George Perrin and James Grieve are stepping down as joint artistic directors of new writing theatre company Paines Plough after nine years.
They will leave in the summer, having joined the company in 2010.
Since taking up their posts, they have produced 45 world premieres, from writers including Mike Bartlett and Vinay Patel.
Shows include Love Love Love by Bartlett, Patel’s Sticks and Stones, Jumpers for Goalposts by Tom Wells, Pop Music by Anna Jordan and Gary Owen’s In the Pipeline.
In 2014, they launched pop-up venue Roundabout, and created an open audition initiative to ensure the company worked with a wide array of actors.
Both are leaving to pursue new projects.
In a joint statement, they said: “We are honoured to have been the custodians of this essential organisation and are proud to now pass it on to a new generation of artists and producers. It’s been a joy to travel the country and traverse the globe bringing the best new British plays to the doorsteps of our audiences. We’ll leave as we arrived: die-hard fans of the best new writing touring company in the world.”
Paines Plough chair Kim Grant praised the pair for their “outstanding achievement, unrelenting progress and unforgettable theatre experiences for audiences across the UK”.
“Throughout their stewardship the company has remained true to its roots as the leading national touring theatre company for new plays and with Roundabout now firmly established as a unique and sophisticated flexible pop-up theatre space, they leave us and their successors a wonderful legacy,” she added.
The board will begin a search for their replacement in February.