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Duncan Hendry to step down as chief executive of Capital Theatres

Duncan Hendry. Photo: Phil Wilkinson Duncan Hendry. Photo: Phil Wilkinson
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Duncan Hendry, the chief executive of Edinburgh’s Capital Theatres, is to step down in June 2019 after seven years in the role.

Capital Theatre is the charity that runs the city’s Festival, King’s and Studio theatres.

The announcement comes a month after the launch of a major £20 million redevelopment of the King’s Theatre, which will see the theatre go dark from September 2021 for 20 months.

Hendry joined the then Festival City Theatres Trust at the start of 2012 after 14 years in charge of Aberdeen’s major performing venues.

The trust changed its name and branding to Capital Theatres in March this year.

During his time in Edinburgh, Hendry has overseen the completion and successful opening of the Festival Theatre’s studio space in 2013, as well as the instigation of the King’s project.

He has also been credited with turning around the trust’s finances. It was operating at a deficit when Hendry took over and had recently made 25% of its permanent staff redundant. It has announced a surplus for the last seven years.

Hendry, who will be 72 at the planned completion of the King’s redevelopment in August 2023, spoke of the privilege he felt running the theatres, and said: “It will be a wrench to step down from one of the best jobs in UK theatre.”

He added: “After over 30 years working in the performing arts at a senior level it’s now time to seek out new challenges.

“I hope to take on some non-executive board positions and I will stay involved in the fundraising efforts for the redevelopment of the King’s Theatre.”

Capital Theatres said it would soon start the search for a new chief executive.

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