New management structure at Bury St Edmunds theatre

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A key new appointment has been made at Bury St Edmunds’ Theatre Royal as part of an overhaul in its management structure.

Matthew Abercrombie has been appointed as theatre manager as part of a new-look team which will take responsibility for customer service and the maintenance of the theatre building.

Mr Abercrombie joins the Theatre Royal from the John Peel Centre for the Creative Arts in Stowmarket where he was general manager for three years.

On his arrival, Mr Abercrombie said: “As a fan of theatre history and theatrical practice, and having started my career in the glorious Matcham theatre on Richmond Green, the wheel comes round and I am thrilled to find myself in this stunning Wilkins restoration.

“It will be both a privilege and a challenge to join the team and to be a part of the next phase of its development.”

The move will see Adrian Grady step down from his role of general manager in December.

Mr Grady joined the theatre with chief executive Karen Simpson in 2013 and the pair have been acknowledged as being the driving force in tackling its financial and artistic operations.

Ms Simpson paid tribute to Mr Grady, saying: “Adrian has been an incredible manager over the past three years and it has been a privilege to work with him.

“It has been really challenging turning round the fortunes of this beautiful theatre but his skills as a financial manager and experience of successfully managing a theatre has played a critical role in this.

“Adrian will continue to work part-time for the organisation as finance director.”