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Donmar Warehouse announces Michael Longhurst as new artistic director

Michael Longhurst. Credit: David Jensen
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Michael Longhurst has been announced as new artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse in London.

Longhurst will take over from Josie Rourke in March 2019, with his first programming to begin mid 2019.

Rourke announced that she would be stepping down from her role to “pursue new creative challenges” earlier this year.

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Longhurst returns to the Donmar after directing the UK premiere of Amy Herzog’s Belleville, starring James Norton and Imogen Poots, in December 2017. His credits also include Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus at the National Theatre and the Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Caroline, or Change.

“I saw my first show at the Donmar aged 15 and later even slept overnight on the street in the returns queue,” Longhurst said.

“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.”

Rourke said: “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.”

CV: Michael Longhurst

Born: 1981, Bromley
Training: Nottingham University (reading philosophy); Mountview (one-year directors’ course)
Landmark productions: Constellations (Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, 2012, then Duke of York’s in West End, Samuel J Friedman Theatre on Broadway, and revived at Trafalgar Studios), A Number (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 2014; then Young Vic, 2015), Bad Jews (Bath’s Ustinov Studio 2014, then St James Theatre, London, then two seasons at Arts Theatre),  The Winter’s Tale (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, 2015),  Amadeus (National Theatre, 2016), Caroline, Or Change (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2017, then Hampstead Theatre), Belleville (Donmar Warehouse, 2017)
Agent: Ben Hall at Curtis Brown

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