Mark Evertett, Theatre Director at Canterbury’s The Marlowe Theatre, has been celebrated in a surprise gathering to mark his 40 years in the theatre business.
Everett started his career as House Manager at Bolton Octagon and then the Duke’s Lancaster. Over the years he has worked for Second Theatre City, the Arts Council, Birmingham Rep, and Bristol Old Vic before heading to Canterbury in 1994.
Everett oversaw the £25.6 million redevelopment of the venue from 2009 -2011, a redevelopment that saw the building being transformed into an award-winning venue.
Everett has helped many people at the start of their career, including Antony Minghella, Hanif Kureishi, Sean Bean, Iain Glenn and Alex Kingston. He also actively supported Kenneth Branagh when he started his Renaissance Theatre Company at the Birmingham Rep, his first foray into directing and producing.
Describing theatre as a “mad but wonderful” industry, Everett is looking to the future, not the past.“I don’t tend to do a lot of theatre history – it’s about the now and what we are going to dotonight, next week, next month and longer term. It’s also about how we can do it better.
He also has encouragement for anyone looking to follow in his footsteps. “For those contemplating starting in this business, do it! It’s fantastic fun and I have no regrets.”