Adam Penford has been named the new artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse.
From 2018 he will replace Giles Croft, who has held the role for the past 18 years and will step down in November 2017.
Born and raised in Nottingham, Penford said he was “thrilled” to get the job as his first theatrical experiences were at the Playhouse.
He added: “I look forward to collaborating with [chief executive] Stephanie Sirr and the whole team as the company begins a new chapter in its illustrious history.”
Welcoming his appointment, Sirr claimed Penford “combines great skill as a director with very wide ranging experience and the ability to really intrigue and engage audiences”.
The decision was also hailed by Arts Council England, whose director of theatre Neil Darlison said Penford was “a great choice”.
“He is very well connected within the industry and is an effective collaborator,” he added. “He quite clearly cares about audiences and his home town of Nottingham”.
Croft announced he was leaving the venue in July, claiming it was time to “hand over to a new generation”.
On his appointment, Penford praised both his predecessor and Sirr for doing “an extraordinary job nurturing the organisation, producing a stimulating programme and building a loyal audience”.