Noma Dumezweni returns to the London stage for the first time since Harry Potter And The Cursed Child in the European premiere of A Doll’s House, Part 2 at the Donmar Warehouse.
The actress previously won an Olivier Prize for her portrayal of an adult Hermione Grainger in the West End hit and has since starred in films such as Mary Poppins Returns and The Kid Who Would Be King and TV shows such as Doctor Who and Philip K Dick’s Electric. to dream.
A Doll’s House, Part 2, by Lucas Hnath, was a hit on Broadway and picks up where Ibsen’s classic play ends, and 15 years after Nora Helmer slammed the door in her stifling marriage, she’s back with an urgent request.
It will have its European premiere at London’s theater in June, ahead of the European premiere of David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ Tony award-winning musical The Band’s Visit in September.
The theater will also host the UK premiere of Dawn King’s The Trials, a response to the climate crisis and its impact on the next generation, as well as Silence, adapted from Kavita Puri’s Partition Voices: Untold British Stories, marking 75 years since the Partition of India , examining the legacy of this period in history.
There is also a free exhibition called We. Black Women, which will take place alongside the previously announced staging of Marys Seacole by Jackie Sibblies Drury.
Aiming to put the collective experiences of black women at the heart of the conversation, the exhibition features prominent figures including Dumezweni and fellow actresses Sheila Atim, Naomie Harris and Susan Wokoma, as well as writer Afua Hirsch and gynecologist Dr. Christine Ekechi.
Michael Longhurst, Artistic Director of Donmar, said: “I am delighted to announce the European premieres of two major Broadway shows, in brand new productions at the Donmar: A Doll’s House, Part 2, a bold sequel to the dazzling spirit of Lucas Hnath starring Noma Dumezweni returns to the London stage; and the deeply moving, award-winning musical The Band’s Visit by David Yazbek and Itamar Moses.
“In between, the Donmar breaks new ground by platforming the next generation of young performers against the leading actors of the current generation in Dawn King’s The Trials, a courtroom drama like no other; deepening our research into the climate crisis and our sustainability practices.
“And we are proud to be working with Tara Theater to produce a vital new Silence committee to mark the 75th anniversary of Partition in India, inspired by extraordinary testimonies, in recognition of events that need to be talked about in Britain.
“In a world full of conflict, this season celebrates the power of connection to change and heal.
“Family, generations, religious, historical – the divisions that lie among these works support our need to find and celebrate our shared humanity.
“Finally, Donmar associate artist Joan Iyiola has curated an exhibition, We. Black Women, featuring leading actresses celebrating their unsung heroes, will walk alongside Marys Seacole.
“It’s so nice to see our theater full again, with audiences enjoying our newly renovated spaces. Join us for more important stories, excitingly told.”