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Richard Wilson Appointed as Sheffield Associate

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New Sheffield Theatres artistic director Daniel Evans has announced the appointment of Paul Miller, Lyndsey Turner and Richard Wilson as associate directors ahead of his first season, which commences in February 2010 (See News, 8 Apr 2009).

Miller, Turner and Wilson will work alongside Evans and newly appointed chief executive Dan Bates, and each will feature in the inaugural season, which sees the re-opening of the Crucible Theatre following an extensive refurbishment programme. Full details of the new season will be announced in September.

Richard Wilson is best known as an actor, particularly for his award-winning portrayal of misanthropic Victor Meldrew in long-running BBC comedy series One Foot in the Grave. He also has extensive theatre directing credits, including, for the Royal Court, Rainbow Kiss, The Woman Before, Under the Whaleback, A Day in the Dull Armour/Grafitti, Where Do We Live, Nightingale and Chase, I Just Stopped By to See the Man and Mr Kolpert.

Wilson said today of his appointment: “When Daniel Evans asked me if I would be interested in becoming an associate director at Sheffield I was flattered and certainly interested. But after listening to his vision for the new administration I was convinced it was something I simply had to be part of.”

His fellow new associate Lyndsey Turner has also worked extensively at the Royal Court, where she worked as a trainee associate director and international associate. Her directing credits include, for the Court, A Miracle and Contractions, and Nocturnal at the Gate Theatre, where she has previously served as associate director.

Paul Miller’s directing work includes Elling at the Trafalgar Studios, The History Boys (Wyndham's), Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads and The Associate (National Theatre), and Total Eclipse (Menier Chocolate Factory). He worked for many years developing new plays at the National Theatre Studio.

Daniel Evans said today he was “absolutely delighted” with the appointments, adding: “I not only greatly admire them as directors, but I’ve also had the pleasure of working with each of them.  These are hugely exciting times for Sheffield and I know that Richard, Paul and Lyndsey will make a rich and enduring contribution to our work.”


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