Richard Twyman has been appointed the new artistic director of English Touring Theatre (ETT).

Announced on 22 June, Twyman joins ETT from the Royal Court Theatre, and will take up his new role in November.

Twyman said on the move: “In a week where we question our identity and debate our nation’s future, joining English Touring Theatre is a uniquely exciting opportunity to represent and reflect the country as a whole, in all its breadth and diversity.

“A chance to celebrate and interrogate British identity and make a space in which creative conversations about who we are, and our place in the world, can take place on our nation’s stages.”

Twyman is replacing Rachel Tackley who has led the team at ETT for eight years. Tackley is leaving to join Chichester Festival Theatre.

Tackley commented: “I won’t miss a life spent on trains but I will miss the team at ETT dreadfully. But what an exciting new chapter, I can’t wait to see the next part of ETT’s development and watch it continue to flourish under Richard’s directorship.

“He will have a ball, I know I did.”

In Twyman’s three years at the Royal Court Theatre as Associate Director (International) his directing work included: You For Me For You, Fireworks, The Djinns of Eidgah and PIIGS.

Greg Parson, chairman of ETT’s board, spoke of his excitement at Twyman’s appointment: “Richard’s exciting creativity will positively challenge us into new ventures, in terms of both productions and new venues, and the identity of the company itself.”

ETT was founded in 1993 and is based in London.

Image credit: Adam Bennett.