Laurie Sansom is new boss of Northern Broadsides

Northern Broadsides has appointed Laurie Sansom as its new artistic director and CEO in June this year.

He succeeds Conrad Nelson, who has been acting as interim artistic director and chief executive for the past year following the resignation of company founder Barrie Rutter in 2017.

Sanom has had a stellar career in theatre, most recently as artistic director of the National Theatre of Scotland between 2013-16, for whom he directed The James Play trilogy by Rona Munro in a team-up with Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre.

Previously he was artistic director of Royal & Derngate, Northampton, where he won the 2010 TMA award for best director. He also spent his early years at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where he was associate director to Alan Ayckbourn.

Sansom said, “I’m thrilled to be joining Northern Broadsides at a moment when the companies who champion regional and diverse voices couldn’t be more crucial. The company’s bold and accessible take on classic and new plays has long been at the heart of the region’s cultural life".

Laurie Sansom’s first production for Northern Broadsides will be in Spring 2020 and will be announced later in the year.

Nelson will leave the company on the 31st March to freelance as a director. His final production with the Halifax based theatre company will be their forthcoming touring co-production with the New Vic Theatre of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.


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