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CLWYD THEATR CYMRU APPOINTS Tamara Harvey AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR     

CLWYD THEATR CYMRU APPOINTS Tamara Harvey AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR On her appointment Tamara Harvey said: "I am thrilled to have been invited to be the artistic director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru at such an exciting moment in its history. Terry Hands has done an extraordinary job in building a family of artists and producing brilliant work for a growing loyal audience. Now, as the company moves into its fortieth year, I look forward to widening that circle: nurturing talent from Wales and beyond, and collaborating with companies and artists both near and far to ensure that this beacon of innovation on top of a hill in Mold is an inspiration for Wales, the UK and the rest of the world."

Ron Davies, Chairman, said: “The Board of Clwyd Theatr Cymru are particularly pleased to announce the appointment of Tamara Harvey as our new Artistic Director. Tamara is the ideal candidate for the next era of our development as a leading production company and theatre in the UK. She has a strong reputation amongst her peers, and brings boundless energy, vision and creativity. Tamara shares our vision to build on our position of strength as a co-commissioner and touring company in the UK and internationally, and to diversify our arts offer to make our Clwyd Theatr Cymru base a vibrant hub and principal cultural destination.”

Tamara Harvey has directed in the West End, throughout the UK and abroad, working on classic plays, new writing, musical theatre and in film. Most recently, she directed Pride and Prejudice for Sheffield Crucible Theatre and, at Hampstead Theatre, the premieres of Elephants by Rose Heiney, Hello/ Goodbye by Peter Souter and In the Vale of Health, a cycle of four plays by Simon Gray. Other world premieres include From Here to Eternity, the new musical by Tim Rice, Stuart Brayson and Bill Oakes at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Breeders at the St James Theatre andThe Contingency Plan and tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ!, both for the Bush Theatre).

Harvey was invited by Josie Rourke to be her Associate Director for her final year at the Bush Theatre in 2010 -11, where Tamara directed Where’s My Seat?, five of the Sixty-Six Books and the award-winning The Kitchen Sink, the first three productions in the Bush’s new home. She is a three-time director for the 24 Hour Plays at the Old Vic and has twice been on the panel of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright. She is a board member for the National Student Drama Festival, for which she was one of the judges at this year's Festival, a trustee of the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and is on the musical theatre panel for this year's Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice awards.

Clwyd Theatr Cymru was originally built as a Regional Arts Centre. Created through the vision of the previous Flintshire County Council, Theatr Clwyd was opened in 1976. Located a mile from Mold town centre in North East Wales, and close to Chester, the complex incorporates five performance venues - The Anthony Hopkins Theatre, Emlyn Williams Theatre, Studio 2, multi-function Clwyd Room and Cinema – as well as a bookshop, a restaurant and three art galleries.

The theatre has had five Artistic Directors in its 39 year history: George Roman (1976-1985), Toby Robertson (1985-1992), Helena Kaut-Howson (1992-1995) and Terry Hands (1997-2015). Tim Baker has been Associate Director since 1997 and manages the highly successful Theatre for Young People programme. The theatre is co-funded by Flintshire County Council and the Arts Council of Wales.




Clwyd Theatr Cymru is the principal drama production company in Wales and attracts close to one third of the total theatre audience in Wales annually. In 1998 Clwyd Theatr Cymru won the Barclays/TMA Theatre of the Year award and in 1999 was designated a Welsh National Performing Arts Company by the Arts Council of Wales.
 
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