Shonaig Macpherson, Board Chair of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, today announced that playwright David Greig will be appointed as the next Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company. He will take up the post on the departure of outgoing Artistic Director Mark Thomson at the end of The Lyceum’s 50th Anniversary Season in June 2016.
In her announcement Shonaig Macpherson stated:
“We are delighted that David Greig will be taking up the post of Artistic Director of The Lyceum to lead the company into its 51st year. Already a major figure in British drama, David’s plays have been performed at theatres across the UK including the RSC, National Theatre, Royal Court and the Edinburgh International Festival. He is an inspirational and widely respected figure in Scottish Arts where he has been a committed champion of the nation’s creativity through his many roles with The Traverse Theatre, Playwrights Studio and National Theatre of Scotland. His appointment offers an exciting new direction for The Lyceum and its audiences who have already enjoyed his work in Dunsinane (his acclaimed sequel to Macbeth) and most recently, his new stage version of Alasdair Gray’s Lanark which played to full houses here at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival.
We had a very strong field of applicants for the role, but in our discussions throughout the recruitment process David’s passion for the company and vision for its future made him stand out as the perfect candidate to build on our success and write the next chapter of the Lyceum’s creative story as our eighth Artistic Director.
David will inherit a thriving company from Mark Thomson who has been one of The Lyceum’s most successful Artistic Directors and our longest standing. Mark will step down after 13 years in June 2016 after delivering an exceptional 50th Anniversary programme which gets under way later this month with Brian Cox and Bill Paterson in Waiting for Godot. “
Born in Edinburgh in 1969, David Greig is an award winning theatre maker. His plays have been performed at all of the major theatres in Britain and many more across the world, most have premiered in Scotland. In 1990 he co-founded Suspect Culture Theatre Company and from 2005 to 2007 he was the first Dramaturg of The National Theatre of Scotland. He lives and works in Fife.
On his appointment David Greig says:
“I’m thrilled and flattered that the board has shown confidence in my vision. The Lyceum is a beautiful theatre and it sits at the heart of Scottish drama and Edinburgh life. It’s the stage on which I saw my first play, and it’s been part of my theatre making for nearly two decades now. I greatly admire the work Mark’s done with the company during his time in the role. He hands on a terrific organisation and I very much look forward to working with the team to develop my first programme for Autumn 2016."
Mark Thomson, Artistic Director of The Lyceum says:
“David's appointment is great news for The Lyceum. He brings vast experience and knowledge of theatre to the company and I am glad there will be a much admired and respected theatre artist leading the company to what I am sure will be an exciting future."
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