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Anne-Marie Duff to star in Josie Rourke's final production at the Donmar Warehouse

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Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Donmar Warehouse has announced Artistic Director Josie Rourke’s farewell production, Sweet Charity, choreographed by the world-renowned Wayne McGregor, who reunites with Rourke after working on her debut film Mary Queen of Scots.

Rourke returns to the music of Cy Coleman who wrote the score for Rourke’s Olivier Award-winning production of City of Angels. The book is by Neil Simon and lyrics by Dorothy Fields.

The production will run from April 17 (previews from April 6) to June 8, 2019.

Anne-Marie Duff will star as Charity, reuniting with Josie Rourke after the Donmar’s acclaimed production of Berenice in 2012. Arthur Darvill will make his Donmar Warehouse debut as Oscar.

Sweet Charity follows the romantic misadventures of the gullible and guileless Charity Hope Valentine, a woman who always gives her heart and her dreams to the wrong man. It features hits such as Hey, Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now and The Rhythm of Life.

Anne-Marie Duff returns to the Donmar Warehouse after previously starring in the productions of Berenice in 2012 directed by Josie Rourke and Days of Wine and Roses in 2005. An award-winning actress on both stage and screen, Anne-Marie Duff is known for her roles in Shameless, The Virgin Queen and Nowhere Boy, and is considered one of the UK’s most prolific actresses.

In 2018, she starred in Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle and returned to the National Theatre as Lady Macbeth, a role she previously undertook on Broadway opposite Ethan Hawke. On the big screen, she recently appeared in On Chesil Beach, the film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s bestselling 2007 novel, and on television she lent her voice to the BBC One/Netflix series Watership Down that aired over Christmas.

Arthur Darvill’s theatre credits include Genesis Inc. (Hampstead Theatre), Hir (Bush Theatre), Treasure Island (National Theatre), Once (Broadway/West End), Our Boys (Duchess Theatre), Doctor Faustus (Shakespeare’s Globe), Swimming with Sharks (Vaudeville Theatre), Terre Haute for which he was nominated for the 2007 Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Newcomer (UK Tour/Trafalgar), Stacey (Arcola Theatre) and Terre Haute (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh).

For Rourke’s farewell production, all tickets at every Friday performance of Sweet Charity between April 19 and May 31 will be free to those aged 25 and under. SWEET FRIDAYS free tickets will be allocated by ballot. As part of SWEET FRIDAYS, the Donmar will invite schools from every London borough to see Sweet Charity for free. SWEET FRIDAYS are made possible with the generous support of Susie Sainsbury and the Backstage Trust.

During Rourke’s time as Artistic Director, YOUNG+FREE, has made over 15,000 free tickets available to those aged 25 and under. Enter the ballot for SWEET FRIDAYS tickets at www.donmarwarehouse.com/.

Josie Rourke said:

“Part of my mission as the Donmar’s Artistic Director has been to create cheap and free access for audiences, particularly young people. Through the generosity of Susie Sainsbury and The Backstage Trust, I’m able to finish my time at the Donmar on the happiest of notes, with something I really care about – great theatre for all young people.

“I’m so happy to be joined in my final production as Donmar Artistic Director by the luminous Anne-Marie Duff, making her musical theatre debut, and the great Wayne McGregor. They are two of the finest people, and collaborators I’ve worked with, and this reunion with them, and the music of Cy Coleman is a joyous way to end a dozen years as an Artistic Director from the Bush to the Donmar.”

Members Priority Booking for Sweet Charity: Steel members from 10am and Copper members from noon on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

Friends begins online from 9am, phone bookings begin at 10am, on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Public Booking for Sweet Charity: Begins online at 9am, phone bookings begin at 10am on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 3282 3808 or visit www.donmarwarehouse.com/.

Also at the Donmar Warehouse: Joel Horwood and Director Tom Scutt’s stage adaptation of Peter Strickland’s acclaimed horror film Berberian Sound Studio (February 8 to March 30, 2019).