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Tom Stoppard appointed visiting professor at Oxford University

Tom Stoppard at the 2013 Writers Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: S Bukley/Shutterstock
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Playwright Tom Stoppard has been appointed the next Cameron Mackintosh visiting professor of contemporary theatre at the University of Oxford.

The post, based at St Catherine’s College, is funded by the Mackintosh Foundation and aims to promote the study and practice of contemporary theatre.

He succeeds Les Miserables composer Claude-Michel Schonberg in the post, with the visiting professorship also having been held by figures including Richard Eyre, Stephen Sondheim, Phyllida Lloyd and Simon Russell Beale.

Stoppard’s inaugural lecture will be in autumn 2017, and he said of his appointment: “To occupy a visiting chair in [Cameron’s] name is a special delight, particularly at Oxford where my plays have been performed by undergraduates for so many years.”

He will hold the post for one academic year, beginning in October, and will host workshops and seminars with students throughout his time.

The post was established 27 years ago by Macintosh, who said he was “especially delighted to be welcoming one of Britain’s greatest living playwrights” to the role.