Nottingham Playhouse announced this week that Adam Penford is to become its new Artistic Director. Adam will be taking over Nottingham Playhouse’s artistic programme of work from 2018.
Adam trained at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) before going on to direct work nationally and internationally, directing both at the National Theatre and on Broadway. His work at the National Theatre includes A Small Family Business (Olivier) and the Dorfman Opening Gala (Dorfman), he was also the Revival Director of One Man Two Guvnors and the Associate Director on the National Theatre’s ‘50 Years on Stage’. Adam has a wealth of experience directing for some of the UK’s most exciting theatres, including The Old Vic, Watermill Theatre and Salisbury Playhouse.
In 2016 he has directed a range of critically acclaimed work that includes The Boys in the Band (Park Theatre) and Unfaithful (Found 111). This Christmas, Adam will be directing Platinum at Hampstead Theatre.
Upon his appointment Adam Penford said:
“I am so thrilled to have been asked by the Board at Nottingham Playhouse to become its next Artistic Director. Giles Croft and Stephanie Sirr have done an extraordinary job nurturing the organisation, producing a stimulating programme and building a loyal audience.”
“I was born and raised in Nottingham and had my first theatrical experiences as a child at the Playhouse. I look forward to collaborating with Stephanie and the whole team as the company begins a new chapter in its illustrious history. Nottingham has always been a fantastically vibrant city and I am excited to return home to contribute to its cultural life.”
Caroline Shutter, Chair of Trustees at Nottingham Playhouse said: “This is an exciting time for the Playhouse with the appointment of Adam who impressed the Board with his combined passion for Nottingham and his artistic vision. I have no doubt he will be creating and delivering a range of exciting work on and beyond the theatre’s stage that will attract new audiences.”
Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse said: “We’re delighted to welcome Adam to Nottingham Playhouse as new Artistic Director. He combines great skill as a director with very wide ranging experience and the ability to really intrigue and engage audiences.”
Neil Darlison, Director, Theatre, Arts Council England said: “Adam Penford is a great choice for Artistic Director of the Playhouse. He is very well connected within the industry and is an effective collaborator. He quite clearly cares about audiences and his home town of Nottingham”.
Nottingham Playhouse has been one of the UK’s leading producing theatres since its foundation in 1948. It welcomes over 130,000 ticket buyers through its doors annually and has an additional footfall of 170,000 visitors to participation events and to Anish Kapoor’s stunning Sky Mirror. It creates productions large and small, from timeless classics and enthralling family shows to adventurous new commissions, often touring work nationally and internationally. Its production of The Kite Runner transfers to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre in December 2016 and 1984 is just concluding its third West End run at the Playhouse. The current season includes The Revenger’s Tragedy directed by Fiona Buffini and Touched, starring BAFTA winner Vicky McClure.