After an incredible ten-year tenure, Paul Robinson, artistic director of London’s Theatre503, is moving on. From 1 June 2016, he’ll be taking over as artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where he’ll be moving this summer with his family.
On leaving Theatre503, Paul comments:
“Theatre503 has been my home for the last ten years and I have enjoyed every minute of it thanks to a superb team and excellent Board. We’ve faced down huge challenges and I have been lucky enough to see the burgeoning talent of a generation of artists come through the doors. I have no doubt that under new leadership it will continue to go from strength to strength.
“Highlights for me will include working with the brilliant Tim Roseman, my former Joint AD, launching the Theatre503 Playwriting Award, working with exceptional artistic talents and directing plays including Chris Urch’s Land of Our Fathers and Bea Roberts’ And Then Come the Nightjars in regional and national co-productions. I am delighted to be seeing the former come to Found111 to round off its recent twelve-week tour.”
Theatre503, known as a powerhouse of new writing, continues to stage ground-breaking plays from the most talented emerging writers. It has previously launched the careers of playwrights Dennis Kelly (Matilda The Musical, Utopia), Katori Hall (The Mountaintop), Tom Morton-Smith (Oppenheimer) and Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51), as well as being the smallest theatre to win an Olivier Award for Best New Play.
Theatre503 Chair and Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Erica Whyman comments:
“Paul Robinson has led Theatre503 for the last decade with skill, panache and immense dedication. His commitment to great, impassioned writing and his own assured touch as a director have led Theatre503 to burst at the seams with ingenuity and ambition, and to be the recipients of countless nominations and awards as well as a forceful presence in the West End, in Edinburgh and across the UK. He has ensured emerging writers are nurtured by sustained artistic and financial investment. Paul’s dedication and vision will be sorely missed. We are thrilled for him as he takes up this terrific opportunity at The Stephen Joseph Theatre.”
Paul takes up the role of Artistic Director of The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough this June, where previous Artistic Directors have included Stephen Joseph, Chris Monks and Sir Alan Ayckbourn.
Paul is also currently directing My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley, starring Maureen Lipman, which opens at St. James Theatre in April 2016. Presented by Tiny Fires Ltd (an independent production company set up by Paul and producer Tara Finney), this is the first London revival of the play in over 25 years.