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‘He redefined UK theatre’ – industry reacts to David Lan departure

David Lan in 2002
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Leading industry figures have taken to Twitter to celebrate David Lan’s tenure as artistic director of London’s Young Vic, after he announced he would be stepping down.

An outpouring of Tweets from actors, directors, writers and arts journalists have praised Lan for his “flawless leadership” and “support for diversity”.

The artistic director of London’s Almeida Theatre Rupert Goold said Lan “redefined the way theatre is made” in the UK, while actor and writer Luke Barnes said he was “distraught” to see Lan leave.

Actor Daniel York questioned whether there would have been a theatre diversity movement without Lan.

Leading arts journalists have also responded to the news, including Daily Mail theatre writer Quentin Letts and Time Out theatre editor Andrzej Lukowski‏.

The Stage’s editor Alistair Smith said Lan would be a “tough act to follow”, and that his Young Vic was a welcome tonic to the “more insular approaches of mainstream theatre”.

Critic Matt Trueman also expressed his dismay at the announcement.

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