New production images have been released of the Donmar Warehouse’s revival of Lillian Hellman’s play.

(c)Manuel Harlan

Playing at the Donmar Warehouse as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, new production images have been released for Ellen McDougall’s revival of the political thriller.

(c)Manuel Harlan

The cast for this new production includes: Kate Duchêne (Anise), Caitlin FitzGerald (Sara Muller), Patricia Hodge (Fanny Farrelly), John Light (Teck de Brancovis), Carlyss Peer (Marthe de Brancovis), Geoffrey Streatfeild (David Farrelly), Mark Waschke (Kurt Muller) and David Webber (Joseph). They are joined by Finley Glasgow (Joshua Muller), Tamar Laniado and Chloe Raphael (Babette Muller), Bertie Caplan and Henry Hunt (Bodo Muller).

Summer 1941. On a peaceful morning in her Washington D.C. living room, widow Fanny Farrelly anxiously awaits the return of her daughter and her German husband, fleeing Europe with their children. As night falls, dark secrets emerge, and this American sanctuary becomes even more dangerous than what they left behind.  

(c) Manuel Harlan

Written by Lillian Hellman, Watch on the Rhine first premiered on Broadway in 1941 and was first seen in London in 1943. It won the 1941  New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for the best American play of the season. This is the first London revival of the play for over 40 years.

As well as being directed by Ellen McDougall, the production’s creative team includes: designs by Basia Bińkowska, with lighting design by Azusa Ono, sound design by Tingying Dong, fight direction by Cristian Cardenas, musical direction by Josh Middleton, video design by Sarah Readman, casting director Anna Cooper CDG, dramaturgy by Emma Jude Harris and Zoe Svendsen, voice and dialect coaching by Nia Lynn.

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