The Almeida Theatre announces today that Luke Johnson will succeed Christopher Rodrigues CBE as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Luke Johnson, credit Vanessa Berberian
Luke Johnson, credit Vanessa Berberian

Luke Johnson has been Chairman of theatre charity Stage One since 2010. He is co-owner of Assembly Festival, one of the largest venue complexes on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is chairman of Fiery Angel, a backer of commercial theatre, in partnership with producer Edward Snape. He is also a non-executive director of AKA, the leading marketing services provider to the theatre industry. For six years until 2010 he served as Chairman of Channel 4 Television and is a former Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts and governor of The University of the Arts London.

He is Chairman of Risk Capital Partners, a private equity firm he co-founded in 2001, the Institute of Cancer Research and Gaucho Restaurants. He is Chairman and part owner of Patisserie Holdings PLC, Gail’s bakeries, Neilson Active Holidays and The Brighton Pier Group plc and is also a director of Brompton Bicycles. He writes a weekly essay in The Sunday Times and until 2015 wrote a weekly column in The Financial Times. He has lived in London for over 30 years.

Luke will take up his position at the next board meeting on 15 September. He joins current Trustees Axel Burrough, John Cassy, Richard Gildea, Giles Havergal CBE, Marc Mathieu, Lucy Perman MBE and Tanya Seghatchian.

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold said: “Luke’s wealth of experience in the culture, hospitality and business sectors make him a huge asset to the Almeida. I’m delighted that the Board has appointed him as Chairman and look forward to working alongside him as we continue our ambition to make bold new work and launch the next generation of British artists. We are indebted to Christopher Rodrigues for his commitment to the Almeida over the past eight years, and throughout the change in artistic leadership. It has been enabling for the Almeida to have someone as supportive and progressive in their outlook as Christopher.”

Luke Johnson said: ‘The Almeida is one of London’s most important theatres, and I am honored to become involved with such a vital cultural institution. I will help it continue to produce ground breaking plays with new and established talent. I’m grateful to my predecessor, Christopher Rodrigues, who bequeaths me an organisation in sound financial condition, with an outstanding leadership team and a great creative track record.’

Outgoing Chairman of the Board, Christopher Rodrigues said: “It has been a great pleasure to Chair the Almeida, working first with Michael Attenborough and more recently with Rupert Goold. I have benefitted from the support of a great group of Trustees and a truly committed set of staff members. I leave the theatre in good shape and in good hands and take with me some unforgettable memories of the many outstanding productions I have seen in the last eight years.”

Christopher Rodrigues CBE has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees since 2008. He oversaw the appointment of Rupert Goold as Artistic Director in 2013. He is Chairman of the British Council, the British Tourist Authority, Openwork Holdings Ltd, The Port of London Authority and the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association.

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