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Arts Council’s Ian Tabbron appointed to lead Shakespeare North Playhouse

Ian Tabbron, chief executive of Shakespeare North. Photo: Alan Edwards Ian Tabbron, chief executive of Shakespeare North. Photo: Alan Edwards
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Ian Tabbron has been appointed interim chief executive at the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot, Merseyside.

Tabbron becomes the organisation’s first chief executive and joins on secondment from Arts Council England, where he was senior relationship manager.

The project has been in planning for two decades and intends to become a major home for Shakespeare in the North West by building a new theatre near the site of a 16-century playhouse which is thought to have had connections with the playwright.

Tabbron said: “I am delighted to have been offered this opportunity to work with the Shakespeare North Trust and Knowsley Council in advancing the plans for this exceptional new cultural building.

Alongside the main theatre will be an educational centre, housing to up to 30 MA students, as well as apprenticeships and courses for the community.

Tabbron added: “There are exciting proposals for interwoven strands of artistic and educational activity that sit at the heart of an ambitious vision for engaging and empowering local people and attracting national and international guests to visit, work and study in Prescot.”

Work is expected to begin on the site this year.