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Theatre Director

Beck Theatre, Hayes

HQ Theatres & Hospitality seeks to appoint a dynamic and energetic Theatre Director to run this very successful theatre located in the London Borough of Hillingdon. The Beck Theatre offers an excellent programme of live entertainment across a spectrum encompassing comedy, dance, drama, music shows, concerts, children’s and family shows, pantomime, and film. The venue is also frequently and very successfully used as a community performance venue, reflecting the interests of its diverse local population.

Stimulated by the opening (expected in 2019) of a Crossrail station at Hayes, current and future inward investment into the Borough of Hillingdon will bring into the Beck Theatre’s catchment significant numbers of new homes, plus retail and leisure facilities, attractive new public realm projects, and substantially increased employment in extensive new office space. These important changes will provide fresh opportunities for the next phase of the Beck Theatre’s development as a professional Presenting Theatre, with a vibrant programme combining professional shows with community events.

The Theatre Director is directly responsible for ensuring the continuing artistic, commercial, and community success of the Beck Theatre through excellent, innovative programming; community engagement and creative learning; audience growth; first-class customer service; and the success and popularity of a range of targeted, in-house managed hospitality activities which form a key part of HQT&H’s distinctive approach. Through dynamic leadership of the theatre team, the Theatre Director will have full P&L responsibility for all aspects of the Beck Theatre’s operation, applying entrepreneurial expertise to increase its attractiveness to audiences and customers, and to further grow the business.

Our ideal applicant will be ambitious, a strong leader, commercially astute, and able to offer a career history culminating in successful management in a live entertainment setting - underpinned with programming expertise, ideally combined with successful experience in general venue management and /or marketing. We shall be very interested to hear candidates’ ideas about the new directions the programme might successfully take.

This position offers a rare and truly excellent opportunity for enhancing career success and professional profile in commercial theatre and venue management. The remuneration package includes a competitive salary up to £60k and bonus incentives, private healthcare, pension provision and relocation assistance.

HQT&H is a leading regional theatre, venue and hospitality/conference operator in the United Kingdom and is part of the Qdos Entertainment Group.

To apply, please send a copy of your curriculum vitae, accompanied by a letter which sets out clearly your interest in this post, and your view of your suitability for it, and the name of two referees*, to:

Julian Russell
Chief Executive
HQ Theatres & Hospitality Ltd
33 Southampton Street
London WC2E 7HE.

Alternatively, you may email your application to Steph Taylor (Business Manager, HQT&H) on steph.taylor@hqtheatres.com;

For an informal discussion about the Beck Theatre, the Post of Theatre Director, and about HQT&H, you may telephone HQT&H’s Chief Executive, Julian Russell, on 020 7406 1740

HQT&H Limited strives to offer equality of employment and recruitment opportunity.

*One referee should be the current employer. HQT&H will not approach referees until the final interview stage, and only with the consent of the candidate.

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Closing Date: Mon 25 February 2019 at 12:00 pm