Tamara Harvey

Theatr Clwyd release statement on Tamara Harvey’s exit to the RSC

Theatr Clywd has announced that their Artistic Director Tamara Harvey is leaving, to join Daniel Evans at the Royal Shakespeare Company as their new Co-Artistic Directors.

Tamara started at Theatr Clwyd in 2015, leading over 50 world premieres, many touring Wales and the UK. Clwyd were named as The Stage’s ‘Regional Theatre Of The Year’ in 2021.

Tamara Harvey said in a statement that: “The word ‘life-changing’ is overused but Theatr Clwyd has, genuinely, changed my life. This is where I learned to be an Artistic Director, where I became a mother, where I’ve directed some of the work of which I’m most proud, and where I’ve had one of the most important collaborative relationships of my career with the brilliant Liam Evans-Ford. It will be heart wrenching to leave the team at Theatr Clwyd –world class theatre makers as well as properly lovely humans – but I do so knowing that our theatre on a hill will continue to be a vital home for our communities and a cultural beacon for Wales. And I leave safe in the knowledge that nowhere could have given me a better foundation for stepping into one of the biggest roles in world theatre. To be Co-Artistic Director of the RSC alongside the amazing Daniel Evans is a once in a lifetime opportunity and the only thing that could have lured me away from North Wales.”

Liam Evans-Ford – Joint CEO of Theatr Clwyd, said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to lead a major arts organisation with Tamara for over 6 years. During this time, we have made huge strides in placing our communities at the heart of what we do, and championing Welsh artists at all scales of production. I’ll miss Tamara greatly, as will many others, but she leaves behind an organisation that is in a strong position for the future. We cannot wait to see what she achieves in her new role.”

Helen Watson – Chair of Theatr Clwyd’s board, said: “It is a huge credit to the leadership of Tamara and Liam that the work and approach achieved at Theatr Clwyd is now sought after by the biggest organisation in world theatre. Tamara will undoubtedly be missed, but she leaves a shining jewel in the crown of Welsh theatre that will undoubtedly attract the best talent in Wales, the UK and the world.”

Harvey’s production successes at Theatr Clwyd have included the Olivier Award-winning Home, I’m Darling, UK Theatre Award-winning The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, Mold Riots in the streets of Mold with a company of over 250 people, and the immersive hit show The Great Gatsby. Home, I’m Darling, directed by Tamara, opened at Theatr Clwyd in co-production with London’s National Theatre before transferring to the West End and touring the UK.

Theatr Clwyd will start their search for a new Artistic Director in late 2022.

The RSC currently has Matilda The Musical playing in the West End, at the Cambridge Theatre; and major new show My Neighbour Totoro starts performances next month at the Barbican Theatre.


📷 Main photo: Tamara Harvey. Photo by Seamus Ryan

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