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The Bunker’s artistic director Joshua McTaggart to step down

Joshua McTaggart who is moving to Chelsea Theatre. Credit: Simon Paris Joshua McTaggart who is moving to Chelsea Theatre. Credit: Simon Paris
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Joshua McTaggart is to step down as artistic director of off-West End venue the Bunker, to take up leadership of the Chelsea Theatre in west London.

McTaggart has led the Bunker, in Southwark, since its opening in 2016, and moves to the Chelsea Theatre as it prepares to undergo a capital redevelopment project, details of which have not yet been announced.

He will leave the Bunker in September, however he will continue a creative relationship with the theatre as part of a new musical theatre initiative it is launching with Trafalgar Entertainment Group.

The project will develop a musical about Glasgow’s ice cream wars of the 1980s, directed by McTaggart.

McTaggart said: “In just over two years, our team has taken this abandoned underground car park and transformed it into a thriving hub of creativity and performance.

“I cannot wait to hand over this building to another creative mind to lead it on the next steps of its journey. I will certainly be taking the lessons and the triumphs from my time at the Bunker to the Chelsea Theatre.”

Applications for a new artistic director at the Bunker are now open, with a replacement due to be appointed later this summer.

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