Looks like the exodus of top artistic directors is not limited by the M25. Rumour has it that Jude Kelly may soon be leaving Leeds' West Yorkshire Playhouse, where she has established a formidable reputation. Kelly was a frontrunner in the race for the directorship of the National Theatre, a position which eventually went to Nicholas Hytner. Perhaps some of the other upcoming London vacancies - at the Almeida, Donmar and Hampstead - will provide some diverting consolation for this respected theatre programmer. With digs already secured in the capital (reportedly secured for family reasons; her son recently started at the Royal Ballet School), the commute to any of those off-West End powerhouses could be an easy one. Kelly's recent high-profile successes in Leeds include the JB Priestley season, which saw Patrick Stewart star and a West End transfer for Laurie Sansom's Dangerous Corner, and her own production of Singin' in the Rain, which won an Olivier for its NT season last year.