LONDON – Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey were appointed here early Wednesday morning as joint artistic directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the major musical group based in Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon. Shakespeare.
Shriti Vadera, chairman of the board of directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company, said in a press release that a selection panel – consisting of theater director Nicholas Hytner and Mark Thompson, vice chairman of the public board company and former executive of The New York Times – selected Evans and Harvey from “a particularly strong candidate field”. Vadera added that Evans and Harvey “deliver an outstanding artistic track record with a strong commitment to education, community, and advocating for diverse talents and voices.”
The decision to split the top job between two individuals is unusual for a British theater with so much tradition. It’s only happened once before at the company, when Trevor Nunn and Terry Hands shared the role from 1978 to 1986. It was a custom in Germany where it is seen as allowing each office owner to focus on contrasting areas of expertise.
Evans, 49, artistic director of the Chichester Festival Theater in the south of England, is the better known of the two, having enjoyed a distinguished career here as both an actor and director.
In a 2011 interview with The GuardianEvans said visits to the Royal Shakespeare Company as a teenager sparked his interest in theatre. He also began his acting career there, and later went on to appear in many classical and experimental plays in London, including Sarah Kane’s debut play “4:48 Psychosis” at Royal Court. He is also known as a star of the Stephen Sondheim musical. In 2008, he was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the lead role about the Broadway revivals of Sondheim’s Sam Buntrock and James Lapine’s”Sunday in the park with George. “
At Chichester, he was praised for directing new plays, including “Quiz” by playwright James Graham as well as a popular musical such as the refurbished “South Pacific”.
Harvey, 44, is the artistic director of Theatr Clwyd, in Mold, a town in Wales. She also has a long history with Shakespeare – in 2004 she directed a woman “Many tips on nothing” at the Globe in London – but her recent work has been varied, including last year’s online production of “Painting by Dorian Gray“Updated for the Instagram generation.
On Friday, Harvey will premiere”Famous yearAt the Clwyd Theatre, a new musical based on British author Enid Blyton’s children’s book series features a puppet dog. It is scheduled to move to Evans’s Chichester Festival Theater, in October. The pair have worked together before, on the 2015 film Pride and Prejudice and the 2017 film Uncle Vanya.
A spokesman for the Royal Shakespeare Company said no one was available for an interview about how the pair operate. In a press release, Harvey said that she and Evans both believe the company can be “a home for relevant, radical theatres performed by artists from across the UK and the wider world.” “.
Evans and Harvey will take up the position in June 2023. Erica Whyman will continue to be the company’s artistic director of acting until then, and is expected to release details on the season. 2023 of the company next week.