We are sad to announce that our Artistic Director Gregory Doran will be taking a period of compassionate leave to care for his husband, Sir Antony Sher.

Antony has a long and celebrated association with the company and is an RSC Honorary Associate Artist. 

Gregory Doran writes: 'I am very sorry to say that my husband, Tony Sher, has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and in order to look after him, and with the agreement of the board, I will be taking a period of compassionate leave with immediate effect. I expect to return in early 2022.’ 

Gregory Doran head and shoulders, wearing a dark blue shirt
Gregory Doran
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During this period our Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman, will take on the role of Acting Artistic Director until Gregory’s return. Erica will work closely with our Executive Director Catherine Mallyon. 

Erica has been Deputy Artistic Director since 2012 working alongside Gregory and our artistic programming team on all aspects of our activity, with specific responsibilities for our approach to inclusion, new writing and The Other Place. This work will continue in Gregory’s absence.