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Shaw Festival names Tim Carroll artistic director

The search for the Shaw Festival's new artistic director is over.

Tim Carroll, a British theater and opera director best known for his boundary -breaking productions of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and "Richard III" on London's West End and on Broadway, will succeed longtime artistic director Jackie Maxwell on Dec. 1, 2016.

Carroll's appointment comes after a yearlong search following Maxwell's announcement last year that she would end her 14-year tenure as the Shaw Festival's artistic leader.

“Tim is an artist of international stature well known for his love of actors and the idea of company,” Maxwell said in a prepared statement. "He is a great fit for the Shaw Festival and I welcome him on behalf of all of us."

Carroll has a quarter-century of experience as a director, having worked in various capacities with the English Shakespeare Company, the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, the Globe Theatre and the Stratford Festival. He is also a founding member of The Factory, a respected, London-based experimental theater company where he helmed well-received productions of "Hamlet," "The Seagull" and "The Odyssey."

Carroll's most recent and perhaps biggest claim to fame is his nearly universally praised productions of "Twelfth Night" with Mark Rylance, Paul Chahidi and Liam Brennan, which drew raves in its original production in London and also during its Broadway run in 2013. Writing in The New Yorker, Hilton Als called Carroll's version of "Twelfth Night" "grand and unsurpassable." It was the inspiration for Shakespeare in Delaware Park's current production of the comedy, running through Sunday.

According to a release, Carroll will work with Maxwell during her final season to learn the ropes before he officially takes over at the end of 2016.

Check out our Shaw Festival Guide for reviews of this season's productions.

A look at Maxwell's final season, announced earlier this summer:

Festival Theatre:

"Alice in Wonderland"
Adapted for the stage by Peter Hinton
Music by Allen Cole
Based on the book by Lewis Carroll
A treasured family favorite

"A Woman of No Importance"
By Oscar Wilde
A stylish sophisticated comedy (originally produced in 1893)

"Sweeney Todd"
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler
From an adaptation by Christopher Bond
A musical thriller (originally produced in 1979)

Court House Theatre

"Uncle Vanya"
By Anton Chekhov
Drama (Originally produced in 1898)

"Mrs. Warren’s Profession"
By Bernard Shaw
Drama (written in 1893, originally produced in 1902)

" 'Master Harold'… and the Boys"
By Athol Fugard
Drama (originally produced in 1982)

Royal George Theatre

"Our Town"
By Thornton Wilder
Drama (originally produced in 1938)

"Engaged: An Entirely Original Farcical Comedy in Three Acts"
By W.S. Gilbert
Comedy (originally produced in 1877)

"The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God"
Adapted for the stage by Lisa Codrington
From the short story by Bernard Shaw
Comedic fable

Studio Theatre

"The Dance of Death"
By August Strindberg
A new version by Richard Greenberg
Drama (originally produced 2001)

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