About the work
Welcome to the Michael Grandage Company’s production of Red by John Logan
Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Mark Rothko takes on his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.
Based on the original Donmar Warehouse production, this new production of Red is the first ever UK revival since MGC Artistic Director Michael Grandage directed the premier in 2009. The production went on to win six Tony Awards including Best Play.
Award-winning stage and screen actor Alfred Molina reprises his critically acclaimed performance as the American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. He is joined by rising star Alfred Enoch, of US television drama series How to Get Away With Murder, as his assistant Ken.
Red reunites John Logan and Michael Grandage following Peter and Alice with Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw, which formed part of MGC’s inaugural season in the West End in 2013, and their feature film Genius.
“The play is about two years in the life of Mark Rothko, the great abstract expressionist. It’s about the relationship between him and his assistant in the studio, and it’s most particularly about art in the biggest sense of the word – why art is important and why being serious about art is a good thing. The whole debate at the centre of John Logan’s play is about how you look at something, not just what you see, but what you discuss with yourself when you see it. It has this colossal debate in 90 minutes.
We’re making a new production for the West End, responding to the world we are in now in 2018. It’s should feel like a response to the time we are living in now. We have a wonderful opportunity with Alfred Enoch, who’s taking the role of Ken, to look at the play in a very different way. So the whole thing is going to feel considerably different. The West End is the one place it hasn’t played and that’s why we want to do it.”Michael Grandage, Artistic Director, MGC