The Wolf From The Door
Rory Mullarkey imagines a wild road trip across Middle England
where Lady Catherine and her young protégé Leo, enlist every tearoom, hot yoga class and WI group on a mission to change the country forever. This play is the 2014 Pinter Commission, and was the winner of the George Devine Award.
Age guidance: 15+
Running Time: 1 hour 20 Minutes
Contains strong language, violent scenes and brief full frontal nudity.
Anna Chancellor plays Catherine. Her theatre credits include Private Lives at Chichester and the Gielgud, The Last of the Duchess at the Hampstead, The Browning Version/South Downs at the Harold Pinter and Chichester, Creditors at the Donmar and on Broadway and The Observer for The National. Her television credits include Penny Dreadful, The Hour, Fleming, Spooks and Pride and Prejudice. Film credits include How I Live Now, St Trinians, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Rory Mullarkey won the George Devine Award for his play The Wolf from the Door and was this year’s recipient of the Pinter Commission – an award given annually by Lady Antonia Fraser, Harold Pinter’s widow, to support a new commission at the Royal Court. This is his first play at the Royal Court Theatre. Rory was the Royal Court’s writer on attachment in 2010 and has been closely associated with the theatre’s international work, translating Russian-language plays from Latvia, Russia and Ukraine, including Aleksey Scherbak’s Remembrance Day as part of the 2011 International Season and for a number of staged readings. His first full length play Cannibals opened at the Royal Exchange Manchester in 2013, where he became the youngest playwright to have his work performed on their main stage.
James Macdonald directs. His previous credits at the Royal Court include Love and Information and Cock (both which transferred to New York), Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, Dying City, Fewer Emergencies, Lucky Dog, Blood, Blasted, 4.48 Psychosis (including European/US tours). His other directing credits include King Lear, The Book of Grace, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You (Public Theater); Top Girls (Broadway/MTC); Dying City (Lincoln Center); A Number (New York Theatre Workshop); And No More Shall We Part (Hampstead Theatre); A Delicate Balance, Judgment Day, The Triumph of Love (Almeida); John Gabriel Borkman (Abbey Theatre Dublin/BAM); Dido, Queen of Carthage, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Exiles (National Theatre); Glengarry Glen Ross (West End), and A Number (New York Theatre Workshop). James Macdonald was Associate Director of the Royal Court from 1992 to 2007.
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The Wolf from the Door is part of the Royal Court’s Jerwood New Playwrights programme, which aims to discover and support the next generation of world class playwrights, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Special thanks to Real Lancashire Eccles Cakes for their donation to this production.
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