Blackpool Grand announces the appointment of new Chief Executive
Blackpool Grand Theatre announces new Chief Executive Adam Knight.
Adam Knight will take over the leadership of the beautiful Blackpool Grand Theatre early next spring, when the current incumbent, Ruth Eastwood, steps down to resume her freelance career. Adam joins the Grand from HQ Theatres and the Lyceum Theatre in Crewe, where he is currently Theatre Director.
Anthony Stone, Chairman of the charity that operates the venue said “I’m delighted to announce that Adam Knight has been appointed to lead the Grand Theatre through its next phase of development. Adam has a wealth of experience in the theatre industry, from the ICC Waterfront & Ulster Hall, to the Savoy Theatre in London and Edinburgh Playhouse. He brings with him an extensive network of contacts and an in-depth understanding of commercial theatre. Plus, as an extra bonus, in a previous role as Operations Director of the Grand Opera House in Belfast, he’s had experience of managing another exquisitely designed Frank Matcham theatre.” Anthony added “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Ruth for almost eight years of excellent service and wish her all the best for the future”.
Adam Knight said “It’s a great privilege to be offered the chance to take over the reins at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre. Not only is it one of the country’s most iconic heritage assets, it’s a vibrant, bold and ambitious organisation committed to creating opportunities for all kinds of people to enjoy, participate and learn through theatre. Theatre is my passion, and I look forward to sharing that passion with audiences, artists and staff at the Grand Theatre”.
Julian Russell, CEO of HQ Theatres & Hospitality the organisation that operates the Lyceum Theatre, Crewe said, “While we are sad to see Adam move on, we are equally delighted for him and wish him all the very best for the future. Adam’s tenure of the Lyceum Theatre has been nothing less than transformative. The Lyceum Theatre is at the epicentre of a cultural revolution in Cheshire East, alongside our Local Authority partners, Adam has been integral in reinvigorating the cultural ecology. Adam will be missed but his legacy will remain for many years to come.”
Before turning his energy to management, Adam was a professional actor, trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. He is currently completing an MSc in Management at the University of Manchester and, in 2010, won the industry accolade of London Theatre Manager of the Year. Adam is a founding board member of Gary Clarke Company Ltd and Co-Chair of Theatre and Dance Northern Ireland.