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Eleanor Lang appointed executive director of Theatre Royal Stratford East

Eleanor Lang

Cheek by Jowl’s Eleanor Lang has been appointed executive director of Theatre Royal Stratford East.

She joins on October 1 from Cheek by Jowl, where she has been executive director since 2015 [1].

Lang has been appointed by artistic director Nadia Fall, with whom she will be jointly responsible for the strategic leadership of the theatre.

Fall said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Eleanor Lang will be joining us at Stratford East. Eleanor’s experience of leading creative and progressive arts organisations will be a brilliant asset to the theatre as we move forward into an exciting future. I am really looking forward to working with her to lead the team at Stratford East.”

Lang was previously general manager at the Bush Theatre and at Y Touring Theatre Company. She has also worked at Battersea Arts Centre, the Donmar Warehouse and as a freelance producer.

She has replaced Deborah Sawyerr, who was one of a number of high-profile departures following Fall’s appointment.

Staff overhaul at Theatre Royal Stratford East as venue ditches musicals focus [2]

Margaret Hodge, chair of the theatre’s board, praised Lang’s “impressive credentials as a leader in the arts”.

“With artistic director Nadia Fall they will make a formidable team to steer this historic theatre into the future,” she added.

Nadia Fall’s first season [3] opens with Lope de Vega’s The Village reimagined by April de Angelis, in September.