The Old Vic has announced that Matthew Warchus will succeed Kevin Spacey as artistic director in autumn 2015.
Matthew Warchus is currently an artistic associate at The Old Vic having directed a number of productions there, most recently in 2008 when he directed Spacey and Jeff Goldblum in Speed-the-Plow and also a revival of Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy The Norman Conquests.
His current work includes the hit musical Matilda and the forthcoming feature film Pride.
"We are delighted to have appointed an artistic director with the talent and track record of Matthew Warchus," said Nick Clarry, chairman of The Old Vic Theatre Trust.
"Our goals are to continue to develop our artistic programme under Matthew's leadership, to continue with our outreach work, to establish an endowment fund, and then to redevelop our historic building after the bicentenary in 2018."
Kevin Spacey said: "I couldn't be happier that my friend Matthew Warchus has agreed to take the reins at The Old Vic next year.
"I have long admired his work and had a wonderful experience when we worked together on Speed-the-Plow.
"Matthew is a thoughtful, intuitive and highly creative director and he has rightly been applauded for his work, in particular the quality and diversity of his portfolio.
"I know he loves our theatre and I am delighted for our staff, our audiences and for our acting and production communities that he will be its next guardian."
Matthew Warchus said: "I am excited and honoured to be following Kevin's galvanising tenure at this wonderful building.
"He has re-established The Old Vic as a globally important theatre and I look forward to continuing to develop it as a hub of invigorating creativity."