Greyscale’s Lorne Campbell appointed Northern Stage artistic director

Lorne Campbell in rehearsal at The Gate Theatre. Photo: Iona Firouzabadi
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Lorne Campbell has been appointed as artistic director of Northern Stage in Newcastle, taking over from Erica Whyman who has recently left to become deputy artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Campbell is currently co-artistic director of theatre company Greyscale and a freelance director. He is a former graduate of the Channel 4 Theatre Young Director Scheme and his first professional directing role was as an assistant director on Northern Stage’s Playboys Season in 2001.

He said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Northern Stage. I had my first professional job as an assistant director here and have worked with the company in a number of ways over the intervening years. To be given the opportunity to work as artistic director for this remarkable theatre is staggering. I cannot wait to begin to work with the incredible artists and audiences of this brilliant city. I have always loved the ambition and optimism of Newcastle and am very proud to become part of the vibrant cultural life of this city.”

Campbell will take up the position at Northern Stage in late spring.

Northern Stage’s chair Fiona Standfield said: “After considering impressive applications from a wide range of theatre makers and producers, the board of Northern Stage is delighted to welcome Lorne Campbell as the company’s new artistic director. Lorne is an inspirational artistic leader who has outlined an exciting creative vision for the future of Northern Stage, building positively upon the formidable legacy of Erica Whyman.  We look forward to working with Lorne in the years ahead.”