New temporary theatre planned for King’s Cross

Date Posted: 25/05/2016


Harriet Walter at Kings Cross (photo by Holly Wren)

The Donmar Warehouse is building a new temporary theatre at King’s Cross in order to stage three Shakespeare plays this autumn.

The theatre will feature 420 seats, set in the round, and be located immediately adjacent to King’s Cross train station.

It will be open from 23rd September and 17th December and feature three plays performed by all-female casts.

The plays will be Julius Cesar, The Tempest and Henry IV.

The production of Julius Caesar was staged at The Donmar Warehouse in 2012 and set the iconic play in a women’s prison.

The premise of its setting was to question ‘who was Shakespeare’.

The autumn showings of this Shakespeare trilogy will all feature the theme of the ownership of the bard’s works.

The Tempest, meanwhile, is a new project for Donmar, and it will star Harriet Walter, whose film credits include Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Man Up.

Artistic director Josie Rourke said:, “It’s exciting when the Donmar’s productions have a life beyond the Donmar stage. We want to share the work made by artists on the Donmar stage and we want to do that with generosity, with resonance, and with inspiring partners.”

All three productions will be directed by Phyllida Lloyd, who has worked on plays for everything from television to Broadway in the past.

Public booking for the plays will open on 15th June.

About the Donmar Warehouse

Located in Covent Garden, the Donmar Warehouse is one of the UK’s leading producing theatres.

In its 24 year history it has won more than 100 theatre awards. 

For more information visit www.donmarwarehouse.com.

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