Temple, starring Simon Russell Beale, at the Donmar Warehouse
Temple, starring Simon Russell Beale, at the Donmar Warehouse

Clergy revealed for Donmar’s Temple

Published April 3, 2015

Anna Calder-Marshall, Paul Higgins and Malcolm Sinclair will join Simon Russell Beale in taking the holier roles of the St Paul’s Cathedral’s clergy when the Occupy-inspired play Temple opens at the Donmar Warehouse later this spring.

They are joined by Rebecca Humphries and Shereen Martin as the less immediately godly of the play’s characters.

Steve Waters’ play sees Olivier Award-winning actor Russell Beale, who will play the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, return both to the Donmar Warehouse, where he previously performed in productions including Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night, and, in essence, to St Paul’s, where he was a chorister as a child.

Written by Steve Waters, whose other plays include After The Gods (Hampstead Theatre), Little Platoons and The Contingency Plan (both at the Bush Theatre), Temple is a fictionalised account of the events surrounding the Occupy London camp setting up in and being evicted from the area outside St Paul’s Cathedral in October 2011, taking audiences to the heart of a very British crisis; one of conscience, authority and faith.

Olivier Award-winning director Howard Davies (The White Guard, The Iceman Cometh) directs the production.

Temple opens at the Donmar Warehouse following the short run of The Vote, James Graham’s new play set in a polling station during the final 90 minutes of voting for the 2015 General Election. The run of the political play, which boasts a cast including Judi Dench, Mark Gatiss and Catherine Tate, will culminate with a performance broadcast live on More 4 at exactly the same time as the piece is set on 7 May.

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