Sonia Friedman Prodcutions, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Tulchin/ Bartner, Michael Linnit, Lee Menzies,
TEG Productions and Incidential Colman
The hugely successful West End production of DONKEYS' YEARS, Michael Frayn's brilliantly funny farce, toured throughout Autumn 2007 with an all-star cast including Sara Crowe, Ian Lavender and Norman Pace. Further 2008 dates will be announced soon.
DONKEYS' YEARS was a huge triumph when it originally opened in London at the Globe Theatre (now the Gielgud Theatre) in 1976, winning the Olivier Award for Best Comedy. Its 2006 critically acclaimed season ran for a sell-out 9 months and received 3 Olivier Award nominations including Best Revival, as well as receiving rapturous press acclaim.
DONKEYS' YEARS stars SARA CROWE (Film: Four Weddings & A Funeral, Theatre: UK tour of Acorn Antiques), PETER FORBES (Theatre: Mamma Mia, Black Watch), MARK HADFIELD (Theatre: The Lion King, Therese Raquin), IAN HALLARD (TV: Where The Heart Is, Miss Marple), RICHARD HOPE (TV: Midsomer Murders, Theatre: A Prayer For Owen Meany),
IAN LAVENDER (TV: EastEnders, Dad's Army), JAMIE NEWALL (Theatre: Eden's Empire, A Touch Of The Sun), NORMAN PACE (TV: The Hale and Pace Show, Theatre: Chicago) and PATRICK RYECART (Film: Heart Of Darkness, TV: The High Life).
Twenty-five years after graduation, six former students return to their Oxbridge college for a reunion dinner. Whilst their lives may have had varying degrees of success, all are connected by a common past. Once locked in their old college for the night, the graduates begin to relive their youth, and old friendships, feuds and the much-desired but absurdly proper Master's wife come tumbling back into the present....
This original production of DONKEYS' YEARS was directed by JEREMY SAMS, best known for his glittering revival of The Sound of Music, currently playing at the London Palladium, Little Britain Live and the phenomenally successful West End, touring and Broadway productions of Noises Off. The touring production is directed by MICHAEL SIMKINS, who has previously directed Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends at Greenwich Theatre and whose acting credits include A View from the Bridge at the National Theatre, Democracy (West End), the musicals Chicago and Mamma Mia, and who has starred in the West End revival of DONKEYS' YEARS.
MICHAEL FRAYN is a multi award-winning playwright and novelist whose countless international theatre successes include Noises Off, Democracy and Copenhagen. His novels, such as Towards the End of the Morning, Headlong and Spies, have also been critical and commercial successes, making him one of the handful of writers in the English language to receive great acclaim for both drama and prose fiction.