A vastly-experienced theatre expert whose consultancy work on the topic has taken him all over the world is to be the new manager of Lowther Pavilion.
Roger McCann’s exotic trips to pass on the benefit of his expertise have taken him to India and Iran, Kazakhstan and Kosovo and many more destinations besides.
But now he is savouring what he feels is a great opportunity in Lytham – just round the corner from his home.
Roger, 62, has become totally enamoured of Lytham and its sense of community since moving to the town from Leicester last year with his partner Ruth Eastwood.
And when he takes over the Lowther helm as successor to Mark Alexander next month, he and Ruth will complete a notable Fylde coast double – as Ruth is chief executive of Blackpool’s Grand Theatre.
“We love it here and when I saw that Mark (Alexander) has stepped down as manager, I thought I would apply for the job,” said Roger.
“Lytham has a wonderful community feeling and Lowther is a key part of that. It’s a brilliant facility offering performances by top professionals as well as a great range of amateur theatrical companies and I really aim to build on that.
“Quality will be the watchword and it is important to offer something for everyone.
“I enjoyed my time as a manager and I feel the time is right to give something back and really make the most of everything Lytham has to offer.
“Ruth’s involvement in Blackpool hasn’t been a direct influence but I have accompanied her to events and thought ‘wouldn’t it be good if I was responsible for this in a theatre I am managing’ and this was really too good an opportunity to miss.”
After a 10-year spell as manager of the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton, Roger established an arts management consultancy which worked with cultural organisations, local authorities, museums and galleries, orchestras and theatres across the UK. He later spent four years working for the Arts Council England before moving back into consultancy and training.
Teresa Mallabone, spokesman for the Lowther Trust, which received applications for the job from across the country, said: “We are confident that Roger’s previous experience and his enthusiasm for local theatre will take Lowther Pavilion forward to meet the Trust’s vision for the future.”