Based on Federico Fellini’s Italian-language movie Nights of Caribiria, with lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon, the musical adapts Fellini’s down-on-her-luck prostitute into the ever-hopeful dance hostess, Charity Hope Valentine. Charity famously ‘runs her heart like a hotel’ and is at the end of her faith in love – until she meets mild-mannered accountant Oscar. The songbook is stuffed with standalone hits, including 'Big Spender', 'The Rhythm of Life' and the title track 'Sweet Charity'.
Rourke has been at the Donmar since 2012. Some of her most successful productions there have included Coriolanus 2013 starring Tom Hiddleston, James Graham’s The Vote in 2015, as well as Phyllida Lloyd’s smash-hit trilogy of all-female Shakespeare in 2016. As Rourke moves perhaps into more film work with the recent success of Mary, Queen of Scots, a new era at the Donmar will be dawning with Michael Longhurst taking over next.
Anne-Marie Duff, playing Charity, was acclaimed in the Donmar’s 2012 production Berenice and most recently been seen in Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle in the West End and at the National as Lady Macbeth. This will be stage stalwart Duff’s first musical theatre role. Arthur Darvill will play opposite her as Oscar. Darvill, known as a TV star in Doctor Who, Legends of Tomorrow and Broadchurch, is a musical theatre pro who starred in 2013’s Once on the West End and on its Broadway run.
Sweet Charity’s last major run in London was nearly a decade ago, and as Josie Rourke makes it her Donmar swansong, all the elements seem in place for an exciting revival.
Tickets for Sweet Charity at Donmar Warehouse go on sale on Thursday 21 February.
|What||Sweet Charity, Donmar Warehouse|
|Where||Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9LX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
06 Apr 19 – 08 Jun 19, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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