Giles Croft, Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse, to step down from his role at one of the UK's leading producing theatres

Tuesday 26th July 2016

Nottingham Playhouse will be seeking a new Artistic Director to take over its programme of work from 2018.

Nottingham Playhouse today announced that Giles Croft, Artistic Director, is to step down from his role. Giles will remain in post until November 2017. He has been Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse since 1999 and in that time has worked tirelessly to maintain the capacity of the Playhouse as a full producing house, increasing its in-house productions from 6 to 14 per year.

On making the decision to leave, Giles said:

“We are soon to begin the application process for the next four years of NPO Arts Council funding. It’s time for me to hand over to a new generation as the country enters a period of change and for Nottingham Playhouse to have a new artistic vision. The new Artistic Director will be joining a theatre where they can take artistic risks, that has an encouraging and supportive working environment and is in good business shape.”

Giles cites the following career highlights whilst at Nottingham Playhouse:

Productions directed by him:

  • Robert Lepage’s Polygraph (2001)
  • The European premiere of The Kite Runner, (2013), a co-production with the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatre
  • Kefi Chadwick’s new play, Any Means Necessary (2016), inspired by the national undercover policing scandal and subsequent Pitchford Inquiry

Produced work:

  • On The Waterfront (2008) directed by Steven Berkoff (a co-production with East Productions) that had runs at the Edinburgh Festival, in the West End and Hong Kong
  • The regional premiere of Posh (2015), directed by Susannah Tresilian (a co-production with Salisbury Playhouse)
  • 1984 (2013), directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan (a co-production with Headlong), which has gone on to tour internationally and is currently playing in the West End

Other highlights include:

  • Producing more than 50 new plays at Nottingham Playhouse
  • The initiation of Eclipse, a project that focused on programming and producing mid-scale work by black artists
  • Implementing the Nottingham European Arts & Theatre Festivals (neat)
  • Nottingham Playhouse was a member of the European Theatre Convention for ten years, with Giles acting as a Vice President for five of those years

Caroline Shutter, Chair of Trustees, said

“I have thoroughly enjoyed Giles’ work as Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse, both as an audience member and latterly as Chair of Trustees. I will miss his insightful and erudite contributions to Board meetings. He has been a real asset to the city helping to promote Nottingham Playhouse nationally, both in London’s West End and through collaborations with other theatres. Giles will be a hard act to follow.”

Stephanie Sirr, CEO, said

“Giles has been a terrific Artistic Director for Nottingham Playhouse – in particular championing new writing and creating some unforgettable theatre. He’s also been a really wonderful colleague – passionate about the theatre and so supportive to emerging artists and to the organisation as a whole. We look forward to enjoying his final productions for Nottingham Playhouse and to his future directorial triumphs.”

In 2016-17, Giles will be directing Sleuth, (a co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse), his production of Tony’s Last Tape, which embarks on a tour of England and Wales, and The Kite Runner which is scheduled for a run in the West End.