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Clint Dyer becomes Deputy Artistic Director of the National Theatre

Clint Dyer in rehearsals for Death of England: Delroy at the National Theatre

We're thrilled to announce that Clint Dyer will become our Deputy Artistic Director, working closely with Rufus Norris and Emily McLaughlin, Director of New Work, to support and shape the National Theatre's creative output. 



Clint is one of only a very small number of people, and the only Black British artist, to have worked at the National Theatre as an actor, writer and director on full-scale productions. His breadth of experience and creative work will be invaluable as we adapt following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and focus on the future.

Clint's work at the National Theatre includes the role of Cutler in our 2016 production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and co-writer and director of Death of England and Death of England: Delroy, which played in the Dorfman and Olivier theatres in 2020. Clint was also appointed as an National Theatre Associate last year. 

Speaking about Clint's appointment, Rufus Norris said: “I’m extremely happy to be welcoming Clint to the National as Deputy Artistic Director. He’s a remarkable artist and has so much to contribute at a time when we need brilliant creative brains the most. Over the last few years, we have been working with a greater number and range of theatre-makers than at any other time in the NT's history. Clint will play a vital role in supporting these artists to create world-leading theatre for the NT’s stages and beyond.”

Speaking about his new role, Clint said: “I was lucky enough last year to experience first-hand the hard work and dedication from every single member of NT staff that went into achieving so much against all the odds. This is a time when our industry is still very much feeling the impact from the pandemic and the events of 2020, and I know that the National is looking to emerge from this period with a renewed commitment to make world-class theatre that celebrates the breadth of our nation. I am thrilled and honoured to be part of the team that will be making that happen."

Clint will continue to act, write and direct his own work away from the National Theatre. His next project will be directing Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical which opens at the Lyric Theatre in the West End this year.

Photo: Helen Murray