Nicholas Martin tops Williamstown

Huntington head will succeed Roger Rees

BOSTON — Nicholas Martin, the outgoing artistic director at Huntington Theater Company, is taking over as head of the Williamstown Theater Festival in the Berkshires.

Martin succeeds actor-director Roger Rees, who has led the summer theater for the past three years.

The new a.d. takes over Nov. 1 while completing his final season at the Beantown theater he’s headed since 2000. His successor at Huntington is expected to be named before the end of the year.

Rees is stepping down for “other opportunities,” according to the formal announcement from the Williamstown Theater Festival. Daily Variety reported the exit Tuesday.

Martin’s association with the fest goes back more than a decade, including two years as Williamstown’s resident director under then-producing director Michael Ritchie, whom Rees succeeded. Martin continued to stage works at the festival, including this summer’s hit, “The Corn Is Green,” starring Kate Burton. (Producers are said to be eyeing a New York run for that show.)

Martin also has transferred several Williamstown fest productions to New York, including a “Hedda Gabler” staging starring Burton. Last season, he directed Nathan Lane in the Broadway revival of “Butley.”