Cast announced for political drama LIMEHOUSE at the Donmar Warehouse

The Donmar Warehouse today announces full casting for playwright Steve Waters’ searing new drama Limehouse. The play imagines what happened when the ‘Gang of Four’ met in 1981 to break away from the Labour party and form the SDP. Casting includes Roger Allam as Roy Jenkins and Tom Goodman-Hill as David Owen, joining the previously announced Paul Chahidi as Bill Rogers and Debra Gillett as Shirley Williams. Nathalie Armin will play Debbie Owen, wife of David Owen and co-host of that momentous day in east London. The production is directed by Olivier Award-winning Polly Findlay, who makes her Donmar debut.

A divisive left-wing leader at the helm of the Labour party. A Conservative prime minister battling with her cabinet. An identity crisis on a national scale.

This is Britain 1981.

One Sunday morning, four prominent Labour politicians – Bill Rodgers, Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins and David Owen – gather in private at Owen’s home in Limehouse, east London. They are desperate to find a political alternative. Should they split their party, divide their loyalties, and risk betraying everything they believe in? Would they be starting afresh, or destroying forever the tradition that nurtured them?

Steve Waters’ thrilling new drama takes us behind closed doors to imagine the personal conflicts behind the making of political history.

LIMEHOUSE is a fictionalised account of real events. It is not endorsed by the individuals portrayed.

Making theatre accessible to as many people as possible remains at the heart of the Donmar’s mission. Limehouse will see the start of KLAXON TICKETS: a new allocation of tickets, starting from £10, will be made available every Monday for performances two weeks later. Tickets will also be available across the auditorium at every price band.

The Donmar’s new YOUNG+FREE scheme, which provides free tickets to those aged 25 and under will also continue throughout the season, with releases for tickets on the last Friday of each month. YOUNG+FREE is made possible thanks to donations from Donmar audiences via PAY IT FORWARD. The Donmar has now received almost 2,750 donations alongside their partnership with Delta Airlines, which has enabled the venue to allocate almost 5,600 free tickets so far to those aged 25 and under.
Audiences can sign up to receive information about tickets on the Donmar’s new website,

LIMEHOUSE plays at the Donmar Warehouse 2 March – Saturday 15 April 2017


The Donmar Warehouse is fully wheelchair accessible. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome in the auditorium. There is an infrared system in the main auditorium and there is also a hearing loop in the box office.

Tickets cost £20. To book call 020 7845 8573 or email
For all other access enquiries or bookings call 0844 871 7677

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES – 7.30PM (captioned by Stagetext)
Limehouse Monday 3 April, 7.30pm

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE – 2.30PM (audio-described by Vocaleyes)
Limehouse Saturday 8 April, 2.30pm (touch tour 1.30pm)