Watford Palace Theatre has appointed Brigid Larmour as its new artistic director. She will take up her role on August 21 and replaces Lawrence Till, who left the venue earlier this year.
“I am delighted to take on the artistic directorship of Watford Palace Theatre,” said Larmour. “Lawrence Till leaves behind him a stunningly restored Edwardian theatre and a terrific in-house team. The Palace has a highly respected education department and a thriving and diverse local community. It is well supported by Arts Council England East, Watford Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council, and has both a regional and a national role to play. I am very excited about the future.”
Larmour joins Watford from Act Productions, having served as the company’s artistic director from its beginnings in 1998 as a solo operation within a large theatre owning group, to its current position as one of the West End’s leading independent producers.
During that period, she developed and produced a wide range of work, from Lee Hall’s Spoonface Steinberg, with Kathryn Hunter, directed by Annie Castledine and Marcello Magni, to John Osborne and Anthony Creighton’s Epitaph For George Dillon, directed by Peter Gill, with Joseph Fiennes, Francesca Annis and Anne Reid. She also produced Kevin Elyot’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, directed by Steven Pimlott with Tara Fitzgerald, Richard Johnson, Gemma Jones and Graham Crowden.
She has also set up productions in partnership with subsidised companies in London and the regions, including Sheffield Theatres, Nottingham Playhouse, Dublin’s Gate Theatre and the National Theatre. Prior to that, she served as artistic director of Contact Theatre in Manchester and worked as part of the NT’s education department. She trained at the Royal Shakespeare Company as assistant director to Terry Hands.
Watford’s chair Peter McInerney said: “The appointment of Brigid Larmour marks the start of an exciting new era for Watford Palace Theatre. Her enthusiasm and vision for WPT is truly inspiring and I am convinced that Brigid will lead the theatre on an exhilarating artistic journey.”