From left: Readymoney Matt (Gordon Carpenter) and Mack the Knife (John Bogar) have a little chat in Seattle Shakespeare’s The Threepenny Opera. Photo courtesy John Ulman.

Seattle Shakespeare Company announced late yesterday that John Bradshaw, its managing director since 2004, will step down on March 18.

The parting seems amicable enough—Bradshaw already has plans to help lead fundraising at the Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville, where he’s been a long-time donor and volunteer, and leaves the theater company during a record-breaking season. Both subscriptions and ticket sales are at an all-time high. During his tenure with Seattle Shakes, Bradshaw kept the group "in the black" for nine seasons, expanded the touring company, and negotiated a deal that merged the summer Shakespeare theater Wooden O with his own.

The board is setting up interim management and hopes to have a more permanent solution by July 1. Seattle Shakespeare Company is in the final week of its production of The Threepenny Opera, which closes at Intiman Theatre on March 6.

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