Black Watch director John Tiffany leaves the National Theatre of Scotland

The Tony award-winning director is leaving to make time for non-NTS projects

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Black Watch director John Tiffany leaves the National Theatre of Scotland

Photo: Tony Rinaldo

Hot on the heels of artistic director Vicky Featherstone stepping down, the National Theatre of Scotland has announced that associate director John Tiffany will also leave, to make time for his directing commitments outside of the NTS. Tiffany has proved to be a formidable force, since his appointment in 2005, notably directing the hugely successful landmark piece Black Watch, which now tours around the world. He has also directed, in recent years, Elizabeth Gordon Quinn, Home Glasgow and The Bacchae. Earlier this year he picked up a coveted Tony award for his work on the musical Once, which ran, successfully, on Broadway.

Before his time at NTS, Tiffany enjoyed stints as associate director of Paines Plough theatre company and as literary director of the Traverse. He will continue to work with NTS in 2013 directing the touring production of Black Watch and new play Let The Right One In based on the vampire novel by John Ajvide Lindquist.

Tiffany is quoted as saying of his time there: ‘Being associate director at the National Theatre of Scotland in its formative years has changed my life.

‘From the first moments discussing possible ideas for our new programme, to Black Watch opening in South Korea, it has been a privilege and an honour to be part of the best theatre company in the world.

‘This opportunity has taught me so much about theatre and I have grown as a person and as a director, learning from brilliant Scottish artists and audiences.’ It will now fall to the new artistic director Laurie Sansom to appoint a new associate director to the post. Watch this space.

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