Following the announcement earlier this year that Peter Wilson would step down as Chief Executive of Norwich Theatre Royal at the end of the year, the venue has today [10 August 2016] announced Stephen Crocker as his successor.
Crocker will take up post in January 2017, joining the Norfolk venue from his current role as Deputy Chief Executive of The Lowry, Salford.
During his nine years at The Lowry, Crocker has led a number of major strands of work, including the venue’s award-winning Learning &Engagement programme, developing and establishing Quays Culture, the critically-acclaimed outdoor digital arts programme on MediaCityUK, and raising £5.5million for the recent completion of The Lowry’s 2020 Project.
For Michael Newey, Chairman of the Trustees of Norwich Theatre Royal, the appointment is welcome news: “We are looking forward to welcoming Stephen to the team and working with him to build on Peter’s tremendous legacy both in the Theatre Royal and county. Stephen has an impressive track record in the cultural sector in London and more recently Manchester and we are very confident that he is the right person for the challenges we face over the years ahead.”
Crocker himself is looking forward to the move to Norwich. “I am thrilled to be joining the team at Theatre Royal and leading the next chapter in the incredible history of this much-loved venue. With the imminent launch of Stage Two, which will be a huge asset for local people, this is an exciting time to join the organisation and it is an honour to build upon the remarkable legacy of Peter Wilson. Norwich is a truly modern heritage city with an incredibly vibrant cultural scene and I am excited to make it my home. I am looking forward to meeting audiences and partners across Norwich and Norfolk as we cement the city and county as leading cultural destinations in the UK.”