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The New Wolsey Theatre has today announced that their Chair of the Board David Edwards is to stand down at the end of his term in office. He will be replaced by Richard Lister, current Vice Chair, and Provost at University Campus Suffolk, from Wednesday 10 December 2014.

David Edwards says: “I have not only felt honoured to have been Chair of the New Wolsey Board over the past six years, but it has also been a great pleasure. There are almost too many highlights to mention, but standing out for me have been the string of highly successful and popular musical productions, in particular It’s A Wonderful Life and Guys and Dolls; and I have been particularly proud of the collaborative work we have done with Graeae Theatre Company, especially The Threepenny Opera and Reasons to be Cheerful.

Having started my own career as a member of the Youth Theatre at the former Ipswich Arts Theatre back in the 1960s, I have been very impressed by the New Wolsey’s commitment to working with young people, and the productions in the Studio of the Youth Theatre, Young Company and Young Associates have been outstanding, and continue to surpass themselves with each new intake.  I was personally very pleased that we were able to persuade Sir Trevor Nunn to become the theatre’s patron, and to open the newly refurbished HEG in High Street. His love of theatre, like mine, was nurtured at the old Tower Street theatre, and it is great that that carries on today on Civic Drive.

I am delighted that Richard Lister has been selected to take over the role of Chair. His role and experience at University Campus Suffolk place him very well to take the theatre forward into its next successful phase”

New Chair of the Board Richard Lister says: “It's a privilege to be asked to Chair the New Wolsey Board following David who leaves a splendid legacy. The New Wolsey Theatre is close to the hearts of many people and plays a central role in the cultural life of our town. The financial squeeze on arts organisations is acute but the Board will face this challenge, support the outstanding management and staff, and help them continue to bring outstanding productions to this fantastic theatre”

The current New Wolsey Board of Directors are Emma Champion, David Clements, Bonnie Collins, Adrian Grady, Isobel Hawson, Richard Lister, Barbara Peirson, Hannah Skeates, and Chris Waters.

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