Belgrade’s top duo quit in restructure

Joanna Reid and Hamish Glen, Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre, executive director and artistic director, are to step down after 18 years leading the theatre together.

With the company’s leadership team being scaled down as part of a major restructure, the two will leave in March 2022.

They will be replaced by the new posts of chief executive, responsible for overall strategy and the theatre’s commercial operations, and creative director, focusing on artistic output and reporting to the CEO. The new team will be appointed by January.

"As with all theatres across the UK, the pandemic has proved uniquely challenging for the Belgrade, both financially and logistically. We’re proud of the way the whole team has pulled together, that we’re riding the storm with resilience and we’re excited for the work both inside and outside the building during Coventry’s City of Culture year” they said in a joint statement. "We feel that now is the right time to look to the future and to step aside, handing over a strong organisation to allow the next generation of talented and innovative theatre leaders to take the Belgrade forward."

The new structure is to be part of the legacy of Coventry’s tenure as UK City of Culture 2021.

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