After ten years at the venue, Theatre503’s Artistic Director Paul Robinson has announced he is to leave to join Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre.
Robinson will take up the role of Artistic Director of The Stephen Joseph Theatre in June where previous Artistic Directors have included Stephen Joseph, Chris Monks and Sir Alan Ayckbourn.
For Robinson, the tenure at Theatre503 has been an enjoyable one. “Theatre503 has been my home for the last ten years and I have enjoyed every minute of it thanks to a superb team and excellent Board. We’ve faced down huge challenges and I have been lucky enough to see the burgeoning talent of a generation of artists come through the doors. I have no doubt that under new leadership it will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Theatre503 has become known for championing new writing and stages ground-breaking plays from the most talented emerging writers. It has previously launched the careers of playwrights Dennis Kelly (Matilda The Musical, Utopia), Katori Hall (The Mountaintop), Tom Morton-Smith (Oppenheimer) and Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51), as well as being the smallest theatre to win an Olivier Award for Best New Play.
Theatre503 Chair and Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Erica Whyman praises Robinson’s time at the venue. “Paul has led Theatre503 for the last decade with skill, panache and immense dedication. His commitment to great, impassioned writing and his own assured touch as a director have led Theatre503 to burst at the seams with ingenuity and ambition, and to be the recipients of countless nominations and awards as well as a forceful presence in the West End, in Edinburgh and across the UK. “
Details of Robinson’s replacement at Theatre503 have yet to be announced.
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