Film director Joe Wright has made his first move on to the stage with Trelawny of the Wells – and it opened up at the Donmar Warehouse in London this week (February 26th).
After directing films such as Annna Karenina and Atonement, Wright has turned his hand to the stage with Sir Arthur Wing Pinero’s classic comedy from 1898.
Long described as Pinero’s ode to the theatre, the play needed some 21st century thinking to bring the production more in line with what audiences want to see. Playwright Patrick Marber, of Dealer’s Choice and Closer fame, was called in to help with this.
In his introduction to the adjusted text, Marber claims to have “merely dusted and polished” the original script in some places.
The production itself tells the story of Rose Trelawny, a stage star who decides to give up her acting career to marry into an upper class family.
After finding that this life doesn’t suit her, Rose comes back to stage only to find that the talent she previously had has deserted her.
Critical reaction has been mostly positive with the Guardian Michael Billington describing it as “a charming play”.
However, the production is only set for a short stay at the Donmar Warehouse so people haven’t got long to arrange stays in luxury hotels in London to catch one of the performances.
Indeed, it closes on April 13th and people can get their hands on tickets from as little as £7.50, with the best seats in the house setting visitors back £35.
The Donmar Warehouse is very centrally situated in the city and as such it is within easy walking distance of both Covent Garden and Leicester Square Tube stops, which means you can get to the theatre via the Northern and Piccadilly lines.