24 March 2009 - 0 Comments
Neil Cox, a leading player in New Zealand’s entertainment industry, has been appointed the new general manager of Christchurch’s historic Isaac Theatre Royal.
Isaac Theatre Royal Foundation chairman Ray Eddington says Mr Cox’s experience will be vital in ensuring the Isaac Theatre Royal continues to be the gateway to the performing arts for the people of Christchurch and Canterbury for another 100 years to come.
"We are confident that Neil’s knowledge, contacts, and extensive experience in the world of performing arts within New Zealand and internationally, in both production and promotion, will add enormous value to our efforts to reposition the theatre in the international performing arts world as the venue of choice in Christchurch," says Mr Eddington.
Mr Cox has worked in senior international marketing positions for EMI and Warner Music in UK, Australia and South Africa promoting the likes of Paul McCartney, Queen, Cliff Richard, Tina Turner, Pink Floyd, Crowded House, and many others. He formed Big Deal Productions on his arrival in Christchurch in 1996, promoting many New Zealand and international concerts and festivals throughout the country as well as consulting on event and entertainment marketing for the Melbourne Cup Carnival and Rugby World Cup 2003 in Australia, and more recently on a local basis for Vbase Ltd and the Christchurch Arts Festival.
Mr Cox also has interests in major musical stage productions such as 'We Will Rock You' and 'Spamalot' as well spearheading the initial proposal to bring the musical ‘Priscilla Queen Of The Desert’ to New Zealand. In various other capacities he is also Chairman of CHART (The Christchurch Music Industry Trust), promoter of the annual Southern Amp music festival and a trustee of the Christchurch Arts Festival.
Mr Cox says it is an honour to take on the management of the Isaac Theatre Royal and he applauds the recent refurbishment work, which has elevated the theatre to modern world production standards, while still keeping its fine heritage and Edwardian beauty intact.
"We will be continuing the upgrade of this ‘centurion’ of live entertainment," Mr Cox promises.
"The task ahead is to bring world class productions to the theatre to match our facilities and we will kick that off with the Showbiz production of 'Miss Saigon' from April 17 onwards.
"If you haven’t been to a performance at the Isaac Theatre Royal in recent months, this is the perfect opportunity to reacquaint yourself with this amazing historic venue," Mr Cox says.
Thanks to www.isaactheatreroyal.co.nz for this story.
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