Shriti formally took up the position as part of this year’s AGM, which reflected on an unprecedented year for the Company.

Today we welcomed our new Chair, Shriti Vadera, at our Annual General Meeting in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Shriti is the first female Chair and first person of colour to lead the RSC Board. She is Chair of Prudential plc and has over 35 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. She replaces Nigel Hugill, who is stepping down after 10 years in the role.

Shriti said: ‘I am delighted and honoured to be taking on the role of Chair today. The RSC is rooted in our history, but we strive to be dynamic, relevant and to have the courage to experiment, as our founders did. As a truly national company with a globally recognised brand, we will continue to work for a future dedicated to defining and redefining excellence in the arts, and touching and inspiring as many lives as we can.’

Shriti Vadera in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Shriti Vadera in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
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The AGM recognised the RSC’s work over the past financial year, from making old and new shows available online to creating new educational resources for the millions of pupils learning from home. The event included a performance of Quiet from Matilda The Musical and speeches from Hamlet and The Winter's Tale recorded by Associate Artists Adjoa Andoh and Noma Dumezweni, before the presentation of Long Service Awards for colleagues with 20, 30 or 40 years with the Company.