First Star Invited by New Operator of North Devon Theatres Revealed to be Sir Ian McKellen


Lord of the Rings star, Sir Ian McKellen is planned to bring his one-man show to North Devon in Ilfracombe, to join in the official reopening of the Landmark Theatre on March 25 next year, under its new operator—Selladoor.

The production company, Selladoor, responsible for acclaimed productions, Spamalot and Madagascar, was recently announced as the new permanent operator for North Devon Theatres. David Hutchinson, the CEO of Selladoor, comments, “We went down to Barnstaple and Ilfracombe and met a number of community leaders and amateur dramatics groups and it absolutely blew me away with the level of love the community has for the theatres. It was just quite overwhelming and a good motivator for us to come in and run the buildings.”

Through a tender process, the former owners, North Devon Council, appointed Selladoor to be in charge for ten years. Selladoor Worldwide is planned to take over the management of the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple and the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe, starting from the second week in January next year.

The contracts delivery manager at North Devon Council, Mark Kentell, said, “Selladoor is 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 takes charge from Parkwood Creative Ltd, which ran the theatres on an interim contract since April 2017 after the original North Devon Theatres Trust had to go into liquidation.

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