Chief Executive, Capital Theatres Edinburgh


The Board of Capital Theatres is seeking a Chief Executive to succeed Duncan Hendry when he retires later this year. The Board wishes to recruit an outstanding individual who can build on the organisation’s significant commercial and artistic achievements of the last decade and lead our theatres through the next exciting phase of development.

Capital Theatres is the largest independent theatre organisation in Scotland, the Edinburgh home to Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera and operates key venues for many of the Edinburgh Festivals.  We stage over 600 performances each year at the Festival Theatre, King’s Theatre and The Studio in a broad and inclusive programme featuring the very best in drama, dance, musical theatre, live music, comedy and pantomime. In addition, the Festivals provide a focus for pioneering new voices and artforms and a celebration of artistic collaboration that continues throughout the year.

We support equal access to the arts for everyone through an extensive learning and participation programme of events that develop engagement and interest in all areas of live performance and the heritage of our buildings.

The ideal candidate for the Chief Executive position will be an experienced and motivational leader within the performing arts or commercial entertainment industries, with a proven track record of running a successful business with a significant turnover and a large team. They will have strategic and financial planning ability, commercial acumen, entrepreneurial flair, sound judgment and excellent interpersonal skills. An exceptional communicator, confident in operating effectively at the highest political levels, the new Chief Executive will demonstrate a strong commitment to collaboration and partnership working and to widening access to the arts.

Knowledge of theatre product, experience in contract negotiation, and a network of appropriate contacts within the theatre or entertainment industries are essential to succeed in this role. With the planned redevelopment of the King’s Theatre underway, a proven track record in capital fundraising is also desirable. 

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Capital Theatres is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from under-represented groups.