ANNOUNCEMENT: Selladoor wins tender to run Queen's Theatre Barnstaple & Landmark Theatre Ilfracombe

23 November 2018

Selladoor Worldwide will run the two venues from January 2019 signalling the launch of 'Selladoor Venues'. Sir Ian McKellen will open the Landmark Theatre on 25 March ahead of his one man show running at the venue.

Selladoor Worldwide, against stiff competition, have won the tender to run the Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple and The Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe from January 2019 for a minimum of ten years. This is further expansion of the company’s move into venue, which includes the partnership with the Blackpool Entertainment Company, to bring creative life to the historical Pavilion Theatre, Blackpool.

David Hutchinson, CEO Selladoor Worldwide said “At the heart of Selladoor has always been making diverse, dynamic and daring theatre. We’re delighted to be bringing our mission to create, support, platform and promote quality theatre and artists to our North Devon theatres”

Phillip Rowntree, CFO Selladoor Worldwide said “Over the last ten years of producing in theatres of all scales and sizes, in the UK and around the world, Selladoor has always been acutely aware of the importance of local theatres in the regional landscape.  We could not be more humbled by the trust vested in us by the Council and people of North Devon, nor could we be more excited by this thrilling new chapter in Selladoor’s life.  We cannot wait to begin delivering our vision for the theatres to the communities in Ilfracombe and Barnstaple.”

Mark Kentell Contracts Delivery Manager at North Devon Council said “Selladoor are an exciting, dynamic theatre company with fresh ideas and a firm commitment to making both of our theatres successes in their own right. We can look forward to thriving theatres in both Ilfracombe and Barnstaple with shows produced at the Landmark touring internationally. Selladoor are everything I’d hoped for in a theatre operator and I’m so pleased to welcome them to North Devon.”

The grand opening of The Landmark, having been under used for a number of years, will be on 25 March 2019 when Ian McKellen will open the theatre with his one man show.  The Ballot for tickets is open from today on

Alongside this exciting tender news, the company have made some key new management appointments as part of the companies general expansion.Stuart Shanks, who was previously at HQ Theatres and Parkwood Leisure, has joined as Director of Venues, Grant Sellen, former Senior Programmer at ATG, joins as Head of Programming and Thomas Betis formerly HR Manager at Le Pain Quotidien joins as Head of People.


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