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Donmar Warehouse receives 10 Olivier Award nominations


The Donmar Warehouse today received 10 Olivier nominations across five productions – this is the most number of productions that have been nominated in any one year in the company’s history. The five productions, out of a total of eight staged this year, are Red, A Streetcar Named Desire and A Doll’s House at the company’s home base in Covent Garden, and Madame de Sade and Hamlet – part of the Donmar’s sell-out West End season at the Wyndham’s Theatre.
Michael Grandage’s production of the world première of John Logan’s Red, which recently closed at the Donmar and will shortly transfer to Broadway, receives three nominations – Best Supporting Actor for Eddie Redmayne, Best New Play and Best Set Design for Christopher Oram (who has already won the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Design for this production).
Grandage also receives a nomination for Best Director for Hamlet which, following performances at the Wyndham’s Theatre, transferred to Elsinore, and then Broadway. Jude Law who led the company as Hamlet also receives a nomination for Best Actor. Law also recently won the award for Best Shakespearean Performance at the Critics’ Circle Awards for the same role. Jude Law said today, “Returning to the theatre, to play Hamlet in the Donmar’s West End Season and to take it to both Elsinore and Broadway, has been something of an epic journey and has meant an enormous amount to me. To receive an Olivier nomination as well is the icing on the cake and I am absolutely thrilled.”

Rachel Weisz, fresh from winning both the Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards, is nominated for Best Actress for her performance as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. She goes head to head with Gillian Anderson who is recognised for her performance as Nora in A Doll’s House.
In addition to Best Actress, Donmar Associate Director Rob Ashford’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire also receives nominations for Best Revival and Best Supporting Actress for Ruth Wilson.
Designer Christopher Oram takes a second nomination for Best Costume Design for his work on Madame de Sade – part of the West End season.
Michael Grandage, Artistic Director of the Donmar said today, “2009 was one of the most significant years in the Donmar’s history as we played to our widest audience base since the organisation was formed. To be recognised with ten Olivier nominations across five productions is a very great honour and a testament to all the extraordinary people who have worked for the Donmar in the last twelve months.”

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The full list of nominations is:
Best Actor:
Jude Law, Hamlet
– Donmar at Wyndham’s
Best Actress:
Rachel Weisz, A Streetcar Named Desire
– Donmar
Gillian Anderson, A Doll’s House – Donmar
Best Supporting Actor:
Eddie Redmayne, Red
– Donmar
Best Supporting Actress:
Ruth Wilson, A Streetcar Named Desire
– Donmar
Best Director:
Michael Grandage, Hamlet
– Donmar at Wyndham’s
Best New Play:
– Donmar

Best Revival:
A Streetcar Named Desire
– Donmar
Best Set Design
Christopher Oram – Donmar
Best Costume Design
Madame de Sade, Christopher Oram
– Donmar at Wyndham’s


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Donmar’s acclaimed Red opens April 1 at the Golden Theatre

“For the ninety minutes it takes to perform RED, I was in its thrall.  
The show is staged and acted with such fierce conviction and artistry that it never lets you look away.  
Alfred Molina is that rare actor who conveys intelligence with visceral intensity.  Eddie Redmayne
is a star in the making. Michael Grandage has sure instincts for the purely theatrical.”
Ben Brantley, NEW YORK TIMES

“A THRILLING production. I don’t think I’ve seen a play that puts the actual artistic process
center stage with as much energy and command as John Logan’s ELECTRIFYING RED.”
“A MIRACULOUS evening.  This has been a vintage year for new plays
and John Logan’s RED is high on the roll of honor.”
 “John Logan’s STUNNING new play is the most compelling drama I’ve seen all year.”















The critically acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of RED, a new American play by John Logan about the master of twentieth century abstract impressionism, Mark Rothko, will open on Broadway on Thursday, April 1 for a limited 15-week engagement at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue), it was announced today by producer Arielle Tepper Madover.  Previews will begin on Thursday, March 11.   

RED will star Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, who created their roles in the world premiere production this winter at the Donmar.  The production will be directed by Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage.   RED will mark playwright Logan’s Broadway debut.

“Following the wonderful response to Hamlet earlier this season, I am delighted the Donmar will be returning to Broadway to present John Logan’s brilliant new play,” commented director Grandage.  “With two outstanding performances from Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, this thrilling 90-minute piece about the great New York artist Mark Rothko now has an opportunity to engage with a wider audience.”

“I am so honored to continue a wonderful partnership with the Donmar, under Michael Grandage’s brilliant leadership,” said producer Arielle Tepper Madover.   “This is the fourth Donmar production I’ve moved to Broadway, following Frost/Nixon, Mary Stuart and Hamlet, but it’s a special thrill to be presenting the Donmar’s electrifying production of this great new American play on Broadway.”

Eddie Redmayne is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.
As part of the Donmar’s commitment to greater accessibility, producer Arielle Tepper Madover has announced that more than 60 tickets priced at $25 will be available at every performance through Telecharge.com and the Golden Theatre box office.    
RED is set in 1958 as New York artist Mark Rothko (Alfred Molina) has received the art world’s largest commission to create a series of murals for The Four Seasons restaurant in the new Seagram building on Park Avenue.  Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, Ken (Eddie Redmayne) and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Rothko faces his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.   RED is a moving and compelling account of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, whose struggle to accept his growing riches and praise became his ultimate undoing.

RED opened December 8, 2009 at the Donmar to raves for John Logan’s script, the performances of acclaimed stage and screen star Alfred Molina and newcomer Eddie Redmayne and Michael Grandage’s production.  “Intense, bitchily witty.  A brilliantly acted production.  Molina plays Rothko splendidly.  Redmayne is thrilling to watch,” wrote Paul Taylor, The Independent.    “Michael Grandage’s production is riveting.  Audiences will find themselves engrossed and held rapt.  Molina and Redmayne’s individual strengths are remarkable, but it’s the quality of their listening to each other that makes them mesmerizing,” cheered David Benedict, Variety.   “It’s a measure of the play’s success that it makes you want to rush out and renew acquaintance with Rothko’s work.  Michael Grandage’s beautiful production is, as always, actor-driven,” raved Michael Billington, The Guardian.   “John Logan’s stunning new play is the most compelling drama I’ve seen all year,” hailed Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune.  “Sizzling, intellectually thrilling.  Michael Grandage’s production is superb.”

The production is designed by Christopher Oram, with lighting design by Neil Austin.  Composer and sound designer is Adam Cork.  

RED will be produced by Arielle Tepper Madover.  

Tickets ($116.50-$25) are available through Telecharge.com by phone at 212-239-6200 or online at http://www.telecharge.com <http://www.telecharge.com> .  Performances are Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00, Sunday at 3:00 PM.  Beginning the week of April 12, Tuesday performances at 7:00 PM.  

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ALFRED MOLINA (Mark Rothko) For the Donmar: Destry Rides Again. Theatre: include Howard Katz (New York), Art (New York), Fiddler on the Roof (New York), Molly Sweeney (New York) The Cherry Orchard (Los Angeles), Night of the Iguana, Speed-the-Plow (National Theatre), Serious Money (Royal Court), Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! (Criterion), Taming of the Shrew (RSC).  Film: Silk, The Da Vinci Code, Spider Man 2, Boogie Nights, Anna Karenina, The Perez Family, Enchanted April, Prick Up Your Ears, Frida, Chocolat, Magnolia, As You Like It, The Hoax, Hideaway, Maverick, Raiders of the Lost Ark, An Education, The Tempest.

EDDIE REDMAYNE (Ken) For the Donmar: Hecuba.  Theatre: Now or Later (Royal Court),  The Goat (Almeida/Apollo) Master Harold & the Boys (Liverpool Everyman), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe at the Middle Temple Hall).  Film: Black Death, The Yellow Handkerchief, Glorious 39, Savage Grace, The Other Boleyn Girl, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Good Shepherd, Like Minds.  Television: “The Pillars of the Earth,” “Tess of the D’Urbervilles,” “Elizabeth I”.

JOHN LOGAN (Playwright) has written 14 plays including Never the Sinner, Hauptmann: Speaking in Tongues; Scorched Earth and Riverview.  His new adaptation of Ibsen’s The Master Builder appeared on the West End in 2003. He is a member of the Victory Gardens Theatre Playwright Ensemble. Logan’s work as a screenwriter includes Sweeney Todd (Golden Globe award); The Aviator (Oscar, Golden Globe and WGA nominations); Gladiator (Oscar, Golden Globe and WGA nominations); The Last Samurai; Any Given Sunday and RKO 281 (WGA award, Emmy nomination).

MICHAEL GRANDAGE (Director) is Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse.  Previous work for the Donmar includes Hamlet, Madame De Sade, Twelfth Night and Ivanov (Donmar West End at the Wyndham’s Theatre – Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Director for Ivanov), The Chalk Garden (Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Director), Othello, John Gabriel Borkman, Don Juan in Soho, Frost/Nixon (also West End and Broadway), The Cut, The Wild Duck (Critics’ Circle Award for Best Director), Guys and Dolls (Donmar in the West End – Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production), Grand Hotel (Evening Standard Award for Best Director, Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production), Henry IV, After Miss Julie, Caligula (Olivier Award for Best Director) and Passion by Peter Nichols. Other West End work includes Evita. He was the Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres 1999 – 2005, where his work included Don Carlos (Evening Standard Award for Best Director).  

THE DONMAR WAREHOUSE is one of London’s leading producing theatres and has garnered critical acclaim at home and abroad for its unparalleled catalogue of work. Since 1992, Donmar-generated productions have received 35 Olivier Awards, 20 Critics’ Circle Awards, 21 Evening Standard Awards and 14 Tony Awards. The Donmar has a long and successful history of presenting its work outside of its home in Covent Garden. Productions in the West End include Ivanov, Twelfth Night, Madame De Sade and Hamlet in the Donmar West End season at the Wyndham’s –  Piaf, Mary Stuart, Frost/Nixon, A Voyage Round My Father, Guys and Dolls, Design for Living, The Glass Menagerie, Company, The Real Thing and Passion Play. Productions on Broadway include Hamlet, Mary Stuart, Frost/Nixon, Cabaret, Electra, The Blue Room, The Real Thing, True West, Nine and the Public Theater and Donmar collaboration of Take Me Out

Donmar Warehouse wins big at Critics’ Circle and South Bank Awards


In a year where the Donmar Warehouse has played to capacity houses, both at its home base in Covent Garden and the Donmar West End season at the Wyndham’s Theatre, the company has today received awards at simultaneous events across London.
In a ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre for the Critics’ Circle Awards, the company received three awards – the first Best Actress Award for Rachel Weisz for her portrayal of Blanche DuBois in Rob Ashford’s critically acclaimed production of Tennessee WilliamsA Streetcar Named Desire. Weisz has already received the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress for this role.
Jude Law received The John and Wendy Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance for his role as Hamlet in Michael Grandage’s sell-out production – the final show in the company’s year-long residency at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Following performances in London, the production transferred for a successful season on Broadway.
The final award goes to Christopher Oram for Best Designer for his work on Michael Grandage’s critically acclaimed production of the world première of John Logan’s Red.
At the final South Bank Show Awards at the Dorchester, the company won the Theatre Award for A Streetcar Named Desire – the Donmar’s Associate Director, and director of the production, Rob Ashford collected the award accompanied by Rachel Weisz (Blanche DuBois), Elliot Cowan (Stanley Kowalski) and Ruth Wilson (Stella).
Michael Grandage, the Donmar’s Artistic Director, said today, “2009 was undoubtedly one of the most important years in the Donmar’s history and I am delighted HAMLET, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and RED have all been recognised in four separate awards today. These productions represent our commitment to deliver work of the highest quality and to engage with as many people as possible. It is wonderful to have our work honoured in this way.”

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