Clifton is not new to Chester as he founded, and is the current Artistic Director of city’s acclaimed Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.
This is a homecoming for Alex, who after attending Christleton High School went on to study English at Oxford University. He has worked with theatres and opera companies across the UK including the National, Old Vic, English National Opera and the Oxford Playhouse, as well as having directed community theatre internationally. As a freelance theatre and opera director, he has twice been awarded Time Out Off-West End Production of the Year, he is a published author.
Chester’s new cultural centre, will be run by city based arts organisation Chester Performs. It is a partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council, is one of the most important new arts buildings in the country and described as a “one of the most exciting projects in England” by Arts Council England Chair Sir Peter Balzalgette.
On his appointment Alex said “Helping define a cultural centre that serves this wonderful community is a unique opportunity, and means all the more to me personally, as I was born and bred in Chester. This accessible, ground-breaking building will be a hub for invigorating creativity and a unique resource for our diverse, proud community”
Alex will take up the role immediately and is currently rehearsing Romeo and Juliet and Glyn Maxwell’s new version of Wind in the Willows for Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre this summer.
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