New chairman for theatre company

HALIFAX based Northern Broadsides has appointed Paul Iles as chairman.

Mr Iles is associate director of the Georgian Theatre Royal at Richmond, North Yorkshire, and a director of Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House Limited, the company that governs Leeds City Varieties Music Hall.

His 40 years in theatre has included being foundation chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Theatre and general manager of the Nimrod Theatre Company in Sydney, Australia.

He said: "When studying Henry IV Part One at school, I went to see a National Youth Theatre production and became stage-struck; Barrie Rutter (founder and artistic director of Northern Broadsides) was playing Falstaff. Years later, I enjoyed Northern Broadsides' first production, Richard III, given at Barrow-in-Furness in 1992.

"Since then the company's inspiring acting always rejuvenates one's passion for good theatre. It was my good fortune to have programmed Northern Broadsides in several visits when I ran the Blackpool Grand Theatre, and it's an even greater privilege to be chairman of the company."

He succeeds Lord Shutt, of Greetland.

The company's first production in 2011, Hamlet, opens at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme on February 25, and tours the UK until May.