Laurence Boswell Extends Bath Ustinov Studio Residency Through Spring 2017
The Ustinov Studio announced today that Laurence Boswell has extended his role as Artistic Director until Spring 2017.
In his first three years as Artistic Director, Laurence Boswell has transformed the Ustinov Studio from a small-scale receiving house to one of the most exciting and respected producing theatres in the country. His themed seasons of UK Premieres have received huge audience and critical acclaim, resulting in the most successful year in the Ustinov's history.
This year has seen all three of the plays in the 2013 American Season - The American Plan, 4000 Miles and Fifty Words - transfer to London theatres, along with a revival of last year's award-winning In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) at the St. James' Theatre. Meanwhile in Bath the Autumn 2013 Spanish Golden Age Season has received five star reviews, (««««« "An essential evening" Guardian) and seen the Ustinov nominated for the prestigious Empty Space...Peter Brook Award for the second year running.
The Ustinov has recently announced Laurence's next season - three more UK premieres of contemporary American plays between March and June next year. As Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio, he will programme a further six themed seasons between Autumn 2014 and Spring 2017.
Laurence Boswell says, "After a fantastic first three years, I'm immensely looking forward to continuing and expanding the development of the Ustinov, in Bath and beyond. A huge thank you to the audiences of Bath for making these first five seasons such a great success".
Theatre Royal Bath Director Danny Moar adds, "Laurence Boswell's work in the Ustinov Studio has been simply remarkable. We very much look forward to the next three years".
Laurence Boswell is one of the UK's leading directors. He has been an Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, for whom he directed The Spanish Golden Age Season, and Artistic Director of The Gate for whom he directed Agamemnon's Children, Winner of the International Theatre Society Award 1995. He led the Gate's Spanish Golden Age project, which won the 1992 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement. His West End directing credits include Ben Elton's Popcorn (Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy 1998); he directed Madonna in her 2002 London stage debut Up For Grabs (which was co-produced by Theatre Royal Bath Productions), the same year he directed Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal in This Is Our Youth, for which he won the Elle Style Director of the Year award 2002; Billie Piper in Christopher Hampton's Treats and Eddie Izzard in a revival of A Day In The Death of Joe Egg, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Director, and which received the Critics' Circle Award for Best Revival of a Play.