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Wire star joins new Donmar season

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Dominic West, left, plays Jimmy McNulty in HBO's The Wire

Actor Dominic West, who plays Jimmy McNulty in cult US drama The Wire, is to return to the West End stage at the Donmar Warehouse later this year.

He will play the role of Segismundo in a new adaptation Life Is A Dream by 17th Century Spanish playwright Pedro Calderon de la Barca.

In 1996, the 39-year-old won an Ian Charleson award for Best Newcomer after starring in The Seagull at the Old Vic.

Other names for the new Donmar season include Rachel Weisz and Alfred Molina.

Weisz, making her third appearance at the theatre, will play Blanche Dubois in a revival of Tennessee Williams' Streetcar Named Desire.

The star, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for The Constant Gardner in 2006, will take to the stage from 23 July - 3 October.

Life Is A Dream follows from 8 October - 23 November.

The epic play tells the story of Segismundo, son of the Polish king, who is imprisoned after it is foretold he will bring great disaster to the country.

Playwright Helen Edmundson has adapted Calderon's original work to create an entirely new production.

Rothko premiere

The Donmar's 2009 - 2010 season concludes with the world premiere of Red, by John Logan, whose previous works include the screenplays for Gladiator and Sweeney Todd.

It stars Alfred Molina, best known as Dr Octavius from Spider-Man 2, as abstract painter Mark Rothko.

Debuting on 8 December, Red will be directed by Michael Grandage, who signed on for a second five-year stint as the Donmar's artistic director last year.

Dame Judi Dench (courtesy of the Donmar Warehouse)
Dame Judi Dench is starring in the Donmar's current production

The new season will see theatre company return to its 250-seat home in Covent Garden after a successful stint in the larger Wyndham's Theatre.

The year-long residency has seen a critically-acclaimed production of Twelfth Night, for which Derek Jacobi won an Olivier award for his comic turn as Malvolio.

Seat prices were kept to a minimum in the hope of attracting younger audiences to see Kenneth Branagh in Ivanov and Dame Judi Dench in Madame De Sade.

The season concludes with Grandage's production of Hamlet, with Jude Law in the title role, from 29 May - 22 August.

The play will then transfer to Kronborg Castle, in Elsinore - the setting of Shakespeare's tragedy - on August 25 for a five-night run.



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