The Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Gregory Doran, has announced that he is leaving the RSC after 35 years with the organisation. He has been Artistic Director for the last decade.
The RSC will start the search for a new artistic director by the end of the month, with Acting Artistic Director, Erica Whyman, continuing to helm the RSC. She took over in September 2021 after Doran went on leave to support his partner, actor Antony Sher, who was ill. Sher subsequently passed away in December 2021.
Doran will continue to work with the RSC after he steps down as Artistic Director Emeritus, a post he will hold until the end of 2023. During this time he will lead specific projects and direct a production in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre as part of the Shakespeare’s First Folio celebrations in 2023, which will be his 50th production for the RSC. He will also deliver ongoing training for artists on Shakespeare’s verse throughout the year.
Gregory begins rehearsals next week for Richard III starring Arthur Hughes. Other current productions in Stratford include Henry VI: Rebellion and War of the Roses. The RSC’s acclaimed production of Matilda The Musical continues to play in the West End, at the Cambridge Theatre.
Gregory was announced as Artistic Director in 2012 and his first production as Artistic Director opened in September 2013 when he reunited with David Tennant, directing him in the title role of Richard II. The production transferred to the Barbican Theatre, London and was the first RSC production to be seen live in cinemas around the world.
Gregory Doran said in a press statement that: “It has been a real privilege to be a part of the amazing team leading this great company for this last decade of challenge and achievement. And to work through the entire canon of plays in Shakespeare’s First Folio in time for its 400th anniversary next year. We have made many strides in making our theatre more inclusive, accessible, diverse and accountable, but there is always more to do, and I wish whoever succeeds me joy in continuing that work. I am honoured to have been granted the title of Artistic Director Emeritus until the end of 2023.”