New CEO at Lawrence Batley Theatre

Filloux-Bennett moves from Lowry

Henry Filloux-Bennett has been announced as the new director & chief executive of the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield.

Filloux- Bennett, who is currently head of marketing at The Lowry, will join the organisation in March 2019, taking over from the outgoing director Victoria Firth, who steps down after 11 years in post.

He leaves The Lowry after three years, having previously worked as head of marketing and communications at Nottingham Playhouse. Whilst at The Lowry he also wrote the critically-acclaimed stage adaptation of food writer Nigel Slater’s Toast, which was produced at The Lowry as part of its biennial Week 53 Festival before transferring to the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.

"As the theatre looks ahead to its 25th Anniversary year, I’m absolutely delighted at the prospect of working with the team to build on the incredible work that Victoria has done over the last 11 years" he said. "I strongly believe that one of the biggest challenges facing theatres at the moment is remaining relevant to the communities they serve.

"Fundamental to addressing this is putting our audiences first, and offering the best possible programme of work across the year, from amazing panto to world class dance and circus to thrilling plays to the best stand-up comedy. Alongside great work though, we need to be a place for inspiration, for challenge, for relaxation, and a place for getting together, eating and drinking together and creating together."

Andrew Bird, chair of the Kirklees Theatre Trust board said: "As Kirklees Theatre trust approaches its 25th year we are delighted to welcome Henry who we are confident will build on the strong legacy built by Victoria and challenge us all to reach higher and wider.".



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