NEWS: David Tennant to Star as Macbeth at the Donmar Warehouse

The production will form the finale of the Donmar Warehouse’s 2023 programme along with the European premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Clyde’s.

(c) Charlie Gray

Artistic Director Michael Longhurst and Executive Director Henny Finch have announced the final two production of the Donmar Warehouse’s 2023 season and the conclusion of the theatre’s 30th anniversary.  

From the 13th October until the 2nd December, the Donmar will present the European premiere of Clyde’s  written by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and reunites her with director Lynette Linton as a follow up to their Donmar smash hit Sweat which transferred to the West End. The play is set in a run-down Pennsylvania truck stop and follows the story of the formerly incarcerated staff have been given a second chance as they try and create a perfect sandwich under the eye of the tyrannical Clyde.

The season will conclude with William Shakespeare’s Macbeth starring David Tennant in the title role, directed by Donmar Associate Director Max Webster, which opens on 15th December, with previews from 8th December, and runs until 10th February 2024. David Tennant returns to the Donmar Warehouse, having previously appeared at the theatre in Lobby Hero (Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor).

Full casting for both productions has yet to be announced.

It has also been announced that there will be a schools’ tour of William Shakespeare’s Henry V, directed by Donmar’s former Resident Assistant Director Dadiow LinInspired by the critically acclaimed 2022 Donmar Warehouse production directed by Max Webster, and supported by headline partner Howdens and Westminster City Council, the production tours for four  weeks in June and July, with performances offered free of charge reaching up to 3000 young people in Camden and Westminster. 

Talking about the news Michael Longhurst said: “For my penultimate season announcement I am thrilled to share two more productions to round off our 30th birthday year. First, we have the European première of Lynn Nottage’s hilarious and uplifting CLYDE’S directed by Lynette Linton, fresh from her Critics’ Circle Best Director win.  CLYDE’S follows their astonishing production of SWEAT staged at the Donmar, and the West End, in 2019. And I am so excited to witness David Tennant’s portrayal of Macbeth, in what will be an unmissable production directed by Max Webster. We are also proud to share an adapted version of our last Shakespeare production HENRY V with young people in Camden and Westminster in our next Schools’ tour, created by artists from our training programme. With the continued cuts to schools’ arts provision, touring productions like this are essential, to help nurture the next generation of audiences and theatre makers. Finally I am delighted to have Mufaro Makubiko and Hannah Shury-Smith under commission, thanks to our Theatre Royal Haymarket Writers Award.”

Michael Longhurst’s final season of shows before he steps down as Artistic Director next year will be announced in Autumn 2023.

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