Dewynters’ founder Anthony Pye-Jeary: ‘It’s time for a new era’
Dewynters co-founder Anthony Pye-Jeary has spoken about his decision to step down after 50 years with the company, revealing he is making way for a new era in the organisation.
Pye-Jeary, who has overseen marketing and advertising for shows including Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, said he was “looking forward to putting my feet up”.
His retirement was announced today, with James Charrington named as the new chief executive. He replaces Bob King, who left the company at the beginning of this month.
Pye-Jeary, who formed the company in its current form with Robert Dewynter in 1976, said: “I sold the company seven or eight years ago and quite honestly have been winding down since then. I am looking forward to putting my feet up.”
He said he had previously produced shows with Michael Codron, including Mr Foote’s Other Leg, and may do more in the future. But he ruled out running another company.
“I am happy to call that part of my life over,” he said.
Pye-Jeary also said Charrington had worked for the company previously and added: “The reason I feel it’s fine and safe for me to let my baby go, so to speak, is because I like James and trust him and think he’s a good man. No one wants to stand there interfering when you’re starting a new era, so I am happy to leave it to him.”
The company’s co-founder said musical Cats had been a highlight from his 50 years.
“The poster was an important milestone and very different. Cats was the jumping-off point,” he said.