U.K.'s Hampstead Theatre Announces New Chief

News   U.K.'s Hampstead Theatre Announces New Chief

Hampstead Theatre has announced the appointment of its new Artistic Director. Anthony Clark, formerly the Associate Artistic Director at Birmingham Rep, will take over from Jenny Topper as Artistic Director of the Hampstead Theatre in July 2003. As part of the transition to a new administration, he will be Artistic Director Designate beginning January 2003.

The theatre that he will head has had a £16 million makeover, moving from a "temporary" home that, like the Young Vic's in south London, has lasted for decades.

Anthony Clark's appointment means that the last of the most influential London producing theatres — along with the National, the Almeida and the Donmar — has announced a new Artistic Director. The next few years should, therefore, be a time of excitement and new directions in the West End and off-West End.

Clark himself said of his vision for Hampstead, "I'm looking forward to building on Hampstead Theatre's local, national and international reputation as a leading producer of new plays. I want to extend the repertoire, to develop the complementary community and education program, and to reinforce the infrastructure that has given so much support to established and first-time playwrights.

"I would like to maintain the creative partnerships it has formed with regional building-based, touring and international producing theatre interested in presenting new work. The new building will give the theatre a wonderful opportunity to enhance its reputation with audiences and artists from its immediate neighborhood and beyond."

—By Paul Webb Theatrenow