New director at top theatre

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One of the country’s leading theatres is celebrating the appointment of a new Executive Director. 

Liz King is set to join the Theatre Royal Plymouth (TRP) team. Her previous tenure at The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh saw her overseeing numerous productions.

These included the award-winning production of Life is a Dream and the theatre’s inaugural season of award-winning work at the Edinburgh Festivals. 

Prior to working at The Lyceum, Liz was the Producer at Kneehigh Theatre where she toured productions nationally and internationally for over a period of ten years. She also presented six seasons of work in Kneehigh’s nomadic tent, The Asylum.  

‘After an extensive recruitment process I am delighted that Liz will be joining us at TRP,’ says James Mackenzie-Blackman, Chief Executive and Executive Producer at Theatre Royal Plymouth.  

‘We’re confident that Liz’s vast experience, in the South West, at the Lyceum, and further afield, will ensure that our producing and programming ambitions are fully realised in the years ahead.’

‘I am thrilled to be joining James and the talented team at TRP at this exciting moment, as the organisation delivers its transformative plans for Creative Renewal,’ explains Liz.

‘With TR2 offering some of the best facilities for making theatre anywhere in the country, enticing possibilities lie ahead and I’m very much looking forward to producing and programming some amazing shows and projects for audiences in Plymouth, the South West and further afield.’

In 2022, the Theatre Royal Plymouth announced its ambitious Creative Renewal plans after James’ appointment as Chief Executive and Executive Producer. 

After commissioning industry colleagues to lead an independent review, the Theatre Royal Plymouth launched a major reorganisation of their creative and producing team so they could be led by a group of artists, instead of one Artistic Director. 

The Theatre Royal Plymouth says its’ new creative direction is designed to meet the needs of artists and audiences.

Photography kindly supplied by Theatre Royal Plymouth

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