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Dominic Cooke CBE


Dominic Cooke is a multi-award winning theatre, TV and film director.

Dominic is a National Theatre Associate Director and recently directed the hugely successful and critically acclaimed production of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom which won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Revival. He made his TV directorial debut with the critically acclaimed three-part BBC TV series, Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses whose stellar cast – Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Sophie Okonedo, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Sturridge – helped to attract more than a million viewers per week. He is currently preparing to direct his first feature film for BBC Films.

His management experience includes four years stints at both the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company where he directed an acclaimed version of The Crucible starring Iain Glen which won him two 2007 Olivier Awards for Best Director and Best Revival.Dominic was Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Court Theatre 2006-2013. During his tenure, the company produced 130 plays including Jez Butterworth’s multi-award winning Jerusalem Lucy Prebble’s 2009 Enron and Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park which Dominic directed himself. All three were transferred to the West End amid critical acclaim and box office success. During his tenure, the theatre was nominated for 210 major awards and won 59. He was credited with bringing a new dynamism and excitement to the company with his eclectic programming and fearless leadership.

In 2013 he won the International Theatre Institute Award for Excellence in International Theatre and in the same year was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by his alma mater, Warwick University. Dominic was appointed CBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List for services to drama.