Artistic director leaves the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich

A Norwich theatre's Christmas show will continue as planned despite the departure of the venue's artistic director.

Genevieve Raghu, who joined the Maddermarket Theatre team earlier this year, is no longer the venue's artistic director but the show she was planning to put on in December – The Railway Children – will still be performed under a different director.

Les Hoare, the theatre's general manager, said he could confirm that Miss Raghu had left but said he could not comment further about the situation.

He added: 'I can also confirm that The Railway Children, our Christmas show, will be directed by Peter Sowerbutts and the designer for the show will be John Stokes.

'The 2013 theatre season will also be announced very shortly.'

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Miss Raghu, a former Norwich High School student and a graduate of the University of Warwick, joined the theatre in February with an impressive array of theatre experience under her belt from her time in London and Warwickshire.

She made her directorial debut at the Maddermarket with the Noel Coward comedy Present Laughter,

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Soon after Miss Raghu joined the theatre she spoke of how she thought the Maddermarket was an incredible resource and that she wanted to use her experience to further the Maddermarket's achievements.

Stephen Picton, who was the director of productions at the Maddermarket before Miss Raghu became artistic director, also left the organisation after less than a year with the theatre in July 2011. The Evening News was unable to contact Miss Raghu.

The Railway Children is being performed at the Maddermarket from December 19 to January 5. Visit

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