Caro Newling

Caro oversees the development and production of Neal Street Productions’ theatre slate. She and Mendes together established and ran the Donmar Warehouse 1992 – 2002, producing over 70 productions with multiple transfers to the West End and Broadway. Notably Cabaret, The Real Thing, The Blue Room.

The world premiere of The Lehman Trilogy was commissioned by Neal Street and developed as a co-production with the National Theatre & the Park Avenue Armory in New York prior to a season in the West End, en route to Broadway opening March 2020.

Neal Street was also a producer of The Ferryman which began life at the Royal Court Theatre before transferring to the West End and Broadway, winning multiple awards on both sides of the Atlantic.

Currently in development, a new stage musical of LOCAL HERO which opens at the Old Vic June 2020 following its first iteration at the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh last Spring 2019.

Previous productions include Shrek the Musical with Dreamworks Animation and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Warner Bros, both productions having played at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the West End and on Broadway prior to national tours throughout the UK and USA.  Also This House, The Painkiller and Enron are among many more productions developed with regional theatres which have made their way to the West End.

In addition to commercial ventures, Caro and Sam together formed and produced a unique three-year transatlantic venture 2010 to 2012 to produce classic plays with major stars at the Old Vic and the Brooklyn Academy in New York and tour them internationally. These productions, all directed by Mendes were seen worldwide in fifteen international cities.

Caro met Sam Mendes at the Royal Shakespeare Company where she was Head of Press and Public Relations. Previously she had worked in various jobs after leaving Warwick University: The Almeida, Ballet Rambert, The Royal Opera House/Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, Polka Theatre. Her first job was as assistant stage manager at Stratford East Theatre Royal.

Caro is currently Chair of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design which was founded by Anya Sainsbury and is run from the National Theatre.

She was President of the Society of London Theatre 2014-2017 and a Trustee of the National Theatre between 2003 and 2010.

Previous Board memberships include the Chichester Festival Theatre, Made in Brighton, Adventures in Motion Pictures and the Stage One Council.

Caro is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and in June 2018 was awarded an OBE for Services to Theatre in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.