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Diary: Scoring points on Josie – a question of all things Rourke

Josie Rourke. Photo: Hugo Glendinning Josie Rourke. Photo: Hugo Glendinning
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How you know you’ve finally made it in theatre is a question directors must grapple with constantly. Is it when you’re earning enough money to stay afloat through directing alone, or when you’ve had your first show in the National or the West End? Perhaps it’s when you become artistic director of your own building?

Well, there’s no doubt you’ve truly made your mark when you have a bonus round of questions dedicated to you on BBC2’s University Challenge.

Fans on Twitter were delighted to see a round in the coveted quiz show dedicated to Josie Rourke, with one tweeting: “When Josie Rourke is an entire round on University Challenge you know you’re gonna get some points!”

Rourke herself must have been pretty chuffed too – what a great way to top off her time as artistic director of London’s Donmar Warehouse.

Want to see how well you’d do in this round? Here are the questions, with answers below:

1. In 2012, Rourke became the artistic director of which theatre in Covent Garden, founded by Sam Mendes in 1992?

2. In 2015, Rourke directed a revival of Christopher Hampton’s stage adaptation of which epistolary novel? The cast included Janet McTeer as La Marquise de Merteuil and Dominic West as Le Vicomte de Valmont?

3. In 2011, Rourke directed Catherine Tate and David Tennant in which of Shakespeare’s comedies at the Wyndham’s Theatre?



Answers: 1. The Donmar Warehouse; 2. Les Liaisons Dangereuses;
3. Much Ado About Nothing

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