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Sheffield Theatres to explore links with Asia and Australia

Dan Bates, chief executive of Sheffield Theatres. Photo: Nigel Barker Dan Bates, chief executive of Sheffield Theatres. Photo: Nigel Barker
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Sheffield Theatres has announced ambitions to expand its international work through tours and transfers in Asia and Australia.

The theatre is hoping to build cultural partnerships in the region. It is also seeking to “innovate and improve” its own practices and share best practices with arts organisations in the region.

Chief executive Dan Bates will spend four months visiting Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and South Korea, finishing in Australia.

He will “forge new cultural links, developing creative partnerships and opportunities for international touring and transfers”.

The sabbatical is part-funded by the Arts Council as well as the British Council’s artists’ international development fund.

While Bates is away the chief executive role will be held by Claire Murray. She is currently communications and fundraising director at Sheffield Theatres .

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