After a successful return to the West End with James Graham’s Labour of Love at the Noel Coward Theatre, the Michael Grandage Company return once more with two new productions. John Logan’s Red is revived at Wyndham’s Theatre, for the first time since its original premiere at the Donmar Warehouse in 2009. Alfred Molina reprises his role as Mark Rothko, opposite Alfred Enoch as his assistant.
Originally premiering at the Donmar Warehouse in 2009 directed by Michael Grandage, who returns to direct the revival, the production was met with wide critical acclaim, going on to transfer to Broadway. Red earned an impressive six Tony Awards at the 2010 ceremony, including Best Play, Best Direction of a Play for Michael Grandage and Best Featured Actor in a Play for Eddie Redmayne, who played Rothko’s assistant.
Written by John Logan, whose previous plays include Peter and Alice and The Last Ship, Red takes place in the 1950’s, in the apartment of famous American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. Having just been commissioned to create several murals for the exclusive Four Seasons restaurant, he must decide whether his work belongs in such an elitist environment.
With the help of his assistant Ken, Mark Rothko embarks on his biggest challenge yet, with the pressures of creating commercial art at the forefront of his mind. Fuelled by the threatening rise of younger artists, Rothko and Ken begin to debate about theories of art.
Alfred Molina reprises his critically acclaimed performance as Mark Rothko, with theatre credits including Art and Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway, as well as feature films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Da Vinci Code and Spider-Man 2. He is joined by Alfred Enoch as Ken, whose credits include How to Get Away with Murder and the Harry Potter series, as well as Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse.
Red sees John Logan and Michael Grandage reunite, following their success with Peter and Alice at their 2018 inaugural season at Noel Coward Theatre, starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw. Red plays a strictly limited season at Wyndham’s Theatre with tickets available for performances from 4 May to 28 July 2018, with a press night on 15 May 2018.
Sorry this show closed 28 July 2018, we recommend these similar productions.