Lewis leaves Shakespeare North

Published: 26 May 2024
Reporter: David Chadderton

Melanie Lewis

Melanie Lewis will step down as the first Chief Executive of Shakespeare North Playhouse at the end of June 2024 after three years in the role to join Historic England.

She oversaw the opening of the £38m venue in Prescott, Merseyside, which won Theatre Building of the Year 2023 and New Tourism Business of the Year at the Liverpool Tourism Awards, and was listed in The Stage 100 Most Influential People in Theatre.

She said, “Shakespeare North Playhouse is nothing short of magical, and I am immensely proud of the part I have played in its success.

“My tenure here has been remarkable. I have had the privilege of collaborating with wonderful individuals whose trust and dedication have driven so many incredible achievements in such a short space of time that they are too many to count. When the time comes, it won’t be easy to leave. However, I’ve been given an extraordinary and exciting opportunity with Historic England and I’m looking forward to the challenge. I also believe that it’s the right moment for me to step away from my role at Shakespeare North Playhouse as it embarks on its next phase of growth.

“This organisation and its people are bold, brave, and unwavering in their commitment. I am confident that the next Chief Executive will be as inspired by the team as I’ve been and will continue to push boundaries and deliver the organisation's vision and mission.”

Max Steinberg CBE DL, Chair of Shakespeare North Playhouse, said, “Melanie's vision, leadership, and guidance have set the organisation on a strong path to success in its formative years, solidifying its place in the local community and the national sector as a key cultural asset to be cherished and supported.”

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