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Maltings Theatre announces Artistic Director to stand down

Fri 19 Aug

Maltings Theatre announces Artistic Director to stand down

The Board of Trustees of The Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Berwick-upon-Tweed, have announced that the theatre's Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Dr Miles Gregory, will be stepping down from his post at the end of this year to pursue other opportunities abroad.

Dr Gregory, 34, has been with The Maltings for three years, joining first as Interim Director before taking up the position of Chief Executive and Artistic Director in October 2008.

During his time in post The Maltings, once a struggling arts centre with a chequered financial history and selling just 23,000 tickets a year, has become a flagship regional venue selling almost 50,000 tickets annually in a town with a population of just 12,000, and with a national reputation for excellence and hospitality.

Dr Gregory comments: 'For the last three years my team and I, supported by our Board of Trustees, have dedicated ourselves entirely to transforming The Maltings. With strong senior management in place, record ticket sales, and significant future investment secured from Arts Council England, I feel we have reached a position of strength where I can say with confidence 'job done' and move on. While I will be very sad to leave The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Northumberland, I am looking forward to new challenges overseas."

The Board of The Maltings recognises that Dr Gregory's leadership has been vital to the transformation of The Maltings in recent years. Particular highlights include the refurbishment of the building, the creation of a new theatre, the Henry Travers Studio, the increase in the theatre's earned income by 179% since 2008, and The Maltings sucessful application for National Portfolio Organisation status with Arts Council England, which will see the theatre's funding increase by 316% from 2012. This is the fourth highest percentage increase in Arts Council funding in the country.

Mr Maurice Ward, Chairman of the Board, states: "The last three years have seen an impressive expansion of our artistic programme, ticket sales and activities. We have opened a new studio space and developed a national reputation for our theatre and town. All this has been achieved through Miles's vision, skill and industry, along with a strong management and staff team who have worked tirelessly throughout the years to meet their aims. Miles is a transformational leader who has secured a bright future for our theatre, and he leaves a legacy that the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed and our whole region can be proud of. We are grateful to him for his unflagging energy and we wish him and his family all the best in the future."

The Maltings will soon commence a nationwide recruitment process to attract a new CEO. The Board will be maintaining contact with Miles and is delighted to still have the opportunity to draw on his valuable insight and knowledge.


Editor's notes

Miles Gregory

Dr Miles Gregory was appointed as Chief Executive and Artistic Director in October 2008. He was formerly Director of the Bristol Shakespeare Festival and a Regional Producer for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London. He was educated at King's College Auckland, before reading for a BA Hons at Durham University. He read for a Master of Fine Arts in Staging Shakespeare at Exeter University, and holds a PhD in postmodern Shakespearean performance from Bristol University. His family have owned a property in Berwick-upon-Tweed since 1996. 

The Maltings Theatre & Cinema

The Maltings Theatre & Cinema is the premier performing and media arts venue for north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

Housed within a landmark, purpose-built building in the centre of the historic market town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Maltings offers a full programme of over 700 events each year – mixing world-class professional performance and film with community-centred activities, workshops and amateur events.

At the heart of the building is a beautiful 311-seat Main House theatre with proscenium arch stage, superb sight-lines, and associated back-stage facilities including a workshop and dressing rooms. The Main House theatre – the largest performing arts venue between Newcastle and Edinburgh – has earned a reputation for national-quality performance.

In 2011, The Maltings succesfully applied for £78,000 funding through the European LEADER Coast and Lowlands Programme to transform a basic hall space into a fully-equipped, state of the art black-box studio theatre. The resulting space, which was opened in April 2011, was renamed the Henry Travers Studio and has already hosted a number of performances including Scottish Opera and Visible Fictions theatre company.

The Maltings also manages a derelict building in Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Penny Lodging House, which is used for site-specific and experimental immersive theatre performance.

The Maltings currently receives £42,144 in annual funding from Arts Council England, and £103,060 from Northumberland County Council.

Arts Council England announced on 31 March 2011 that the theatre will receive £175,200 in 2012-13, £179,405 in 2013 - 14 and £184,069 in 2014 - 15.

This represents an increase in ACE funding of 316% in the first year, and is the fourth highest percentage increase in the country.

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