By John Roberts
It has been announced today [31 March 2016] by the board of Sheffield Theatre’s that Robert Hastie has been appointed as the new Artistic Director and will take over the role from Daniel Evans in July 2016.
Hastie makes a professional return to the theatres where he started out as a professional actor in Edward Bond’s King Lear in 2005.
“As a Yorkshireman, I am hugely looking forward to contributing to the cultural life of this great city. My first theatre job out of RADA was onstage at the Crucible, acting in a production of Edward Bond’s Lear. It’s wonderful to be returning here as Artistic Director to lead such an exceptional team. I could not be happier or prouder.”
Outgoing Artistic Director Daniel Evans commented: “Knowing that I am leaving the company in Rob’s hands, means I know the company’s future at the forefront of UK theatre is assured. Sheffield has a tradition of actors turned directors at the helm – it’s a combination that I believe draws the best from people from across the company. Rob will be no exception, and I wish him every success as he begins his tenure.”
Hastie most recently directed the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the inaugural production in Artistic Director Tamara Harvey’s first season at Theatr Clywd. He is Associate Director of the Donmar Warehouse, where his recent work includes acclaimed productions of My Night With Reg by Kevin Elyot and Splendour, by Abi Morgan Other directing credits include Carthage, Events While Guarding The Bofors Gun (Finborough Theatre), Sunburst (Holborn Grange Hotel), Sixty-Six Books: In The Land Of Uz, Middle Man, David and Goliath, Snow In Sheffield and A Lost Expression (Bush Theatre).
Photo: Richard Davenport