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Donmar Warehouse’s New Artistic Director Will Be Michael Longhurst

Donmar Warehouse’s New Artistic Director Will Be Michael Longhurst
Michael Longhurst will take over at the Donmar in March 2019.
( Photograph: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment)

The Donmar Warehouse has appointed Michael Longhurst as its new artistic director in London. After Josie Rourke announced that she was stepping down earlier this year, a successor was expected to be named soon. Rourke described her successor as “one of the most gifted, original and impressive directors in the country.”

Longhurst has had quite a career so far and some of the accolades up his sleeves include his acclaimed play Amadeus at the National Theatre and Constellations at the Royal Court. He is all set to take over from Rourke by March 2019. Rourke has worked with Longhurst at the Bush theatre in West London when she was the artistic director there and she has also collaborated with her successor at the Donmar. [The Guardian]

 The Stage quotes Rourke saying, “over the past decade as an artistic director, I’ve had the joy of working with Mike both at the Bush, and at the Donmar. I know him to be not only one of the most gifted, original and impressive directors in the country but also a deeply kind and thoughtful leader who commands huge respect in the theatre community. I’m thrilled to know that an artist of such reputation and ability is going to take the helm at the Donmar.”

Longhurst is coming back to join Donmar once again after directing the UK premiere of Amy Herzog’s Belleville. James Norton and Imogen Poots starred in the show at Donmar which was staged in December 2017. The play was about the unraveling of the relationship of an American couple living in Paris. Though it wasn’t his most successful work and was said to be “dwindling into implausible melodrama” by The Guardian theater critic Michael Billington, it was a piece of drama that one just cannot ignore. Longhurst’s return after the show, as the Artistic Director has pleased many and Longhurst himself is surely one of them. [NY Times]

Donmar Warehouse quotes Longhurst on his appointment as the Artistic Director of Donmar,“I saw my first show at the Donmar aged fifteen and later even slept overnight on the street in the returns queue. I am so proud to undertake the challenge of filling this amazing space with exhilarating artists and important stories and am deeply honoured to be following Josie as the new Artistic Director.”

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