The London revival of Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine officially opens at the Donmar Warehouse December 15. The play about the dangers of 1941 America began previews December 9 for a run through February 4, 2023.
Waiting in the living room of her Washington, D.C. apartment is widow Fanny Farrelly. It is 1941, and her daughter is fleeing Europe with her German husband and children in tow. But, it turns out America is not the sanctuary they believed it would be as new dangers are revealed.
The cast stars Patricia Hodge as Fanny Farrelly, Kate Duchêne as Anise, Caitlin FitzGerald as Sara Muller, John Light as Teck de Brancovis, Carlyss Peer as Marthe de Brancovis, Geoffrey Streatfeild as David Farrelly, Mark Waschke as Kurt Muller, David Webber as Joseph, and Finley Glasgow as Joshua Muller. Tamar Laniado and Chloe Raphael share the role of Babette Muller with Bertie Caplan and Henry Hunt sharing the role of Bodo Muller.
Director Ellen McDougall helms the production, which features design by Basia Bińkowska, lighting design by Azusa Ono, sound design by Tingying Dong, fight direction by Cristian Cardenas, musical direction by Josh Middleton, video design by Sarah Readman, dramaturgy by Emma Jude Harris and Zoe Svendsen, and voice and dialect coaching by Nia Lynn. Anna Cooper serves as casting director, and mezze eade serves as anti-racism consultant.
Watch on the Rhine made its Broadway premiere April 1, 1941, at the Martin Beck Theatre, where it played 378 performances. It was revived for the 1979-1980 season and George Hearn received a Tony nomination for his performance as Kurt Muller.
The London revival runs as part of the Donmar’s 30th anniversary season.
For tickets and more information, visit DonmarWarehouse.com.