L'histoire de ce théâtre si particulier
3) La période de la direction de Michael Grandage (2002-2011)

«Mais que pouvez-vous faire seul un samedi soir?» est l’une des paroles de l’un des rares musicals de Stephen Sondheim (Saturday Night) qui n’a pas encore été produit au Donmar Warehouse. Dans le cas de Sam Mendes, la réponse a été très claire: gérer un théâtre.

2002
2011

Le deuxième directeur

From 2002 to 2012, Michael Grandage was Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse where he succeeded Sam Mendes. During his tenure, he expanded the theatre's repertoire to include European work, touring productions and an extensive education programme as well as taking the new Donmar brand to international audiences in America, Australia, Argentina and Europe.

In September 2008, he launched a one-year Donmar West End "access for all" season of four plays with affordable ticket prices when the company extended its repertory to the newly refurbished Wyndham's Theatre. Grandage directed all four productions: Kenneth Branagh in Ivanov, Derek Jacobi in Twelfth Night, Judi Dench in Madame de Sade and Jude Law in Hamlet.

In 2010, he launched a three-year West End season at the Trafalgar Studios to highlight the work of young directors who emerged from the Donmar's training scheme during his tenure.

During his decade at the Donmar he produced sixty six productions directing twenty five of them himself. His contributions to the Donmar included the purchase of the theatre site in Earlham Street, and the purchase of office and rehearsal space in nearby Dryden Street in 2011. These were made possible through commercial activity that Grandage engaged in on behalf of the Donmar during his tenure, particularly transferring productions to the West End and Broadway.

His work at the Donmar won Tony, Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics' Circle and South Bank Awards. He was first nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in 2001 for Best Director for Peter Nichols' Passion Play at the Donmar Warehouse before winning in 2004 for David Greig's Caligula. Two of his musical productions for the Donmar have also won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production and a third won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. He has won four Evening Standard Awards for his Donmar work including productions of Passion Play, Merrily We Roll Along, Grand Hotel, Ivanov, The Chalk Garden and Othello. In 2010, his production of Red by John Logan won six Tony Awards including Best Play and Best Director.

In June 2012, Constable & Robinson published A Decade At The Donmar by Michael Grandage, a photographic record of his tenure.

 Les points clés de la direction de Michael Grandage (2002-2011)

Musicals

Au Donmar

Pacific Overtures de Stephen Sondheim - 20/6/2003-6/9/2003

Grand Hotel de Robert Wright et George Forrest - 19/11/2004-12/2/2005

Kiss of the Spider Woman de Manuel Puig - 19/4/2007-26/5/2007

Parade de Jason Robert Brown - 14/9/2007-24/11/2007

Piaf de Pam Gems - 8/8/2008-20/9/2008

Passion de Stephen Sondheim - 10/9/2010-27/11/2010

Sondheim at 80 - Company de Stephen Sondheim - 31/10/2010

Sondheim at 80 - Merrily we roll along de Stephen Sondheim - 7/11/2010

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee de William Finn - 11/2/2011-2/4/2011

Théâtre

Au Donmar

Evénements

Au Donmar

  Aperçu des spectacles présentés sous la direction de Michael Grandage (2002-2011)


(11/02/11) > 21/02/11 > 02/04/11
1 mois 1 semaine
25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (The)


07/11/10 > 07/11/10

Company


10/09/10 > 27/11/10
2 mois 2 semaines
Passion


(08/08/08) > 13/08/08 > 20/09/08
1 mois 1 semaine
Piaf


(14/09/07) > 24/09/07 > 24/11/07
2 mois
Parade


19/04/07 > 26/05/07
1 mois 1 semaine
Kiss Of The Spider Woman


(19/11/04) > 29/11/04 > 12/02/05
2 mois 2 semaines
Grand Hotel


(20/06/03) > 30/06/03 > 06/09/03
2 mois 1 semaine
Pacific Overtures

  Chronologie détaillée des spectacles présentés sous la direction de Michael Grandage (2002-2011)

25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (The) (Original London)
Joué durant  1 mois 1 semaine

Première preview: ven 11 février 2011
Première: lun 21 février 2011
Dernière: sam 02 avril 2011


Metteur en scène:
Jamie Lloyd •  
Chorégraphe:
Ann Yee •  
Avec:

Steve Pemberton (Vice Principal Douglas Panch), Chris Carswell (Leaf Coneybear/Carl Dad), David Fynn (William Barfee), Hayley Gallivan (Olive Ostrovsky), Harry Hepple (Chip Tolentino/Jesus), Katherine Kingsley (Rona Lisa Perretti/ Olive's Mum), Maria Lawson (Marcy Park), Ako Mitchell (Mitch Mahoney/Dan Dad/Olive's Dad), Iris Roberts (Logainne Schwatzandgrubenniere) 

Commentaire:

An unusual aspect of the show is that four real audience members are invited on stage to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six young characters. Despite its success in the USA, most London critics were not impressed.  (plus) 

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Company (Concert)
Joué durant  

  (0 previews)  (1 représentations)

Première preview: dim 07 novembre 2010
Première: dim 07 novembre 2010
Dernière: dim 07 novembre 2010


Metteur en scène:
Jamie Lloyd •  
Chorégraphe:
Aucun •  
Avec:

Bobby … Adrian Lester
Sarah … Rebecca Front
Harry … Clive Rowe
Susan … Clare Burt
Peter … Gareth Snook
David … Teddy Kempner
Amy … Sophie Thompson
Paul … Michael Simkins
Larry … Paul Bentley
Marta … Anna Francolini 

Commentaire:

  

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Passion (Revival)
Joué durant  2 mois 2 semaines

Première preview: ven 10 septembre 2010
Première: ven 10 septembre 2010
Dernière: sam 27 novembre 2010


Metteur en scène:
Jamie Lloyd •  
Chorégraphe:
 
Avec:

David Thaxton (Giorgio), Elena Roger ( Fosca), Scarlett Strallen ( Clara ), David Birrell (Colonel Ricci), Allan Corduner (Doctor Tambourri), Simon Bailey, Haydn Oakley, Ross Dawes, Tim Morgan, Iwan Lewis. 

Commentaire:

This revival, part of Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday celebrations, received almost unanimous critical praise and won the Evening Standard Best Musical Award, while David Thaxton won the Olivier Award for the Best Actor in a Musical. Elena Roger’s outstandingly moving performance missed out on the Best Actress in a Musical Award, which went to Sheridan Smith for “Legally Blonde” – something which caused a lot of controversy.  (plus) 

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Piaf (Revival)
Joué durant  1 mois 1 semaine

Première preview: ven 08 août 2008
Première: mer 13 août 2008
Dernière: sam 20 septembre 2008


Metteur en scène:
Jamie Lloyd •  
Chorégraphe:
 
Avec:

 

Commentaire:

  

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Parade (Original London)
Joué durant  2 mois

Première preview: ven 14 septembre 2007
Première: lun 24 septembre 2007
Dernière: sam 24 novembre 2007


Metteur en scène:
Rob Ashford •  
Chorégraphe:
Rob Ashford •  
Avec:

Bertie Carvel (Leo Frank), Jayne Wisener (Mary Phagan), Gary Milner (Britt Craig, etc), Lara Pulver (Lucille), Shaun Escoffery (Jim Conley, etc), Mark Bonnar (Hugh Dorsey), Norman Bowman (Tom Watson), Stuart Matthew Price, Malinda Parris, Stephen Webb, Helen Anker, Joanna Kirkland, Zoe Rainey, Celia Mei Rubin, Steven Page 

Commentaire:

“Parade” was first produced on Broadway in December 1998, with a book by Alfred Uhry (author of “Driving Miss Daisy”) and music by 29 year old Jason Robert Brown. Directed by Harold Prince, it failed at the box office, despite winning six Drama Desk Awards and Tony Awards for best book and best score.  (plus) 

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Kiss Of The Spider Woman (Revival)
Joué durant  1 mois 1 semaine

Première preview: Inconnu
Première: jeu 19 avril 2007
Dernière: sam 26 mai 2007


Metteur en scène:
 
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Grand Hotel (Revival)
Joué durant  2 mois 2 semaines

Première preview: ven 19 novembre 2004
Première: lun 29 novembre 2004
Dernière: sam 12 février 2005


Metteur en scène:
Michael Grandage •  
Chorégraphe:
 
Avec:

Mary-Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Elizaveta Grushinskaya) - Helen Baker (Flaemmchen) - Julian Ovenden (Baron Felix von Gaigern) - Daniel Evans (Otto Kringelein) - Gillian Bevan (Raffaella) - Martyn Ellis (Herman Preysing) - Gary Raymond (Colonel-Doctor) - Sara Annis - Hattie Bayton - David Birrell - John Conroy - Elizabeth Cooper-Gee - Paul Hazel - David Lukas - Graham Macduff - Joseph Noble - Sevan Stephan 

Commentaire:

Michael Grandage’s scaled-down production in the Donmar was much better received than the original short-run, lavish Dominion Theatre production twelve years earlier - though the book itself was still considered to be a handicap. This time there was much praise for the intimacy of the performances and the emotional appeal of the score.  (plus) 

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Pacific Overtures (Revival)
Joué durant  2 mois 1 semaine

Première preview: ven 20 juin 2003
Première: lun 30 juin 2003
Dernière: sam 06 septembre 2003


Metteur en scène:
Gary Griffin •  
Chorégraphe:
 
Avec:

Joseph Anthony Foronda (Reciter / Shogun / Emperor), Kevin Gudhal (Kcryama), Togo Igawa, Teddy Kempner, Ian McLarnon, Jerome Pradon, Richard Henders, Mo Zainal, Rocjard Manera, Cornell John 

Commentaire:

With a cast of just ten performers and four musicians in a mixed American and English company, this show had originated at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Once again it split the critics (and the audiences) into two opposing camps:
(1) This sparse, cut-down production gave the work a clarity, strength and intellectual brilliance that had been missing from the “overblown” English National Opera premiere in 1987, and marked it as one of Sondheim’s most fascinating and rewarding works of art.
(2) This production clearly reveals the show to be culturally awkward, with condescending Western attitudes offering half-baked imitations of Kabuki which come over as pier-end panto. By a slight majority, the critics hailed this as a major triumph, but there was still a significant number strongly against the show.  (plus) 

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