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Donmar paints Broadway Red

Published 1 February 2010

The Donmar Warehouse’s current hit drama Red, which stars Alfred Molina as artist Mark Rothko, is to transfer to Broadway next month.

John Logan’s play, which also stars Eddie Redmayne, closes at the Donmar on 6 February. It will play a 15 week run at New York’s Golden Theater, previewing from 11 March and opening on 1 April.

Red is the fourth Donmar Warehouse production to be transferred to Broadway by producer Arielle Tepper Madover, following Frost/Nixon, Mary Stuart and, most recently, Hamlet.

Speaking about the transfer, Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Michael Grandage said: “Following the wonderful response to Hamlet earlier this season, I am delighted the Donmar will be returning to Broadway to present John Logan’s brilliant new play. With two outstanding performances from Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, this thrilling 90-minute piece about the great New York artist Mark Rothko now has an opportunity to engage with a wider audience.”

Red, which opened in London in December 2009, is set in 1958 and follows artist Rothko as he struggles to accept his growing riches and fame. As he works on his commission to produce a series of murals for the Four Seasons restaurant, his relationship with a young apprentice reveals his motivations and his fears.

“I am so honoured to continue a wonderful partnership with the Donmar, under Michael Grandage’s brilliant leadership,” commented Madover.  “This is the fourth Donmar production I’ve moved to Broadway, following Frost/Nixon, Mary Stuart and Hamlet, but it’s a special thrill to be presenting the Donmar’s electrifying production of this great new American play on Broadway.”

Red is followed at the Donmar Warehouse by Serenading Louie, Lanford Wilson’s tale of college friends hitting their 30s and struggling to deal with adulthood.



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