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. Since 2012, it has been led by Josie Rourke, who follows Sam Mendes and Michael Grandage as Artistic Director. Over the past 22 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 27 Evening Standard Awards, as well as 20 Tony Awards for ten Broadway productions. The Weir sees the Donmar return to the Wyndham’s theatre, where in 2008 it presented a season including Ivanov, Twelfth Night, Madame de Sade and Hamlet.
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. In addition to six acclaimed productions in London, 2013 alone saw Matt Charman’s The Machine open at Manchester International Festival before playing at Park Avenue Armory, New York, Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Julius Caesar transfer to St Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, New York, and Conor McPherson’s newest play, The Night Alive, transfer to the Atlantic Theater, New York.