New artistic director for Scarborough stage favourites

Northern Broadsides has appointed Laurie Sansom, who worked with Alan Ayckbourn in Scarborough, as its new artistic director.

Friday, 8th February 2019, 9:46 am
Updated Saturday, 9th February 2019, 12:34 am
Laurie Sansom takes over at Northern Broadsides
Laurie Sansom takes over at Northern Broadsides

Sansom will replace Conrad Nelson and his first production will hit the road in spring next year.

At the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, he was the associate director to Alan Ayckbourn, where he directed more than twenty new plays including Villette (with Frantic Assembly) and a season comprising of three new micro-musicals.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Northern Broadsides at a moment when the companies who champion regional and diverse voices couldn’t be more crucial," said Laurie.

"I spent many of my years as a young director working at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, and other theatres across the region, where the work of Northern Broadsides is so valued by audiences and artists alike.

"The company’s bold and accessible take on classic and new plays has long been at the heart of the region’s cultural life, and I’m looking forward to working closely with local communities and partner theatres to develop its role making popular, radical work that reflects the rich diversity of today’s world.”