Rupert Goold has been appointed as the new artistic director of the Almeida Theatre in north London.
He will take up his role in August, replacing outgoing artistic director Michael Attenborough, who has been at the venue for 11 years.
Currently artistic director at Headlong, Goold will continue to run the theatre company until the autumn.
Goold was the inaugural artistic director of Headlong and joined the company in 2005.
His last production for Headlong will be American Psycho, The Musical, a co-production with the Almeida, which opens this autumn.
Goold said: “Headlong has been my passion and my home for eight incredible years. The relationships I have forged there and the work we have made together will stay with me forever. That we have taken provocative new work up and down the country, to the West End, and abroad and, above all, that we have brought through a wonderful array of new theatre artists and practitioners, makes me very proud.”
He added: “I would like to thank the board and my exceptional staff for all their support and hope that I can continue to help and share this great company’s future life.”
Attenborough said: “I can pay Rupert no higher compliment than point to the fact that we are co-producing two shows with his company Headlong (one of which he is directing himself) during my final season up to the end of 2013. I am truly thrilled to be passing the theatre on to, not only a bold and brilliant director, but someone who takes equal delight in the promotion of other artists and the same ambitious, progressive programming for which the Almeida has always been known.”