A CHESTER-BORN international theatre director and RADA lecturer has been appointed as the artistic director for this summer’s series of Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre events.
A former pupil of Christleton High School, whose family is still based in Littleton, Alex Clifton's directing career has taken him across the globe.
This is the first time he has worked in the North West for more than five years.
Alex said: “I absolutely relish the opportunity to take on this exciting new role and to be working with a new theatre company, on what is hoped to be one of the city's leading theatre events. I am particularly excited to be working back in my home town.”
Alex’s career in professional theatre stemmed from his experiences at the Cheshire Youth Theatre at the former Gateway Theatre.
Alex said: “My first glimpse at working in professional theatre was with the Cheshire Youth Theatre, where I started as a young actor and eventually became the director of a touring school's project.
“It's great to have been away for so long and to come back to the city that inspired my decision to work in the industry.”
Alex has worked in a wide range of creative roles across theatre for the last 10 years, including assistant director at the National Theatre and resident director at English National Opera. He has toured productions across the USA, Europe, South Africa, South East Asia and Japan.
He is now a senior acting teacher at RADA and a freelance opera and theatre director.
Cllr Richard Short, executive member for culture at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “I am pleased with this appointment. It's a good decision and I look forward to a successful season with Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.”
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre takes place from July 15-August 8 and consists of two new productions of Shakespearean comedy Much Ado About Nothing and a story about mythological Greek hero Hercules.
Tickets go on sale in mid-April. For more, visit www.chesterperforms.com.