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Mathew Russell appointed exec director of Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

The Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch will stage a new production of Made in Dagenham The Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch
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The Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch has appointed Mathew Russell as its new executive director and Claire Gevaux as chair.

They will work alongside artistic director Douglas Rintoul, who is in his second year leading the greater London theatre.

Russell and Rintoul will act as joint chief executives of the venue, with Russell replacing Thom Stanbury and interim chief executive Mary Caws. He joins the Queen’s from Cast in Doncaster, before which he was interim chief executive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.

Russell has also been executive director at the Watford Palace Theatre and Greenwich and Docklands International Festival.

Gevaux, who succeeds Dennis Roycroft at Queen’s as chair, said: “We’ve already achieved an incredible amount in the last year: winning most welcoming theatre award, refreshing our brand, creating innovative programmes to support local artists, engaging a more diverse audience with the theatre as well as taking our work out to communities.”

She added that the new leadership team would work to continue the theatre’s “ambitious vision [to be] the leading cultural hub in Havering, outer London and beyond”.

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