Join Stephen Crocker, Chief Executive, Norwich Theatre Royal at an exclusive IoD Norfolk behind the scenes experience.
The largest and most successful theatre in the East of England sees over 400,000 people attending annually to watch 400 performances, ranging from shows for pre-school children to grand opera and everything in between!
Stephen has been in post for two years and will talk candidly about how he and his team have spent 12 months developing a bold new vision and strategy for their work both on and off stage and in the community.
Focusing on the success and challenges along the journey, Stephen will share how he is ensuring a secure and exciting future for the theatre, its people and the community for which it serves.
The event includes a behind the scenes tour, where you will be able to explore the private areas of this fascinating building. You will gain a unique insight into the operations and collaboration required to put on a production. In addition, the tour will include Stage Two, the theatres new Learning and Participation centre.
The event will end with a two-course meal in the theatres recently refurbished Prelude restaurant, which offers a relaxed dining experience using locally source ingredients.
With only 20 tickets available, this experience is bound to sell out quick, so secure your ticket quickly for a glimpse behind the curtain!
Stephen Crocker, CEO
Stephen was born and spent his early life in South Wales. Having studied at both the Universities of London and Paris, he began his career as a professional classical singer, touring internationally and recording widely, and held positions as a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal and a Lay Clerk of Manchester Cathedral.
His first role in the cultural sector was at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, as part of the small team working on the £36 million restoration and redevelopment of the world-renowned church, classical music venue and centre for social care. His next role took him to Manchester as Head of Development at Manchester Camerata before joining The Lowry in 2007. During his time at the landmark cross-arts venue, Stephen progressed from Development Director to Deputy Chief Executive, leading a number of major programmes including the venue’s award-winning Learning & Engagement programme and securing ‘Arts Charity of the Year’ at the National Charity Awards for The Lowry in 2015; developing and establishing Quays Culture, the critically-acclaimed outdoor digital arts programme on MediaCityUK; and raising £5.5million to enable The Lowry’s 2020 Capital Project.
Stephen was appointed Chief Executive of Norwich Theatre Royal in August 2016 leading all aspects of the theatre’s work both artistic and commercial, including Norwich Playhouse and a landmark new Learning & Participation facility, Stage Two. Stephen is also Vice Chair of the Albert Kennedy Trust, a Trustee of Manchester Pride, a Director of Blackpool Grand Theatre and The Touring Partnership and a Board Member of Maggie’s Manchester.
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