The Royal Shakespeare Company announced today that it would be appointing Gregory Doran – currently the company’s Chief Associate Director – as new Artistic Director, to succeed Michael Boyd. He is due to take up the post formally in September 2012.
Boyd revealed late last year that he would step down along with the RSC’s executive director Vikki Heywood; having been appointed in 2002 he has been in the role for a decade.
In a press statement Doran 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.”
Doran’s most recent RSC productions include David Edgar’s Written on the Heart, starring Oliver Ford Davies and Jamie Ballard, which transfers to the West End next month, and a production of Shakespeare’s ‘lost’ play, Cardenio, “a joyous, lively and utterly entertaining celebration of Shakespeare and the Shakespearean”, according to our reviewer, Jane Grogan.
He has also directed productions of Morte d’Arthur, Twelfth Night, Hamlet and Love’s Labour’s Lost, as well as overseeing two seasons of lesser known Jacobean plays for the company, including 2005’s Gunpowder season; he is due tor direct Paterson Joseph in Julius Caesar at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in May, followed by James Fenton’s new adaptation of Chinese play, The Orphan of Zhao, in October 2012.
Michael Boyd said Doran’s was “fantastic news” and that he would “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.”