Sheffield Theatres artistic director Daniel Evans announced this week he will step down next summer to take over at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Breaking off from directing rehearsals for Showboat, the Christmas show in the Crucible, he said: “I am hugely grateful to the entire team at Sheffield Theatres and I’m deeply proud of the bold, passionate and enriching work we’ve achieved together.
“I am also excited for the organisation as it begins the search for its new artistic director. This is one of the best jobs in theatre in the country and it has been a real privilege to lead the organisation for the last seven years.
“I will miss the city and its people very much and I’ll always feel a deep connection with South Yorkshire.”
He took over in 2009 and oversaw the reopening of the Crucible in 2010 after a major £15m refurbishment. He consolidated the work of his predecessors Michael Grandage and Samuel West in establishing the Crucible as arguably the UK’s top regional theatre with a mix of hit musicals, Shakespeare and seasons devoted to particular playwrights, plus crowd-pleasing shows such as his production of The Full Monty which transferred to the West End and toured the UK. In 2013 and 2014 Sheffield Theatres won The Stage’s Regional Theatre of the Year Award for an unprecedented two consecutive years.
Before Evans’ departure in June Sheffield Theatres will advertise for a successor in January, by which time Sir Bob Kerslake will have taken over as chair of the board.
Chichester has a similar stage to the Crucible but enjoys a larger profile with its proximity to London enabling it to attract big-name performers.