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Casting announced for Far Away at the Donmar Warehouse

Far Away

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for Lyndsey Turner’s new production of Caryl Churchill’s Far Away, which runs at the Donmar Warehouse from Thursday, February 6 to Saturday, March 28, 2020.

BAFTA-winning actress Jessica Hynes will make her Donmar debut in the role of Harper alongside Aisling Loftus as Joan and Simon Manyonda as Todd. Casting for the role of Young Joan will be announced at a later date.

You’ve found something secret. You know that don’t you?

In a cottage far away, a child wakes to the sound of screaming. Who will tell her what’s really going on? And where will the discoveries she makes that night take her in the years to come?

Caryl Churchill’s dazzling play about a world sliding into chaos receives a new production at the Donmar, twenty years after its explosive premiere.

Jessica Hynes’ theatre credits include The Norman Conquests, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for the Broadway transfer (Old Vic/Broadway) and The Night Heron, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award (Royal Court).

Her television credits include Years and Years, There She Goes, for which she won a BAFTA Television Award, Hang Ups, W1A, for which she also won a BAFTA Television Award, Up the Women, Twenty Twelve, Blandings, Moone Boy, The Hour, The Royale Family, Hooten and the Lady, Cider with Rosie, Doctor Who, and Spaced.

Hynes’ film work includes The Fight, which she also directed, Alright Now, Paddington 2, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Swallows and Amazons, Nativity 2, Chalet Girl, Faint Heart, Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, Son of Rambow, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Shaun of the Dead, and Tomorrow La Scala.

Aisling Loftus returns to the Donmar Warehouse after starring in Aristocrats, also directed by Lyndsey Turner. Her theatre credits also include Small Island (National Theatre), The Treatment (Almeida), Touched (Nottingham Playhouse), Noises Off (Old Vic), Spur of the Moment (Royal Court) and Hotel Plays (Langham Hotel). Her television work includes A Discovery of Witches, Broken, War and Peace, Mr Selfridge, Dive, Public Enemies, Good Cop, The Borrowers, Page Eight and Five Daughters.

Simon Manyonda returns to the Donmar Warehouse after appearing in The Way of the World. His other theatre credits include Actually (Trafalgar Studios), Alys, Always (Bridge Theatre), Barber Shop Chronicles, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, King Lear, Greenland and Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre), King Lear ( The Old Vic), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Julius Caesar (RSC), Giving and Wildfire (Hampstead Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Sheffield Crucible), The Mamba (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Antony and Cleopatra (Liverpool Playhouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lyric Hammersmith), Red Peppers (Old Red Lion) and All Night I Dream of Being Good (The Yard).

His television work includes His Dark Materials, The Bay, Shakespeare and Hathaway, King Lear, Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories, Doctor Who, Suspects, Holby City and Whitechapel. He has also appeared in the films Undergods, In Fabric, The Current War, Failure to Thrive, Jawbone, Julius Caesar, How It’s Done and Before a Pack of Wild Dogs Eat My Face (Short film for BBC).

Far Away is designed by Lizzie Clachan and has lighting design by Peter Mumford and sound design by Christopher Shutt. Casting director is Anna Cooper CDG.

For this production, the Donmar is partnering with the London College of Fashion, UAL, where graduate students on the College’s MA Costume Design for Performance course will work to create the extravagant hats for Far Away’s renowned hat parade scene. The Donmar will also be running a series of platform events alongside Far Away, chaired by journalist Fiona Mountford.

Continuing its commitment to engaging new audiences, the Donmar has simplified ticket access schemes with DONMAR DAILY RELEASE. This scheme sees a minimum of 40 additional tickets released for sale every morning for performances seven days later. Audiences can sign up to receive information about productions and ticketing on the Donmar’s website (

The Donmar’s successful free ticket scheme for those aged 16-25, YOUNG+FREE, will continue with Far Away, offering seats for performances across the season with tickets released by ballot at the end of every month. YOUNG+FREE is funded through the generosity of audiences via the Donmar’s PAY IT FORWARD scheme. These donations have enabled the Donmar to allocate more than 18,000 free tickets to those aged under 26.

[BLANK], a new play by Alice Birch, continues at the Donmar Warehouse until November 30. It will be followed – from December 6, 2019 to February 1, 2020 – by Teenage Dick, Mike Lew’s darkly comic take on Shakespeare’s Richard III.