STRODE Theatre at Street has announced its autumn programme of films and events and a return for Fares K Moussa, the former manager, stepping in as Robin Peters, who has been the manager since 2019, is leaving..
Robin Peters was faced with the crisis of the pandemic and the lockdown, and has overseen the partial reopening since July, with more events announced for the autumn, opening with a run of the new James Bond film, No Time to Die, which had been delayed for nearly two years because of Covid. The theatre closed in March 2020, with staff being furloughed or made redundant.
Strode Theatre, part of Strode College, is a commercial theatre, but currently relies on significant revenue support from Strode College and Street Parish Council, and capital funding from the Friends of Strode Theatre.
Robin Peters, who has left to take up an exciting new role running an olive grove in Greece, said: “We have been extremely fortunate to receive support from the Culture Recovery Fund. This grant programme has helped arts organisations across the country survive the pandemic and start to rebuild.
“The shifting sands of the pandemic have meant that much of this work is still ongoing, with funds safely ring-fenced for the purpose… please be bold in choosing what to see this season and, if you can, help us spread the word that the theatre is back, and has some perhaps unexpected treats for everyone.”
With his fiancee, Robin will be responsible for an olive grove on the island of Ithaca. He says: “I leave management of the theatre in the safest hands. Thank you for your support of Strode Theatre through the most turbulent of times, and of me personally and the change that I have begun to work here.”
Farès Moussa, who was manager from March 2017 to September 2019, and has since been working mainly freelance in arts and heritage management, has returned on an interim basis to secure the new programme and bring the theatre back into full operation through a recovery period. He says: “It’s important we bring the theatre back into action in a way that our audiences can feel confident to come and watch films, shows, concerts and live broadcasts. The message is that we are open, and we are safe!”
He is sharing the management role at Strode Theatre with his former Royal Opera House colleague, Andrew Lunt through this post-Covid recovery period, until further notice.
Pictured: Fares K Moussa (left) and Robin Peters on Robin Peter’s last day at Strode Theatre; Daniel Craig in the new Bond film, No Time to Die.