Sian Thomas will be taking on the role of Mrs Fox in the Donmar’s production of Welcome Home, Captain Fox! replacing Francesca Annis who regrettably has had to withdraw from the production for personal reasons.
Welcome Home, Captain Fox! is Anthony Weigh’s new version of Jean Anouilh’s hit 1937 comedy Le Voyageur Sans Bagage. The production is directed by Blanche McIntyre, and Sian Thomas joins previously announced cast Michelle Asante, Barnaby Kay, Rory Keenan, Katherine Kingsley, Trevor Laird, Danny Webb, Fenella Woolgar and Daniel York.
It’s the legendary hot summer of 1959 and while the Cold War rages and America tunes into I Love Lucy!, Captain Jack Fox, believed missing in action in the fields of France 15 years before, is about to be reunited with his family in The Hamptons.
But is this really Jack Fox? And if it isn’t, who is this man? And why are there 22 other families so intent on claiming him as their own?
Based on Jean Anouilh’s hit 1937 play, Le Voyageur Sans Bagage, Welcome Home, Captain Fox! is a sparkling comedy of identity, lost and found. Playwright Anthony Weigh updates Anouilh’s riotous family drama to a long, hot summer, on the very tip of Long Island, in the America of the late 1950’s.
Jean Anouilh (Writer 1910 – 1987) was a French dramatist whose career spanned five decades, during which time he wrote 63 plays. L’Hermine, performed in 1932, was Anouilh’s first play to be produced, and success came in 1937 with Le Voyageur Sans Bagage, which was soon followed by La Sauvage (1938). Other works include Becket ou l’honneur de Dieu, L’Alouette, Colombe and Le Bal des voleurs. He is perhaps best known for his play Antigone (1943), which is widely studied in schools and universities around the world. In 1970 his work was recognised with the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca.
Anthony Weigh’s (Writer) previous work for Donmar includes The Silence of the Sea as part of the Donmar Trafalgar season. Anthony graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney and has worked extensively as an actor both in Australia and internationally. In 2003 he undertook a Masters in Playwriting at the University of Birmingham. His first full length play, 2,000 Feet Away had its world premiere at Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney in November of 2007 and made its UK premiere in June 2008 at the Bush Theatre, directed by Josie Rourke. Other work at the Bush Theatre includes Like a Fishbone (2010) and Flooded Grave (2011).
Blanche McIntyre (Director) makes her Donmar debut with Welcome Home, Captain Fox! Blanche is an Associate Director at Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, and has previously been Director in Residence at the National Theatre Studio and the Finborough Theatre. She was awarded Best Director at the TMA 2013 UK Theatre Awards for The Seagull, as well as the Critics’ Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award for Accolade and Foxfinder (both at the Finborough). Accolade also won Best Director and Best Production at Off West End Theatre Awards 2011 and transferred to the St James Theatre. Recent theatre includes The Oresteia (Home, Manchester), As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe), Arcadia (ATG/ETT), Tonight at 8.30 (Nuffield/ETT), The Nutcracker (Nuffield), Ciphers (Out of Joint/Bush/Northcott, Exeter), The Birthday Party (Royal Exchange, Manchester), The Seagull (Headlong/Nuffield/Derby/UK Tour), Liar, Liar (Unicorn), The Only True History of Lizzie Finn (Jagged Fence/Southwark Playhouse) and The Seven Year Itch (Salisbury Playhouse).
Michelle Asante (Juliette) makes her Donmar debut in Welcome Home, Captain Fox! Her theatre credits include Eclipsed (Gate), Wendy and Peter Pan (RSC), Feast (Young Vic/Royal Court), Ruined (Almeida), and The Bacchae (NTS/Edinburgh Festival/Lyric Hammersmith). Television credits include Father Brown (BBC), Lucky Man (Sky 1), Doctor Who (BBC), Monroe (ITV) and Law and Order: UK (ITV).
Barnaby Kay (George Fox) returns to the Donmar after playing Mitch in Rob Ashford’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Recent theatre includes Rupert Goold’s critically-acclaimed production of King Charles III (Wyndham’s) and Raving (Hampstead) directed by Edward Hall. Prior to this Barnaby appeared in The Captain of Kopenick, Danton’s Death and Closer for the National Theatre, and Barnaby’s work for the Royal Shakespeare Company includes Eric Larue, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Herbal Bed (also West End), The Changeling and A Jovial Crew. Barnaby began his stage career with Max Stafford-Clark’s company Out of Joint, appearing in several productions including The Break of Day, Three Sisters, The Libertine and The Man of Mode. Other theatre credits include The Real Thing (Old Vic), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York), Mouth to Mouth and Trust (Royal Court). Barnaby’s extensive TV and film credits include Wallander, New Tricks, Holby City, Treasure Island and Shakespeare in Love.
Rory Keenan (Gene) returns to the Donmar after appearing in Lyndsey Turner’s production of Brian Friel’s Philadephia, 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.
Katherine Kingsley (Mrs Marcee Dupont-Dufort) returns to the Donmar after appearing in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Piaf (also West End) for which she received an Olivier nomination. Katherine was also nominated for the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for her performance as Helena in Michael Grandage’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Noël Coward Theatre. Recent performances include The Rehearsal (Minerva, Chichester) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy). Katherine’s other theatre credits include Relative Values (Theatre Royal, Bath), Singin’ in the Rain (Chichester Festival Theatre and Palace), Dusk Rings A Bell (High Tide Festival), Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory), The 39 Steps (Liverpool Playhouse/tour), Hobson’s Choice (Chichester Festival Theatre), High Society (Shaftesbury), The Canterbury Tales and Memory of Water (Bristol Old Vic). In addition to Katherine’s prolific stage work, she has appeared in the television series The Secret, Uncle, Bad Education, The Bill and Hollyoaks, and her film credits include Michael Grandage’s Genius opposite Jude Law, Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.
Trevor Laird (James) makes his Donmar debut in Welcome Home, Captain Fox! Most recently Trevor appeared in Kingston 14 at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. Prior to this Trevor performed alongside James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in Much Ado About Nothing at the Old Vic. Trevor’s credits at the National Theatre include One Man, Two Guvnors, England People Very Nice, Statement Of Regret, Mysteries, Macbeth and Shift. Trevor’s other theatre credits include Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (Almeida), Colours and You Can’t Take it With You (Abbey, Dublin), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night (Regent’s Park Open Air), Sunsets & Glories, The Revenger’s Tragedy and Safe in Our Hands (West Yorkshire Playhouse). Trevor’s extensive work for TV includes Death in Paradise, Toast of London, Holby City, Waking the Dead, Doctor Who, Peep Show, Murder Room, The Last Detective and Doctors. Trevor’s film credits include Quadrophenia, Babylon and Secrets and Lies.
Sian Thomas (Mrs Fox) returns to the Donmar after appearing in Richard II in 2011. Her theatre work includes The Trial (Young Vic), Eldorado (Arcola), Passion Play (Duke of York’s) Blue Heart Afternoon and The Glass Room (Hampstead), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Northern Stage/Sheffield Crucible), Spring Awakening (Lyric Hammersmith/West End), Small Craft Warnings (Arcola), Macbeth and Hamlet (RSC/Albery), The Price (Apollo/Tricycle), Feelgood (Hampstead/Garrick), King Lear (RSC) and Richard III (RSC/Savoy). Credits for the National Theatre include Fram, The Way of the World, Mountain Giants, Sleep With Me and House and Garden. Her television credits include Atlantis, New Tricks, Merlin and The Ruby in the Smoke (BBC), Thinspiration (Channel 4) and Lewis (ITV). Film credits include Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Perfume, Vanity Fair and Prick Up Your Ears.
Danny Webb (Mr De Wit Dupont-Dufort) returns to the Donmar after appearing in The Philanthropists directed by David Grindley. Previous theatre includes The Mistress Contract, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Witness, Chicken Soup with Barley and Pianoforte (Royal Court), Blasted (Lyric, Hammersmith), 13 (National Theatre), Troilus and Cressida (RSC), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Art and Popcorn (West End). TV credits include Humans (Channel 4), Scott & Bailey (ITV), Poirot (ITV), Doctor Who (BBC), Sherlock (BBC), Our Friends in the North (BBC) and Waking the Dead (BBC). Film highlights include A Little Chaos, Valkyrie and Aliens III.
Fenella Woolgar (Valerie) makes her Donmar debut in Welcome Home, Captain Fox! Most recently Fenella starred as Margaret Thatcher in Moira Buffini’s Handbagged (Tricycle and Vaudeville, West End). Prior to this she appeared in Annie Baker’s play Circle Mirror Transformation, performed at the Rose Lipman Building in Haggerston as part of the Royal Court’s Theatre Local project. Fenella appeared opposite Sheridan Smith in the Old Vic’s 2012 production of Hedda Gabler, for which she won a 2013 Clarence Derwent Award. Fenella’s other theatre credits include The Veil and Time and the Conways (National), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It and Bring Me Sunshine (Royal Exchange, Manchester). Further theatre credits include Brontë and Passage to India (Shared Experience), The Real Thing (Old Vic), Motortown (Royal Court), Charley’s Aunt (Sheffield Crucible and BBC Radio 4), The Cherry Orchard (York Theatre Royal) and Playboy of the Western World (Bristol Old Vic). For Radio 4 Fenella has also recently recorded Go Set a Watchman and The Stuarts. Film includes Mr Turner, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, St Trinian’s and Vera Drake. TV includes Home Fires, Spies of Warsaw, Agatha Christie: Poirot and Doctor Who.
Daniel York (Man in a White Coat and Uncle Job) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Welcome Home, Captain Fox! Theatre credits include P’Yongyang and We Know Where you Live (Finborough), The World of Extrema Happiness (Royal Court), Turandot (Hampstead), Branded (Old Vic), and The Merchant of Venice (RSC). Television credits include Whitechapel (ITV), and Waking the Dead (BBC).