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Walter Meierjohann steps down as artistic director of HOME Manchester

The director will now pursue other projects around the UK and internationally

Walter Meierjohann
© Graeme Cooper

Walter Meierjohann has announced that he will be stepping down as the artistic director of HOME Manchester later this year.

Meierjohann has been at the helm of the venue since the HOME brand's conception in 2014, including the opening of the venue in May 2015 with the world premiere of The Funfair, Simon Stephen's adaptation of Horvath's Kasimir and Karoline.

His productions at the Manchester theatre include Romeo and Juliet in the city's iconic Victoria Baths, as well as Inkheart, Chamaco, The Emperor and Uncle Vanya.

During his four year tenure, he has brought directors including Polly Findlay, Bijan Sheibani and Blanche McIntrye to the theatre, as well as international artists including Peeping Tom, Sol Pico and Thomas Ostermeier.

On his decision to step down following the opening of The Emperor in New York, Meierjohann said: "It has been a huge privilege to have launched a new theatre programme in a stunning new building and to have placed HOME on the map... I am very proud of the mixture of the international and the local, the emerging and the established we have presented on our stages in these exciting years.

"As HOME moves into a new phase, I feel it is the right time for me to move on and pursue opportunities beyond Manchester and internationally."