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MICHAEL GRANDAGE TO BE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF DONMAR
Michael Grandage, who is currently the Donmar Warehouse's associate director, will replace Sam Mendes as artistic director in December. Mr Grandage will take on the new role while keeping his commitment as associate director to Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.
Sam Mendes is leaving the venue in Covent Garden, to pursue a freelance film and theatre career.
Michael Grandage started his life in front of the screen as an actor in TV shows including BBC One's sci-fi drama "Bugs" and ITV1's "Cadfael". He also starred in the Oscar-winning drama "The Madness of King George". However in a change of career he moved into theatre directing.
Grandage's productions at the Donmar have included "Good" with Charles Dance, "Passion Play" by Peter Nichols "Merrily We Roll Along" by Sondheim and currently Peter Nichols' wartime comedy "Privates On Parade".
Grandage said: "I'm very excited to be taking over from Sam. The Donmar is a unique theatre and has a highly committed team of people working behind the scenes. It has rightly achieved its world-wide reputation for excellence over the last ten years and I'm looking forward to taking it into the next stage of its development."