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Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House Ltd approaches independence

Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House Ltd has announced the appointment of three new board members, as the company moves into its final stages of independence.

Until recently, the company which manages Leeds Grand Theatre, City Varieties Music Hall and Hyde Park Picture House, housed a Board and Chair that was primarily made up of Leeds City Council members. However, since 2016, the Chair of the Board has been independent, and the number of Council members has decreased in a bid to move to independence by early 2019.

Kris Brewster, Head of Products at Skipton Building Society, Cllr Jane Dowson, Chapel Allerton Ward Councillor and Chief Whip, and Peter Wilkinson, a property and construction professional with an independent advisory practice will join the 11-strong Board with immediate effect.

Chris Blythe, CEO, said: “This an incredibly exciting time to join the Board and offers a real opportunity to shape the future direction of the Company. With several ambitious projects on the horizon, including the £3.6m regeneration of the Hyde Park Picture House, we looked to appoint members who could bring new skills to the Board, whilst enhancing those already available.”

Across its three historic, cultural venues, Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House Ltd presents a year-round programme of musicals, drama, ballet, opera, music, comedy, variety and film, as well as actively working across the city to engage young people both in and out of formal education settings.

Find out more about upcoming productions and screenings in our Theatre Section and visit Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds Grand Theatre and City Varieties online for more information.


Samuel Payne
Samuel Payne
Reviewer of Theatre in the North, including releases of classic film and television.

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