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Northern Broadsides executive director to step down as Barrie Rutter replacement confirmed

Ruth Alexander-Rubin, Luke Adamson, Barrie Rutter (seated) and Mat Fraser in Northern Broadsides' Richard III at Hull Truck Theatre. Photo: Nobby Clark Barrie Rutter (seated) with Ruth Alexander-Rubin, Luke Adamson and Mat Fraser in Northern Broadsides' Richard III at Hull Truck Theatre. Photo: Nobby Clark
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Northern Broadsides’ executive director Sue Andrews is to step down after 25 years.

She follows outgoing artistic director Barrie Rutter in leaving the company. He departs next month after 26 years helming the company he founded.

Andrews will step down later this year, with recruitment for a replacement already underway.

The company has also announced that Conrad Nelson will take over from Rutter as artistic director and joint chief executive for a period of 12 months. The company will then appoint a permanent artistic director from 2019.

Nelson has worked with the Halifax-based theatre company since 1992 and is currently its artistic development director and composer.

He takes over the artistic directorship on April 1.

Nelson said: “I have been fortunate to have been associated with the company as a director, actor and composer for the past 26 years. It has been a wonderful journey so far in partnership with founder Barrier Rutter and executive director Sue Andrews.

“As they step down and continue a different path, we thank them for their incredible work in creating a company with a rich and important cultural legacy.”

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