JULIEN BOAST APPOINTED INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR CHURCHILL THEATRE BROMLEY Ambassador Theatre Group(ATG) announced today that Julien Boast has been appointed as Interim Chief Executive for the Churchill Theatre Bromley. Julien is also the Chief Executive of Theatre Royal Brighton(TRB) and will, in this interim period, take on responsibility for both theatres, dividing his time between the venues.
Julien will officially take over the Churchill role from current Chief Executive Derek Nicholls on 17 July. Derek leaves the position after six years to join Qdos Entertainment.
Under Julien’s direction, Theatre Royal Brighton has become a flagship theatre for ATG and is now a major cultural draw in the South East. He has successfully raised TRB’s profile nationally through special partnerships and his Associate Companies Scheme.This includes, English Touring Theatre and Rambert Dance Company, who now bring first-class drama and dance to Brighton. His expertise in programming and understanding of customer care are the two essential components that Julien would attribute to his success. In 2007, he devised and led a twelve-month programme of special events to celebrate TRB’s 200th anniversary which included a children’s concert attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and five world premiere plays about TRB on BBC Radio 4. Julien is Vice Chair of the Brighton & Hove Arts Commission, for which he has mentored and managed five critically-acclaimed commissions. He is also on Regional Council for Arts Council England South East.
Prior to Brighton, Julien Boast has worked extensively in touring theatre. He has wide-ranging contacts amongst international directors, producers and the creative community.
Michael Lynas, ATG Executive Director: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Derek for all he has achieved at the Churchill over the last six years and to welcome Julien to his new position. In Brighton, Julien has made our historic, but unsubsidised, theatre commercially profitable, whilst imaginatively extending its artistic programming. There are many parallels to be drawn between the two regions, in terms of our ambitions, programming and audiences, and Julien has the background, creativity and expertise to meet our criteria. His work will continue to thrive in Brighton, but will now also benefit the Churchill Theatre in Bromley.”
Julien Boast, Interim Chief Executive Churchill Theatre Bromley: “I am absolutely delighted to be taking on this new post alongside my commitments in Brighton. I am very much looking forward to building on the successes that Derek has achieved and welcoming both current and new customers to the Churchill in the near future”
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Co-founded by Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire in 1992, the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) is currently the largest theatre group in the West End and separately, the second largest in the UK regions, with a total of 23 venues. ATG is also one of the country’s foremost theatre producers and has been behind some of the most successful and innovative productions in Britain and internationally.
Current and recent ATG co-productions in London and internationally include the hugely successful and critically acclaimed musical West Side Story (West End season and UK Tour); Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard; Simon Gray’s The Last Cigarette directed by Sir Richard Eyre; Riflemind by Andrew Upton (in association with Sydney Theatre Company); the hit comedy Fat Pig by Neil LaBute; Harold Pinter’s The Lover/The Collection; Ellingstarring John Simm; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess directed by Trevor Nunn; Guys and Dolls starring Ewan McGregor.
ATG’s current productions in Australia include a new production of The Rocky Horror Showin Melbourne, as well as the Sydney debut of Guys and Dolls. Furthermore, a tour of ATG’s co-production of West Side Story begins in Australia in December 2010. ATG on Broadway recently included a co- production of Guys and Dolls, and Exit the King starring Tony Award winner Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon.
ATG has opened a New York office and is mounting additional productions in the USA and Australia. ATG has also announced a unique creative alliance between ATG’s Trafalgar Studios, Sydney Theatre Company (STC), artistic directors Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton, and New York’s LAByrinth Theater Company (LAB). This union will allow these international companies to exchange work on a regular basis.