Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey are to take over as co-artistic directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company to build on its position as a “home for radical, relevant theatre made by artists from across the UK and the wider world”.
Harvey is artistic director of Theatr Clwyd in Mold in Wales while Evans is artistic director of Chichester Festival Theatre. Both are also prolific and award-winning theatre directors.
The pair, who have worked together in the past and applied for the position jointly, will take up the post in June 2023. The role came up after Gregory Doran decided to step down, which was announced in April.
Shriti Vadera, chair of the RSC board, said: “They bring a brilliant track record of artistic achievement with a strong commitment to education, communities and championing diverse talent and voices, alongside a proven strategic ability to lead major companies.
“Their partnership heralds an exciting vision for the future of the RSC to attract world-class artistic talent, captivate today’s audiences with Shakespeare, classics and new work, and increase radically the reach and impact of our pioneering learning, partnerships and digital work.”
They will take over from acting artistic director Erica Whyman who is leaving the RSC to pursue a freelance career. She programmed the 2023 season which is due to be announced on 27 September.
Doran has taken on the role of artistic director emeritus until the end of 2023 and will direct his 50th production for the RSC in spring 2023.
Harvey said: “The great joy of working in partnership with Daniel, an artist I admire beyond measure, is that we share both that excitement and that awe at becoming the next custodians of this amazing company.
“We bring a shared belief in all that the RSC can be: a home for radical, relevant theatre made by artists from across the UK and the wider world – a global community inspired by Shakespeare, bringing together myriad voices to tell the stories of our time – and of all time.”
Evans added: “We share deep-rooted values and an ambitious vision for the company, and we’re both looking forward to working with Catherine and the team to begin this new, exciting chapter in the RSC’s story.”
Catherine Mallyon, who is executive director of the RSC, said: “I am excited to start a new leadership relationship with Daniel and Tamara who have a profound understanding of the RSC as a theatre and learning charity, combined with the high levels of the skill, imagination, talent and commitment required to make captivating theatre, unlock potential and inspire change.”
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