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Paines Plough announces Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner as new artistic directors

Katie Posner, left, and Charlotte Bennett have been appointed new joint artistic directors of Paines Plough
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Paines Plough has appointed Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner as its new joint artistic directors.

They replace James Grieve and George Perrin, who announced they were stepping down in January, and will join the company in August.

Bennett is currently associate director at Soho Theatre, while Posner is a freelance director and a former associate director at Pilot Theatre.

In a joint statement, they said: “We are both long admirers of the company and its commitment to making exceptional new plays that reach all the corners of the UK and beyond. We are inspired by all leaders of this company since it started in 1974. We have been artistic mentors to one another and fierce supporters of each other’s work for the past 10 years.”

They added: “Inspired by collaborative leadership and in particular the excellent example set by George and James, we wanted to apply to run this company together to fuse our passions for new writing and touring and our shared mission to make great new plays which champion the unheard and reach the overlooked.”

Chair Kim Grant said the board had been “impressed by their ideas for the future and their desire to continue collaborative leadership through originality, fairness and innovation”.

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