She is currently programming the next season of work for the months up to July 2012. This will be announced, as usual, in January and will include a selection of in-house productions by the theatre company as well as visiting drama, theatre for children, music, dance and comedy.
In a formal statement, Evans says “I have relished the wonderful opportunities that working at the Mercury has given me and I am very proud of what we have achieved – board, staff and company – on stages, in the community, organisationally and financially.
“There is never a good time to make a change like this, but the Mercury has a great team and is in a strong position to move into planning and delivering the next three year cycle of work, so I have chosen to make the break now.
“Personally of course, I feel great sadness at leaving and will miss the place and the people very much. I would like to thank all of the thousands of people who have supported us over the years and look forward to seeing a very positive future unfold for the Mercury”.