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Mark Courtice steps down as chief executive at Winchester Theatre Royal

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Winchester Theatre Royal chief executive Mark Courtice has announced he will depart the venue at the end of the year.

He has led the theatre for five years since being appointed in 2011, but now plans to return to his previous work as a consultant.

Explaining his departure, he said: “I will be sad to leave this vibrant theatre and its wonderful staff and supporters but I want to move on to new challenges.”

Mary Dawson, chair of the Live Theatre Winchester Trust, which runs the venue, said the theatre’s team was very grateful to Courtice for all he had done.

She continued: “During his time here, he has made Theatre Royal Winchester the exciting heart of the community. Mark has built the theatre’s reputation for presenting top-class theatre and has greatly extended our educational and community work.”

The theatre has now started to look for a replacement chief executive.

News of Courtice’s departure comes nearly two months after the theatre underwent emergency repairs to fix its south-facing facade, which was weather-damaged and letting in water.