Indhu Rubasingham appointed as director of National Theatre

Hattie Fisk
Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Rubasingham will become the first woman and first person of colour to hold the post of director at the National Theatre, replacing Rufus Norris from spring 2025.

 Indhu Rubasingham
Indhu Rubasingham

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After a six-month search, the National Theatre has appointed Indhu Rubasingham as the next director and joint chief executive of the National Theatre. 

Rubasingham will work alongside executive director Kate Varah who also becomes joint chief executive in a co-leadership model. 

Taking over from Rufus Norris, who has held the post for 10 years, the changes will be put in place in Spring 2025 when his second term ends. 

Rubasingham has been the artistic director of Kiln Theatre since 2012; she has said that new writing will become a mainstay of her mission at the National Theatre, aiming to bring new voices into the mainstream. 

‘It’s a huge honour to be appointed Director of the National Theatre – for me, this is the best job in the world,’ said Rubasingham. ‘The National has played an important part in my life – from tentative steps as a teenage theatregoer, to later as a theatre-maker, and to have the opportunity to play a role in its history is an incredible privilege and responsibility.'

'Theatre has a transformative power – the ability to bring people together through shared experience and storytelling, and nowhere more so than the National.'