A MANAGER today told of his joy at being the man to take over the reins at a popular Fylde theatre.
Mark Alexander, currently production manager of the Oldham Coliseum, is the choice for the hot seat at Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion venue – seven months after Isabelle Leclerq stepped down from the role.
Since the vacancy arose last summer, the job has been advertised three times and more than 60 candidates have been considered, with two shortlists drawn up.
Mark said: “I’m delighted to be joining the team running this much-loved theatre. I’ve lived and worked in the North West for over 25 years and have enjoyed many a lovely day out at Lytham with my partner Sue. I look forward to continuing the tradition of mixing excellent local amateur and community productions with the best professional music comedy and drama.”
Mark, 56, has worked as an actor, musician, director, lighting designer and stage manager in theatres all over the UK and mainland Europe in a career spanning more than 30 years.
Starting as a performer in amateur musical theatre in Bath, he worked as a stage hand at the Theatre Royal Bath and at The National Theatre and went on to train as an actor at The Drama Studio, London.
After 10 years of freelance acting and stage managing, Mark became a production manager and he later managed the Sidmouth Summer Play festival and was general manager of Harlow Playhouse before being appointed operations manager for Charles Vance Productions.
As well as directing plays at a wide variety of venues, Mark has considerable experience as a set and lighting designer.
He is a pantomime enthusiast and a veteran more than 50 productions in a variety of roles.
He has been production manager at the highly-regarded Oldham Coliseum since 2005 and shows he has been involved with there include Sweet Charity, Deathtrap, Blithe Spirit, An Inspector Calls and an outdoor promenade production based on Romeo and Juliet.
A starting date for the new manager has yet to be confirmed but Lowther Trust acting chairman Tim Lince said: “He has considerable experience of all aspects of community theatre and all the staff are very much looking forward to working with him.”