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Take to the stage: Matthew Warchus (BA 1988, Hon DLitt 2010) to become Artistic Director of The Old Vic

The Old Vic

29 May 2014

In 2015, award-winning director Matthew Warchus (BA 1988, Hon DLitt 2010) will replace Kevin Spacey as Artist Director of one of the oldest theatres in London, The Old Vic.

Matthew, who is currently an Artistic Associate at The Old Vic is the director of many hit shows and plays, including Matilda and Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy The Norman Conquests, which won a Tony award in 2009. He has directed over 70 productions in London and on Broadway, from new plays to classics, modern revivals, musicals and operas, and won many awards throughout his career.

In the Guardian, Matthew said he was 'excited and honoured to be following Kevin's galvanising tenure at this wonderful building. He has re-established the Old Vic as a globally important theatre, and I look forward to continuing to develop it as a hub of invigorating creativity.'

Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey, who's been Artistic Director for more than a decade won't be stepping down until August 2015, but in the meantime Matthew has already won the Cannes Queer Palm for Pride, his latest film about lesbian and gay activists who help miners during the 1980s strike. It premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival this May ahead of its release in September.