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Ambassador Theatre Group


Co-founded by Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire in 1992,
the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd (ATG) is the largest
owner/operator of theatres in the UK with 39 venues and an
internationally recognised award-winning theatre producer
with co-productions in New York, across North America,
Europe, Asia and Australia. It is also a leader in theatre
ticketing services (ATG Tickets).
ATG’s impressive portfolio of West End theatres includes
historic buildings such as the Apollo Victoria, Donmar
Warehouse, Duke of York’s, Fortune, Harold Pinter, Lyceum,
Phoenix, Piccadilly, Playhouse, Savoy, Trafalgar Studio 1 and
Trafalgar Studio 2.
ATG’s regional theatres include: the Ambassadors, Woking,
encompassing the New Victoria and Rhoda McGaw theatres
and the award-winning six-screen cinema complex,
Ambassador Cinemas; Aylesbury Waterside Theatre; New
Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham; Theatre Royal Brighton;
Bristol Hippodrome; Churchill Theatre, Bromley; Edinburgh
Playhouse; Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone; King’s Theatre and
Theatre Royal, Glasgow; Grimsby Auditorium; Liverpool
Empire; Palace Theatre and Opera House, Manchester; Milton
Keynes Theatre; New Theatre, Oxford; Richmond Theatre;
Southport Theatre; Regent Theatre and Victoria Hall, Stokeon-
Trent; Sunderland Empire; Princess Theatre, Torquay; New
Wimbledon Theatre and New Wimbledon Studio; and the
Grand Opera House, York.
ATG Production output is at its highest ever, demonstrating
the unique quality and range of ATG Productions in a diverse
number of theatres and markets worldwide. ATG has been
behind some of the most successful and innovative productions
in Britain and internationally. ATG has offices in London, New
York and Sydney.
Current and recent ATG co-productions include: Macbeth,
starring James McAvoy (London); Passion Play, starring
Zoë Wanamaker (London); Posh, Jumpy and Constellations
(Royal Court at the Duke of York’s); Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 - the
Musical (UK tour); Priscilla Queen of the Desert, starring Jason
Donovan (UK tour); Legally Blonde - the Musical (Sydney,
London and UK tour); Monty Python’s Spamalot by Eric Idle,
starring Marcus Brigstocke, Jon Culshaw and now Stephen
Tompkinson (London and UK tour); The Rocky Horror Show
(worldwide); Maurice’s Jubilee (UK tour); Goodnight Mister
Tom (London and UK tour); The Mystery of Charles Dickens,
starring Simon Callow (London); South Pacific, starring
Samantha Womack and Paulo Szot (London and UK tour); All
New People, starring Zach Braff (UK regions and London);
Dandy Dick, starring Patricia Hodge and Nicholas Le Prevost,
and Blue/Orange, starring Robert Bathurst (Brighton, UK tour
and London); Ghost - the Musical (Manchester and London);
Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! (Sadler’s Wells and UK tour);
Being Shakespeare, starring Simon Callow (London, UK tour,
New York and Chicago); The Misanthrope, starring Damian
Lewis and Keira Knightley (London); the critically acclaimed
award-winning musical West Side Story (Sadler’s Wells and UK
tour); Elling, starring John Simm (London) and Guys and Dolls,
starring Ewan McGregor (London).
ATG is also mounting productions around the world. ATG’s
productions in Australia include: Legally Blonde - the Musical,
The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls and West Side
Story. Recent ATG productions on Broadway include The
Mountaintop, starring Samuel L Jackson and Angela Bassett,
and Exit the King, starring Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon.
Other ATG successes include: the co-production of The Weir
in London and on Broadway (winner of the 1999 Olivier Award
for Best New Play); Smokey Joe’s Cafe in the West End and
the Olivier Award-winning Slava’s Snowshow in the West End
and North America; plus the multi award-winning West End
musical, Carmen Jones.
ATG has recently launched a number of major new production
company initiatives. In partnership with Tony Award-winner
Jerry Mitchell, the acclaimed director and choreographer,
ATG has formed Jerry Mitchell Productions. Jerry Mitchell
Productions will work to develop, create and produce new
productions for ATG theatres in London, New York and
around the world. Under the artistic direction of Christopher
Luscombe, with associate directors Maria Aitken and Philip
Franks, Theatre Royal Brighton Productions will present classic
and new drama both on tour in the UK and in the West End. In
a co-producing partnership with ATG, West End and Broadway
producer Tali Pelman will develop and produce new productions
for presentation within ATG venues and in New York; and in
partnership with acclaimed director Jamie Lloyd, Jamie Lloyd
Productions will create bespoke pieces of theatrical work for
London, the UK regions, North America, Australia and other
territories. Productions of new writing, modern classics and
musicals will all be presented by the company.
ATG has a group partner company, Sonia Friedman Productions
(SFP), led by Sonia Friedman who has initiated and produced
more than 130 new productions over the past 15 years. Recent
and future West End and Broadway productions include: the
UK premiere of The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Robert
Lopez and Matt Stone; Old Times by Harold Pinter, starring
Kristin Scott Thomas, Rufus Sewell and Lia Williams; Twelfth
Night and Richard III, starring Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry; A
Chorus of Disapproval by Alan Ayckbourn, starring Rob Brydon;
Nice Work If You Can Get It by George and Ira Gershwin and
Joe DiPietro, starring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara; The
Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon, starring Danny DeVito and Richard
Griffiths; Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth, starring Mark Rylance;
Hay Fever by Noël Coward; Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn;
The Mountaintop by Katori Hall; Betrayal by Harold Pinter;
Much Ado About Nothing, starring Catherine Tate and David
Tennant; Legally Blonde - the Musical by Laurence O’Keefe,
Nell Benjamin and Heather Hach; La Cage aux Folles by Jerry
Herman and Harvey Fierstein; Arcadia by Tom Stoppard;
Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris; The Children’s Hour by Lillian
Hellman, starring Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss; La Bête
by David Hirson, starring Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce and
Joanna Lumley; All My Sons by Arthur Miller; Private Lives by
Noël Coward; A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller; The
Norman Conquests by Alan Ayckbourn; A Little Night Music by
Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler; Othello, starring Lenny
Henry; Boeing-Boeing by Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverley
Cross and Francis Evans; No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter; The
Seagull by Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Christopher
Hampton; Rock ‘n’ Roll by Tom Stoppard; The Dumb Waiter by
Harold Pinter; The Woman in White by Andrew Lloyd Webber,
David Zippel and Charlotte Jones; and Faith Healer by Brian
Friel, starring Ralph Fiennes.
ATG also owns a major national family entertainment and
pantomime company, First Family Entertainment (FFE). FFE
produced 10 star-studded pantomimes for the Christmas
2012/2013 season.