×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

McAnuff returns to La Jolla

Hamburger relishes Mouse gig, ankles theater job

NEW YORK — Des McAnuff will return to La Jolla Playhouse for the 2001 season as the theater’s one-year interim artistic director.

Last month, Anne Hamburger announced her resignation as the Southern California company’s artistic director. She has accepted a job with the Walt Disney Co.

McAnuff was the playhouse artistic director from 1983-94. McAnuff-directed productions at La Jolla included “Big River,” “The Who’s Tommy,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “A Walk in the Woods,” all of which went on to Broadway. In 1993, the venue received a Tony Award as America’s outstanding regional theater.

Ted Cranston, president of the board of trustees, made the McAnuff announcement Monday. McAnuff will begin his position immediately on a full-time basis, taking artistic responsibility for the company’s 2001 season. During the six-play season, he will direct one or more productions. Hamburger will remain responsible for the execution of the theater’s 2000 season until her departure in mid-October.

Since leaving La Jolla in 1994, McAnuff has sought a career in film. He directed “Cousin Bette” and “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle,” and last year produced “The Iron Giant” for Warner Bros.

More Legit

  • Moulin Rouge review

    'Moulin Rouge!' Opening on Broadway in Summer 2019

    NEW YORK — Des McAnuff will return to La Jolla Playhouse for the 2001 season as the theater’s one-year interim artistic director. Last month, Anne Hamburger announced her resignation as the Southern California company’s artistic director. She has accepted a job with the Walt Disney Co. McAnuff was the playhouse artistic director from 1983-94. McAnuff-directed […]

  • The Prom review

    Broadway Review: 'The Prom'

    NEW YORK — Des McAnuff will return to La Jolla Playhouse for the 2001 season as the theater’s one-year interim artistic director. Last month, Anne Hamburger announced her resignation as the Southern California company’s artistic director. She has accepted a job with the Walt Disney Co. McAnuff was the playhouse artistic director from 1983-94. McAnuff-directed […]

  • Sutton Foster'A Chorus Line' 75th Anniversary

    'Younger' Star Sutton Foster Recalls One of Her Early 'Terrible' Auditions

    NEW YORK — Des McAnuff will return to La Jolla Playhouse for the 2001 season as the theater’s one-year interim artistic director. Last month, Anne Hamburger announced her resignation as the Southern California company’s artistic director. She has accepted a job with the Walt Disney Co. McAnuff was the playhouse artistic director from 1983-94. McAnuff-directed […]

  • Hadestown review London

    London Theater Review: 'Hadestown'

    NEW YORK — Des McAnuff will return to La Jolla Playhouse for the 2001 season as the theater’s one-year interim artistic director. Last month, Anne Hamburger announced her resignation as the Southern California company’s artistic director. She has accepted a job with the Walt Disney Co. McAnuff was the playhouse artistic director from 1983-94. McAnuff-directed […]

  • Mother of the Maid Glenn Close

    Listen: Glenn Close on What 'Fatal Attraction' Means in the #MeToo Era

    NEW YORK — Des McAnuff will return to La Jolla Playhouse for the 2001 season as the theater’s one-year interim artistic director. Last month, Anne Hamburger announced her resignation as the Southern California company’s artistic director. She has accepted a job with the Walt Disney Co. McAnuff was the playhouse artistic director from 1983-94. McAnuff-directed […]

  • Pinter at the Pinter review

    West End Review: 'Pinter Three and Four'

    NEW YORK — Des McAnuff will return to La Jolla Playhouse for the 2001 season as the theater’s one-year interim artistic director. Last month, Anne Hamburger announced her resignation as the Southern California company’s artistic director. She has accepted a job with the Walt Disney Co. McAnuff was the playhouse artistic director from 1983-94. McAnuff-directed […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content