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Erica Whyman appointed Chair of Theatre503’s Board.

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BATTERSEA’S Theatre503 has announced the appointment of RSC Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman, as Chair of Theatre503’s Board.

Whyman succeeds Emma Stenning, who steps down after four years. She will work closely with Artistic Director Paul Robinson and Executive Director Jeremy Woodhouse.

Together they will continue to build Theatre503’s strong reputation for staging plays by first time writers – the venue previously launched the careers of playwrights such as Dennis Kelly, Phil Porter and Katori Hall – and developing Paul Robinsons new Second Look and Playwright Presents series.

The 60-seat venue, above the Latchmere Pub, is the smallest venue in the UK to receive an Olivier Award.

Speaking about Whyman’s appointment, Paul Robinson said:

“I have been a huge fan of Erica’s for over ten years, when she made The Gate pulse with excitement. She’s been inspiring to me personally as an Artistic Director and director and I’m certainly hoping some of that will rub off. Emma Stenning, our outgoing Chair, has been an incredible source of support and encouragement, particularly in the transition to my sole leadership of 503. Her stewardship has been generous and indefatigable though it helps that she is the hardest working person I’ve ever met.”

And speaking about her role as Chair of the Theatre503 Board, Erica Whyman said:

“I am delighted to be joining the Board at this exciting time for Theatre503. I very much admire Paul’s ambition for the company and his energetic and talented team, who are looking to the future with great purpose and vigour. I look forward to being able to play a part in ensuring they can realise their vision and secure long-term success.”

Theatre503 will present a revival of Simon Donald’s acclaimed 90’s comedy, The Life of Stuff, from April 10, 2013, as part of the Second Look season. April also sees the launch of the Playwright Presents series, with esteemed playwrights Howard Brenton, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Caryl Churchill presenting readings by new first time writers.

Listings for Playwright Presents:

Howard Brenton presents Vote of No Confidence by Chris Urch on Monday, April 15.

Timberlake Wertenbaker presents Beasts by Clare Brown on Monday, May 20.

Caryl Churchill presents Whistling in Bed by Rita Kalnejas on Monday, June 24.

Tickets: £10, £8 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7978 7040 or online at