By IH 22/03 Updated: 22/03 11:20
GREGORY Doran has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the RSC.
He will succeed Michael Boyd and will take up the post after the company's AGM in September.
Mr Doran, currently an Associate director of the RSC, said: “I am delighted to be appointed as Artistic Director of this great Company.
"I joined the RSC 25 years ago, first as an actor, then as assistant director and then Chief Associate, so I guess if my appointment represents something, it represents a long term commitment to the disciplines and craftsmanship required to do the astonishing plays of our “Star of Poets”, William Shakespeare.
“Michael Boyd and Vikki Heywood (Executive Director) have done an exceptional job in the last decade, rebuilding the theatre and reasserting the principles of ensemble and collaboration, which I hope to continue and extend. My first task is to assemble an exciting new artistic team, with whom I shall start planning the Company’s future from 2014.”
Mr Boyd said he was pleased to be leaving the Company in such good hands.
He added: "I know this is a choice which will be wholeheartedly welcomed by our staff, artists and audiences.
"Greg is a first rate director, and nobody knows and loves the Company more than him. I will be programming work for 2013 over the course of the summer, in order to allow him breathing space to plan for the future. I wish him every good fortune in a role which I have been lucky enough to undertake over the last decade.”
RSC Chairman, Nigel Hugill, said Mr Doran was the perfect choice.
He added: “His long history with the Company is testament to his great skill as a director, his deep understanding of Shakespeare and a true commitment to theatre-making.
"He has directed many award-winning productions and seasons at the RSC, and taken our work right across the world, receiving recognition for his talent as far afield as the US, Japan, Spain and South Africa, as well as in the UK.
"He has championed the classical repertoire and new work alongside Shakespeare, and has been a long-time collaborator with many RSC artists. As well as directing theatre, he has led the way in experimenting with capturing theatre on film and has written extensively about Shakespeare.
Mr Hugill led the selection panel for the recruitment, which included RSC Deputy Chairman Lady Sainsbury of Turville and board members, Gilla Harris, Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall and David Tennant. The selection process involved extensive consultation, including discussions with actors, directors, designers and current RSC staff.
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