Doran, who first joined the company as an actor in 1987, on Thursday pledged commitment to “the disciplines and craftsmanship required to do the astonishing plays of our `Star of Poets,’ William Shakespeare.”
He replaces Michael Boyd, who has led the company since 2002.
The company recently unveiled a 100 million pound ($160 million) renovation of its theater complex in Stratford-upon-Avon, 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of London.
This summer it is producing the World Shakespeare Festival to coincide with the London Olympics.
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