The Vote

The Vote by James Graham


Donmar Warehouse Apr 24, 2015 – May 07, 2015





Broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse.
In partnership with Channel 4.
A new play set on the night of the 2015 UK general election is to be shown on television on election night itself.

The General Election
7 May 2015: 20.30-22.00
A fictional London polling station

Set in the final ninety minutes of polling day 2015, live and in real time, The Vote will be an unprecedented national television event.

Following their celebrated collaboration on Privacy, James Graham and Josie Rourke reunite to bring you The Vote, a unique drama, marking a national event, as it happens, live and in real-time.

This live television event will take place on 7 May – broadcast on More4 at the precise time and date on which the play is set. Tickets for the limited run at the Donmar (24 April – 7 May) will be available via a ballot, details of which will be published separately.





Fisayo Akinade
Madalena Alberto
Jade Anouka
Eddie Arnold
Rita Balogun
MyAnna Buring
Nicholas Burns
Paul Chahidi
Jackie Clune
Pandora Colin
Rosalie Craig
Heather Craney
Stavros Demetraki
Judi Dench
Rachel Denning
Hadley Fraser
Tommy French
Mark Gatiss
Llewella Gideon
Joanna Griffin
Alice Hewkin
Gerard Horan
Chukwudi Iwuji
Stephen Kennedy
Kadiff Kirwan
Aïcha Kossoko
Beverley Longhurst
Andrew McDonald
Wanda Opalinska
Bhasker Patel
Bill Paterson
Prasanna Puwanarajah
Penny Ryder
Michael Shaeffer
Nina Sosanya
Catherine Tate
Yusra Warsama
Timothy West
Finty Williams



Director – Josie Rourke

Josie Rourke (Director) is Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse. At the Donmar she has directed The Recruiting Officer, The Physicists, Berenice, The Weir (which transferred to Wyndham’s Theatre), Coriolanus (which was broadcast to cinemas around the world in partnership with National Theatre Live), James Graham’s play Privacy, and the Olivier Award nominated production of City of Angels. In 2013 she directed The Machine, a new play by Matt Charman, as part of the Manchester International Festival, which also played at Park Avenue Armory, New York. Rourke trained at the Donmar, under Sam Mendes, through the theatre’s annual Resident Assistant Director Scheme. Prior to the Donmar, she was Artistic Director at the Bush Theatre, London, from 2007, leaving in 2011 having opened the new Bush Theatre and won Theatre of the Year. Her 2010 production of Men Should Weep by Ena Lamont Stewart ran in the Lyttelton at the National Theatre. In 2011 her production of Much Ado About Nothing, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, ran in the West End at Wyndham’s Theatre and received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Revival.

Designer- Robert Jones

Extensive credits for the West End, NT, Almeida, RSC (as Associate Artist) and Chichester Festival.
For the Donmar: City of Angels; The Physicists; Lobby Hero; Divas; Black Comedy/The Real Inspector Hound; A Voyage Round My Father.
Theatre includes: Taken at Midnight (Haymarket); Rock ‘n’ Roll (Duke of York’s/NY); The Full Monty (Noel Coward); The Wizard of Oz (Palladium/Toronto/Paris/US Tour); Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndham’s); Noises Off (Piccadilly/NY); The Sound of Music (Paladium/Toronto/Tokyo).
Opera includes: Don Giovanni (Sydney); Giulio Cesare, Anna Bolena, Die Fledermaus (NY Metropolitan); Tristan und Isolde (Tokyo/Vienna); Giulio Cesare (Glyndebourne/Chicago); Elixir of Love (ENO); Poppea (Paris/Berlin); Andrea Chenier (ROH).
Film includes: Hamlet.

Lighting Designer – Oliver Fenwick

For the Donmar: Huis Clos (Trafalgar Studios).
includes The Holy Rosenburgs, St Matthew Passion, Happy Now? (NT), My City, Ruined (Almeida), The Witness, Disconnect (Royal Court), The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar, The Drunks ,The Grain Store (RSC), After Miss Julie (Young Vic), Saved, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lyric Hammersmith), A Number (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Beggar’s Opera (Regents Park), The Kingdom of Earth, Fabrication (The Print Room), The Madness of George III, Ghosts, Kean, The Solid Gold Cadillac, Secret Rapture (West End), The Kitchen Sink, The Contingency Plan, If There is I Haven’t Found it Yet (Bush), Private Lives , The Giant ,Glass Eels, Comfort Me With Apples (Hampstead), Hamlet, The Caretaker, The Comedy of Errors, Bird Calls , Iphigenia (Sheffield Theatres), Restoration (Headlong), Lady From The Sea, She Stoops To Conquer (Birmingham Rep), The Chairs (Gate), Henry V ,Mirandolina (Royal Exchange), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Doll’s House, Hay Fever (West Yorkshire Playhouse).
Opera: includes The Merry Widow (Opera North/Sydney), Samson et Delilah, Lohengrin (ROH), The Trojan Trilogy, The Nose (Linbury, ROH), The Gentle Giant (Clore Studio, ROH).

Sound Designer – Nick Lidster

Nick is a Senior Designer for Autograph.For the Donmar: Spelling Bee; Passion;Parade; Pacific Overtures; Divas atthe Donmar; City Of Angels.

Theatre includes: Urinetown

(St James/Apollo); Sinatra (London Palladium/

UK tour); Miss Saigon (UK tour/Japan);

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tour);

Simply Heavenly (Young Vic/Trafalgar

Studios); Les Misérables (Berlin); Ragtime;

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Sound

of Music, Porgy and Bess (Regent’s Park

Open Air); Mother Courage (NT); Lend

Me a Tenor (Gielgud); Finding Neverland

(Leicester Curve); Privates on Parade

(Noël Coward); A Chorus Line (London

Palladium); Sweeney Todd (ROH); Candide,

On the Town, Kismet, Sweeney Todd (ENO).

Composer – Michael Bruce

Michael is Composer in Residence at the Donmar.
For the Donmar: Privacy; Coriolanus; Trelawny of the Wells; Berenice; Philadelphia; Here I Come!; The Physicists; The Recruiting Officer.
Theatre includes: Man and Superman, Strange Interlude, Men Should Weep (NT); Other Desert Cities, The Winslow Boy (also Broadway), Noises Off (Old Vic); The Two Gentlemen Of Verona, Candide (RSC); Hay Fever, A Little Hotel On The Side, Relatively Speaking (also West End) (Theatre Royal, Bath); Sixty-Six Books (Bush); Much Ado About Nothing, Michael Bruce At The Apollo (West End); Ed: The Musical (Trafalgar Studios); The Great British Country Fete (UK tour/ Bush).

Movement – Stephen Mear

For the Donmar: City Of Angels.
Theatre includes: Gypsy, Singin in The Rain (Paris); Mary Poppins – Olivier award for best Theatre Choreography (London/NY/World Tours); Stephen Ward, Ragtime (Milwaukee); Pajama Game, Kiss Me Kate, Crazy For You, She Loves Me, Betty Blue Eyes, Shoes, Me & My Girl, Sweet Charity, Hello Dolly – Olivier Award for best Theatre Choreography (Regents Park Open Air ); The Little Mermaid (NY); Acorn Antiques, Anything Goes (NT); Music Man, Sinatra.
Opera includes: Amadeus, Die Fledermaus (Met Opera); On The Town (ENO); Don Giovanni (ROH).
Stephen is also Associate Choreographer at Chichester Festival Theatre


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