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Clive Judd to step down as artistic director at Old Red Lion

While announcing his departure he also laid out the venue’s winter season

'I want to see people radically transforming the space' - the Old Red Lion
'I want to see people radically transforming the space' – the Old Red Lion
© Adam Bruderer

Clive Judd will step down as artistic director at the Old Red Lion theatre in Islington this October.

Judd, who replaced Stewart Pringle as artistic director in January, was previously literary manager at the venue, where he directed Sparks by Simon Longman in 2015. He was also a graduate of the National Theatre Studio Director's course.

The winter season at the Old Red Lion will begin from 28 September with the world premiere of Harrison Rose's FOX, a dark comedy directed by Rupert Hands.

In late October, the Old Red Lion will host a 23-show programme as part of the London Horror Festival, including a comic adaptation H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth and a gender-switched version of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven by Okai Collier Company.

Carla Kingham returns to direct at the venue from 7 November with Callum McGowan's No Place like Hope, depicting an unlikely friendship between a cancer patient and a young woman serving a community punishment order. Kingham directed Tallulah Brown’s Sea Fret at the venue earlier this year.

For the festive season, Tom Crowley also returns to the venue for a new modern adaptation of Dickens' Great Expectations, previewing from 12 December.

Moving into 2018, Catherine Lucie will debut her new play The Moor from 6 February, directed by Blythe Stewart.

Judd says: "I have cherished the two year association I have had with this historic theatre – as a visiting director, literary manager and this year as artistic director. I know I am leaving the theatre with a truly exciting programme of work full of faces new and known to the venue. I look forward to seeing the season blossom into 2018."

The venue will be advertising for its next artistic director shortly.