News Published 3 November 2011

Josie Rourke Announces New Donmar Season

New season begins with Farquhar’s Recruiting Officer.

Natasha Tripney

Josie Rourke,  the incoming artistic director at the Donmar Warehouse, has announced the first three plays  of her inaugural season. Rourke will take over at the Donmar on the 1 January 2012, replacing Michael Grandage in the role, and the opening production of  her first season will be a revival of George Farquhar’s classic comedy of 1706 The Recruiting Officer, directed by Rourke herself. This will be followed by a revival of Robert Holman’s 1987 play Making Noise Quietly, directed by Peter Gill, and the season will conclude with Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Physicists, presented in a new version by Jack Thorne, a writer whose work has often been staged by the Bush Theatre.

Rourke has directed at the Donmar before. Past productions include World Music and The Crypotogram and, before that, in 2000, she trained on the company’s Resident Assistant Director Scheme. She has recently overseen the Bush Theatre’s move from its old home above a pub on Shepherd’s Bush Green to elegant and versatile new premises in the old library building on Uxbridge Road. The new space opened with an epic sweep through the Bible. Sixty Six Books saw playwrights, novelists, poets and musicians produce texts in response to the sixty-six book of the King James Bible. The results were performed in two marathon 24 hour productions as well as in more manageable blocks. Rourke will remain Bush Theatre at the end of the year, when Madani Younis takes over the role.

Rourke also announces today the appointment of playwright Anthony Weigh as associate artist, an Michael Bruce as composer in residence – the first time the venue has had such a role.

The Donmar’s current production, a revival of John Osborne’s Inadmissible Evidence runs until the 26th November; this will be followed by Michael Grandage’s production of Richard II starring Eddie Redmayne.

For more information on current and future Donmar Warehouse productions, visit their website.

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Natasha Tripney

Natasha co-founded Exeunt in 2011 and was editor until 2016. She's now lead critic and reviews editor for The Stage, and has written about theatre and the arts for the Guardian, Time Out, the Independent, Lonely Planet and Tortoise.

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