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Laurie Sansom appointed Northern Broadsides artistic director

Laurie Sansom, Northern Broadsides new artistic director and chief executive. Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Northern Broadsides has named Laurie Sansom as its new artistic director and chief executive.

He replaces Conrad Nelson, who was appointed to the roles for a 12-month period last year [1].

Sansom is former artistic director of National Theatre of Scotland and was previously artistic director of Royal and Derngate in Northampton.

His first production for Northern Broadsides will be in the spring of 2020, and will be announced later in the year.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Northern Broadsides at a moment when the companies who champion regional and diverse voices couldn’t be more crucial.”

He added: “The company’s bold and accessible take on classic and new plays has long been at the heart of the region’s cultural life and I’m looking forward to working closely with local communities and partner theatres to develop its role, making popular, radical work that reflects the rich diversity of today’s world.”

Northern Broadsides chair Rachel Harris said Sansom would bring “boundless energy, vision and creativity to his work”.

At the National Theatre of Scotland, from 2013 to 2016, Sansom directed The James Plays trilogy by Rona Munro.

In Northampton he directed the European premier of Tennessee Williams’ Spring Storm and Eugene O’Neill’s Beyond the Horizon, which both transferred to the National Theatre.

Sansom also worked at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, as an associate director to Alan Ayckbourn.

Barrie Rutter, former artistic director of the company, announced he was stepping down in 2017, citing a failure to secure an uplift in funding from Arts Council England.

Barrie Rutter to leave Northern Broadsides after 25 years [2]