THE chief executive of Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, is stepping down at the end of September to take up a new role, it has been announced.
Colin Marr, who has been in the post for 20 years, is to become theatre director of Edinburgh Playhouse.
As Eden Court's board of trustees immediately started the search for his replacement, chairman Jane Gill paid tribute to Mr Marr on behalf of the board and staff.
"We have been immensely privileged to have in Colin Marr one of the country's greatest leaders of theatre and community arts on a regional and national stage," she said.
"Under Colin's leadership, Eden Court has become a leading force in the theatre world, developing a programme which achieves the highest per capita attendance of any UK theatre.
"Colin has championed the arts for everyone, ensuring that Eden Court has become a much loved, open and accessible hub for music, theatre, arts and education.
"He leaves Eden Court in a very strong position on which to build for the future. We are sad to see him go, but all wish him well as he takes on his new role."
Mr Marr said it had been an "enormous privilege" to lead Eden Court for the past 20 years.
"Along with a fantastic staff and loyal audiences we have transformed Eden Court into a really exciting multi-arts venue and I will greatly miss everyone," he said.
"At the same time, I am hugely excited about returning to Edinburgh and the opportunities presented by the iconic Edinburgh Playhouse."
When he took up his post at Eden Court in 1997, he was faced with an under-performing venue in need of a facelift but soon returned it to financial stability.
He has been credited with developing a programme to achieve the highest per capita attendance of any UK theatre.
He also led a £23 million capital development which transformed Eden Court into the largest multi-venue arts centre in Scotland with two theatres, two cinemas, two studios and conference and meeting spaces.