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Theatre boss Stephen in job exchange

Stephen Freeman
Stephen Freeman

Chief executive Stephen Freeman is leaving the Stephen Joseph Theatre to take up a new post as executive director of Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre

Stephen joined the Scarborough theatre in 2016. Since then, with artistic director Paul Robinson who joined at the same time, he has overseen one of the busiest periods in the theatre’s 63-year history.

This included record-breaking audiences and a refurbishment.

Stephen said: “I shall be very sad to leave the Stephen Jospeh and Scarborough, both of which I have grown to love. This role at the Royal Exchange is probably the only thing that could have tempted me to go.”

“I’m confident that I shall be leaving the theatre in very capable hands, with a remarkably talented artistic director, a strong and committed team, and a positive and forward-looking board.”

Said Paul “I’ve enjoyed working with Steve and although we’re all sorry to see him go, we’re committed to continuing along the successful path that we started two years ago, delivering an artistic vision that has proved so popular with our audiences.”

Helen Boaden, the chairam of Scarborough Theatre Trust, which runs the Stephen Joseph, said: “It’s a real feather in our cap that a big city theatre wants our chief executive.”

Stephen will leave at the end of the year.