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Belleville - Donmar Warehouse

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE DONMAR’s new 2017/2018 season opens with Belleville. Written by Amy Herzog and directed by Michael Longhurst, it runs from December 14, 2017 (previews from December 7) to February 3, 2018.

Americans Zack and Abby are bright, young and recently married. He’s a doctor combating infant disease. She’s an actress, also teaching yoga. It’s just before Christmas and they’re living the expat highlife in bohemian Belleville, Paris.

It’s all a little too perfect.

The cast includes Faith Alabi (as Amina), Malachi Kirby (Alioune), James Norton (Zack) and Imogen Poots (Abby) – all making their Donmar debut in Belleville.

Faith Alabi’s theatre credits include Trouble in Mind (Print Room Notting Hill), Funeral Flowers (Royal Court Theatre), The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre) and Eclipsed (Gate Theatre). She has appeared on television in Cold Feet, Grantchester, Drifters, Chewing Gum and Agatha Raisin, and on film in My Song. Her radio credits include Girls for BBC Radio 4.

Malachi Kirby’s theatre credits include Rough Cuts and Wild Child (Royal Court Theatre), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Theatre Royal Northampton), The Realness (Young Vic Theatre), Mogadishu (Royal Exchange, Manchester/Lyric Hammersmith), Dunsinane (Royal Shakespeare Company), Wish You Were Here (Oval House Theatre), Fall Out/The Life of a Teenager (National Theatre Studios), High Life (Hampstead Theatre), The Working Girl (Theatre 503) and Beyond The Obvious (Stratford Circus).

Kirby’s screen work includes Kajaki, Fallen, Dough, The Last Showing, Gone Too Far, My Brother The Devil and Offender (film); Black Mirror, Roots, Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Who, Vodka Diaries, Lawless, Way To Go, My Murder, Doctor XIII, The Garden, The Bill, Casualty and Silent Witness (TV).

James Norton’s theatre credits include Bug (Found 111), The Lion in Winter (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Journey’s End (Duke of York’s Theatre/UK Tour), That Face (Sheffield Crucible), Posh (Royal Court Theatre) and Cymbeline (Cambridge Arts Theatre).

Norton’s television credits include McMafia, To Walk Invisible, Black Mirror, War and Peace, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Life in Squares, Grantchester, Happy Valley, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Television Award for Best Supporting Actor, Death Comes to Pemberley, Our Story, By Any Means, Restless, Doctor Who, Blandings and Inspector George Gently. He has also appeared in the films Flatliners, Hampstead, Northmen: A Viking Saga, Belle, Bonobo, Angelica, Turner, Thicker Than Water, Rush, Cheerful Weather For A Wedding and An Education.

Imogen Poots’ theatre credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Harold Pinter Theatre). Her extensive film credits include I Kill Giants, Mobile Homes, Sweet Virginia, Connor4real, Green Room, Frank & Lola, A Country Called Home, She’s Funny That Way, Knight of Cups, That Awkward Moment, Jimi: All Is By My Side, The Look of Love, A Long Way Down, Filth, Greetings From Tim Buckley, Comes A Bright Day, A Late Quartet, Fright Night, Jane Eyre, Centurion, Solitary Man, Cracks, Me and Orson Welles, Wish, 28 Weeks Later and V for Vendetta.

Poots has also appeared on television in Roadies, Christopher and His Kind, A Bouquet of Barbed Wire and Miss Austen Regrets.

Amy Herzog’ plays include After the Revolution (Williamstown Theater Festival; Playwrights Horizons; Lilly Award), 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center; Obie Award for the Best New American Play, Pulitzer Prize Finalist), The Great God Pan (Playwrights Horizons) and Belleville (Yale Rep; New York Theatre Workshop; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist; Drama Desk Nomination).

Michael Longhurst makes his debut at the Donmar Warehouse following his acclaimed productions of Caroline, or Change, Amadeus and Constellations.

Belleville will be designed by Tom Scutt, with lighting by Natasha Chivers and composition and sound design by Ben and Max Ringham.

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

Read more about the Donmar’s 2017/2018 Season.