The Holroyd Community Theatre, a £1.45m arts venue being built at independent school Moreton Hall, has announced Loveday Ingram as its artistic director.
Loveday has directed musicals and plays in the West End, for the Royal Shakespeare Company, internationally and throughout the UK. She is a former pupil of Moreton Hall.
She said: “The Holroyd Community Theatre is a hugely important development for our community. This first-class professional theatre space is being realised with great vision by a dedicated and inspiring team.
“It will provide access to the highest-quality professional arts projects for young people and adults, as both audience members and as participants. The theatre will host a range of professional productions and concerts, as well as providing a much welcome home for community and educational projects.”
The Holroyd Theatre is on target to become a leading venue for music and drama, and who better to direct and lead this project
The theatre will provide access to theatre productions, offer a space for use by local theatre companies and community groups, provide traineeships and opportunities for young people, and access to learning resources for local schools.
Moreton Hall principal Jonathan Forster said: “This is a most exciting appointment. Loveday Ingram is a renowned writer and director with a national reputation over a range of theatrical genres. The Holroyd Theatre is on target to become a leading venue for music and drama, and who better to direct and lead this project.”
Loveday worked for several years as associate director at Chichester Festival Theatre, where several of her productions transferred to the West End, including the Olivier Award nominated My One and Only and a critically acclaimed production of The Blue Room. She was the originating assistant director on the global hit musical Mamma Mia.
She is about to start rehearsals for Henry V at Storyhouse Chester with Joseph Millson as Henry.