David Lan

Playwright, theatre producer and director and a social anthropologist

David Lan is a playwright, theatre director and social anthropologist.

Between 2000-2018 he was Artistic Director of the Young Vic where he produced more than 150 shows and directed, amongst others, A Raisin in the Sun, Doctor Faustus, The Daughter-in-Law, The Skin of Our Teeth, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Why It’s Kicking off Everywhere and Blackta, as well as As You Like It in the West End. He led the campaign to rebuild the theatre, which reopened to acclaim in 2006. He was writer in residence at the Royal Court theatre 1995-97. In addition to many plays, libretti and TV films, he is the author of an anthropological study Guns and Rain: Guerrillas & Spirit Mediums in Zimbabwe. He is on the boards of Sadlers Wells, the Belarus Free Theatre and Good Chance. Between 2013 and 2016 he was Consulting Artistic Director of the soon to be built Ronald O Perlman Performing Arts Centre at the World Trade Centre in New York. He has received the Special Olivier Award, the Special Critics Circle Award, an Honorary Doctorate from London South Bank University and a CBE.