Newcastle Theatre Royal chief executive Philip Bernays has postponed his planned retirement so he can “lead the organisation through this difficult time”.
Bernays announced in January he would be retiring at the end of 2020 after 15 years in the post.
In a statement, the venue said: “In light of the unprecedented challenges the Theatre Royal is facing, in common with all other theatres, the board of Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust has taken the decision to postpone the recruitment of their new chief executive while they focus on managing this crisis.”
It added: “The current chief executive, Philip Bernays, has kindly agreed to stay on to lead the organisation through this difficult time.”
Bernays said: “These are extraordinary times and we face extraordinary challenges. I care deeply about the Theatre Royal and couldn’t not continue to support it and the incredible team of people who make it happen. We will come through this crisis; we look forward to bringing entertainment to many generations of theatregoers to come.”
According to the theatre, the board acknowledged that potential candidates will also “be fully engaged on working through these issues with their own organisations for the foreseeable future”.
Newcastle Theatre Royal closed its doors on March 16 and has cancelled a number of upcoming performances as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.