Lotte Wakeham has been announced the new artistic director of the Octagon Theatre in Bolton.
Currently associate artistic director at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, Wakeham will begin the role in February 2019.
She replaces Elizabeth Newman, who announced she would be stepping down to run the Pitlochry Festival Theatre in June.
Wakeham, who is also associate director at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, said: “The Octagon is an inspiring theatre; I’ve experienced some wonderful productions as an audience member and I can’t wait to start directing in the new space.
“It’s a hugely exciting time for the building, as it undergoes its capital redevelopment plans ahead of reopening in Spring 2020. I’m very much looking forward to working with Roddy [Gauld, chief executive] and the brilliant team in Bolton.”
Gauld added: “There were a number of very high calibre candidates for this role, making it a difficult choice. Lotte Wakeham stood out as the right person.
“She is a hugely versatile director, who creates shows of quality, flair, fun and warmth. I know Bolton’s audiences will enjoy her work.”
Wakeham’s directing credits include Jess and Joe Forever, Di and Viv and Rose, and The World Goes Round with the Stephen Joseph Theatre. She was also associate director on Matilda: The Musical, which is currently running in the West End.