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Working at the Old Red Lion



The Old Red Lion Theatre is one of London's best-loved theatres, having opened its doors nearly 40 years ago. Our mission is to nurture and present the very best new and emerging theatrical talent. The Old Red is a hotbed for the development of new theatre where bold, dynamic and innovative work is created and seen first. In the last few years we have transferred work to Off Broadway and repeatedly to the West End.

The Old Red Lion Theatre seeks an Artistic Director to replace  outgoing AD Stewart Pringle, who after a very successful tenure is moving on this Christmas. The job encompasses three main areas  of responsibility –  Firstly, the full programming schedule for the venue;  secondly the general management of the venue space; and finally, line-management of the Old Red Lion literary manager and team.

Key Skills

2 to 3 years experience in a relevant company or venue role, or equivalent industry experience
Ability to work flexibly, with occasionally unsociable hours
Must have a good understanding of the technical requirements of a small theatre
Must have good knowledge of  theatre and in particular the London off West End and new writing scene.
A strong network of contacts across the industry
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Must be computer literate with an understanding of all social media platforms and basic CMS's
The ability to prioritize in a potentially challenging environment
Be a team player and be a contributor to the Old Red Lion Theatre pub
A thorough understanding of how a small scale shows operates financially, artistically and practically 
Ability to foster good relationships with other venues, production  companies and artists

Salary dependent on experience - opportunity to live-in may be available

To Apply

Submit your current CV, together with a supporting statement (of no more than 500 words) outlining your suitability for the role to no later than Noon Monday 31st October. Please label your email 'ARTISTIC DIRECTOR APPLICATION' and include all documents in .pdf or .doc format.

Interviews to be held daytime Friday November 4th.

If you have any questions please contact

Successful applicants will be contacted by Wednesday November 2nd. We are not able to offer feedback on unsuccessful applications.


Work Experience

Unfortunately we are currently unable to offer work experience at the Old Red Lion Theatre.

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