Caro Newling

Under the Neal Street banner Caro is producer of the new stage versions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in collaboration with Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures. Inc, and Shrek the Musical in collaboration with Dreamworks Animation, both at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Caro was also the architect of  The Bridge Project,  bringing together a unique three-year transatlantic and global venture with the Old Vic/Brooklyn Academy of Music to produce  The Winter’s Tale, The Cherry Orchard, As You Like It, The Tempest, Richard III, all directed by Sam Mendes, and seen in over fifteen cities worldwide between 2009 – 2012. 

Other projects for Neal Street have included UK and world premiere productions of: Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain dir Jamie Lloyd, with James McAvoy; David Hare’s The Vertical Hour dir Sam Mendes, with Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy; The House of Special Purpose by Heidi Thomas, dir Howard Davies; a new stage version of All About My Mother adapted by Sam Adamson, dir Tom Cairns; Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz, dir Indhu Rubasingham, in a co-production with Hampstead Theatre; and David Lindsay Abaire’s award-winning Fuddy Meers, dir Angus Jackson, in a co-production with Birmingham Rep. 

New commissions include: The Painkiller with the Lyric Theatre Belfast with Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon, dir Sean Foley; Owen McCafferty’s Days of Wine and Roses at the Donmar, a collaboration with Peepolykus to make The Hound of the Baskervilles, dir Orla O’Loughlin.

Numerous West End/Broadway transfers including: South Downs/The Browning Version, Enron  (with the Chichester Festival Theatre); Red and Hamlet and Mary Stuart (with the Donmar Warehouse); Merrily We Roll Along and Sunday in the Park with George (with the Menier Chocolate Factory).

Mendes/Newling established and ran the Donmar Warehouse between 1992 and 2002 producing over 70 productions. Transfers to Broadway and the West End included The Blue Room, Company, Cabaret, Electra, The Glass Menagerie.

Caro made her association with Sam Mendes at the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Previously she worked with the Almeida Theatre, Ballet Rambert, Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, Polka Children’s Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford-East.

Caro is currently the President of SOLT, Chair of Paines Plough and the Linbury Prize for Stage Design. Formerly a member of the Board of Management  of the Society of London Theatre 2006 – 2012 and a trustee of the National Theatre  2003 – 2010. Previous board memberships include Chichester Festival Theatre, Made in Brighton and Adventures in Motion Pictures.