About the showAfter tremendous success with James Graham’s Labour of Love at the Noel Coward Theatre, the Michael Grandage Company returns to the West End with two new shows. After originally premiering at the Donmar Warehouse in 2009, John Logan’s Red is revived at Wyndham’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.
Alfred Molina returns to star as Mark Rothko, after appearing in the original production, which was nominated for multiple Olivier Awards. It later went on to transfer to Broadway, earning six Tony Awards including Best Play, Best Featured Actor in a Play for Eddie Redmayne and Best Direction of a Play for Michael Grandage.
Red takes place in the late 1950’s, in the apartment of famous American abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko. Taking on his biggest challenge yet, he has been commissioned to create a group of murals for the elitist Four Seasons restaurant.
Enlisting the help of his assistant Ken, Rothko is under pressure to create a piece of work that rivals the undercurrent threat of younger artists, such as Ken, who question his theories. Soon, Rothko finds himself questioning the commercial value of his work and must decide if his work belongs in somewhere so exclusive.
With Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, Raiders of the Lost Ark) reprising his role, his is joined by newcomer Alfred Enoch, who is best-known for his role as Dean in the Harry Potter series, as well as How to Get Away with Murder and Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse.
Red is directed by Michael Grandage, who returns after directing the original premiere. The production sees Grandage and the play’s writer John Logan reunite after their success with Peter and Alice in 2013, starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw.
Playing a strictly limited season at Wyndham’s Theatre, Red runs from May 15th to July 28th 2018, with previews beginning May 4th 2018. Other productions in the Michael Grandage Company’s new season include The Lieutenant of Inishmore, starring Aidan Turner.
Who Should See It?Fans of the original production at the Donmar Warehouse will be thrilled that it is returning to the West End, starring the original lead! Any theatre fans who missed out should be sure to attend!
Red may not be suitable for children.