Casting Complete for Donmar's Life Is a Dream

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Full casting has been announced for the Donmar Warehouse's new production of Pedro Calderon de la Barca's Life Is a Dream, which begins performances Oct. 8 (prior to an official opening Oct. 13), for a run through Nov. 28.

Joining the previously announced Dominic West are Rupert Evans, Kate Fleetwood, David Horovitch, Lloyd Hutchinson, Sharon Small, David Smith, Malcolm Storry and Dylan Turner.

Presented in a new version by Helen Edmundson, the play is described in press materials as a "richly poetic, epic masterpiece that explores illusion, reality, fate and destiny set against the backdrop of a mythical kingdom. To protect the country from the horrors prophesied, Segismundo is condemned for all eternity. Banished to a secret world high in the mountains and cut off from the sun, he can only dream of a life reversed; of palaces, empires, freedom and revenge."

Rupert Evans, who plays Astolfo, has previously appeared at the Donmar in Kiss of the Spider Woman. Other theatre credits include the Broken Space Season at the Bush, Romeo and Juliet and King John at the RSC, Breathing Corpses at the Royal Court and I>Sweet Panic at the Duke of York's.

Kate Fleetwood, who plays Rosaura, has previously appeared at the Donmar in Hecuba. Other theatre credits include Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, BAM, Lyceum Theater – Broadway), Twelfth Night (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Winter's Tale and Pericles (RSC) and Love's Labour's Lost (National Theatre).

David Horovitch, who plays Clotaldo, has previously appeared at the Donmar in Mary Stuart, which subsequently transferred to the West End's Apollo Theatre. Other recent theatre credits include the Ronald Harwood double-bill Collaboration and Taking Sides (that transferred to the West End's Duchess Theatre from Chichester's Minerva Theatre), Seven Jewish Children (Royal Court) and Cymbeline and Tamer Tamed (RSC). Lloyd Hutchinson, who plays Clarion, recently appeared in the Donmar's West End production of Twelfth Night at Wyndham's. Other recent theatre work includes The Observer (National Theatre), The Birthday Party (Lyric Hammersmith), Rhinoceros (Royal Court), A Respectable Wedding (Young Vic), The Lightning Play (Almeida Theatre), Once in a Lifetime (National Theatre) and Talking to Terrorists (Out of Joint – national tour and Royal Court).

Sharon Small, who plays Estrella, played Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera at the Donmar. Other theatre work includes The Exonerated (Riverside Studios), Lear (Sheffield Crucible), When Harry Met Sally (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Green Fields (Traverse Theatre) and Insignificance (Chichester Festival Theatre).

David Smith, who plays Soldier 2/Servant 2, has appeared in productions at the Unicorn Theatre, Compass Theatre Company, and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Malcolm Storry, who plays Basilio, has appered in Oedipus, The Royal Hunt of the Sun and Cyrano de Bergerac (all at the National Theatre) and The Lord of the Rings (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), as well as extensive work for the RSC including Antony and Cleopatra and Volpone.

Dylan Turner, who plays Soldier 1/Servant 1, has been seen onstage in High School the Musical (Apollo Hammersmith), Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre) and Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible).

The production is directed by Jonathan Munby, with designs by Angela Davies and lighting by Neil Austin. The composer and sound designer is Dominic Haslam, composer and musician is Ansuman Biswas, and movement diretion is by Mike Ashcroft.

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