EXCITING times are ahead at Lowther Pavilion, Lytham – and the new manager wants the whole community to share in the delights of what she feels is a very special venue.
Isabelle Leclercq took over the reins at the Lytham theatre this week and is looking forward to providing a wide range of entertainment which appeals to as wide-ranging an audience as possible.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for me,” said the 30-year-old Frenchwoman who previously managed a similar-sized venue in Bordeaux and was chosen for the Lowther job from a list of more than 50 contenders.
“I have always been a great believer that theatre is for everyone – certainly not just for the elite and I am eager to maintain and even increase the very important part that the Lowther Pavlion and Gardens play in the community.”
Isabelle had never been nearer to Lytham than Manchester when she applied for the job while living in Dublin after studying there for a Masters degree.
But she and her husband of three years, Amaury, who works in the wine and food industry, have quickly fallen in love with the area and are renting a home in St Annes.
“There is a tremendous potential here,” she said. “It very much appealed to me that a new group of trustees have taken over charge of the venue and it is great to have the chance to be manager at such an exciting time.”
Isabelle took over as manager on Monday and was straight into the fray when she and Lowther Trust acting chairman Tim Lince made a presentation to Fylde councillors on their plans for the future of the venue.
The Trust is taking over charge of the theatre from the Council and is looking for a five-year financial commitment.
Local amateur dramatic groups in particular will be keeping a close eye on developments under the new manager.
No bookings for productions have been taken beyond the end of this year pending Isabelle’s arrival, although the Trust has readily declared how vital it is that the Lowther continues to be the prime local stage for amateur drama and musicals from a large number of groups.