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Cheek by Jowl appoints Eleanor Lang as new executive director

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Cheek by Jowl has named Eleanor Lang as its new executive director.

She will take over from Beth Byrne in the role, who is leaving the theatre company to join the Southbank Centre as executive producer in December.

Lang, who currently works for literacy organisation Free Word, has previously worked for the Donmar Warehouse, Battersea Arts Centre and the Bush Theatre, and also has experience as a freelance producer.

She was appointed by Cheek by Jowl’s co-founders Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnellan.

Lang said: “I have been an admirer of Nick and Declan’s work for many years, and of their commitment to producing work of the highest quality and touring it both nationally and internationally. I am looking forward to working with them and supporting their ambitions for the company.”

Donnellan, who is also artistic director of the company, said Lang’s values were “very much aligned to those of Cheek by Jowl, with her strong focus of working across cultural and geographical borders”.

He added: “As we embark on our new production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale over an ambitious two year worldwide tour during what will, no doubt, be a challenging economic climate, we are confident of [Lang’s] dynamic lead to enable Cheek by Jowl to continue to flourish.”

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