A boutique agency established by Stuart Piper that signed artists including Danielle Hope and Wayne Sleep has closed after just three months.
The Piper Agency launched in January, with a particular focus on representing young talent.
However, the company has closed, with Piper telling The Stage he was retiring from being an agent.
“I have decided to retire from agenting, after some reflection. After my 13 years in talent representation, it is time for a new chapter. While I am considering various new career paths during my extended sabbatical, I’m next executive producer on the forthcoming feature film Mrs Lowry & Son starring Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave, a project I’m very proud to be a part of.”
He added: “I would love one day to help bring more projects to fruition in various mediums, either on stage or screen.”
In an email, seen by The Stage and sent to clients, the company said: “I am so sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the decision has been made to pause the establishment of the Piper Agency at present and we are halting operations.”
It told clients: “We feel it best that you should seek new representation.”
At the time of the launch, Piper told The Stage he would work “to discover tomorrow’s stars as well as with today’s established ones”.
Piper, who announced he was stepping down from Intertalent last year after 13 years, teamed up with producer Colin Ingram’s InTheatre on the agency.