Michael Grandage announces his last season at the Donmar
Michael Grandage has announced his last season as Artistic Director of The Donmar Warehouse, running from 4 Aug 2011 to 4 Feb 2012
Public Booking for new season opens 6 June 2011
4 Aug to 8 Oct 2011
Anna Christie, by Eugene O'Neill, directed by Rob Ashford, designed by Paul Wills, starring Jude Law (Mat Burke), Ruth Wilson (Anna Christie). Exiled from her home by the Old Devil Sea to the inland plains, Anna Christie’s life changed forever at just five years of age. Fifteen years later, she is reunited with the father who sent her away and sets sail in search of a new beginning.
13 Oct to 26 Nov 2011
Inadmissible Evidence, by John Osborne, directed by Jamie Lloyd, designed by Soutra Gilmour, starring Douglas Hodge (Bill Maitland). Bill Maitland, a middle aged lawyer, struggles to avoid the harsh truths of his life and keep a hold on reality. As those closest to him begin to draw away, he puts himself on trial to fight for his sanity.
01 Dec 2011 to 4 Feb 2012
Richard II, by William Shakespeare, directed by Michael Grandage, designed by Richard Kent, starring Eddie Redmayne (Richard II). King Richard banishes his noblemen and seizes their land to fuel his own wars. As anger mounts, a battle for the soul of England begins and one man's divine right to rule is called into question
Before the final season, three new productions already announced and booking at the Donmar Warehouse are The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 11 Feb to 2 April 2011; Moonlight 7 April to 28 May 2011; Luise Miller 8 June to 30 July 2011.
On becoming Artistic Director in 2002, Michael Grandage took over a company that owned neither theatre nor rehearsal space. Under his tenure the company have purchased the lease of the theatre (taking ownership in 2016), and today he also announces their intention to purchase an office, education and rehearsal space for the company before he departs. This legacy will help secure the long term future of the Donmar in uncertain financial times.
Michael Grandage said today “After nearly ten years running the Donmar, it is a very exciting and emotional moment to announce my farewell season. From next month to February 2012 we will be presenting six new productions and I am delighted this final year celebrates so much of the repertoire we have presented over the last decade. It is particularly wonderful to be joined by so many friends and colleagues in this last season of work – it is these collaborations and creative partnerships both on stage and with the staff at the Donmar, that have made the achievements of the past ten years possible, and I hope the range and diversity of our programme continues to reach out to many more people in the year ahead”.