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Arts Theatre exec director Mig Kimpton to step down

Mig Kimpton, who will step down from his role as executive director at the Arts Theatre
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Mig Kimpton, executive director of Off West End venue the Arts Theatre, is to step down from his role at the end of September.

He has managed the venue near Leicester Square since the end of 2010 when JJ Goodman Ltd took over the lease of the building, and will be replaced by the theatre’s business director Louis Hartshorn, who will programme the venue for the foreseeable future.

Kimpton told The Stage he plans to take a break from work before deciding whether to pursue theatre projects as a general manager – including potentially running a regional theatre – or his other vocation as a floral designer.

He added that the ongoing redevelopment plans for the Arts Theatre – current proposals for which include retaining the main auditorium and creating an additional rehearsal space, plus a boutique hotel and restaurant – continued to be a potential threat for the venue.

While this did not contribute to his decision to leave, he said the plans continued to “hang over” the venue because it was still not confirmed whether they would go ahead.

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