Ireson appointed boss of major Nottingham venues

Published: 12 August 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

“Thrilled”: Peter Ireson Credit: Whitefoot Photography

Peter Ireson has been appointed by Nottingham’s Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall as its new venue director.

He will take over on Monday 19 August from Jonathan Saville who was interim boss after the retirement of former managing director Robert Sanderson in April 2018.

Ireson, currently head of culture, events and tourism in Derby, has more than 25 years’ experience in venue management and arts administration.

He was previously director of Derby LIVE and is a former recipient of the TMA Theatre Manager of the Year award.

He has experience producing and presenting the performing arts across venues of all sizes, from a studio theatre to an arena, as well as producing large-scale outdoor events and festivals.

Hugh White, director of sports and culture at Nottingham City Council which owns the venues said, “Peter is a highly regarded arts professional and brings with him a deep understanding of the sector and the creative landscape of the East Midlands region.

“The Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall plays a vital role in Nottingham’s thriving cultural scene and Peter’s vision and insight will help shape a very exciting future for the two venues.”

Ireson commented, “I’m thrilled to be joining the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall. Both are wonderful venues in their own right and together they form one of the most exciting performing arts complexes in the UK.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the fantastic team at the venues to build on the success of recent years and to ensure they provide Nottingham with a truly world-class programme and customer experience.”