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Simon Stokes to end 20-year tenure leading Theatre Royal Plymouth

Theatre Royal Plymouth's Simon Stokes. Photo: Steve Tanner Theatre Royal Plymouth's Simon Stokes. Photo: Steve Tanner
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Theatre Royal Plymouth’s artistic director Simon Stokes has announced he is leaving the theatre after 20 years.

He is stepping down at the end of the year in order to “explore new strands of challenge and opportunity”.

Stokes said he was leaving the theatre and his colleagues “with great sadness”.

“We have created something very unusual – introducing generations of very talented writers, directors, actors, producers and other collaborators to our audiences, collectively reflecting the UK’s changing world and demographic and proving that the ‘remote’ and slightly forgotten South West can also be a huge engine for national creativity,” he said.

Stokes is also a director of the Dance Consortium, which tours international dance around a national network of large-scale venues in the UK.

During his tenure he has built the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s education and creative learning department, and has been credited with developing new writing at the venue.

The theatre’s chair, Nick Buckland, said: “During his long service with TRP Simon has helped the theatre build an enviable national reputation for the remarkable breadth and quality of its overall programme and, in particular, for its distinctive contribution to new writing in theatre in the UK. It is a proud legacy that the theatre is determined to sustain and build on in the future.”

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