Canterbury Marlowe’s Theatre Trust has announced its first trustees.
Overseeing their work will be Jonathan Church CBE, one of the country’s top theatre directors and producers.
He is joined by Lady Alison De Haan, David Harrel and Clive Relf, all of whom have had successful business careers and have strong ties to east Kent.
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Mr Church and the newly-formed board will oversee the transfer of the theatre from Canterbury City Council to The Marlowe Trust Ltd in the summer.
He said: “Between them, the trustees bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge – and a passion for theatre – which will be of huge benefit to the Marlowe as it moves into this next exciting phase.”
Mr Church’s successes include West End transfers of shows such as Gypsy, ENRON, Sweeney Todd and The Young Chekhov Trilogy.
Lady De Haan, a lawyer, has practised in London and worked in the charity sector including as a trustee for The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust which focuses on regeneration projects in east Kent.
Her cultural interests include theatre, the visual arts, poetry and literature.
Mr Harrell has worked in the City as a lawyer, including 14 years as senior partner of SJ Berwin.
He is well connected across the arts world and has experience on arts boards, including the Royal College of Music, and has recently stepped down from the English National Opera.
Mr Relf is private client tax partner at Canterbury accountancy firm Kreston Reeves and is chairman of the city’s Business Improvement District.
A regular speaker on tax-related topics, Mr Relf was educated in Canterbury and has been treasurer trustee of The Marlowe Development charity. It has raised £5 million towards the new theatre since 2008.