Tuesday, 17 May 2022

The Kenton Theatre appoints new manager

THE Kenton Theatre in Henley has appointed a new general manager

THE Kenton Theatre in Henley has appointed a new general manager.

Zsuzsi Lindsay replaces Wendy Bowsher, who resigned as managing director last month.

She has organised the Reading Fringe performing arts festival for the last four years.

Ms Lindsay, 34, decided to apply for the job after “falling in love” with the New Street theatre when seeing a show there last year.

She said: “I knew about the Kenton’s rich heritage and the fact it is the fourth oldest working theatre in the country and I love that.

“I am really passionate about history and heritage and someone mentioned that this position had become available and I just had to apply.

“It is a building and institution that is loved by those who are involved in running it and the community which it serves.

“I am hugely excited about joining the wonderful team of volunteers, trustees and managers and contributing to the next chapter in the story of this beautiful theatre.”

She added: “I have some very big shoes to fill with Wendy’s departure. However, I am looking forward to building on the very strong foundations that she has built during her time at the Kenton.”

Ms Lindsay, who lives in Woodley with her two sons and partner Daniel Page, moved to the area seven years ago and set up the fringe festival in 2014. Last year, she was nominated for a Queen’s Award for voluntary service.

She said: “It is a festival to give local people a platform to perform as it is quite expensive to put on a show.

“It also means that we can bring in professional performers and companies from outside Reading, from across the UK and the world to perform here.

“This brings the benefit of inspiring people to learn new techniques and gain new experiences and that is something that I am really passionate about.”

Mrs Bowsher will formally step down at the end of the month after 15 years as the only paid employee of the Kenton.

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