Limelight to Publish New Book on Mendes and Donmar Warehouse

News   Limelight to Publish New Book on Mendes and Donmar Warehouse "Sam Mendes at the Donmar: Stepping into Freedom," a new book about London's Donmar Warehouse and its famous artistic director, will be published by Limelight Editions in spring 2003.

Matt Wolf, the London theatre correspondent for Variety, is the author of the 192-page tome, which includes interviews with many of the stars who have graced Donmar stages over the years, including Gwyneth Paltrow (Proof), Nicole Kidman (The Blue Room), Alan Cumming (Cabaret) and Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle (both of The Real Thing). Mendes molded the Donmar Warehouse, which he founded, into one of the leading forces in London and New York theatre. He created a reputation for vibrant new visions of old plays and musicals and for showcasing both solid stage actors such as Simon Russell Beale and Dillane, as well as flashy Hollywood drop-ins like Kidman and Paltrow. Among the company's most high profile shows were Cabaret, The Real Thing, Electra, The Blue Room, Take Me Out, Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya. Mendes is stepping down as artistic director after this season.

Limelight is also publishing "Play by Play," the collected theatre criticisms of former Village Voice and New York Press theatre critic Jonathan Kalb.