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Joan Armatrading to compose songs to all-female production of The Tempest

Donmar TrilogySinger-songwriter Joan Armatrading will compose original music for Phyllida Lloyd’s forthcoming production of The Tempest. The songs will be set to Shakespeare’s words in the Donmar’s new all-female production which starts performance from 23rd September 2016.

The Tempest Songs – will also feature as a digital album of music released by 429 Records and available to download on iTunes from Monday 19th September 2016.

The Tempest marks the reunion of director Phyllida Lloyd with actor Harriet Walter, who will play Prospero. The production will then be joined in a season with revivals of the Donmar’s acclaimed productions of Julius Caesar and Henry IV. Full casting includes: Jade Anouka, Sheila Atim, Jackie Clune, Shiloh Coke, Karen Dunbar, Clare Dunne, Leah Harvey, Zainab Hasan, Jennifer Joseph, Martina Laird, Sophie Stanton, Carolina Valdés and Harriet Walter.

Joan Armatrading has also leant her support as Ambassador to The Donmar’s Shakespeare Trilogy YOUNG+FREE scheme, which is making 25% of tickets free to those 25 or under. Other Ambassadors include Christine Baranski, Frances Barber, Laura Dockrill, Cynthia Erivo, Lenny Henry, Jenny Jules, Cush Jumbo, The Mayor of London – Sadiq Khan, Symran Makhani, Nicola Mendelsohn, Vanessa Ogden, Lucy Perman, Ramsha Saleem, Fiona Shaw, Meryl Streep, Kate Tempest, Jill Tuffee and Ben Whishaw.

Long recognised as a pioneering creative force with a career spanning four decades, the Saint Kitts born Joan Armatrading has maintained an acclaimed and storied career and fanbase. In 2014 she embarked on an 18-month tour of the world—a solo tour with only her piano and guitar in tow. Classics such as the title track, “Drop the Pilot” and “Willow” are all performed with a heightened sense of intimacy. “Me Myself I World Tour” captures that magic in her performance at Wolf Trap. Joan has reassured fans that she has not retired and will continue to perform, just not on this scale.

The three times Grammy nominated British artist has garnered countless accolades which include Top 10 albums and singles (“Love and Affection,” “Willow,” “Drop The Pilot,” are but a few), not to mention a #1 debut atop the Billboard Blues chart in 2007 (a first for a female artist from the UK). She has made VH1’s list of the 100 Most Influential Women in Rock, has been nominated for Brit Awards, gave a command performance for Nelson Mandela on his 70th birthday at Wembley Stadium and has received numerous Honorary Degrees.

Press day for the Shakespeare Trilogy will be on Tuesday 22 November 2016 at 11am (Julius Caesar), 3.30pm (Henry IV) and 8pm (The Tempest).

THE DONMAR SHAKESPEARE TRILOGY
23 September – 17 December 2016

PRESS PERFORMANCE DAY TUESDAY 22 NOVEMBER
Julius Caesar (11am), Henry IV (3.30pm), The Tempest (8pm)

For 25s and under to register for Young+Free visit www.youngandfreelondon.com
The first Young and Free tickets will be released on Friday 2 September

From 23rd September 2016
THE TEMPEST
Director Phyllida Lloyd
Designer Chloe Lamford
Theatre Environment Designer Bunny Christie
Lighting Designer James Farncombe
Sound Designer Peter Malkin
Video Designer Duncan McLean
Composer Joan Armatrading
Movement Director Ann Yee
Assistant Director Ola Ince

From 27th October 2016
JULIUS CAESAR
Director Phyllida Lloyd
Designer Bunny Christie
Lighting Designer James Farncombe
Sound Designer Tom Gibbons
Movement Director Ann Yee
Fight Director Kate Waters
Video Designer Duncan McLean
Assistant Director Ola Ince
Lighting Designer at the Donmar Neil Austin

From 17th November 2016
HENRY IV
Director Phyllida Lloyd
Designer Bunny Christie with Ellen Nabaro
Costume Designer Deborah Andrews
Lighting Designer James Farncombe
Sound Designer Tom Gibbons
Movement Director Ann Yee
Fight Director Kate Waters
Assistant Director Stef O’Driscoll
Lighting Designer at the Donmar Neil Austin

Donmar at King’s Cross
King’s Boulevard, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BU

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