British Tamil Indhu Rubasingham has been appointed the artistic director of the National Theatre. The landmark London venue will get its first female director in its 60-year history.
Indhu has been at the London Kiln Theatre (formerly the Tricycle) for over a decade and will replace the National’s current director Rufus Norris in 2025.
Speaking to the BBC, Rubasingham said it would be “a joy to be a part of this iconic building’s next chapter”.
“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.”
Born in Sheffield and with Sri-Lankan Tamil heritage, she will be the seventh director since the National was founded by Sir Laurence Olivier in 1963.