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Anna Cooper appointed casting director at Donmar Warehouse

Anna Cooper. Photo: Kristina Gasperas
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The Donmar Warehouse has appointed Anna Cooper as its new casting director.

She replaces Alastair Coomer, who left the London theatre earlier this year to become head of casting at the National Theatre.

Cooper is the first appointment since the Donmar announced Michael Longhurst would replace Josie Rourke as artistic director, when she steps down next year.

Cooper is a freelance casting director and has worked with Longhurst on productions including Gloria at Hampstead Theatre, They Drink It in the Congo at the Almeida and A Number at the Young Vic and Nuffield Theatres.

She begins her role in September and will work with Longhurst on his first season of work in 2019.

Longhurst said: “I am so delighted Anna will be joining the Donmar as casting director. I know she will bring her rigour, integrity, exquisite taste and progressive thinking to the role.”

Cooper’s other work includes Ghosts in the West End, Measure for Measure at Theatre Royal Plymouth and ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore at Southwark Playhouse.

She said she was “thrilled and honoured” to be joining the Donmar, which she described as “a space of thrilling intimacy and epic possibility, inspiring productions and exhilarating performances – an actor’s theatre”.

Rourke said of the appointment: “Since Sam Mendes, the Donmar has always had a building-based casting director. In 25 years, there have only been two – Anne McNulty and Alastair Coomer. I’m delighted that Michael has found – in Anna – a brilliant collaborator and advocate to take up a role that has always sat at the heart of the Donmar and its values.”

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