Steve Marmion has announced he is leaving his role as artistic director of Soho Theatre to pursue a freelance writing and directing career.
Marmion has run the London theatre since 2010, and also serves as its joint chief executive, alongside executive director Mark Godfrey.
He said he would be taking on freelance opportunities as a writer and director, and had plans to launch a new production and education company next year.
During his tenure, Soho Theatre amassed its first two Olivier awards – once winning the outstanding achievement in an affiliate theatre award, in 2016 for Pat Kinevane and Fishamble’s Silent, and for OperaUpClose’s La Boheme, which won best new opera production in 2010.
Marmion also oversaw the creation of a basement cabaret and comedy space and revamped its upstairs studio.
He said he would be leaving the theatre with “excitement and pride”.
“The pride comes from what we have achieved together at Soho by being brave and imaginative, and by daring to take a chance on people and nurture them. Over the last eight years I have made many friends, learned a lot and I hope I’ve created as much fun as I’ve had,” he said.
Soho Theatre chair Nicholas Allott added: “The theatre has never felt more vibrant than now with its buzzing audiences and potent blend of new theatre, comedy and cabaret. [Marmion’s] decision to move on to new challenges after almost a decade at the helm is a sad one for me, but I know he will make a huge success of his next venture.”
He added: “We’re all very grateful to him for his imagination, leadership and commitment.”