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Conrad Lynch leaves Theatre by the Lake after clashing with its board

Conrad Lynch is Theatre by the Lake's new joint artistic director and chief executive Conrad Lynch is leaving Theatre by the Lake after two years as artistic director
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Conrad Lynch has stepped down from his role as artistic director at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, citing differences with the venue’s board.

An initial statement issued about his departure said he and the board had not shared “the same renewed vision for the company” and the next phase of its development. An updated statement was later issued, which made no reference to a dispute.

He leaves after two years in the role and will return to being a freelance producer.

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He leaves as his latest production, The Other Place, begins a run at Park Theatre in London.

In the revised statement about this departure, Lynch said: “This is a great opportunity for a new artistic director to work with the administrative director and the joint chair on the next phase of TBTL’s artistic development.”

He added: “It has been a privilege to work in Keswick, creating fantastic work for our audiences and participants. I’d like to thank the amazing group of artists who have made and performed in my productions, our friends, donors and volunteers for their never-ending support and the wonderful TBTL staff across all departments.”

Under Lynch, all five productions in the theatre’s summer season will transfer to the York Theatre Royal.

Joint chair Vicky Robinson said the theatre was “grateful to Conrad for all his hard work”.