Bury St Edmunds: Curtain up on new theatre boss

THE curtain has been lifted to reveal a new boss at the Theatre Royal.

Simon Daykin, 41, will take over as executive director of the Bury St Edmunds playhouse in April.

Mr Daykin has worked as chief executive of Oxford’s Pegasus Theatre for the past seven years and said he was excited by his new challenge.

“I’m excited and inspired to be joining the Theatre Royal and coming to Bury St Edmunds at this important time,” he said.

“The theatre has a powerful reputation built on quality and its relationships with local people and this is something to nurture and develop.”

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Mr Daykin takes over the position from Colin Blumenau, who will continue to work at the theatre as artistic director.

During his time at the Pegasus Theatre, Mr Daykin saw a �6.5 million capital development and re-organisation programme.

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Mr Daykin will take over his new role on April 4, at a time the Theatre Royal is bracing itself for a drop of �9,456 from its budget thanks to Arts Council grant cuts.

“I’ve got an excellent team working with me, and feel very optimistic that we can meet the opportunities and challenges of the future head-on together,” he said.

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