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Summerhall’s Rupert Thomson named as Southbank’s new dance programmer

Rupert Thomson, who will become Southbank Centre's new senior programmer for performance and dance from May Rupert Thomson, who will become Southbank Centre's new senior programmer for performance and dance from May
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Rupert Thomson is to step down as artistic director of Edinburgh venue Summerhall to become senior programmer for performance and dance at London’s Southbank Centre.

Thomson, who became Summerhall’s first artistic director when he was appointed in 2011, will join the Southbank from May.

Summerhall general manager Sam Gough said: “We are absolutely delighted that Rupert has accepted this great position at the Southbank Centre. It’s a fantastic opportunity for him. While here, Rupert’s artistic direction has firmly cemented Summerhall’s place in the arts, and for that we are very grateful.”

Thomson has already put in place the schedule for Summerhall’s 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme.

Thomson said: “Naturally, I am very much looking forward to getting started at Southbank. But it is also very much the case that I will miss Summerhall and the buoyant Scottish arts and culture scene.

“I am hugely grateful for the support and investment Summerhall has had from artists, individuals and organisations over the past few years, and I am sure many of us will be working together again one way or another in the future.”

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