Sheffield: Final bow for artistic director as Daniel Evans announces he’s leaving Sheffield Theatres

Daniel Evans is leaving his post as artistic director at Sheffield Theatres
Daniel Evans is leaving his post as artistic director at Sheffield Theatres

Daniel Evans is leaving his post as artistic director of Sheffield Theatre.

Evans, who has been in the post since 2009, will leave next June to become artistic director at the Chichester Theatre Festival.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

In his time with Sheffield Theatres, Evans oversaw the re-opening of the Crucible Theatre after a £15 million refurbishment and helped the company win 10 UK Theatre Awards including Best Musical Production (This Is My Family), Best New Play (Bull) and Best Touring Production (The Full Monty) in 2013, Translations in 2014 and Twelfth Night this year.

His track record for creating ambitious and exciting work on Sheffield Theatres’ three stages was recognised in 2013 and 2014 when the company won the Regional Theatre of the Year Award for an unprecedented two consecutive years at the Stage Awards.

His production of The Full Monty enjoyed a three-week, sell-out run at the Lyceum in 2013 before touring the UK and then transferring into the West End.

Sheffield Theatres also enjoyed international success at the beginning of 2013 when it transferred its production of Mike Bartlett’s Bull to the 59E59 Theaters in New York as part of the Brits Off-Broadway Festival.

He was also responsible for the establishment of Sheffield People’s Theatre – an inter-generational company of community players who have staged several major productions featuring more than 100 participants.

Under his tenure, Sheffield Theatre has produced six of Shakespeare’s greatest plays – Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet – along with four seasons celebrating the work of David Hare (2011), Michael Frayn (2012), Brian Friel (2014) and Sarah Kane (2015), and major musical productions of Me & My Girl, Company, My Fair Lady, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! and Anything Goes.

“Daniel Evans has ensured that Sheffield Theatres retains its position as one of the UK’s leading regional theatres,” commented Neil Adleman, chairman of the board at the company.

“He has delivered many memorable productions, helped us reach new audiences and provided inspirational leadership for the organisation.

“The board and staff of Sheffield Theatres all bid Daniel farewell with grateful thanks and appreciation.”

The process to find Evans’ replacement will begin in January.