London hall chief is hired by Cleveland

London hall chief is hired by Cleveland


norman lebrecht

August 09, 2022

It has been announced in Cleveland that Craig Hassall, chief executive of the Royal Albert Hall, is to be president of Playhouse Square, a venue with seven resident arts companies.

Craig, 57, will relocate after Christmas.

The remuneration will be considerable.

The Royal Albert Hall has yet to confirm his departure.

UPDATE: It has now.


  • Malatesta says:

    What would Cleveland Ohio possibly offer that the Royal Albert Hall can’t?

    • perturbo says:

      Well, have you ever been to Cleveland and seen productions at the Playhouse Square theaters? Come to visit and then you can answer your own question.

  • Frank Ell says:

    Welcome to Cleveland Mr. Hassall! We look forward to your contributions to our Theaters

  • Larry says:

    Playhouse Square is, I believe, 5 venues, not 1.

    • anon says:

      11 total venues, with the original five theatres constructed in the 1920s. By number of performance spaces, Playhouse Square is the largest performing arts campus in the US excepting Lincoln Center. One of the many excellent cultural amenities in Cleveland!

  • Hogwash says:

    Welcome to Cleveland! Will be looking forward to seeing you at Blossom