Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) is ranked at no. 6 on The Sunday Times PwC Profit Track 100 list, published today in the Business section of The Sunday Times. The 100 firms are ranked by their profit growth over a three-year period.
The Profit Track 100 list is compiled by Fast Track and published as a supplement in The Sunday Times each April. All 100 companies are invited to an awards dinner at The Savoy in June.
Co-founded by Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire in 1992, ATG is the largest owner/operator of theatres in the UK with 39 venues. It is an internationally recognised award-winning theatre producer with co-productions in New York, across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia and is a leader in theatre ticketing services through ATG Tickets. Panter and Squire have skilfully guided the company, cementing its position as the UK market leader and an international player.
During one of the toughest economic climates in recent history, ATG has continued to grow steadily each year and last year was deemed the UK’s second fastest growing privately-backed company in The Sunday Times Buyout Track 100.
Rosemary Squire, ATG’s Joint CEO said, 'It is testament to the hard work and tenacity of everyone who works for ATG, from backstage to front of house, that ATG is featured in the Top 10 of the Profit Track 100. I am also thrilled that the diversity, breadth and quality of the work in our theatres continues to draw large audiences, even in times of economic hardship.'
ATG presents around 30 productions a year and 2012 was one of its most successful and significant years, with more investment and productions than ever before. With ever-increasing contributions from its partner companies, Sonia Friedman Productions (SFP) and First Family Entertainment (FFE), ATG also launched four new production partnerships during the past twelve months; Jerry Mitchell Productions, Theatre Royal Brighton Productions, Tali Pelman Productions and Jamie Lloyd Productions.
One of the biggest production highlights of 2012 was the ATG initiated, highly-successful reunion with Royal Court Theatre Productions. This collaboration led to a 2012 Royal Court West End season at the Duke of York’s. Laura Wade’s Posh, April De Angelis’ hit comedy, Jumpy starring Tamsin Greig, and the highly-acclaimed Olivier nominated Constellations starring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall, all received critical acclaim, garnering rafts of 4 and 5-star reviews. This trio of plays each celebrated and promoted fresh new writing, with Constellations winning this year’s Evening Standard Best New Play Award.
The last 12 months also saw the UK premieres of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical and All New People starring Zach Braff; the Australian premiere of Legally Blonde the Musical in Sydney; Pinero’s classic comedy Dandy Dick starring Patricia Hodge and Nicholas Le Prevost; Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange starring Robert Bathurst; South Pacific in London and on UK Tour; the return of a brand new production of Spamalot to the West End; Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker in London and on UK Tour; Simon Callow starring in Being Shakespeare and The Mystery of Charles Dickens in London; The Mountaintop starring Samuel L Jackson and Angela Bassett in New York and 10 FFE produced regional pantomimes starring Hollywood favourites David Hasselhoff and Priscilla Presley.
Current highlights include Howard Panter and British director Jamie Lloyd’s first collaboration, the Olivier nominated Macbeth starring James McAvoy in the reconfigured Trafalgar Studio 1, which has sold out completely, and the recently announced second production for Trafalgar Transformed, opening next month, Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse starring Simon Russell Beale and John Simm. Passion Play by Peter Nichols, the inaugural production from Tali Pelman Productions starring Zoë Wanamaker also opens next month at the Duke of York’s. A brand new production of The Rocky Horror Show is currently touring the UK in celebration of its fortieth anniversary; and there are new UK tours of Maurice’s Jubilee and Priscilla Queen of the Desert starring Jason Donovan.
ATG is also entering its next phase of development - continuing to increase its production output through its numerous production partnerships and actively pursuing its international expansion plans with a view to replicating the UK business model overseas. This comprises theatre ownership/management, production activity and ticketing/marketing operations.