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From Shakespeare’s Globe to York Theatre Royal

From Shakespeare’s Globe to York Theatre Royal

From Shakespeare’s Globe to York Theatre Royal

The new Executive Director of York Theatre Royal has been named as Tom Bird, who joins from Shakespeare’s Globe in London where he has been Executive Producer since 2012.

Prior to this he was Director of the Globe to Globe Festival for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad for which he won the Critics’ Circle Special Award with Dominic Dromgoole in 2013.

Tom Bird said: "I am absolutely thrilled to be joining York Theatre Royal. The theatre is inspirational for the way it engages its community and I look forward to continuing and developing that work, while also making an impact nationally and internationally.

“I'm hugely excited about working with the Board and all the staff at York Theatre Royal, ensuring the organisation thrives artistically and commercially, and remains the beating heart of York's cultural offering. York and Yorkshire have a rich and vital theatrical tradition, and it's an honour to be a part of that."

The appointment has been made by York Theatre Royal’s Board of Trustees. Chair of the Board, Ann Green said: “The board is delighted that we have been able to attract someone of Tom’s quality and experience to York. His appointment opens up many opportunities as undoubtedly Tom will bring a new energy to the theatre and to Yorkshire.
“We are very fortunate to be able to welcome a rising star. Our thanks go to Arts Council England for its continued support with renewed NPO funding of over £2million for the future and to the City of York for its capital support.”

Emma Rice, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, said: “Tom Bird is an exceptional producer, leader and colleague. He is one of the brightest stars in the industry and combines the rare qualities of a fierce intellect, a curious mind and an ability to listen, change and adapt. We will miss him terribly at Shakespeare's Globe, but our loss is York's gain. We cheer him into this exciting new adventure with thanks, respect and heartfuls of love!”

The announcement of Tom’s appointment comes as York Theatre Royal opens its summer family show Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny with an exciting autumn/winter season to follow that includes a new version of Pride and Prejudice from comedian Sara Pascoe, family shows Ugly Duckling and E Nesbit’s The Book of Dragons, an adaptation of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock and long-serving pantomime dame Berwick Kaler reunited with sidekick Martin Barrass in Jack and the Beanstalk.

Liz Wilson stepped down as Chief Executive in June having overseen the major redevelopment of the theatre. Simon Glinn, a specialist in arts business continuity, is acting as Interim Executive Director until Tom Bird takes up his post in December.