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Jerry Gunn leaves Rose Theatre Kingston as venue plans review of leadership team

Jerry Gunn. Photo: Pamela Raith Photography Jerry Gunn. Photo: Pamela Raith Photography
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Rose Theatre Kingston executive producer Jerry Gunn is to step down from the theatre, as the venue reveals plans to review its leadership structure.

Gunn leaves early next year, following 13 years with the Rose. He originally joined in September 2006, before becoming executive producer in 2013.

Following his departure, which the theatre stressed was his decision, he will continue a working relationship with the company on a freelance basis.

News of Gunn’s decision to step down comes as the theatre reveals “further announcements will shortly be made concerning the future creative leadership of the Rose”. A review of its leadership structure is expected, but no decisions have yet been made about this.

Speaking about stepping down, Gunn said: “After 13 wonderfully fruitful years at Rose Theatre Kingston, I have taken the difficult decision to move on. 2019 has been the company’s most successful year to date… and with the company in such an excellent position creatively, now feels like the time to look to the next challenge, knowing I leave the theatre in the safe hands of a brilliant team.”

Chief executive Robert O’Dowd described Gunn’s contribution to the Rose as “enormous”.

“His knowledge of the theatre and our audiences has enabled him, as the theatre’s recent creative lead, to build a body of work that has reached not only our audiences locally, but enticed people from across the UK and beyond. He’s brought new writers, directors, actors and creatives into our building and established strong working relationships for the future with co-producers in both the subsidised and commercial sectors,” he said.

During his tenure, his credits have included Peter Hall’s productions of Uncle Vanya, Michael Frayn’s Donkeys’ Years, and John Barton’s The Wars of the Roses – directed by Trevor Nunn.

Earlier this year, the theatre said it faced a risk of closure following the planned withdrawal of funding from the local council. The council has since said it will continue to fund the venue.

Closure threat for Rose Theatre Kingston following withdrawal of council funding

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