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Good to see local lad @JustinAudibert appointed new artistic director of the @UnicornTheatre #Theatre

January 11, 2018

Justin Audibert, Unicorn Theatre, Wilsons School, Croydon, Local Lad, Theatre, Stage, Sheffield, Sheffield University

Justin Audibert has been announced as the new artistic director of the Unicorn Theatre, taking over from Purni Morell who steps down from the position in the spring after almost seven years in the role.

Audibert’s recent directing credits at the venue include Chris Thorpe’s adaptation of Beowulf and Holger Schober’s My Mother, Medea. He also recently directed The Box of Delights at Wilton’s Music Hall, and will open his new version of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale for young audiences at the National Theatre in February.

Further directing credits include Macbeth (National Theatre, UK Tour), A Season in the Congo (Young Vic) and How Not To Live in Suburbia (Soho Theatre).

“Under the leadership of Purni and Anneliese [Davidsen, executive director], the Unicorn has flourished as one of the most innovative, provocative and international theatres in the UK.

“I feel privileged to be building on this wonderful legacy and can’t wait to work with the brilliant team to make the Unicorn a creative home for the most talented artists working in theatre today.

“Above all else though, I feel incredibly excited and honoured to be leading our inspirational audiences on what I am sure will be an exhilarating journey of discovery, to imagine other possibilities and to explore new worlds.”

Justin Audibert was an undergraduate at the University of Sheffield before going on to receive his MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck, University of London, in 2008. Following early roles on placement at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Assistant Director at the RSC, he has directed numerous productions. In 2012 Justin was the recipient of the Leverhulme Award for Emerging Directors from the National Theatre Studio. He directed The Tempest in London and New York as part of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012, and assisted Greg Doran on the opening programme for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 2010.

Justin’s programme for the Unicorn will begin in May 2019.

Courtesy of ‘The Thinker

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