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Daniel Evans appointed artistic director of Chichester Festival Theatre

Daniel Evans who will take over as artistic director of Chichester Festival Theatre
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Daniel Evans has been appointed artistic director of Chichester Festival Theatre, replacing Jonathan Church.

Evans is currently artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, a role he has held since 2009. He will take up the post at CFT in July 2016, as Church prepares to end his 10-year tenure leading the theatre.

Church and executive director Alan Finch will both leave CFT in September 2016.

Evans said he was “truly delighted” to be taking over the artistic leadership of the organisation, describing it as “the most incredible theatrical powerhouse”.

“I look forward to collaborating with the team in West Sussex to develop that work further as the organisation evolves into this next exciting chapter in its history,” Evans added.

Evans began his career as an actor and has won two Olivier awards for roles in Merrily We Roll Along and Sunday in the Park With George.

Chair of CFT board William Castell said: “After a comprehensive search, we were presented with a very accomplished shortlist of candidates but it was clear that Daniel’s breadth of experience as a director and actor makes him a brilliant fit for Chichester Festival Theatre.”

“He is widely admired for championing classical work and musicals alongside a commitment to new writing, and his passion for theatre is infectious,” he added.

Finch’s successor as executive director of the venue is yet to be announced.

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