Interview to director Dominic Cooke

Dominic Cooke: ‘Running theatres is becoming a job that almost can’t be done’by Mark Shenton  Sep 27, 2015 – source:

Director Dominic Cooke by Manuel HarlanDominic Cooke. Photo: Manuel Harlan

He talks about joining the Donmar Warhouse, creating shows,  the British premiere of Christopher Shinn’s latest play, Teddy Ferrara and other things. Plus his CV. It’s an interesting reading!

<<During Dominic Cooke’s seven-year tenure as artistic director of the Royal Court, which he left in 2013, he turned it into one of London’s most indispensable theatres. Along with Nicholas Hytner’s National and Michael Grandage’s Donmar Warehouse, it was one of the theatres I most looked forward to visiting during the first decade of the century.


But now he is back, with three big shows lined up between now and early next year. The first, the British premiere of Christopher Shinn’s latest play, Teddy Ferrara, begins at the Donmar Warehouse next week, then he goes to Rufus Norris’ National (where he is now an associate) to direct a brand new play by Caryl Churchill and a revival of a modern classic by August Wilson.


The new play, Teddy Ferrara, sounds like it continues in a similar vein: “It’s about a lot of things, but it is really about the way that our culture has rejected introspection at great cost. Our energies go into putting out edited versions and images of ourselves into the public realm, rather than looking at who we actually are. Who we think we are is never who we actually are, and it looks at the cost of that, especially for LGBT people, but [Shinn] uses that prism to talk more widely about who we are. It’s a very complex and nuanced play with a Shakespearean structure. […]>>

Continue reading on The Stage.

Looking forward to the Teddy Ferrara review by Mr. Shenton!


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