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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

Northern Broadsides’ executive director Sue Andrews is to step down after 25 years.

She follows outgoing artistic director Barrie Rutter [1] 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.”