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Curve artistic director Paul Kerryson to step down at the end of 2014

Leicester's Curve theatre
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Curve artistic director Paul Kerryson is to step down at the end of 2014, after 22 years at the head of Leicester’s producing theatre.

Kerryson has been artistic director of Leicester Theatre Trust ­since 1991 – first at the Haymarket Theatre and then at Curve since 2008, when it opened.

Kerryson said it felt like “an appropriate moment to hand the baton to a new artistic leader”.

“On the occasion of Curve’s fifthbirthday I would like to announce that I will be leaving Curve as artistic director at the end of next year, December 2014. It has been a privilege to have played a part in the artistic vision and creation of Curve and then the incredibly exciting first five years. It now feels an appropriate moment to hand on the baton to a new artistic leader who will not only have the most wonder facility in the heart of the culturally dynamic city of Leicester, but will also have a great theatre team led by chief executive Fiona Allan,” he said.

At Curve, Kerryson has directed productions such as Hello, Dolly!, Gypsy, Piaf and Chicago, currently running at the venue.

Chief executive Allan said she felt “enormously privileged” to have worked with Kerryson, and added: “His brilliant creative flair resonates throughout Curve – not just on stage, but in the very fabric of the building, which he helped conceive. Paul’s legacy here at Curve cannot be underestimated.”

Philip Tasker, chair of the board of trustees at Leicester Theatre Trust, said Curve had gone from “strength to strength” under Kerryson. He also praised Kerryson’s community work and said the artistic director had “created a vibrant artistic culture that is at the centre of its region and of national importance”.

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