SAINT JOAN, Starring Gemma Arterton, Finds Full Company at Donmar Warehouse

SAINT JOAN, Starring Gemma Arterton, Finds Full Company at Donmar Warehouse

Donmar Artistic Director Josie Rourke today announced full casting for her revival of Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan. As previously announced, the production will star Gemma Arterton, alongside Matt Bardock, Richard Cant, Hadley Fraser and Elliot Levey.

Completing the cast are Fisayo Akinade, Niall Buggy, Simon Holland Roberts, Arthur Hughes, Rory Keenan, Syrus Lowe, Guy Rhys, and Jo Stone-Fewings.

Saint Joan will be broadcast live, in partnership with National Theatre Live, to cinemas around the world, directly from the Donmar Warehouse on Thursday 16 February 2017. This will be the fourth Donmar production to be screened in cinemas, and follows the acclaimed productions of Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Coriolanus starring Tom Hiddleston, both directed by Rourke.

Joan: daughter, farm girl, visionary, patriot, king-whisperer, soldier, leader, victor, icon, radical, witch, heretic, saint, martyr, woman.

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Josie Rourke (Director) is the Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse where she has directed the world premiere of Nick Payne's new play Elegy; Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which was broadcast live in cinemas around the world in partnership with National Theatre Live, nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Revival and currently running at the Booth Theatre, New York, from October 2016; The Vote, which was broadcast Live Nationwide on television on the night of the 2015 UK election to an audience of half a million and nominated for a BAFTA; City of Angels, which received the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival; Privacy, a new play created by James Graham and Josie Rourke; Coriolanus, which was broadcast live in cinemas in partnership with National Theatre Live and for which Tom Hiddleston won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor; The Weir, which transferred to Wyndham's Theatre; The Machine at Manchester International Festival and at Park Avenue Armory, New York; Berenice; The Physicists; The Recruiting Officer; Frame 312; World Music; and The Cryptogram. A new production of Privacy, written by James Graham and created by James Graham and Josie Rourke, featuring Daniel Radcliffe, played at The Public Theater, New York this summer. Her additional theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndham's Theatre, nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Revival; Men Should Weep at the National Theatre; Twelfth Night at Chicago Shakespeare; Crazyblackmuthafuckin'self, Loyal Women at the Royal Court; King John at the Royal Shakespeare Company; and The Long and the Short and the Tall and Kick for Touch at Sheffield Theatres. Rourke was previously Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre, which was named Theatre of the Year under her leadership. At the Bush Theatre, her credits include the premiere of If There Is I Haven't Found it Yet by Nick Payne.

Fisayo Akinade (Dauphin) returns to the Donmar after appearing in James Graham's new play for theatre and television The Vote directed by Josie Rourke and broadcast live on More 4 on the night of the general election. Recent theatre work includes Pigs and Dogs and The Crossing Plays at the Royal Court and Dominic Dromgoole's farewell production of The Tempest at Shakespeare's Globe.

Other theatre includes Barbarians (Young Vic), As You Like It (New Wolsey), Refugee Boy and Waiting for Godot (West Yorkshire Playhouse), and Neighbours (Hightide). Fisayo's most recent television credits include BBC 1's recent adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream; other television includes Ordinary Lives, Cucumber, Banana, and Fresh Meat.

Gemma Arterton (Joan of Arc) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in Saint Joan. She most recently starred in the title role in Nell Gwynn (Apollo) and as Rita O'Grady in Made in Dagenham (Adelphi) for which she won the Evening Standard 'Best Newcomer in a Musical' Award. Her other theatre credits include The Duchess of Malfi (Shakespeare's Globe), The Little Dog Laughed (Garrick), The Master Builder (Almeida) and Love's Labour's Lost (Shakespeare's Globe). Gemma's previous film credits include The Voices, alongside Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick; the title role in Gemma Bovery; Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters; Song for Marion; Byzantium; Runner, Runner; A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventure; the title role in Tamara Drewe; Clash of the Titans; Disney's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time; The Disappearance of Alice Creed; The Boat that Rocked; iconic Bond Girl Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace; Three and Out; and St Trinian's, for which she was nominated for an Empire Award and won a National Movie Award. Television credits include Tess in the BBC adaptation of Tess of the D'Urbevilles and Liza in Capturing Mary.

Matt Bardock (Robert De Baudricourt and D'Estivet) returns to the Donmar following his performance in My Night with Reg (also Apollo), The Dark and Frame 312. Bardock is well known for playing paramedic Jeff Collier in Casualty, a role he played from 2007 until summer 2014. He recently appeared in the latest series of Doctor Who. Bardock also appeared in Josie Rourke's production of Kick for Touch (Sheffield Crucible). Other theatre credits include Mojo and Peaches (both Royal Court) and A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth (both Regent's Park Open Air). Bardock has worked regularly in television including New Tricks, No Angels and Judge John Deed, and his film credits include Mike Leigh's All or Nothing and Topsy-Turvy.

Niall Buggy (Archbishop) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Saint Joan. His recent stage credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Harold Pinter Theatre), Haunted (Manchester Royal Exchange, Broadway and Sydney), Translations (Sheffield Crucible on tour) and The Hanging Gardens at Abbey Theatre. Other theatre includes Brian Friel's Uncle Vanya (The Gate), for which he received the Best Actor Irish Theatre Award; and Dead Funny (Hampstead Theatre) where he received an Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance. For television Niall has appeared in Malice Aforthought, Father Ted and Cruise of the Gods. Recent films include Mr Turner, The Duel, Mamma Mia! and Casanova.

Richard Cant (De Stogumber) previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in My Night with Reg (also Apollo). Cant's theatre credits include War Horse (New London), Salome (Hampstead / Tour), Cymbeline (Barbican /World Tour) and Hamlet, Cymbeline and Much Ado About Nothing (all RSC). Television credits include Vexed, Above Suspicion: Red Dahlia, Bleak House and Doctors.

Hadley Fraser (Dunois) has previously appeared in the Donmar Warehouse Productions of The Vote, City of Angels, Coriolanus and The Machine (Manchester International Festival, Park Avenue Armory, New York). His other theatre credits include Long Day's Journey into Night (Bristol Old Vic); The Winter's Tale (Garrick), Harlequinade (Garrick), The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Fantasticks (Duchess), Assassins (Sheffield Crucible), Pirate Queen (Hilton, NY); Pacific Overtures (Leicester Haymarket); Longitude (Greenwich) and The Shaughraun (Abbey Dublin). Fraser has played Marius and, later, Javert in the West End production of LES MISERABLES and appeared in Tom Hooper's acclaimed film adaptation. In 2012, Fraser played Raoul in the 25th Anniversary Concert of The Phantom of the Opera, which was broadcast around the world. Together with Ramin Karimloo, he writes, records and performs music as SHEYTOONS and recently released his first solo recording Just Let Go. Film and Television credits include Tarzan, Holby City, The Wrong Mans, Sons of Liberty and Doctor Who. Fraser is a patron of the Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Simon Holland Roberts (La Tremouille/Page/Gentleman) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Saint Joan. Theatre includes Cyrano, All My Sons, Hamlet, Arms and the Man, Aristocrats, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Taming of the Shrew and Arden of Faversham (Theatr Clwyd), Of Mice and Men (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Assembly 13 (National Theatre Wales), Love's Labour's Lost, Othello, Sex Strike, Edward IV, Henry VI, The School for Scandal, The Comedy of Errors and Sweet William (Northern Broadsides), Sheepish (Manchester 24:7), The Tempest (Northern Broadsides, New Vic Stoke, UK and China tour), The Man with Two Gaffers (Northern Broadsides, Theatre Royal York and UK tour), Richard III (Northern Broadsides, West Yorkshire Playhouse and UK tour), Sea of Silence (Quicksilver), Man is Man (Steam Industry). Television credits includes All at Sea, Da Vinci's Demons, Stepping Up, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Shameless, Eric & Ernie, Accused, The Street.

Arthur Hughes (The Page/Ladvenu) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Saint Joan. Theatre credits include The Solid Life of Sugar Water (Graeae Theatre Company/National Theatre) and Tracy (White Bear Theatre).

Rory Keenan (Steward/Inquisitor) returns to the Donmar after appearing in Welcome Home, Captain Fox! earlier this year, Lyndsey Turner's production of Brian Friel's Philadelphia, Here I Come! in 2012 and Dublin Carol as part of the Donmar Trafalgar season. Most recently Rory starred alongside David Haig and Adam Rayner in Chichester Festival Theatre's production of Someone Who'll Watch Over Me. Rory's other recent theatre credits include Liola, The Kitchen and Damned by Despair (National), Lakeboat/ Prairie Du Chien (Arcola), The Big Fella (Lyric Hammersmith). Rory's work in Ireland includes the title roles in Macbeth (Once Off Productions), and Don Carlos (Magic Theatre Co.), Festen and A Christmas Carol (Gate, Dublin), The School for Scandal, Six Characters in Search of an Author, and She Stoops to Folly (Abbey, Dublin) and Saved (Peacock, Dublin). Film includes Human Remains, Grimsby and Ella Enchanted. TV includes Lucky Man, War and Peace, Peaky Blinders and Birdsong.

Elliot Levey (Cauchon) returns to the Donmar Warehouse following his appearance in Coriolanus as Brutus. His other theatre credits include The Mighty Walzer (Royal Exchange, Manchester), The Ruling Class (Trafalgar Studios), Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndam's) and multiple productions at the National Theatre including Danton's Death, The Art of Habit, All's Well That Ends Well, England People Very Nice, His Dark Materials and Henry IV Parts I & II. Levey is well known for his role of Francesco Pazzi in Da Vinci's Demons, and has also appeared on television in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ripper Street, Jamaica Inn, Silent Witness and New Tricks. His film credits include Fallen, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Lady in the Van, Philomena and The Queen.

Syrus Lowe (Bluebeard/Courcelles) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Saint Joan. Theatre credits include Henry V (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), The Sky's the Limit (Old Vic), Overspill (Soho), Painting a Wall (Finborough), La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse), Earthquakes in London (National Theatre), The Charming Man (Theatre503), Macbeth (Liverpool Everyman), Fragile - Theatre Uncut (Southwark Playhouse), Walking the Tightrope (Underbelly Theatre), The Velveteen Rabbit (Unicorn), The President and the Pakistani (Waterloo East), The Middleman - Sixty-Six Books (Bush) and Testing the Echo (Tricycle). Television includes The Bill; Doctors; Sherlock; Ashes to Ashes; Talking to the Dead; DCI Banks; Critical; Go Jetters; The Five; The Living and the Dead and Holby City.

Guy Rhys (La Hire/Executioner) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Saint Joan. Most recent theatre appearances include Pomona originating at the Orange Tree Theatre, and subsequent National Theatre/Manchester Royal Exchange revival. Other theatre credits include Jason and the Argonauts (Unicorn), Bird (Sherman Cymru/Manchester Royal Exchange), Wendy & Peter (RSC), Rafta Rafta (Bolton Octagon) and Mother Courage and Her Children (National Theatre).

Jo Stone-Fewings (Warwick) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Saint Joan. Theatre includes King John (Shakespeare's Globe), Richard III (Trafalgar Studios), The Big Meal (Theatre Royal Bath), The Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The City Madam and Twelfth Night (RSC), Heartbreak House and The Way of the World (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory), Dancing at Lughnasa (Old Vic), The 39 Steps (Criterion), The Country Wife (Haymarket), Crazyblackmotherf**kin'self (Royal Court), War and Peace (National Theatre) and The Misanthrope (Young Vic). Television credits include Doctors, Misfits, New Tricks, Doctor Who and Midsomer Murders.

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