Friday 28 October 2016

Gate Theatre announce new director

Published 14/10/2016 | 13:10

Selina Cartmell is appointed director of the Gate Theatre.
Selina Cartmell is appointed director of the Gate Theatre.

The Gate Theatre has announced its new director.

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Selina Cartmell is to take over from Michael Colgan as Director of Dublin's Gate Theatre when he stands down in 2017.

Selina Cartmell in rehearsals in 2015
Selina Cartmell in rehearsals in 2015

Cartmell is the first female director of the theatre and follows in the footsteps of Michael MacLiammoir, Hilton Edwards and Colgan. 

The acclaimed director has been nominated for thirty five national and international awards for her work and established Siren Productions in 2004.  

She has worked extensively with The Gate on shows including “Catastrophe”, “Festen” and “Sweeney Todd". 

Colgan praised Cartmell on her appointment saying; “One of my all-time favourite shows was her masterful production of Sweeney Todd. 

“I look forward to working with her over the coming months as she begins to take charge of one of the most beautiful theatres in the world”.

Michael Colgan’s tenure as Director of the Gate will end on 1 April 2017 after 33 years in the role.

Under Colgan’s watch, The Gate became renowned for staging the works of Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett and Brian Friel.

Colgan also persuaded some impressive stars to perform at the theatre such as Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes and Penelope Wilton.

He also received the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government in 2007, and an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II in 2010.

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