The Donmar Warehouse (Josie Rourke, Artistic Director; Kate Pakenham, Executive Producer) is a 251-seat subsidised theatre located in the heart of Covent Garden in London’s West End. Over the past 23 years it has built a reputation for artistic excellence as one of the UK’s leading producing theatres. The Donmar works with the industry’s finest creative artists to present an unparalleled programme of award-winning theatre; it has presented some of London’s most memorable theatrical experiences, garnering critical acclaim at home and abroad. Since 1992 Donmar productions have received 43 Laurence Olivier Awards, 26 Critics’ Circle Awards and 28 Evening Standard Awards, as well as 20 Tony Awards for ten Broadway productions.
The theatre’s diverse artistic policy encompasses bold reimaginings of classics and Shakespeare, innovative revivals of contemporary British, Irish and American drama, and in recent years has demonstrated a renewed commitment to bringing new plays to its audiences. As well as staging work in its intimate Covent Garden home, the Donmar regularly produces work elsewhere around the UK and internationally. We are committed to sharing our work with an ever broader audience and, through innovative and exciting education work, engaging audiences of the future.
Highlights from the past 18 months include the live cinema broadcast of Coriolanus starring Tom Hiddleston; James Graham’s new play Privacy holding a microscope to our security and identity in the digital age; Josie Rourke’s production of The Weir transferring to the West End; Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Henry IV challenging the notion of who owns Shakespeare; and the first major London revival of the classic jazz musical City of Angels. On the night of the 2015 general election, 7 May, Josie Rourke’s production of James Graham’s new play The Vote was broadcast live and in real time in partnership with Channel 4 and was watched by over half a million people.