Lan to leave Young Vic

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David Lan is to stand down as artistic director of the Young Vic after 17 years, the most successful period in its 48 year history.

Under Lan the theatre was extended by the architects Haworth Tomkins in a £14m rebuild, becoming the RIBA London building of the year in 2006.

In the period the theatre also extended its outreach programme, and championed young playwrights, as well as working with etsablished directors such as Peter Brook, Luc Bondy, Katie Mitchell and Richard Jones. He was awarded a CBE in 2014

The Young Vic has also forged partnerships to create co-productions, and in 2003 won an Oliver Award for its entire season. There have been several transfers to the West End and Broadway.

“I wanted to leave at a time of our greatest strength and success” Lan said. “The Young Vic is now admired and emulated internationally as well as loved by our audience in Waterloo, in London and across the UK. It’s the right moment for it to set off on a new journey and a new adventure.”

He will remain until a successor is appointed at the end of the year.

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