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Broadway to Blackpool for Alistair Armit


Blackpool Grand's outgoing Arts and Entertainment Board chairman Tony Stone (left), with CEO Adam Knight and new board chairman Alistair Armit (right)
Blackpool Grand's outgoing Arts and Entertainment Board chairman Tony Stone (left), with CEO Adam Knight and new board chairman Alistair Armit (right)

Theatre specialist Alistair Armit is the new chairman of Blackpool Grand Theatre's Arts and Entertainment Board.

A former opera singer, Broadway theatre consultant and high-tech arts professional, Alistair has taken over from Tony Stone, who has stepped down after 15 years.

Alistair is from an extensive arts background, having spent the first 11 years of his career as a professional opera singer, then went behind the scenes and worked his way up through theatre management roles from box office, marketing and commercial departments to theatre director.

He then moved into the IT field and became a software consultant, working with theatres and visitor attractions on both Broadway and in London's West End, among many others. This led to working on the launch of Moulin Rouge on Broadway, being a consultant for stadiums ranging from the Dallas Cowboys to Manchester City and to the installation of software at Buckingham Palace.

Alistair said of his new role: “Blackpool Grand has always been a very special place to me. I'd like to take the opportunity to thank the board and theatre members for all the support and trust they have shown in appointing me as Chair.

“Theatre is in my blood, I missed it so much when my career took me in another direction. Joining the Grand has been wonderful, as it gives me the chance to still be involved in lots of areas. I look forward to supporting the theatre to continue moving forward."

Chief executive Adam Knight, said: “Alistair's wide-ranging experience, perspective and industry insight will be invaluable as we continue to build on our successes."

Retiring board chairman Tony Stone said: “I can honestly say it’s been one of the most stimulating and fulfilling roles I have had the pleasure of performing."


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