Chichester Festival Theatre appoints Daniel Evans as new Artistic Director

PUBLISHED: 12:17 02 December 2015 | UPDATED: 15:07 02 December 2015

Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans


Chichester Festival Theatre Chairman, Sir William Castell, announced today that the Board has appointed Daniel Evans to succeed Jonathan Church as Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre. Daniel Evans has been Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres since 2009. He will take up his new post in July 2016.

Sir William said: “I am delighted to confirm Daniel Evans as our next artistic leader. After a comprehensive search, we were presented with a very accomplished shortlist of candidates but it was clear that Daniel’s breadth of experience as a director and actor makes him a brilliant fit for Chichester Festival Theatre. He is widely admired for championing classical work and musicals alongside a commitment to new writing, and his passion for theatre is infectious. I am very happy he has chosen to share that with us as we look forward to a terrific future for CFT.”

Daniel Evans said: “I am truly delighted to be asked by the Board at Chichester Festival Theatre to become its next Artistic Director. Under the leadership of Jonathan Church and Executive Director Alan Finch, Chichester has developed into the most incredible theatrical powerhouse which has fed and nourished the local community in the South East as well as the theatre ecology throughout the UK and internationally. I look forward to collaborating with the team in West Sussex to develop that work further as the organisation evolves into this next exciting chapter in its history.”

The recruitment of the Artistic Director was led by Sir William Castell with Genista McIntosh as External Adviser. The recruitment of the new Executive Director to replace Alan Finch will begin immediately with an announcement expected next spring.

Daniel Evans was born in 1973 in South Wales. He trained as an actor and has gone on to be the recipient of two Olivier Awards and a Tony nomination. He has been Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres since 2009 where his programming has included acclaimed seasons of plays by David Hare, Brian Friel, Michael Frayn and Sarah Kane. He is currently directing a new production of Show Boat at Sheffield and his production of American Buffalo with Damian Lewis recently completed a West End run at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

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