Temple at the Donmar Warehouse, starring Simon Russell-Beale as Dean of St Paul’s alongside RADA graduate Shereen Martin, is new play inspired by the 2011 Occupy London movement.
The play opened last week and features Martin as a hardnosed city lawyer whose mission is to persuade the church to ally with City of London in evicting the protestors… using cupcakes.
Martin’s recent performance in Fireworks at the Royal Court Theatre as a woman coping with a deluded husband as well as a damaged son in a difficult production that was ‘played beautifully, with both detachment and delicacy.’ What’s On Stage
What’s On Stage has called it a ‘supple, subtle new play […] beautifully modulated and controlled’. It has received a four star review from the Guardian, and a five star review from the Telegraph who found it to be ‘a riveting drama behind closed ecclesiastical doors.’
Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor during this period, recounts his experience in the Guardian of the loaded moment as the play begins its run.
Temple runs at the Donmar Warehouse until 25 July 2015.