Chichester Festival Theatre have announced that Daniel Evans will take over as Artistic Director in 2016.
Daniel Evans, who has been the Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatre since 2009, will join the Chichester Festival Theatre team in July 2016.
He takes over from current Artistic Director, Jonathan Church, who will leave Chichester in September 2016 to become the Artistic Director of the Sydney Theatre Company. Church commented that he “couldn’t be happier” at the news of Evans’ appointment, going on to say that, “Daniel is a first-rate director with a real passion for theatre and I’m really pleased to be leaving Chichester Festival Theatre in such good hands. I will continue to programme and deliver our Festival 2016 season as I hand over to Daniel and wish him every good fortune as he takes over the helm.”
Jonathan Church joined Chichester Festival Theatre as Artistic Director in 2006, and over the course of the last nine years, has transformed Chichester into one of the leading regional theatre companies in the UK. He has overseen a surge in audience attendance during his tenure there, and an array of his critically acclaimed revivals have found further success both in London and on tour, including Singin’ in the Rain, Barnum and Sweeney Todd – most recently wowing audiences in the West End with the award-winning production of Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton. The Chichester revival of Guys and Dolls takes over at the Savoy Theatre later this month.
Speaking about his appointment as Chichester’s new Artistic Director, Daniel Evans said: “I am truly delighted to be asked by the Board at Chichester Festival Theatre to become its next Artistic Director. Under the leadership of Jonathan Church and Executive Director Alan Finch, Chichester has developed into the most incredible theatrical powerhouse which has fed and nourished the local community in the South East as well as the theatre ecology throughout the UK and internationally. I look forward to collaborating with the team in West Sussex to develop that work further as the organisation evolves into this next exciting chapter in its history.”
Chairman of Chichester Festival Theatre, Sir William Castell, added: “Daniel’s breadth of experience as a director and actor makes him a brilliant fit for Chichester Festival Theatre. He is widely admired for championing classical work and musicals alongside a commitment to new writing, and his passion for theatre is infectious. I am very happy he has chosen to share that with us as we look forward to a terrific future for CFT.”