A SHORTLIST of candidates to manage a Fylde coast theatre was being finalised this week.
Officials of the Lowther Trust, which runs the Lowther Pavilion and gardens in Lytham, have been delighted with the calibre of candidates for the role – which includes a major player in the Olympic opening ceremonies.
The vacancy is the result of the resignation of Isabelle Leclerq, who leaves tomorrow, after just a year in the post but is helping with the process to find her successor.
Confirming her departure, she said: “I will support Lowther until the end of August and I am sure the trust will find a good replacement for the place to keep it moving forward.”
Trust chairman Tim Lince added: “Isabelle has done a very good job and we are sorry to see her go. It is all perfectly amicable and we understand her decision.”
It is believed the new manager’s role will be wider ranging than that of Ms Leclerq, who came into the post while the trust was still negotiating with Fylde Council over the running of Lowther.
The job will now include a key development aspect.
The vacancy was advertised last month and there have been applications from all over the country, including from the contributor to the Olympic ceremonies.
Mr Lince added: “We are delighted with the quality of the candidates, which is actually higher than it was 12 months ago.
“We have been getting a shortlist together this week and the plan is for the first round of interviews to take place within the next couple of weeks.”
Lowther has just enjoyed its most successful-ever season of summer theatre. A busy autumn will be followed by the Christmas pantomime Dick Whittington.