The live broadcast of The Vote from the Donmar Warehouse on More4 (Thursday 7 May 2015) attracted an audience of more than half a million, peaking at 555,000 viewers during its election night broadcast. This is the highest figure for a Donmar Warehouse production – with the previous record of 180,000 being set by Josie Rourke’s production of Coriolanus broadcast into cinemas via National Theatre Live.
With consolidated figures via catch-up, the number of viewers who have watched The Vote to date is 635,000, with a further 21,649 watching online.
Josie Rourke, Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director and The Vote Director, said:
“This is a huge audience for a live broadcast of a play. That we reached so many people has broken every expectation we held about ‘The Vote’, and is proof of a big appetite for new plays live on television.”
Kate Pakenham, Donmar Warehouse Executive Producer said: “Reaching more people with the Donmar’s work is at the heart of our mission. This collaboration with Channel 4 and Twofour is a serious piece of innovation that has brought an unprecedented audience to our work.”
John Hay, Commissioning Editor for Arts, Channel 4 said: “When we do something experimental and the public comes to it in these numbers it feels like a double win. I’m absolutely delighted by this response, proud that we helped so many people see Josie and James’ wonderful play, and grateful to Twofour for translating it so beautifully to the screen.”