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Paul Hart to replace Hedda Beeby at Newbury’s Watermill Theatre

Paul Hart has unveiled his first season as artistic director of the Watermill Theatre in Newbury.
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Paul Hart has been appointed artistic and executive director of the Watermill Theatre in Newbury.

He replaces Hedda Beeby, who has announced she is leaving the theatre after eight years in the post.

Hart is currently an associate of Propeller Theatre Company. The Watermill produced all of Propeller’s shows up until 2010. Hart was previously resident assistant director for the Donmar Warehouse.

He will take up his position in the autumn, while Beeby will continue as part-time associate producer during the handover period.

Hart said: “I am thrilled to be taking the reins at the Watermill. It is a space like no other, which nourishes a relationship between actors and audiences in an extraordinary way. I have been inspired by the innovation of the work here for many years and it will be a privilege to lead the company at this exciting juncture.”

Chair of the Watermill’s board, Andrew Tuckey, said the theatre was “delighted” the be appointing Hart to the role.

He said: “I have every confidence that he will develop the Watermill’s artistic reputation, offering great opportunities to theatre makers of tomorrow and welcoming audiences to our unique venue with a wide variety of work.”

Tuckey also praised Beeby for leading the theatre with “such distinction over the past eight years”, adding that “its strong position today owes much to her vision and the quality of her leadership”.

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