After 23 years of groundbreaking work and having led its recent successful four-year funding application to the Arts Council of England Max Stafford-Clark announces today (5 September 2017) his intention to leave Out of Joint, the company he co-founded in 1993 (with Sonia Friedman, now a prolific West End and Broadway commercial producer). He will focus on his international freelance career.
Under the company’s founding director Stafford-Clark, Out of Joint has become known for inquisitive, epic, authentic and original new writing. Premiering plays from established writers including April De Angelis, Sebastian Barry, Richard Bean, Alistair Beaton, Caryl Churchill, David Edgar, David Hare, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Robin Soans and Timberlake Wertenbaker as well as launching the careers of others such as Mark Ravenhill and Stella Feehily.
Stafford-Clark’s productions have been presented in all the major theatre centres of the world including in New York, Sydney Theatre Festival, Dublin, Berlin, Toronto and across the UK. Prior to founding Out of Joint, Stafford-Clark was Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre from 1979-1993.
Out of Joint recently welcomed a new Joint Artistic Director, Kate Wasserberg. Kate founded Cardiff’s The Other Room in 2014; two years later it was named Fringe Theatre of the Year by The Stage.
Max Stafford-Clark’s new production of one of the plays he previously premiered, Andrea Dunbar’s Rita, Sue and Bob Too starts performances tomorrow (6 September 2017) at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton before touring this autumn and then transferring in the new year to London’s Royal Court for a limited season from 9 to 28 January 2018 before further regional dates. It’s jointly directed by Kate Wasserberg.