Tragic tale for National Theatre FD

Chartered accountant Hodges was escorted out of the RNT building at short notice after a mutual agreement with the board to resign his post.

Hodges, 44, who served as FD for more than two years, leaves as the National stages Alan Ayckbourn’s innovative play House & Garden and Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, a tragic tale of lost opportunity.

A spokesman said: ‘Lew left the National Theatre by mutual consent.’ She refused to comment on whether he was asked to leave by chairman Sir Christopher Hogg of the RNT Board, or executive director Genista McKintosh.

Financial controller Jane Sandemann is now covering the vacant FD position.

Hodges, a graduate of UCL and the London Business School, was appointed to the National in 1997, after briefly serving as the Sports Council FD and a seven year spell as FD with the Arts Council.

A £42m modernisation programme due for completion by 2003 has forced the National to raise more than £10m of its own funds.

Hodges was unavailable for comment.

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