Rickman to Direct Chancellor, Teale and Burke in Donmar Creditors

News   Rickman to Direct Chancellor, Teale and Burke in Donmar Creditors
Casting has been revealed for the Donmar Warehouse's forthcoming production of Strindberg's Creditors.
Anna Chancellor
Anna Chancellor

The previously announced Alan Rickman will direct Anna Chancellor, Owen Teale and Tom Burke in the play, which will begin previews Sept. 25, open Sept. 30 and run through Nov. 15.

Written in 1890 and described in press materials as Strindberg's most mature work, Creditors is a darkly comic tale of obsession, honor and revenge. It is presented in a new version by regular Donmar playwright/adaptor David Greig.

The production continues the Donmar's commitment to presenting European drama in new adaptations for a modern audience. Rickman, best known as an actor, has also previously directed My Name Is Rachel Corrie (Royal Court Theatre and subsequently at the West End's Playhouse Theatre and Off-Broadway) and The Winter Guest at the Almeida. Playwright/translator Greig previously provided the Donmar with a new version of Caligula, while his original play The Cosmonaut's Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union was revived at the Donmar in 2005.

Chancellor returns to the Donmar, where she previously appeared in 2001 with Zoe Wanamaker and Lyndsey Marshal in the British premiere of David Mamet's Boston Marriage. More recently she appeared in a touring production of Amelia Bullmore's Mammals, in 2006. She is also known for her film and TV work, appearing as Duckface in "Four Weddings and a Funeral," the 1995 BBC adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice" and as a regular character in BBC1's "Spooks."

Teale won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for re-creating his West End role as Torvald Helmer in A Doll's House. He also appeared as John O'Brien in a stage and TV version of Catherined Cookson's The Fifteen Streets, and did two seasons with the RSC, where his roles included Hotspur in Henry IV, Mark Antony in Julius Caesar and Edmund in King Lear. More recently, he played the title role in Macbeth for director Terry Hands at Clwyd Theatre Cymru in May 2008. Burke was last seen at the Donmar Warehouse in Mark Ravenill's The Cut. Other theatre credits include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe and Macbeth at the Almeida.

For tickets contact the box office at 0870 060 6624 or visit www.donmarwarehouse.com.

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