An open letter from the Artistic Directors and Executive Director

Hello everyone,

We’ve got some exciting news – for us and for nabokov – which we wanted to share with you personally.

We started nabokov in 2001 when we were students aged 19, 20 and 21, and it has always been a young company intent on producing the most incendiary new work by the most exciting young artists for mostly young audiences. Nine years on, we're hovering around 30, and we have decided it is time for us to pass on the baton to someone else to continue and expand that mission, and for us to move on to a new challenge.

And so we are delighted to announce the appointment of Joe Murphy as the new Artistic Director of nabokov. At 24-years-old Joe is one of the most talented young directors in the UK. Joe’s passion for new work, his vision, his tenacity and his youth make him the perfect person to drive the company forward over the next few years. We are very excited to be passing the nabokov torch to someone who we know will take the company to the next level, and in exciting new directions.

All three of us will remain involved with nabokov at Board level, and of course we’ll be in the audience at every nabokov event. Ric will remain in his position as Executive Director for the foreseeable future.

James and George will be moving to Paines Plough, where we are honoured and thrilled to have been appointed joint Artistic Directors. Paines Plough is a company we have greatly admired for many years and which has been a huge inspiration to us throughout our careers. We start our new positions on 1 February 2010 and we are relishing the opportunity to build on the company’s illustrious 35 year history and the incredible work of outgoing Artistic Director Roxanna Silbert to present the highest quality work to the highest number of people across the country and internationally, and cement Paines Plough’s reputation as the UK’s national theatre of new plays.

We are hugely proud of nabokov’s achievements over the past nine years. The company has premiered new work by more than 60 playwrights, 30 directors, 80 other artists and practitioners and several hundred actors. Our work has been seen across the UK and internationally; in the West End, in a toilet in Sheffield, off-Broadway and in a field in Suffolk. In 2008, more than 10,000 people saw a piece of work by nabokov.

For this, we want to thank all the amazing artists we have been privileged to work with. Their brilliance and passion has produced this thrilling work. We also want to thank all the venues we have worked at, the producers and supporters who have made the work possible, and Arts Council England, East for their continued and invaluable support.

Most importantly, we want to thank you. Whether you’ve been to one nabokov event or 100, we’ve always made work for our audience, and we are so grateful for the loyal and effusive support we have received over the years from everyone who has turned up to see our shows and events.

We very much hope you will continue to support nabokov as the company enters an exciting new phase under Joe’s directorship. This is just the beginning. And we hope you will continue to follow our work with Paines Plough.
 
We’ve had the time of our life. Thank you.

James, George & Ric