Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds appoint new CEO/artistic director

Owen Calvert-Lyons has been appointed the new CEO/artistic director of the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

He succeeds Karen Simpson who sadly died, aged 62, just after the turn of the new year following a battle with cancer.

Mr Calvert-Lyons comes to the theatre having spent four years commissioning and creating new plays as head of theatre and artist development at Ovalhouse, in London.

Prior to that he was artistic director at The Point and the Berry Theatres and has worked in theatres across the UK including Arcola Theatre, York Theatre Royal and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

He said: “Theatre Royal is a beautiful theatre with an extraordinary history. I look forward to working with this team and the wider Bury St Edmunds community to stage great plays and create dynamic projects, which inspire and delight our audiences.”

Roger Quince, chairman of Theatre Royal’s board said: “After a rigorous recruitment process we are delighted to have found the candidate who we all feel can not only continue the fantastic legacy left by Karen Simpson, but one who can deliver a sustainable programme of high-quality presenting and producing work, which inspires and enriches the lives of our audiences in Bury St Edmunds and beyond.”

Mr Calvert-Lyons will take up his post in June and in the interim, Adrian Grady continues as general manager/interim CEO.

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