Adam Spreadbury-Maher is stepping down as artistic director of the King’s Head Theatre in north London, after 10 years.
Spreadbury-Maher will leave his post in September in order to pursue opportunities across Europe.
Programming will be overseen by trustee Heather Ruck, alongside executive director Fiona English and the theatre’s team, while a replacement is sought.
He leaves as the venue, one of London’s oldest pub theatres, prepares to move to a new purpose-build location nearby in Islington.
He said: "It has been an enormous privilege and honour to lead the theatre for 10 years, following in the footsteps of the legendary Dan Crawford. I leave the King’s Head Theatre – now in its 50th anniversary year – on the brink of great change, and while the challenges of Covid-19 cannot be underestimated, the theatre’s move to a custom-built venue is still set to go ahead, bringing exciting new opportunities and the prospect of economic security."
The theatre recently announced it had been successful in raising around £135,000 to secure its future during the pandemic, having warned that its existence was under threat without significant support.
During his tenure, Spreadbury-Maher established the first fringe agreement with Equity, guaranteeing actors and stage managers the national minimum wage on all shows. He also founded Opera Up Close.
English added: "Now, as we look forward to our next chapter, I am excited for the future of our venue in Islington Square, supported thanks to grants from the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s Good Growth Fund, Foyle Foundation and many individuals. I look forward to working with a new artistic director to push the maverick spirit of the King’s Head Theatre further than ever before.”