Theatre, television and film director Rebecca Gatward, whose critically acclaimed production of Maxine Peake’s Beryl has been shortlisted in this year’s Manchester Theatre Awards, will be taking over as director of THE NIGHT WATCH this May.

Nightwatch A5 WEB"When Sarah approached me to direct The Night Watch it was an opportunity I couldn't turn down. To work on such a wonderful novel - at the Exchange, such an exciting theatre, and with Hattie is a dream combination. I look forward, with tremendous enthusiasm to getting into the rehearsal room and to bringing this beautiful story to life."
Rebecca Gatward

Sarah Frankcom made the decision to step away from the production following on from Fiona Gasper’s move to the Manchester International Festival and the development of an ambitious global project.

Sarah said…
'It was difficult to make the decision to no longer direct The Night Watch. It is a very special project that I’ve been working on for a long time with writer Hattie Naylor. I’m thrilled that Rebecca has come on board to take the reins of this project. She is a brilliantly skilled director whose is able to take new writing and an ensemble cast and create a gripping and fast paced story on stage, which is just what an exhilarating novel like The Night Watch needs. Over the past few weeks I’ve had to make some major adjustments to my work schedule but with Rebecca on board I know that The Night Watch is in a talented pair of hands, I’m looking forward to seeing what she does with the show.'

Rebecca will be joined by a creative team that includes Designer Georgia Lowe, Composer and Sound Designer Dan Jones and Movement Director Sian Williams.