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James Pidgeon

James Pidgeon appointed Executive Director of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

James Pidgeon has been appointed Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

James is currently Director of Shoreditch Town Hall where he has been responsible for developing the Town Hall’s multi-artform programme and led collaborations with Battersea Arts Centre, Dance Umbrella, LIFT, Manchester International Festival, The Old Vic, Royal & Derngate and Talawa.

Under his tenure, the venue has increased its civic function and work in Hackney; heightened its artist development programmes (including partnering with Mountview on a new MA); had its first co-production transfer to the West End (The Wardrobe Ensemble’s Education, Education, Education); and achieved its highest core turnover since the Trust’s formation in 1998. 

Pidgeon will succeed William Village in the role who leaves to become Chief Executive at Delfont Mackintosh Theatres in April. James will join Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from 21 June 2021.

Open Air Theatre Chair, Stuart Griffiths OBE said today:

“James’s experience, skills and achievements in his career to date, allied to his passion for extending the boundaries of what is possible for an organisation and venue such as the Open Air Theatre, made him an outstanding candidate. On behalf of the Trustees we are delighted to welcome him to the team at this time when we are developing exciting plans for the future.”

On his appointment, James Pidgeon said: “It is an absolute privilege to be appointed Executive Director at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – I couldn’t be more delighted. I have long admired the ambitious work of this incredibly special theatre that plays such a unique and significant role in the cultural landscape of London and beyond, and I very much look forward to joining Tim in leading the organisation through its next chapter of growth and development.”

Shoreditch Town Hall’s Board of Trustees, said: “We are tremendously grateful to James for his extraordinary vision and stewardship of Shoreditch Town Hall over the past 4 years. During his tenure, James secured the reputation of the Town Hall with a mixture of daring programming, innovative fundraising, and sound commercial acumen coupled with broad development opportunities for both the artistic and local communities. We wish him every success in his new role at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.”

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre was recently forced to curtail its 2021 summer season due to the financial and practical risks posed by the continuing pandemic. Whilst it has postponed its highly anticipated musical adaptation of 101 Dalmatians, it will be proceeding with productions of Romeo and Juliet (26 June-24 July), Carousel (30 July-18 September) and Dragons and Mythical Beasts (10 August-5 September).


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