l Lorne Campbell, who was associate director at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre until 2008, has become the latest Scot to be appointed to a major arts job south of the Border with the news that he will be the new artistic director of Northern Stage.

Campbell, who was born and raised in Edinburgh, has recently been co-artistic director of Greyscale as well as directing work at Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, The Gate in London and Oran Mor in Glasgow.

At the Traverse he directed award-winning shows by Morna Pearson and Alan Wilkins and currently teaches at Central St Martins College of Art and Design. He will take up the position in Newcastle in the late spring, succeeding Erica Whyman who has moved to the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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