Ian Talbot

Ian Talbot succeeded Mervyn Willis as Artistic Director from 1987. As Artistic Director for over twenty years, Ian succeeded in introducing musical theatre to the Park, and it continues to be a hugely popular part of each season. These productions, ranging from Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Roy Hudd to Gershwin’s Lady Be Good starring Bernard Cribbins and Joanna Riding, have received over twenty Olivier nominations including a win for Dame Judi Dench’s production of The Boys from Syracuse. In 2007, he was succeeded by the current Artistic Director, Timothy Sheader.