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Wolf Hall director to become Headlong artistic director

Jeremy Herrin
Image caption Jeremy Herrin will take up the post in September

Jeremy Herrin, who will direct the theatrical adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, has been appointed as the new artistic director of the Headlong theatre company.

Herrin said he was "absolutely thrilled" to take on the role, calling Headlong a "bold company of vision".

He will take over from current artistic director Rupert Goold in September.

"It's a fantastic company with an exceptional record, and I'm honoured to join the team," he said.

"These are challenging times and I can't think of a better company with which to make the timely argument that theatre is of national consequence."

'Capable hands'

In December, Herrin will direct Mantel's novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies in two parts for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The director trained at both the National Theatre and Royal Court, where he became deputy artistic director from 2009 until 2012.

He was nominated for an Evening Standard best director award for his production of Tusk Tusk at the Royal Court in 2009.

His other theatre directing credits include the critically acclaimed This House by James Graham at the National Theatre, for which he was nominated for an Olivier award for best director.

Goold, who is leaving Headlong after eight years to become artistic director of the Almeida Theatre, said he was passing the company "into the most capable hands".

"He's a director of proven flair and originality as well as having shown a sustained commitment to regional theatre over his career. I can't wait to see where he'll take this wonderful company in the future," he said.

Headlong produced the multi-award winning play Enron and is currently developing the stage version of American Psycho, in a co-production with the Almeida.

It will be the first time Bret Easton Ellis's novel has been brought to the stage and will open on 3 December.

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