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Nottingham Playhouse artistic director Giles Croft to step down after 18 years

Giles Croft. Photo: Alan Fletcher
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Nottingham Playhouse artistic director Giles Croft is to step down from the role after 18 years.

Croft, who joined the venue in 1999, will leave in November next year. He said it was time to “hand over to a new generation”. He will be pursuing freelance opportunities and has some “projects in the pipeline”, according to the theatre.

“We are soon to begin the application process for the next four years of national portfolio Arts Council funding. It’s time for me to hand over to a new generation as the country enters a period of change and for Nottingham Playhouse to have a new artistic vision,” Croft said.

He added: “The new artistic director will be joining a theatre where they can take artistic risks, that has an encouraging and supportive working environment and is in good business shape.”

Since joining the theatre, Croft has been credited with increasing its in-house productions from six to 14 a year.

He cited his own highlights as directing the European premiere of The Kite Runner in 2013 and Kefi Chadwick’s Any Means Necessary in 2016.

During his tenure, he has produced more than 50 shows for the theatre and overseen the initiation of Eclipse, a project aimed at producing and programming mid-scale work from black artists.

Chief executive Stephanie Sirr described Croft as a “terrific artistic director” and said he had championed new writing and created “some unforgettable theatre”.

In 2016/17, Croft will direct Sleuth, a co-production with the West Yorkshire Playhouse, while The Kite Runner is set to run in the West End.

Caroline Shutter, chair of the theatre’s trustees, praised his “insightful and erudite contributions” to board meetings and for helping to promote the venue nationally.

“Giles will be a hard act to follow,” she added.

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