Lucy Davies Joins Royal Court Theatre as Executive Director

24 October 2012

PRESS RELEASE

LUCY DAVIES JOINS ROYAL COURT THEATRE AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Chairman of the English Stage Company, Anthony Burton announces today that Lucy Davies has been appointed Executive Director at the Royal Court Theatre.

She will take up her new post in April 2013, joining Vicky Featherstone, when she succeeds the Royal Court’s current Artistic Director Dominic Cooke.

Lucy is currently Executive Producer at National Theatre Wales. She and Artistic Director John McGrath are on the company’s founding executive team, having launched the company in 2009.

She joins the Royal Court with a wide range of experience in theatre, including working as Executive Producer at the Donmar Warehouse. Prior to this she was Head of Studio at the National Theatre under Nicholas Hytner, as well as working as Literary Manager at the Donmar Warehouse in the 90s and a five year stint in the film industry, commissioning, developing and working on feature films. She started her career as an Assistant Director at Kneehigh Theatre.

Anthony Burton, Chairman of the Board said:
“I am delighted that Lucy Davies will be joining Vicky Featherstone in April next year to take the Royal Court into a new and exciting era. Lucy stood out among exceptionally talented and experienced applicants for this vital appointment. Her innovative work and success as Executive Producer at the National Theatre Wales and the Donmar Warehouse makes her the perfect choice”

Lucy Davies said:
“I am so thrilled to be joining Vicky at the Court – a theatre that’s been a touchstone for me throughout my career. Dominic and Kate are gifting us a Royal Court in incredible shape – it’s a privilege to be tasked with its next era, alongside such an visionary partner in Vicky, and such an outstanding team.

The past four years at National Theatre Wales have been the most memorable, inspirational adventure. It’s fantastic to be bringing all of that experience to Sloane Square.”

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(24/10/12)

For further information, please contact Anna Evans on 020 7565 5063 annaevans@royalcourttheatre.com

Notes to Editors:

Coutts is the Principal Sponsor of the Royal Court Theatre

Coutts is the UK private banking arm of the Royal Bank of Scotland. Coutts has a long history of supporting the arts going back 200 years, having looked after the financial affairs of many famous clients connected with the arts such as Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens and Chopin. In 1816, Thomas Coutts married Harriot Mellon, a popular actress of her day, and together they became partners of a number of London Theatres, including the Drury Lane and the Royal Opera House. Coutts has even featured in a number of artistic works including The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In the new millennium, this tradition has continued not only through managing the finances of many of today’s top writers, actors and musicians, but also through our arts sponsorship programme and we are delighted to support The Royal Court and its diverse range of ground-breaking performances