The Donmar Warehouse

Donmar Warehouse

The Donmar Warehouse is renowned as one of the UK’s leading producing theatres, with an international reputation for artistic excellence. Led by Artistic Director Josie Rourke and Executive Producer Kate Pakenham, this 252-seat not-for-profit theatre, based in Covent Garden in the heart of London’s West End, seeks to shine a new light on classics and Shakespeare, present innovative revivals of contemporary British, Irish and American drama, and bring the best new writing to its stage.

Artists
 The Donmar works with the industry's finest creative artists to present an unparalleled programme of theatre. Since 1992, Donmar productions have received 45 Olivier awards, 26 Critics' Circle Awards, and 28 Evening Standard Awards, as well as 20 Tony Awards for Broadway productions.This success is thanks to our work with  writers, actors and directors at the top of their game, from across the globe.

Our diverse programme includes bold productions of Shakespeare, such as 2013's CORIOLANUS, which starred Tom Hiddleston as Caius Martius, and was broadcast worldwide in partnership with National Theatre Live.

The Donmar also has a long history of producing musical theatre, with a particular reputation for American musicals. Most recently, in 2014 Artistic Director Josie Rourke directed CITY OF ANGELS.

The Donmar also regularly produces the premieres of new plays by exciting writers from the UK and abroad, such as 2016's production of Nick Payne's play ELEGY.

As well as British plays, we also present the best of Irish and American writing, such as 2016's ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI... by US writer Kemp Powers, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah.

Access
The Donmar has a mission to extend its reach and broaden its audience as widely as possible, regularly taking its productions into the West End, to New York and beyond. Through live cinema and television broadcast, the Donmar is committed to seizing the opportunity modern technology offers to reach as wide an audience as possible.

Donmar productions are regularly broadcast into cinema's worldwide in partnership with National Theatre Live. The most recent production to be broadcast in this way was 2015's production of LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES.

The Donmar also regularly presents work beyond the UK. In 2016 and early 2017, three Donmar productions (PRIVACY, LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES and THE TEMPEST) play in venues across New York, sharing our work with a new audience.

The Donmar believes in the power of theatre to change lives and empower young people. Our extensive education programme works with schools and communities across London and beyond, fostering a new generation of theatregoers.

Innovation
The Donmar constantly strives for innovation in everything that we do, from the productions we stage and the artists that we work with to the way that we reach our audiences. 

Productions like 2014's PRIVACY, written by James Graham, demonstrate the Donmar's innovative approach to working with artists to produce work that is in direct conversation with our society, and uses technology in new and exciting ways.

We constantly aim to find innovative ways to reach a new audience. In 2015, THE VOTE was broadcast on television live from the Donmar on the night of the 2015 General Election in a pioneering collaboration with More4, reaching an audience of over 650,000.

Our commitment to innovation extends to the venues that house our productions. 2016, the Donmar opened a new temporary venue in King's Cross to stage Phyllida Lloyd's all-female Shakespeare Trilogy.

For more information about the Donmar Warehouse and to see what the future holds, visit www.donmarwarehouse.com.

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