The live broadcast of The Vote from the Donmar Warehouse on More4 on 7th May 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 Coriolanus which was broadcast into cinemas via National Theatre Live.
With consolidated figures via catch-up the number of viewers who have watched The Vote is 635,000, with a further 21,649 watching online.
Josie Rourke (Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director/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.
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.
The Vote was set in a fictional polling station, during the final ninety minutes of voting on election day. The all-star cast included Judi Dench, Mark Gatiss, Catherine Tate, Nina Sosanya, Hadley Fraser and Rosalie Craig.