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Rupert Goold to lead Almeida

Director will take reins of London theater later this year

LONDON — Brit helmer Rupert Goold has been appointed to succeed Michael Attenborough as a.d. of London’s Almeida Theater, where Attenborough will step down in August.

Goold’s association with the Almeida began in 2008 when he directed the U.K. preem of U.S. dramatist Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.” Prior to his appointment, he had already been engaged to helm the world preem of “American Psycho,” the musical based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel with book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik (“Spring Awakening”).

Goold’s own touring company, Headlong, is also co-producing the world preem of Lucy Kirkwood’s “Chimerica,” directed by Lyndsey

Turner, with the Almeida in May. 

Goold is twice winner of the Olivier, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard awards for directing, and his iconoclastic productions have travelled as far as Gotham. Patrick Stewart headlined Goold’s hit staging of “Macbeth” there in 2008, but the helmer’s 2010 outing “Enron,” although a massive U.K. success, flopped on Broadway. His recent scheduling conflicts forced him to withdraw from the Wooster Group/Royal Shakespeare Company production of “Troilus and Cressida” as well as a production of “Wozzeck” at English National Opera.

His acceptance of the hotly contested post at one of London’s most prestigious not-for-profits effectively removes him from the field to take over the National Theater, following the expected departure of a.d. Nicholas Hytner in 2014-15.

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