Daniel Monks cast in London production of ‘Teenage Dick’

Perth raised actor Daniel Monks is heading to London to star in the play Teenage Dick at the Donmar Warehouse.

The play by author Mike Lew is a darkly comic take on Shakespeare’s Richard III, which sees the action relocated to a high school. It’ll be the play’s UK debut and the production will be directed by Donmar Artistic Director Michael Longhurst. When the play was performed off-Broadway the New York Times described it as “exhilarating”.

The announcement is the latest in a string of successes for the actor who last year was nominated for the Best Actor award at the prestigious Helpmann Awards. In recent years Monks has found acclaim in The Malthouse Theatre’s production of The Real and Imagined History of The Elephant Man and CO3’s production of Frank Enstein. Monks also wrote and starred in the independent film Pulse which saw him nominated for an ACCTA for Best Actor.

The Donmar Warehouse, located in London’s Covent Garden, is one of the leading theatres in the world for innovative theatrical work. Previous artistic directors have included Sam Mendes, Michael Grandage and Josie Rourke.

The new season is the first for new Artistic Director Michael Longhurst. It also includes a revival of Michael Greig’s Europe, celebrating the play’s 25th anniversary, the UK premiere of Appropriate by Jacobs-Jenkins- which will star Monica Dolan, a new play called [blank] by Alice Birch which features all female cast and creatives, and a revival of Caryl Chuchill’s play Far Away.

The tiny 250 seat theatre has been home to productions featuring some of the most famous actors working today including Nicole Kidman, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Hiddleston and Catherine Tate.

Before he heads to London Monks can also be seen alongside Mia Wasikowska and  Eliza Scanlen in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Lord of the Flies.

Teenage Dick open in December and runs through until the beginning of February 2020.

OIP Staff

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