10 – 13 Nov 2022View dates and time
Esplanade Theatre Stage
“Artistically and technologically pioneering… Stevenson relays the story with her usual impeccable verbal poise” – Daily Telegraph
“Stevenson’s narration is so vivid, and the tech design so atmospheric, that you’d almost swear you could see each scene playing out in front of you.” – Guardian
“An exhilarating testament to the power and necessity of art… a unique and unforgettable achievement” – Metro
“A triumph” – New York Times
As the lights change at a major crossroads in a city in the heart of Europe, a car grinds to a halt. Its driver can drive no more. Suddenly, without warning or cause, he has gone blind. Within hours, it is clear that this is a blindness like no other. This blindness is infectious. Within days, an epidemic of blindness has spread through the city. The government tries to quarantine the contagion by herding the newly blind people into an empty asylum. But their attempts are futile. The city is in panic.
Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens has adapted Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago’s dystopian novel Blindness into a sound installation, under the direction of Walter Meierjohann and with the immersive binaural sound design of Ben and Max Ringham. Juliet Stevenson voices the Storyteller/Doctor’s wife in this gripping story of the rise and, ultimately, profoundly hopeful end of an unimaginable global pandemic.
This ticketed installation takes place on the Esplanade Theatre Stage. Patrons will listen on headphones as the narrative unfolds around them.
Created in August 2020 to accompany the staging adaptation of Blindness, this edition of the Donmar Warehouse podcast features writer Simon Stephens as he interviews Production Consultant Professor Hannah Thompson. Together, they unpack the representations of blindness in Blindness—both José Saramago’s dystopian novel and its theatrical adaptation—and take the long view across centuries of literature whilst discussing the exciting possibilities for creatively centring the non-visual in theatre today.
Audio Description Wheelchair Access
Advisory 16: Mature themes and violence. Recommended for audiences ages 16 and above.
Please note that the performance will begin on time and latecomers will not be admitted. As admission to the venue will be progressive and in small groups, all patrons must arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the performance.
Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places.
Meeting point: Esplanade Theatre Foyer.
Content warning: Contains themes of sexual assault and psychological trauma. Extended periods of complete blackout, strobe and bright flashing lights in close proximity to visitors and loud noises.
Based on the novel by José Saramago, adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Walter Meierjohann
With the voice of Juliet Stevenson
Sound Designers Ben and Max Ringham
Designer Lizzie Clachan
Lighting Designer Jessica Hung Han Yun
Production Consultant Professor Hannah Thompson
Resident Assistant Director Sara Aniqah Malik
Technical Production Direction ARTFACTORY
Associate Lighting Design Andy Lim
Associate Sound Design Joel Fernandez
Scenic Painting .
Production Management Yap Seok Hui
Technical Management Kailash
Stage Management Sunitha Nayar
Lighting Programming Huang Xiangbin
The Donmar Warehouse is a 251-seat, not-for-profit theatre in Covent Garden, London, led by Artistic Director Michael Longhurst and Executive Director Henny Finch. Their mission is to bring together a wide variety of people in their intimate warehouse space and elsewhere to create, witness and participate in thrilling, world-class theatre.
The Donmar has won more than 100 awards in its 29-year history, with highlights of the programme including founder artistic director Sam Mendes’ productions of Cabaret (with Alan Cumming) and The Blue Room (with Nicole Kidman). Michael Grandage (Artistic Director 2002–2012) brought notable productions of Othello with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ewan McGregor, along with Red with Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne. Josie Rourke (Artistic Director 2012–2019) brought Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus, and a trilogy of all-female Shakespeare plays directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Current Artistic Director Michael Longhurst’s inaugural 2019–20 season focused on important stories, thrillingly told, and included new plays by leading writers including Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Alice Birch and Mike Lew.
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