First look at Jonathan Bailey and cast rehearsing for The York Realist at Donmar Warehouse.

The ‘Broadchurch’ and ‘W1A’ actor is joined by ‘Death In Paradise’ Benn Batt as well as Lesley Nicol, best known as Mrs Patmore from the ITV series ‘Downton Abbey’.

Bailey returns to the stage following his stunning performance as Edgar in Ian McKellen’s King Lear at Chichester last year.

The rising star’s credits also include Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s television series ‘Crashing’, ‘Jack Ryan’ as well as theatre roles ‘The Last Five Years’ (The Other Palace), ‘American Psycho’ (Almeida Theatre) and ‘Othello’ (National).

Ben Batt’s theatre roles include ‘Woyzeck’ (Old Vic), ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, ‘As You Like It’ (Royal Exchange, Manchester) and ‘Making Noise Quietly’ (Donmar).

Set in 1960s Yorkshire, Jonathan Bailey and Ben Blatt play two young men in love, with the play being a touching reflection on the rival forces of family, class and longing.

Also joining the cast are Lucy Black (‘Call the Midwife’), Brian Fletcher (‘National Treasure’), Katie West (‘Cinderella’) and Matthew Wilson (‘Poldark’).

The York Realist will run from 8 February 2018 until 24 March 2018 at Donmar Warehouse.