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Sean Holmes appointed associate artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe

Sean Holmes. Photo: Helen Maybanks
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Sean Holmes has been appointed associate artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe.

Holmes recently announced his departure from the Lyric Hammersmith, where he is currently artistic director, and will leave the venue in October.

At Shakespeare’s Globe he will work alongside artistic director Michelle Terry, and joins the venue on a full-time basis. He will focus on establishing and developing a resident ensemble, the venue said.

Terry said she was particularly drawn to Holmes’ experience working on Secret Theatre, a season of plays at the Lyric Hammersmith that were performed by a resident company.

“I am so excited to welcome Sean Holmes to the Globe family. Sean’s unprecedented experience on Secret Theatre will provide invaluable insight into a process and a practice that is so important to me and to the work that we are experimenting with at Shakespeare’s Globe,” Terry said.

Holmes described Terry’s vision for the Globe as “exciting, inclusive and bold”, and one that is focused on the “centrality of ensemble and the honest and open relationship between actors and audience that it engenders”.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be invited to join Michelle’s team and to help deliver this vision in all its surprising, dynamic and enjoyable glory,” he added.

Also joining the venue as associates are writer, comedian and director Athena Stevens and directors Brendan O’Hea and Federay Holmes, as well as choreographer Sian Williams.