The Lyric Hammersmith has announced that award-winning director Rachel O’Riordan will take over as its new artistic director and joint chief executive.
She will join Sian Alexander, who has been the Lyric’s executive director and joint chief executive since October 2015, to lead the west London theatre together.
David Stacey, chair of the board of trustees at the Cardiff-based theatre, said: “It has been a pleasure to work closely with Rachel and the executive team in developing the Sherman Theatre into a producing house with a UK-wide reputation for award winning work.
“The awards speak for themselves but are a small reward for her drive, personality and commitment to the cause of our company.
“She will be greatly missed but the foundations she has helped to establish are now well embedded in our company and we will strive to improve the legacy she has left us. The board wish her every success in her new challenge at the Lyric Hammersmith.”
O’Riordan added: “My time as artistic director of Sherman Theatre has been defined by extraordinary relationships. With artists, with audiences and with the city of Cardiff.
“It has been my honour to serve this community, to be at the heart of the arts in this great country. I have made some of my best work on the Sherman’s two brilliant stages, and worked with exceptional people.
“I have seen audiences grow, new artists emerge, and established artists refine and evolve their work. I will miss everyone terribly, but I am so proud of the theatre I now leave.
“Thank you, to those I have worked with, for being brave and brilliant partners on my journey here. The artists and the Arts Council, funders and friends. And the Sherman team, who are warriors. It has been wonderful. Welsh talent’s future is only beginning.”