IT could be another two months before a manager is appointed for the Lowther Pavilion Theatre.
For the prospect of being at the helm of Lytham’s prestigious performance venue has captured the imagination of candidates worldwide.
A total of 57 people applied, including one who had worked in Africa and others from France and Ireland. There is now a shortlist of four for second interviews.
The Lowther Trustees expect the new incumbent to be in situ by August.
“We have been really impressed with the standard and range of the candidates,” said trustee Tim Lince.
The Trustees took charge of the theatre from Fylde Council in April and have already introduced changes, including outdoor productions starting next week with Romeo and Juliet.
Acting chair of the Lowther Trustees is Peter Taylor of event management company Cuffe and Taylor, who has been involved with the Friends of Lowther Pavilion from its conception.
He is joined on the Trust by Tim Lince, who has run the professional Theatre Company Pendle Productions for the last 26 years; Dan Creasey, whose expertise is technical management; Coun Susan Fazackerley Fylde Council portfolio holder for leisure and tourism; Philip Hargreaves, whose expertise is in HR, marketing and commercial matters and local solicitor Barry Scott.