Carrie Cracknell and Natalie Abrahami, joint Artistic Directors of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, have announced their intention to leave the venue in January 2012. This puts the Gate among a string of venues that are currently looking for new artistic directors include the Bush Theatre in London and the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.
During their time at the Gate, Abrahami and Cracknell have focused on international work and built a reputation for staging work that, despite the compact size of the venue, embraces dance and physical theatre. They stated that they were leaving the Gate to pursue freelance projects. They also announced their final season at the venue, which will celebrate “new talent, new writing and new interpretations of international classics that have been the signature of our tenure.”
A new version of Sophocles’ Electra by Nick Payne opens at the Gate this week. This will be followed by Dream Story, an adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s novella by Anna Ledwich who will also direct (Ledwich also adapted Frank Wedekind’s Lulu for the Gate). The season will continue in September with the European premiere of Wittenberg, a 2008 play by US playwright David Davalos which will be directed by Christopher Haydon. In October the Gate will collaborate with Dance Umbrella, London’s international festival of dance, to present two new pieces: The Difference Engine and Logobi.
Their swansong production, concluding the season, will be Anthony Weigh’s new adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Yerma by Anthony Weigh; the production will be directed by Abrahami.