Michael Longhurst Named New Artistic Director of Donmar Warehouse | Playbill

London News Michael Longhurst Named New Artistic Director of Donmar Warehouse Longhurst will succeed Josie Rourke in the position at the London company.
Michael Longhurst
Michael Longhurst David Jensen

London’s Donmar Warehouse will welcome Michael Longhurst as its new artistic director beginning March 2019. He’ll succeed Josie Rourke in the position, with his first programming slated to begin later in the year.

Longhurst previously directed at the Donmar with the U.K. premiere of Amy Herzog’s Belleville. His additional credits include the recent National Theatre presentation of Amadeus, the West End-bound Caroline or Change, and Nick Payne’s Constellations and If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet.

“I saw my first show at the Donmar aged fifteen and later even slept overnight on the street in the returns queue,” Longhurst said in a statement. “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 announced earlier this year that she intended to leave her position; additionally, Donmar Executive Producer Kate Pakenham is set to depart this month.

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