Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Jonathan Church & Alan Finch to depart Chichester Festival Theatre in September 2016

Jonathan Church and Alan Finch have announced that they are stepping down as artistic director and executive director of Chichester Festival Theatre at the end of September 2016. 

Both Church and Finch joined Chichester Festival Theatre in 2005, overseeing the organisation’s 50th anniversary in 2012 and the recent £22 million redevelopment of the Festival Theatre.

Jonathan Church said: "It has been a privilege and a joy to have been the custodians of this very special theatre for the last decade and to have worked alongside some of the country's most skilled actors and creative teams.

"It will be painful leaving a theatre that feels like our creative home but regional theatres thrive on new ideas and new energies. I like to think we will hand this wonderful theatre over to its next caretakers in an excellent position to build further on its extraordinary history."

Alan Finch said: "We are incredibly fortunate to have some of the most loyal audiences, generous supporters and sponsors I have ever come across. Without their support, Jonathan and I would never have been able to achieve what we have."

Under their tenure, the Theatre has enjoyed significant success both in Chichester and beyond with 48 productions transferring to the West End or securing international and UK tours. These include Lucy Prebble’s ENRON, Macbeth with Patrick Stewart, Singin’ in the Rain, Sweeney Todd, Private Lives, King Lear with Frank Langella, The Pajama Game and, more recently, Jonathan Church’s production of Taken at Midnight and Gypsy directed by Jonathan Kent.

The formal process to appoint a new Artistic Director will begin in August, with the Board expected to announce a successor at the end of 2015. The new Executive Director will be appointed once the Artistic Director Designate is in place.

Photo Credit: David Jensen

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