Saturday, 15 January 2011

Ruth Wilson to return to Donmar in "Anna Christie"

Ruth Wilson will be returning to the Donmar to start in Anna Christie this summer.

Jude Law has signed up to return to the London stage this summer ­following his triumph in Hamlet for the Donmar in the West End and on Broadway.

The Oscar-nominated actor will star with award-winning Ruth Wilson in American playwright Eugene O’Neill’s ferocious drama Anna Christie, about a battered young woman.

After becoming a prostitute — and being raped by a cousin when she was a teenager — Anna finds redemption and, perhaps, love with Mat, who is described as handsome ‘in a hard, ­defiant way’, and who works as a stoker on a canal barge.

Law will play the powerful, broad-chested Mat opposite Ruth, who won a best-supporting actress Olivier Award for her role as Stella alongside Rachel Weisz’s Blanche in the Donmar ­Theatre’s A Streetcar Named Desire production 18 months ago.

Rob Ashford directed Streetcar and he will also stage Anna Christie at the Donmar, with performances starting on August 4 and an official opening on August 9. The production will have an extended run until October 8.

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