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4.3 (3) · Contemporary Drama

See Lillian Hellman's masterpiece political thriller in a timely revival by director Ellen McDougall

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7 December 2022  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“The Donmar may have lost its funding in the recent ACE round, but it hasn’t lost its artistic credibility or ability to unearth overlooked plays. Ellen McDougall—that most delicate of directors—has assembled a cast which includes Kate Duchêne, Patricia Hodge and Caitlin Fitzgerald to revive Lillian Hellman’s 1941 play, set in Washington DC, where an American family can no longer remain untouched by events in Europe and the creeping tide of Nazism.”

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“It’s an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip.”

Summer 1941. On a peaceful morning in her Washington D.C. living room, widow Fanny Farrelly anxiously awaits the return of her daughter and her German husband, fleeing Europe with their children.

As night falls, dark secrets emerge, and this American sanctuary becomes even more dangerous than what they left behind.

Known for her success on Broadway (The Little Foxes, The Children's Hour) Lillian Hellman was also a brilliant activist, ahead of her time.

Critic reviews

Urgent revival of a searing 80-year-old wartime drama

· The Stage

Memorable performances too

· The Observer

Not in a long time has a show come so honestly by the standing ovation at its close

· London Theatre

Patricia Hodge's Fanny is the heartbeat of the piece

· Broadway World

Lillian Hellman’s call to arms is a must-see

· The Guardian

An important piece in the history of theatre

· WhatsOnStage

Ellen McDougall directs a stellar cast who give everything

· The Arts Desk

A terrific cast and audacious second-half

· Time Out

A Chekhovian family drama charged with Brechtian politics

· Theatre Weekly

Movingly acted

· Evening Standard

A tale of spirited resistance that's more curio than classic

· The Telegraph

Tickets from £10


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Date & time

Until 04 Feb
Fri 9 Dec 2022 - Sat 4 Feb 2023, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Captioned: Mon 23 Jan, 7.30pm
Audio-Described & Touch Tour: Sat 28 Jan, 1pm
BSL: Sat 21 Jan, 2.30pm


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