March 27, 2015
JANIE DEE as Essie in Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic
Janie is a multi-award winning actress, singer and musical theatre performer.
Her work on stage has earned her the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Best Actress Awards for the leading role in Comic Potential in the West End and on Broadway as well as the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Carousel, directed by Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre. She has worked extensively with writer and director Alan Ayckbourn, originating the roles of JC 333 in Comic Potential, Joanna in House and Garden and Amanda in Dreams from a Summerhouse and Peter Hall has directed Janie in Much Ado About Nothing, Betrayal and Design For Living.
Lead roles in classic West End musicals include: Cats, My One and Only (Olivier Award Nomination), Mack and Mabel, and audiences outside London have been able to enjoy her performances in many shows including her starring role as Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly! at the Curve Theatre, Leicester for which she received a TMA UK Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Musical this year.
She is a leading light in the resurgent cabaret scene and regularly champions new musical theatre writing. Her screen credits include Me and Orson Welles, Harold Pinter: A Celebration and Dare to be Wild. Her television credits includes: In Love With Shakespeare, Death in Holy Orders and The Murder Room and House of Cards. Recent dramatic roles include: Blithe Spirit opposite Angela Lansbury and Charles Edwards, Michael Frayn’s Noises Off at The Old Vic and in the West End, and Lucy Kirkwood’s NSFW at the Royal Court, which earned her a fourth Olivier nomination. This year she is due to play Mrs Henderson, in the Theatre Royal Bath production of Mrs Henderson Presents.
The cast of Ah, Wilderness! includes Georgia Bourke, George MacKay, Martin Marquez, Eleanor McLoughlin, Dominic Rowan, Susannah Wise and Ashley Zhangazha.
February 10, 2015
Ah, Wilderness! starring Janie Dee and George MacKay at the Young Vic
The great American playwright Eugene O’Neill’s warmest, most delightful play is a funny and poignant account of family life and teenage tribulations in 1906 Connecticut. A staple in the US but rarely performed in the UK it was written in 1933 almost as a prelude to his wrenching, autobiographical A Long Day’s Journey into Night.
Ah, Wilderness plays for a strictly limited run at the Young Vic theatre from 12 April 2015 til 23 May 2015.
Directed by Natalie Abrahami, with design by Dick Bird, costumes by Sussie Juhlin-Wallén, light by Charles Balfour, sound by Ben Ringham and movement by Ann Yee.
The cast includes Georgia Bourke, Janie Dee, George MacKay, Martin Marquez, Eleanor McLoughlin, Dominic Rowan, Susannah Wise and Ashley Zhangazha.
Georgia Bourke plays Muriel, making her professional stage debut. Her film credits include Jane Eyre, Girl Like Me and Reign of the General. Georgia’s television work includes Silent Witness and Hollyoaks.
Janie Dee makes her Young Vic debut playing Essie. Her other theatre credits include Blithe Spirit (West End); NSFW (Royal Court); Noises Off (Old Vic & West End); Cats, Cabaret, Showboat (RSC at the London Palladium); Carousel (National Theatre) for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance; Much Ado About Nothing, Design for Living (Theatre Royal, Bath) and Betrayal (Theatre Royal, Bath and West End) . She worked extensively with Harold Pinter and Sir Alan Ayckbourn, winning the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress in Ayckbourn’s Comic Potential (West End and Broadway). Film credits include Me and Orson Welles, Harold Pinter: A Celebration and Dare to be Wild. Her work for television includes: In Love With Shakespeare, Death in Holy Orders and The Murder Room and House of Cards.
George MacKay plays Richard. He makes his Young Vic debut in Ah, Wilderness! following his first professional stage role in The Cement Garden at VAULT Festival 2014. Nominated as one of the EE BAFTA Rising Stars in 2014, George’s recent film credits include PRIDE, Sunshine on Leith, How I Live Now and For Those in Peril.
Martin Marquez plays Nat. Making his Young Vic debut, his previous theatre credits include Blasted (Sheffield Theatres); The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse); From Here to Eternity (West End); Mother Courage and her Children, Anything Goes, Love’s Labours Lost (National Theatre); The Iceman Cometh (Old Vic); and Cleansed (Royal Court). Television credits include Vera, Twenty Twelve and The Whale.
Eleanor McLoughlin makes her Young Vic debut playing Norah. Previous stage credits include Planter’s Island (Saint Martin’s Studio Theatre) and Playboy of the Western World (Millbank Theatre). Her film credits include Forgotten Man and Ghost Runner.
Dominic Rowan plays Sid. He most recently appeared at the Young Vic as Lopakhin in Katie Mitchell’s production of The Cherry Orchard, and previous credits for the theatre include A Doll’s House (West End and BAM in New York), and After Dido. Other theatre credits include Medea, Happy Now?, Iphegina at Aulis (National Theatre); The Village Bike (Royal Court); Henry VIII (Shakespeare’s Globe); and The Misanthrope (West End). Television credits include Henry IV, The Restless and Law and Order UK (four series).
Susannah Wise plays Lily. She first appeared at the Young Vic in A Doll’s House. Other theatre credits include Hero and Where Do We Live (Royal Court); Blurred Lines, The Hush, The Holy Rosenbergs (National Theatre); Three Sisters and Festen (West End). Susannah’s television credits include Derek, Jo, Phone Shop, Camp X and Babylon.
Ashley Zhangazha plays Arthur. Ashley makes his Young Vic debut, his previous theatre credits include Hamlet (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Venice Preserv’d (The Spectator’s Guild); Henry V (Nöel Coward Theatre, Michael Grandage Season); Fences (Duchess Theatre); Belong and Truth and Reconciliation (Royal Court); Richard II and King Lear (Donmar Warehouse); and Danton’s Death (National Theatre). Ashley’s television credits include Humans, Ordinary Lies and Lenny Goes to Town.
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February 6, 2015
Win a pair of tickets to Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic!
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The Young Vic have just announced their hotly anticipated new season and to celebrate we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to the first show; Ah, Wilderness!
Eugene O’Neill’s warmest, most delightful play is a funny and authentic portrait of a Connecticut childhood – complete with moonlit beaches, firecrackers, booze and a powerfully dark undertow.
Over Independence Day weekend, teenager Richard Miller navigates young love in his idyllic home town. A staple in the US but rarely seen in the UK, O’Neill’s prelude to A Long Day’s Journey into Night is an essential part of the life’s work of this most innovative of American playwrights.
With Janie Dee (Noises Off, NSFW) and George MacKay (Pride, Sunshine on Leith), directed by Natalie Abrahami following her acclaimed production of Happy Days.
“An elegy for a warm, safe, lost world.” The New York Times
14 April – 23 May
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June 9, 2012
Save £21.50 on tickets to see the acclaimed production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Apollo Theatre starring David Suchet.
Westendtheatre.com presents a special offer to see one of British theatre’s finest actors give the performance of a lifetime as David Suchet stars in Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece, Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Apollo Theatre in London.
Acclaimed director Anthony Page’s new production follows the Irish-American Tyrone family over a single summer day as their delicate relationships begin to crack. The play also stars Golden Globe nominee Laurie Metcalf, most famous for her role as Jackie in Roseanne.
April 29, 2012
TV’s Poirot returns to the West End stage in Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece, Long Day’s Journey into Night.
David Suchet is back in the West End – and at the Apollo Theatre – to play James Tyrone in Eugene O’Neill’s powerful drama Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
Acting alongside Laurie Metcalf, the production is directed by Anthony Page.
Set in 1912, the play is a riveting view of the life of James Tyrone (David Suchet), Mary Tyrone (Laurie Metcalf) and their sons, Jamie (Trevor White) and Edmund (Kyle Soller) during one fateful summer’s day.
David Suchet last appeared in the West End in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre in 2010, alongside Zoe Wanamaker.
August 11, 2011
As Michael Grandage ends his 10 year stewardship as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, he’s certainly going out with a bang.
In a final season that includes some big names, including Jude Law, Ruth Wilson, Douglas Hodge, Karen Gillan and Eddie Redmayne, it’s Law and Wilson up first in a new production of Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie (until 8 October 2011).
Eugene O’Neill’s epic, Pulitzer prize winning play is directed by Donmar associate Rob Ashford, fresh from directing Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and with design is by Paul Wills, whose Donmar productions include The Man Who Had All The Luck and Novecento.
Both Jude Law and Ruth Wilson are returning to the Donmar after performances in 2009: Law in Hamlet for the Donmar West End season and Ruth Wilson in A Streetcar Named Desire.
So what did the critics think? See our round-up of reviews, below.
August 7, 2011
David Suchet returns to the West End following his critically acclaimed performance in All My Sons to star as James Tyrone in Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece, Long Day’s Journey into Night.
January 15, 2011
Donmar Warehouse artistic director Michael Grandage has announced his final season, starring Jude Law, Ruth Wilson, Douglas Hodge and Eddie Redmayne.
Michael Grandage will end his 10 year stewardship of the Donmar Warehouse in London’s Covent Garden this year with an impressive season of big-hitting plays.
Stepping down from the role in December 2011, Grandage has maintained critical and audience success at the Donmar, and ensured that the small venue continues to punch far above its weight.
His final season kicks off with a new production of Eugene O’Neill’s epic, Pulitzer prize winning play Anna Christie (from 8 August 2011) starring Ruth Wilson and Jude Law, and directed by Donmar associate Rob Ashford. Design is by Paul Wills, whose Donmar productions include The Man Who Had All The Luck and Novecento.
Both Jude Law and Ruth Wilson are returning to the Donmar after performances in 2009: Law in Hamlet for the Donmar West End season and Ruth Wilson in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Also in the season is a revival of Inadmissible Evidence (from 13 October 2011) by John Osborne, which will see Douglas Hodge star in Jamie Lloyd’s new production, designed by Soutra Gilmour.
Douglas Hodge, who returns to the Donmar after the venue’s West End production of Guys and Dolls and The Collection/The Lover, will play Bill Maitland, a middle aged lawyer struggling to avoid the harsh truths of his life and keep a hold on reality. He is currently starring in La Cage Aux Folles on Broadway.
Finally, Eddie Redmayne returns to the theatre following his Olivier and Tony Award-winning performance in Red, to play the title role in Shakespeare’s Richard II (from 1 December 2011). Michael Grandage will direct, making this his final production at the Donmar whilst as artistic director, with design by Richard Kent.
Other highlights for the Donmar in 2011 include:
- A US tour of Michael Grandage’s current Donmar production of King Lear, playing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (from 28 April 2011) and starring Derek Jacobi and Gina McKee.
- Securing the lease of the main Earlham Street venue and also purchasing a new rehearsal, education and office space in Covent Garden to help grow and secure the organisation.
- Michael Grandage’s acclaimed 2008 production of Enid Bagnold’s The Chalk Garden to be produced for BBC Radio 3 (broadcast 13 March 2011 at 8pm), reuniting the original cast including Margaret Tyzack and Penelope Wilton.
Shows coming up at the theatre ahead of Grandage’s final season include musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Harold Pinter’s Moonlight starring David Bradley, Deborah Findlay and Daniel Mays; and Michael Grandage directing Felicity Jones in Schiller’s Luise Miller.
No announcement has yet been made as to Grandage’s successor at the Donmar Warehouse.
MORE ON MICHAEL GRANDAGE
Michael Grandage’s previous work at the Donmar includes King Lear, Red (also Broadway – Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Director of a Play), The Chalk Garden (Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Director), Othello (Evening Standard Award for Best Director), John Gabriel Borkman, Don Juan in Soho, Frost/Nixon (also West End and Broadway), The Cut, The Wild Duck (Critics’ Circle Award for Best Director), Guys and Dolls (Donmar in the West End – Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production), Grand Hotel (Evening Standard Award for Best Director, Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production), Henry IV, After Miss Julie, Caligula (Olivier Award for Best Director) and The Vortex. As part of the Donmar in the West End season Grandage directed Ivanov – Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Director, Twelfth Night, Madame de Sade and Hamlet (also Kronborg Castle and Broadway). Other West End work includes Evita. He was the Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres 1999 – 2005, where his many productions included Don Carlos (Evening Standard Award for Best Director).
Grandage took over as Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse in November 2002. Between 2002 and 2012 Grandage will have presented seventy productions. Under his leadership, the company have garnered over eighty major awards including Oliviers, Tonys, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards. For Grandage personally this includes, Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Director of a Play for Red, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Director for Ivanov, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Director for The Chalk Garden, Evening Standard Award for Best Director for Othello, Critics’ Circle Award for Best Director for The Wild Duck, Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production for Guys and Dolls, Evening Standard Award for Best Director and Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production for Grand Hotel, and Olivier Award for Best Director for Caligula.
From 2000 to 2005 he served as Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres where he produced over 40 plays with predominantly young directors and designers. His own work there included Richard III with Kenneth Branagh, Edward II with Joseph Fiennes, The Tempest with Derek Jacobi and an award- winning production of Don Carlos which transferred to the West End.
June 15, 2010
OLIVIER AWARDS – Best Play Winners
Best New Play
2012 Collaborators by John Hodge
2011 Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris
2010 The Mountaintop
2009 Black Watch by Gregory Burke
2008 A Disappearing Number
2007 Blackbird by David Harrower
2006 On The Shore Of The Wide World by Simon Stephens
2005 The History Boys by Alan Bennett
2004 The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
The BBC Award for Best New Play
2003 Vincent In Brixton by Nicholas Wright
2002 Jitney by August Wilson
2001 Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall
2000 Goodnight Children Everywhere by Richard Nelson
1999 The Weir by Conor McPherson
1998 Closer by Patrick Marber
1997 Stanley by Pam Gems
1996 Skylight by David Hare
1995 Broken Glass by Arthur Miller
1994 Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
1993 Six Degrees Of Separation by John Guare
1992 Death And The Maiden by Ariel Dorfman
1991 Dancing At Lughnasa by Brian Friel
1989/90 Racing Demon by David Hare
1988 Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker
1987 Serious Money by Caryl Churchill
1986 Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton
1985 Red Noses by Peter Barnes
1984 Benefactors by Michael Frayn
1983 Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
1982 Another Country by Julian Mitchell
1981 Children Of A Lesser God by Mark Medoff
1980 The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, adapted by David Edgar
1979 Betrayal by Harold Pinter
1978 Whose Life Is It Anyway? by Brian Clark
1977 The Fire That Consumes by Henry de Montherlant, English version by Vivian Cox with Bernard Miles
1976 Dear Daddy by Denis Cannan
2012 Anna Christie by Eugene O’Neill
2011 After the Dance directed by Terence Rattigan
2010 Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
2009 The Histories
2007 The Crucible by Arthur Miller
2006 Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Richard Eyre
2005 Hamlet by William Shakespeare
2004 Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O’Neill
2003 Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekov
1995 As You Like It by William Shakespeare
1994 Machinal by Sophie Treadwell
1993 An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
1992 Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
1991 Pericles by William Shakespeare