Royal Exchange Theatre Artistic Director, Greg Hersov has announced he will step down at the end of the Spring Summer season after 27 years.

Royal Exchange Theatre Artistic Director, Greg Hersov has announced he will step down at the end of the Spring Summer season after 27 years.

He says: “I'm proud to have played a part in the Royal Exchange story for the past three decades. The Exchange is an amazing, magical space and is of huge importance to the theatre scene in this country. The Company is flourishing – full of fresh energy, new ideas; with a very exciting future.”

Hersov has been associated with the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester since 1980 when he joined as an Assistant Director. He became an Artistic Director for the theatre in 1987. He directed some of its most acclaimed productions including ALL MY SONS with John Thaw, LOOK BACK IN ANGER with Michael Sheen and THE TEMPEST with Pete Postlethwaite. His was awarded TMA Best Director for ROMEO AND JULIET and A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award for PALACE OF THE END.

Fellow Artistic Director, Sarah Frankcom says: “It's impossible to put into words the part that Greg has played in the Royal Exchange’s evolution as a theatre and as a company, and the legacy he leaves behind. His work on stage and his collaborations with actors have created unforgettable theatre for our audiences. He has a brilliant theatre mind and it has been a privilege to learn and work alongside him.”

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Paul Lee says: “I cannot remember a time at the Royal Exchange without Greg. His influence on the Theatre – and his contribution to the Arts in this country – is enormous. I value him as a director, an inspirational force and a friend.”