Working life has come full circle for the newly appointed artistic director of Sheffield Theatres.
Robert Hastie began his career in the city as an actor in 2005.
He will take up his new role in July, succeeding Daniel Evans who will step down in June.
Robert said: “I am overjoyed to have been asked by the board of Sheffield Theatres to be their next artistic director.
“The Crucible, the Lyceum and the Studio together constitute one of the finest theatre complexes in Britain. Their reputation has been strengthened under the inspired leadership of Daniel Evans and Dan Bates, as a destination for audiences from both near and far who come in search of brilliant theatre and have their hopes more than fulfilled.
“As a Yorkshireman, I am hugely looking forward to contributing to the cultural life of this great city.
“My first theatre job out of RADA was onstage at the Crucible, acting in a production of Edward Bond’s Lear. It’s wonderful to be returning here as artistic director to lead such an exceptional team. I could not be happier or prouder.”
Robert was born in Scarborough and his latest achievement has been directing Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Theatre Clwyd.
He is associate director at the Donmar Warehouse where his work includes the acclaimed production My Night with Reg.
Daniel Evans said: “I’m delighted the board has appointed Rob as the next artistic director of Sheffield Theatres. It’s a glorious organisation with a glorious team, and knowing that I am leaving the company in Rob’s hands, means I know the company’s future at the forefront of UK theatre is assured.
“Sheffield has a tradition of actors turned directors at the helm – it’s a combination that I believe draws the best from people from across the company. Rob will be no exception, and I wish him every success.”
Lord Bob Kerslake, board chairman, said: Rob’s talent, his passion for the organisation and his vision for the company’s work made him the perfect choice for the role.
“I am thrilled that he has agreed to join us as we embark on our next exciting chapter.”