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Harrogate Theatres appoints Amanda Whittington and Joyce Branagh to board

Left to right: Amanda Whittington; Phil Lowe; Harrogate Theatres chairman Jim Clark, Mark Hollander and David Bown.
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Playwright Amanda Whittington and director Joyce Branagh have joined the board of Harrogate Theatres.

They have been appointed to the board of directors alongside former senior manager of Arts Council England’s Yorkshire division, Mark Hollander.

Whittington, who penned the play Be My Baby, which is now a GCSE set text, said Harrogate Theatres’ “diverse artistic programme” made it one of the “most dynamic theatres in the region”.

“I look forward to becoming more involved with the theatre’s plans for the future,” she said.

Branagh added that she was “delighted” to play a “significant part in forging its future”.

Harrogate Theatres comprises a 500-seat main house, a 60-seat studio space and programmes the 1000-seat Royal Hall, as well as the 2000-seat Harrogate International Centre.

Chief executive David Brown said that the new board members “bring a wealth of experience that will help Harrogate Theatres continue to develop as one of the north’s leading cultural providers”.

The organisation has also announced that it has appointed Phil Lowe as an artistic associate. He will become part of Harrogate Theatres’ programming team.