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Theatre Royal Plymouth

Theatre Royal Plymouth presents a broad range of theatre, from both the commercial and the subsidised sectors, across our three auditoria (ranging from 50 - 1,300 capacity). We specialise in the production of new plays and are the starting place of many large-scale productions bound for the West End and touring. 

We deliver extensive community engagement programmes, embrace the vitality of new talent by supporting emerging and established artists, and collaborate with a range of partners to provide dynamic cultural leadership for the city of Plymouth. Our mission is to develop and deepen people’s engagement with creativity in Plymouth and the South West and to deliver experiences that spark delight, expression and fulfillment.

The Board of Theatre Royal Plymouth is seeking an exceptional Chief Executive to succeed Adrian Vinken OBE. Building on the achievements of one of the most respected and highly successful regional theatres in the UK, the new Chief Executive will provide inspirational and entrepreneurial leadership for the organisation and its many stakeholders, ensuring strategic vision, artistic excellence, financial resilience, commercial success, and long-term stability and growth. 

As a prominent cultural leader for the South West, the Chief Executive of Theatre Royal Plymouth will continue to build the theatre’s reputation and profile in the region, as well as nationally and internationally, playing an important role in the life of the City and in the wider cultural sector. 

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of successful leadership at a senior level in the performing arts, cultural sector or creative industries, in an organisation of scale and similar complexity to the Theatre Royal Plymouth. They will have strong business acumen and negotiating skills, the ability to identify and exploit commercial opportunities for the theatre and an understanding of how to balance creative risk with sound financial management.  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and to operate at the highest political levels, are all essential qualities for this role. Knowledge of producing and presenting theatres and theatre touring is desirable.

We encourage candidates from different backgrounds with different experiences, skills and stories to apply. We will consider applications from people who wish to work flexibly.

Theatre Royal Plymouth is a registered charity and receives funding from Arts Council England and Plymouth City Council. TRP is proud to be a Real Living Wage Employer.

To apply

This process is being led by Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Board of Trustees who are working with recruitment consultant, Heather Newill, Director of AEM International Ltd.

Please read the Chief Executive Recruitment Pack for full details and how to apply:

Chief Executive Recruitment Pack

Visit the AEM International website 

Deadline for applications: Monday, 17th May 2021