The Human Body - Keeley Hawes and Jack Davenport

Keeley Hawes and Jack Davenport to star in The Human Body at the Donmar Warehouse

Acclaimed actor Keeley Hawes is returning to the London stage for the first time in 10 years, in a new play at the Donmar Warehouse.

Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard, Line of Duty) will star in the world premiere of a new Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica) drama, The Human Body, alongside Jack Davenport (The Morning Show, Call My Agent).

The Human Body is part of outgoing Donmar artist director Michael Longhurst’s final season at the iconic London venue.

The play is set in 1948 and centres on GP and Labour party councillor Iris Elcock (Keeley Hawes), working to implement Nye Bevan’s new National Health Service Act. At home she is a mother, and wife to a fellow GP, an ex-Navy man scarred by the war. But a chance meeting with George Blythe (Jack Davenport), a local boy who has made it to Hollywood, turns her quiet, certain world upside down. 

The Human Body will be directed by Michael Longhurst and Ann Yee, and will run at the Donmar Warehouse from 16 February to 13 April 2024.

Design will be by Fly Davis, with Lighting design by Joshua Pharo, Sound design by Ben and Max Ringham, the Fight director is Kate Waters, and Casting is by Anna Cooper CDG.

Hawes was last on stage in 2013 in Barking in Essex; and Jack Davenport was last in Enemies in 2006.

This news was first reported by the BBC.

Multi-award winning writer Lucy Kirkwood’s current projects include writing the book and lyrics for new musical The Witches, based on Roald Dahl’s classic book, now playing at the National Theatre.

Yesterday the Donmar Warehouse announced that their critically acclaimed production of musical Next To Normal is transferring into the West End, coming to the Wyndham’s Theatre in June next year.

Currently playing at the Donmar Warehouse is Lynn Nottage drama Clyde’s until 2 December, followed by David Tennant and Cush Jumbo in Macbeth, from 8 December 2023 to 10 February 2024.

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📷 Main photo: The Human Body - Keeley Hawes and Jack Davenport: Clockwise from top left Keeley Hawes, Jack Davenport, Pearl Mackie, Siobhán Redmond, Tom Goodman-Hill, Flora Jacoby Richardson, Audrey Kattan

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