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Paapa Essiedu joins English Touring Theatre board

Paapa Essiedu. Photo: Pamela Raith
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English Touring Theatre has appointed actor Paapa Essiedu to its board, along with producer Tara Wilkinson and Greg Williams, editor of technology magazine Wired.

Essiedu played Hamlet in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2016 production, making him the first black actor to play the role at the RSC.

Wilkinson became executive producer of entertainment company Underbelly in October 2016.
Williams has worked for Esquire magazine and has also written five novels.

Richard Twyman, who was appointed artistic director of ETT in June last year, said: “Paapa is one of the most talented actors of his generation, an inspirational figure who brings with him a profound understanding of contemporary theatre practice, which will be essential in shaping the future of ETT.

“Tara is a singular and dynamic producer with extensive experience of working at the highest levels of subsidised and commercial theatre.

“Greg is one of the UK’s leading thinkers. His wealth of knowledge about the current digital landscape will play a significant role in helping ETT become a touring company for the digital age.”

In a joint statement, Essiedu, Wilkinson and Williams said: “We want to ensure that audiences across the country can engage with the most exciting, pertinent and imperative plays, old and new – work that reflects the UK as it is now and in the future, in the shifting social and political climate of our times.”

Twyman announced his inaugural season in January, including a production of Othello and a revival of Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living.

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