Robert Hastie appointed artistic director of Sheffield Theatres

Robert Hastie is to become artistic director of Sheffield Theatres. Photo: Richard Davenport
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Donmar Warehouse associate director Robert Hastie has been appointed artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, replacing Daniel Evans.

Hastie, who is currently a freelance director, will join Sheffield in July as Evans moves to Chichester Festival Theatre.

Hastie recently directed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Theatr Clwyd and will direct Henry V at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre later this year. Other directing work includes the Donmar Warehouse production of My Night With Reg and Abi Morgan’s Splendour, which also ran at the Donmar.

Hastie said he was “overjoyed” to be taking over the organisation, which covers three theatre spaces – the Crucible, the Lyceum and the Studio.

“[Sheffield Theatres’] reputation has been strengthened under the inspired leadership of Daniel Evans and Dan Bates, as a destination for audiences from both near and far who come in search of brilliant theatre and have their hopes more than fulfilled. As a Yorkshireman, I am hugely looking forward to contributing to the cultural life of this great city,” he said.

Evans said: “I’m truly delighted the board has appointed Rob as the next artistic director of Sheffield Theatres. It’s a glorious organisation with a glorious team, and knowing that I am leaving the company in Rob’s hands, means I know the company’s future at the forefront of UK theatre is assured.”

As well as directing, Hastie has worked as an actor with companies such as the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre.

Evans added: “Sheffield has a tradition of actors turned directors at the helm – it’s a combination that I believe draws the best from people from across the company. Rob will be no exception, and I wish him every success as he begins his tenure.”