s autobiographical play will move to the Wyndham’s on Sept. 14, officially opening Sept 21.

Thea Sharrock’s production arrives at the venue after Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park With George finishes its run on Sept. 2. That Menier Chocolate Factory production is likely to transfer to New York in 2007.

With Jacobi in the title role as the irascible patriarch, Voyage also stars Dominic Rowan, who takes on the role of the author, narrator and son who steps out of his father’s shadow.

Mortimer’s 1970 play is the second production to transfer to the West End under Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage. The first was Schiller's Mary Stuart. Meanwhile, Grandage’s Guys and Dolls, currently starring Patrick Swayze, continues its run at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Author, playwright and barrister Sir John Mortimer’s most famous literary and television creation is “Rumpole of the Bailey.” His stage work includes The Dock Brief, What Shall We Tell Caroline, The Wrong Side of the Park, Come As You Are and Naked Justice. For film, his credits include “Cider With Rosie” and Zeffirelli’s “Tea With Mussolini.”

Jacobi was last seen in the West End in Grandage’s production of Schiller’s Don Carlos. Rowan’s stage credits include Forty Winks. Joining them in the cast are Christopher Benjamin, Lily Bevan, Neil Boorman, Osmund Bullock, Joanna David, David De Courcey, Natasha Little, Sadie Shimmin and Katie Warren. Design is by Robert Jones.

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