A timely revival of Lillian Hellman’s political thriller
Watch on the Rhine will have its first major London revival in over 40 years at the Donmar this Winter.
Directed by Ellen McDougall, Lillian Hellman’s Watch on the Rhine will star Olivier Award winner Patricia Hodge (Rumpole of the Bailey, Miranda), Kate Duchêne (The Worst Witch, Afterlife) and Caitlin FitzGerald (Succession, Inventing Anna).
Known for her success on Broadway (The Little Foxes, The Children’s Hour) Lillian Hellman was also a brilliant activist, ahead of her time. Watch on the Rhine is her masterpiece political thriller.
Watch on the Rhine plays from 9 December 2022 to 4 February 2023 at the Donmar Warehouse, London.
What's the story of Watch on the Rhine?
Summer 1940. 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.
Who is in the cast of Watch on the Rhine?
The cast features Patricia Hodge as Fanny Farrelly, Kate Duchêne as Anise and Caitlin FitzGerald as Sara Muller.
Joining them are John Light (Teck de Brancovis), Carlyss Peer (Marthe de Brancovis), Geoffrey Streatfeild (David Farrelly), Mark Waschke (Kurt Muller) and David Webber (Joseph), Finley Glasgow (Joshua Muller), Tamar Laniado and Chloe Raphael (Babette Muller), Bertie Caplan and Henry Hunt (Bodo Muller).
Who are the creative team of Watch on the Rhine?
Written by Lillian Hellman. The production is directed by Ellen McDougall with design by Basia Bińkowska, 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. Anti-racism consultancy for the production is provided by mezze eade.
Reviews of Watch on the Rhine
★★★★★ "Rousing" - The Stage ★★★★ "A terrific cast" - TimeOut ★★★★ "Lillian Hellman’s call to arms is a must-see" - The Guardian
The play contains references to concentration camps, shooting, bombing and refugees all in the context of WWII There are also references to gambling, bribery and murder. There are scenes of physical violence