Interview: Josie Rourke Discusses Her Work Including “Mary Queen Of Scots”

Director Josie Rourke, the Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, discusses her work including feature film debut Mary Queen Of Scots.

Josie Rourke is the Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse. Her productions have transferred to Broadway, the West-End and won Olivier Awards. Her shows have been translated into live cinema broadcasts, including “Coriolanus” with Tom Hiddleston, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” with Janet McTeer and Dominic West, and “Saint Joan” with Gemma Arterton.

Her UK Election Night Broadcast of the play, “The Vote,” which she co-created with writer James Graham and directed, in real time, starred Dame Judi Dench. “The Vote” was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Live Event. She was previously Artistic Director of The Bush Theatre, where she produced the first and early plays of (among other writers) James Graham, Lucy Kirkwood, Nick Payne, Steve Waters, Penelope Skinner, Jack Thorne and Anthony Weigh.

Her other work as a director includes Shakespeare productions for The Royal Shakespeare Company and in the West-End and work in Chicago and New York on Broadway, at The Public Theatre and at the Park Avenue Armory with Matt Charman’s play, “The Machine.” She succeeded Sam Mendes and Michael Grandage as Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, and she is the first woman director to run a major London theatre.

Mary Queen of Scots is out now on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download.

Amilia Totten
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Amilia Totten is a freelance writer, photographer and erstwhile time-waster. Her eclectic film favourites include the latest Hollywood blockbuster to European avant-garde and the joys of Bollywood.

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