Director Ryan McBryde has joined the Mercury Theatre in Colchester in the new role of creative director, as part of a revamped leadership structure at the venue.
McBryde will work alongside joint chief executives Steve Mannix and Tracey Childs. Childs and Mannix continue in their roles as executive producer and executive director, respectively.
McBryde replaces former artistic director Daniel Buckroyd, who joined Exeter’s Northcott Theatre as artistic and executive director last year.
With credits including Moll Flanders and Pieces of String, McBryde’s first season will reopen the theatre in 2020 following a £9.7 million refurbishment.
He said: “The Mercury Theatre is a regional engine room, producing world-class theatre. I am extremely honoured to be joining their inspiring team.
“When we throw open the doors to our new building next year, we want it to be bursting at the seams with artists, members of our community and creativity.
“I cannot wait to start generating stories that reflect the hearts and minds of the varied communities that populate our vibrant region.”
The Mercury Theatre will close at the end of this month as the renovation works continue, with plans for a 840-seat temporary venue to run a programme of work from September to January 2020.