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West End Transfer of Donkey Heart

by Moses Raine

Directed by Nina Raine

Trafalgar Studios 2
14 Whitehall
Box office: 0844 871 7632

Donkey Heart by Moses Raine and directed by Nina Raine will transfer to Trafalgar Studios from Wednesday 7 January to Saturday 31 January. The press performance is on Thursday 8 January at 7.00pm.

Amanda Root has joined the cast as Zhenya. Her extensive career includes being nominated for a Tony Award for the Old Vic and Broadway seasons of ‘The Norman Conquests’ in 2009 and in ‘Jumpy’ also directed by Nina Raine at the Royal Court and West End 2011.

Other 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), 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 is published by Faber and Faber. The producers are Chris Foxon and Ramin Sabi for DEM Productions in association with Oliver King for Belka Productions.

“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?

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. Donkey Heart was at the Old Red Lion in May 2014. Nina Raine is currently directing a revival of her play ‘Tiger Country’ at Hampstead Theatre from 8 December - 17 January 2015

Nina Raine’s play ‘Rabbit’ 2006 was also at the Old Red Lion and transferred to the West End and New York and which won many Awards including the Most Promising Playwright Critics Circle and Evening Standard. Her other plays include ‘Tribes’ Royal Court, and New York. 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.

Emily Bruni has been in many RSC productions and was in ‘Yes Prime Minister’ in the West End. Her extensive TV credits include 3 series of ‘Peep Show’; Lisa Diveney has been in ‘John Gabriel Borkman’ at the Donmar, Patrick Godfrey’s extensive stage career includes productions at the National and RSC. He is currently to be seen in Mike Leigh’s ‘Mr Turner’. Georgia Henshaw was Cassie in the BBC TV series ‘Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps’, Alex Large is currently filming ‘Genius’ directed by Michael Grandage. Award winning lighting designer Peter Mumford’s recent credits include ‘Ghosts’ (Olivier nomination), ‘La Cenerentola’ Glyndebourne, ‘Jumpy’ and ‘Top Hat’.

Wednesday 7th January - Saturday 31st January 2015
Mon-Sat perfs 7.45pm, Thurs and Sat mats 3pm, Tickets: £15 - £35
Running time 2 hours 15 minutes
Tube: Charing Cross and Embankment
Buses: 3 11 12 24 53 77a 88 91 139 159 453

3 December 2014