New artistic director for National Theatre of Scotland announced

New artistic director for National Theatre of Scotland announced

Laurie Sansom of Northampton's Royal and Derngate will replace Vicky Featherstone in March

Following much speculation and anticipation, the new artistic director of the National Theatre of Scotland has been announced. Laurie Sansom will succeed Vicky Featherstone when she leaves in December to take up her new role at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Sansom, who is currently artistic director of the Royal and Derngate in Northampton, will take up the post from March 2013.

Prior to his much celebrated successes in Northampton, Sansom was Alan Ayckbourn’s associate director at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, developing and directing over 20 new plays during his time there.

Early reports suggest that ideas and debates around Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games and the independence referendum in 2014 will feature in the national theatre company’s output.

Sansom said of his appointment: ‘It is a thrilling challenge to lead the National Theatre of Scotland through the next stage of its development as it continues to champion new and innovative work in Scotland and beyond. The Company's unique “theatre without walls” policy means it can continue to be truly responsive to artistic ambition and a diversity of voices.’

Sansom steps up as the second artistic director of the NTS, with Vicky Featherstone heading up the organisation since its launch in 2006.