THE MD of Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall (cap. 2,300) and Theatre Royal (1,186), Robert Sanderson, is to retire after nine years in the role.
Sanderson, who was initially appointed on an interim basis, has overseen the theatre’s £3.3 million Royal Transformation Project, which included improvements to the foyer area, restaurants and disabled access.
The project, jointly funded by the venue’s owner Nottingham City Council and Arts Council England, is due to be completed this autumn.
“This venue is now without doubt one of the most successful arts and entertainment venues in the country,” says Sanderson. “It plays host to the very best performers and producers and we work with some of the UK’s biggest concert promoters.”
During his time there, Sanderson has turned both venues from loss-making into profitable organisations.
“Robert has been exceptional,” says deputy council leader Graham Chapman. “He has provided a great service to the city for which we should be very grateful.”
Sanderson will step down from his post at the end of April. Shows at the theatres include Erasure and Paul Carrack.