To The Green Fields and Beyondby Nick Whitby, Donmar Warehouse Theatre London, 2000

Scope and Content

Folders contain the following:


  • Email and accompanying information booklet from Taff Gillingham (British military history consultant) to Sam Mendes, dated June 2000.
  • Fax from Rourke to an employee of the Science Museum, inviting them to a rehearsal, dated 17 Aug, 2000.
  • Fax from the Belgian Embassy to Rourke containing Flemish translations of an excerpt of text, dated Aug 2000.
  • Memo from Sarah Hunt (Marketing Director) to Rourke regarding picture research at the Imperial War Museum, dated Aug 2000.
  • Memo from Hunt to staff regarding the production of the programme, dated Aug 2000.
  • Memo from Hunt to staff regarding an 'Audio-Described' performance for the visually-impaired, dated Sept 2000.
  • Letter thanking Rourke for a talk given at a boys school, dated Oct 2000.
  • Email from Rourke to Mendes containing a show report, dated 3 Nov 2000.
  • Email from Rourke to Sam Mendes with an excerpt from the play-text, undated.
  • Email from Taff Gillingham to Josie Rourke,
  • Letter from Ron Hall, secretary for Royal Tank Regimental Association, Cheltenham Branch,


  • 8x ticket stubs, dated 2000.
  • Minutes from a production meeting, dated Aug 2000.
  • Production schedule, dated Sept 2000.
  • Production diary, dated Jul-Sept 2000.
  • Rehearsal notes; some annotated and with notes and action diagrams, all dated Aug and Sept 2000.
  • Interview transcript; between Sam Mendes (director), Nick Whitby (author) and Rourke, undated.
  • Notebook; rehearsal notes and diary, undated.
  • First dress rehearsal notes; annotated, undated.
  • Research; contextual, First World War, slang glossary, info regarding trips to the Imperial War Museum, Chelsea Barracks and Tank Museum, battlefield maps, reading lists etc.
  • Programme, undated.

This production ran from 25 Sept-25 Nov 2000.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rourke was Trainee Associate Director at the London's Donmar Warehouse for this 2000/1 season, working under the then Artistic Director Sam Mendes.

This play was written Nick Whitby.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to part of this file is restricted until 01 Jan 2081.

Appraisal Information

Some uncredited and un-annotated photocopied research materials have been disposed of.

Geographical Names