Mark Goucher appointed chief exec of Cheltenham Everyman

Mark Goucher. Photo: Julie Howden Mark Goucher. Photo: Julie Howden
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Producer Mark Goucher has been appointed chief executive of the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham, in a move that will lead to more productions opening there ahead of the West End.

He replaces Geoffrey Rowe, who leaves the venue after a decade in March.

Goucher will continue to run his independent production company, Mark Goucher Productions, alongside his job at the Everyman, which he takes up on March 31.

A statement from the theatre said Goucher’s appointment signalled a move towards more co-productions with venues and companies, as well as an ambition to begin plays in Cheltenham before transferring to London.

Goucher, who lives in Gloucestershire, said the Everyman was “the only theatre I have ever had an interest in running”.

“I will embrace this challenge to work with the staff and trustees to continue to present high quality and diverse work for the whole of Gloucestershire. I am fully committed to the subsidised work here both in the community and the studio but would like to see the theatre extend its influence both regionally and nationally,” he said.

The theatre’s chairman, Clive Thomas, added that he hoped Goucher would build on Rowe’s achievements and help the venue move to a new level, “with even more national prominence”.

Goucher’s credits as a producer include The Dresser and the forthcoming production of The Miser, starring Griff Rhys Jones.