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Donkey Heart

by Moses Raine

Directed by Nina Raine

Old Red Lion Theatre
418 St John Street
Box Office: 0844 412 4307

This world première will be at the Old Red Lion for 4 weeks from Wednesday 7 May to Saturday 31 May 2014. The press performance is on Friday 9 May at 7.30pm.

In the cast are Pierre Atri (Kolya) Emily Bruni (Natalia), Lisa Diveney (Sasha), Patrick Godfrey (Alexander), Georgia Henshaw (Clara), Alex Large (Tom), Albie Marber (Kolya), James Musgrave (Petya), Wendy Nottingham (Zhenya), Paul Wyett (Ivan). It is directed by Nina Raine, with design by James Turner, lighting by Peter Mumford, and sound by Alex Caplen.

Donkey Heart has just been published by Faber and Faber.

“What’s a free telephone, when there are no private words?”

Moscow, now. A small flat. One family, three generations, the same hangover. Life after communism is utterly different and yet somehow eerily familiar. Petya’s dodging the draft, Sasha’s jumping with every ring of the bell, Ivan’s brought a mysterious stranger home, and now their guest Thomas is asking questions. Who do you trust? The state may not be spying on you, but can you say the same for your nearest and dearest?

Nina Raine returns to the Old Red Lion Theatre following her play ‘Rabbit’ 2006 which transferred to the West End and New York and which won many Awards including the Critics Circle and Evening Standard. Her other plays include ‘Tribes’ Royal Court, and New York and ‘Tiger Country’ Hampstead Theatre. Recent directing credits include ‘Longing’ Hampstead Theatre and ‘Jumpy’ Royal Court and Duke of York’s Theatre. Nina and Moses Raine are maternal descendants of Boris Pasternak and have family in Moscow.

Moses Raine was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award for his first play ‘The Survival Handbook’. His play ‘Shrieks of Laughter’ 2005 was at the Soho Theatre. He has co-written for the hit BBC TV series ‘Mistresses’. Moses is currently adapting a short story by Ian McEwan for film.

Emily Bruni has been in many RSC productions and was recently in ‘Yes Prime Minister’ in the West End. Her extensive TV credits include 3 series of ‘Peep Show’ and the title role in a BBC film of ‘Catherine The Great’; Lisa Deveney has been in John Gabriel Borkman at the Donmar, Patrick Godfrey’s very extensive stage career includes many productions at the National and RSC. He was in ‘The Iceman Cometh’ with Kevin Spacey at the Almeida, Old Vic and Broadway. His film roles include ‘The History Boys’ and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ with Judi Dench, Rupert Everett and Colin Firth. Georgia Henshaw was Cassie in the BBC TV series ‘Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps’, James Musgrave’s recent stage credits include Josh in ‘Jumpy’, ‘The Duck House’ and Peter Hall’s production of ‘The Browning Version’. Wendy Nottingham’s stage credits include many Mike Leigh productions including ‘Grief’ at the Cottesloe, films ‘Vera Drake’, ‘Topsy Turvy’, and ‘Secrets and Lies’. Award winning lighting designer Peter Mumford’s recent credits include ‘Ghosts’ (Olivier nomination), ‘La Cenerentola’ Glyndebourne, ‘Jumpy’ and ‘Top Hat’.

Weds 7 May – Sat 31 May, Tue-Sat Perfs 7.30pm, Sat mat 3pm, Sun mat 2pm
Tickets: £10 - £16 + booking fee
Running time 2 hours including interval
Tube: Angel
Buses: 19, 30, 38, 153, 341, 43, 205, 214, 394, 73, 476

8 April 2014