Josie Rourke says goodbye to Donmar Warehouse with the new production of ‘Sweet Charity’

From April to June, the theatre will perform this new version of one of Neil Simon’s classics, which will conclude Rourke’s position as Artistic Director after a 12-year-path. The production, which will count on world-renowned coreographer Wayne McGregro, will start an action called Sweet Fridays, which will provide free tickets every Friday performance – available for all viewers who are 25 or under.

Some people manage their heart like a hotel: their guests stay for just a few days (much less than one expects) and leave as rapidly as they arrive. Users and losers. Those are the two kind of men humble Charity Hope Valentine has ever met – a love life where love has never existed. But all of that might change when she meets Oscar, a sophisticated tax accountant that will make her regain her faith in relationships.

Director Josie Rourke will say goodbye to the prestigious Donmar Warehouse with this new version of Sweet Charity, a musical theatre classic written by Neil Simon, with lyrics by Dorothy Field and music by Cy Coleman (author of the score of City of Angels, directed by Bourke herself). The coreography will be designed by Wayne McGregor -world renowned artist who reunites with Bourke after her film debut with Mary, Queen of Scots), while the cast is led by Arthur Darvill and Anne-Marie Duff.

“I’m so happy to be joined in my final production as Donmar Artistic Director by the luminous AnneMarie Duff, making her musical theatre debut, and the great Wayne McGregor”, says Rourke. “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.”

Playing honor to the title, all the tickets for Friday perfomances (from April 19th to May 31st) will be free for viewers that are 25 or less. This action, which has been called Sweet Fridays, will also invite several schools from every borough in London, so they can watch the production with no charge. “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”, claims Rourke.

Sweet Charity will be played form April 6th to June 8th. Performances will take part from Monday to Saturday at 7:30 pm, as well as matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are available from £10 to £55 and can be purchased from February 12th at the following link.

Por Guillermo Názara

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