The Gate Theatre has announced the appointment of its new Artistic Director. Christopher Haydon will be taking up the post in January 2012, after Natalie Abrahami and Carrie Cracknell step down.
Haydon is an Associate Director of On Theatre, and an Associate Director at the Bush Theatre. As a director his previous productions include On Theatre’s Pressure Drop, which was staged at the Wellcome Collection with live music by Billy Bragg; the Salisbury Playhouse production of Caryl Churchill’s A Number; Monsters and Notes From Underground, which were both staged at the Arcola Theatre; and the national tour of Philip Ralph’s Deep Cut for Sherman Cymru. His forthcoming work includes Sixty Six Books at the Bush Theatre and he will be directing David Davalos’s Wittenberg at the Gate this summer, as part of Abrahami and Cracknell’s final season at the Notting Hill theatre.
Haydon is quoted as saying: “I am thrilled to be taking over at the Gate. It is a small space with limitless horizons located in one of the most exciting parts of London. I can’t think of a better place to be making theatre today.”
The Gate Theatre’s current production is Anna Ledwich’s production of Arthur Schinitzler’s Dream Story. This will be followed by Wittenberg in August and Natalie Abrahami’s production of Yerma in November, the last production at the venue before the change in Artistic Directorship.