Featherstone holds Court

Exec will lead prominent London theater

Vicky Featherstone, founding a.d. of the National Theater of Scotland (NTS), will succeed Dominic Cooke as a.d. of the Royal Court Theater when he steps down in April 2013.

Featherstone is a strong fit for the job at the U.K.’s flagship new writing theater. Under her directorship, new play company NTS has won 45 international awards, including four Oliviers and the New York Critics’ Circle Drama Award for “Black Watch,” one of Featherstone’s first commissions. Prior to that job, Featherstone was a.d. of Paines Plough (1997-2005), one of the U.K.’s key touring companies for new plays. Her appointment is also notable in that the Royal Court will be run by a woman for the first time in its 56-year history.

Cooke, who took over the Court in 2006, has led the venue through a period of notable artistic and financial success, with highlights including a slew of world premiere hits including Jez Butterworth’s “Jerusalem,” Nina Raine’s “Tribes” and Mike Bartlett’s “Cock” (all of which have had Gotham transfers) and world preems from U.S. dramatists including Christopher Shinn’s “Now or Later” and Wallace Shawn’s “Grasses of a Thousand Colors.”

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