Richard Twyman announced as new artistic director of English Touring Theatre

Richard Twyman, who will join English Touring Theatre as artistic director in November. Photo: Adam Bennett Richard Twyman, who joined English Touring Theatre as artistic director in November. Photo: Adam Bennett
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Richard Twyman has been appointed artistic director of English Touring Theatre.

He replaces Rachel Tackley, who leaves the company to become executive director at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Twyman has been associate director (international) at London’s Royal Court since 2013, and was associate director at the Royal Shakespeare Company between 2003 and 2008. He also works as a dance dramaturg.

Twyman said: “In a week where we question our identity and debate our nation’s future, joining English Touring Theatre is a uniquely exciting opportunity to represent and reflect the country as a whole, in all its breadth and diversity. A chance to celebrate and interrogate British identity and make a space in which creative conversations about who we are, and our place in the world, can take place on our nation’s stages.”

Tackley, who became the first producer to lead a funded touring company when she was appointed ETT director in 2008, leaves the company in July. Twyman begins his role in November.

Chairman of the board Greg Parston said the appointment marked a new phase in ETT’s development.

“Richard’s exciting creativity will positively challenge us into new ventures, in terms of both productions and new venues and the identity of the company itself, building on the superb record of the last eight years under Rachel’s leadership, which established ETT as the country’s leading touring company,” he said.