Bill Kenwright has appointed Sean Mathias as the first artistic director of Theatre Royal Windsor, in a move that aims to make the venue a “major theatrical force”.
In the role, Mathias will programme a four-month summer season annually.
Mathias, former artistic director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket, begins his tenure in May 2020, with a season that will include productions of Hamlet and The Cherry Orchard. No further details about creative teams and casting, or other shows in the season, have been announced.
Kenwright said: “Since I acquired Theatre Royal Windsor more than 20 years ago, there have been several changes in regional theatre. Most producing houses have been affected, probably none more so than Theatre Royal Windsor, which has no public subsidy whatsoever.
“As the next chapter in trying to establish the theatre as a major theatrical force again, I’ve asked Sean to be its artistic director for a four-month annual season. We’ve talked about it for a couple of years now – and I am really pleased to say that he has agreed to start next year. He is not only a great director but also a passionate lover of all things theatre.”
Mathias described the venue as an “absolute gem of a theatre” and added that he intended to bring “a company of some of our best actors together to explore and invigorate classic texts and to give audiences a dynamic experience”.
He said he hoped his role would help “put Windsor centre stage once more in our ever-changing British theatre landscape”.
Mathias’ production of Waiting for Godot played two seasons at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, and he also directed No Man’s Land, starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.
His other credits include The Exorcist, and McKellen’s current one-man show.