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Life Is A Dream

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A poetic, epic play which explores illusion, reality, fate and destiny against the backdrop of a mythical kingdom. Read More >

Life Is A Dream explores illusion, reality, fate and destiny, set against the backdrop of a mythical kingdom. 

To protect the country from the horrors prophesied, Segismundo is condemned for all eternity. Banished to a secret world high in the mountains and cut off from the sun, he can only dream of a life reversed, of palaces, empires, freedom and revenge.

Life Is A Dream is a poetic, epic play by 17th century Spanish playwright Pedro Calderon de la Barca, in a new version by Helen Edmundson, the acclaimed adaptor of Coram Boy at the National Theatre and the author of plays Flying and The Clearing.

Dominic West makes his Donmar Warehouse debut playing Segismundo in Life Is A Dream. The British actor has numerous credits on the London stage – including Rock ‘N’ Roll, The Voysey Inheritance and As You Like It – but recently he has become better known for playing a lead role in hit US television series The Wire, which broadcast in the UK this year. The actor returns to London to take on this mythical role. 

For more about Life Is A Dream, read the First Night Feature or Big Interview with Rupert Evans.



Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 08/10/2009

Opening Night: 13/10/2009

Closing Night: 28/11/2009

Running time: 2h30

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Cast & Creative


Rupert Evans, Kate Fleetwood, David Horovitch, Lloyd Hutchinson, Sharon Small, David Smith, Malcolm Storry, Dylan Turner, Dominic West


Director - Jonathan Munby

Producer - Donmar Warehouse

Designer - Angela Davies

Lighting Designer - Neil Austin

Sound - Dominic Haslam

Author - Pedro Calderon de la Barca

About Donmar Warehouse

Earlham Street, London, United Kingdom, WC2H 9LX

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