It has been all change at the Donmar Warehouse over the last few days. To begin with Josie Rourke and Kate Pakenham (the artistic director and executive producer, respectively) stepped down. Josie and Kate were the first female partnership to run a London theatre. It will be over six years of a collaboration that saw great successes such as The Vote and the Shakespeare Trilogy starring Dame Harriet Walter.
And in the last 24 hours as this episode drops, Alastair Coomer, the Donmar Warehouse’s Casting Director is heading for pastures new across the river on the Southbank to become the new Head of Casting at the National Theatre. He will be replacing Wendy Spon, who has held the position for more than 11 years, recently casting Network and Follies, both huge hits.
We don’t’ really do this, but I thought I would take you back to a chat we posted in an earlier podcast where Alastair was joined by casting director Ginny Schiller as we talked about the Casting Directors' Guild.