Grainger, Lanipekun and Reid Will Join Pryce in Donmar's Dimetos

News   Grainger, Lanipekun and Reid Will Join Pryce in Donmar's Dimetos
The previously announced Jonathan Pryce will be joined by Holliday Grainger, Alex Lanipekun and Anne Reid in the Donmar Warehouse's new production of Athol Fugard's 1977 play Dimetos.

Douglas Hodge will direct the production, which begins performances March 19, prior to an official opening on March 25, for a run to May 9.

Described in press materials as a "powerful and deeply moving story about love, guilt and retribution" that "explores faith in a modern world of moral decay," Dimetos revolves around a man who, exhausted by life in the city as a highly skilled engineer, escapes to a remote coastal village with his niece and housekeeper in search of a simpler existence. Five years on, a stranger from the metropolis arrives to tempt him back with devastating consequences.

Grainger, who will be making her professional stage debut as Lydia, has appeared on TV in "Demons," "Robin Hood," "Merlin," "Jinx," "Waking the Dead," "The Bad Mother's Handbook" and "Waterloo Road," amongst others.

Lanipekun, who plays Danilo, was last seen on the London stage in the Royal Court's production of Wig Out! and Eyes Catch Fire at the Finborough. On TV his work includes "Spooks" and "Talk to the Hand"; and for film, "Crocodile" and "The Fourth Angel."

Reid, who plays Sophia, has been seen most recently onstage in the National's production of Happy Now? (in the Cottesloe); other credits include Into the Woods (Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House), The Epitaph for George Dillon (Comedy Theatre), Out of This World (Chichester Festival Theatre) and The York Realist (Royal Court). For television, her work includes "Ladies of Letters," "Men are Wonderful," "Shameless" and "The Bad Mother's Handbook," amongst others; on film, her credits include "Faintheart," "Savage Grace," "Hot Fuzz" and "The Mother" (opposite Daniel Craig). Prcye, who plays the title role of Dimetos, was most recently seen on the London stage in a revival of Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross at the Apollo Theatre in 2007. Other West End credits include Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (that transferred to the Apollo from the Almeida) and Sam Mendes' 1994 production of Oliver! at the London Palladium. On Broadway he has appeared in Dirty Rotten Scoundels at the Imperial Theatre and in the original company of Miss Saigon, reprising his West End performance as the Engineer. His TV credits include "Clone," "HR," "Baker Street Irregulars," "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister" and "Victoria and Albert"; and for film, "Bedtime Stories," "The Gift," "GI Joe," "My Zinc Bed," "Leatherheads," "The Pirates of the Caribbean" series, "Ronin," "Tomorrow Never Dies," "Evita" and "Carrington" (Evening Standard Award for Best Actor and Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival).

Dimetos is directed by Donmar associate director Douglas Hodge. His previous work as a director there includes Murder in the Cathedral (part of the Donmar's TS Eliot Festival) and Absurdia. His other directing credits include Last Easter (Birmingham Rep), See How They Run (national tour and Duchess Theatre), The Dumb Waiter and Other Pieces (Oxford Playhouse and national tour) and Pachamama's Blessing (also co-writer, Almeida Theatre and Edinburgh Festival). As an actor, he was recently seen as Albin in the Menier Chocolate Factory's production of La Cage aux Folles that transferred to the West End's Playhouse Theatre.

The production is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Ben Ormerod and sound design by Carolyn Downing.

Athol Fugard directed his own play Playland at the Donmar in 1993 with John Kani. Other plays include Blood Knot, The Island, Marigolds in August, Tsotsi (adapted as a film and winner of the Academy Award for Gbest Foreign Lanuage Film) and Master Harold… and the Boys.

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