Approved by ATG's PR & Communications Officer, David Bradbury
The Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd (ATG) has made an offer to Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council to continue operating the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre (STCC) until March 2015.
The announcement comes following the withdrawal of HQ Theatres and Hospitality from a Council tender process that was intended to review the contract and explore ways of operating the venue within lower levels of subsidy.
ATG’s current contract was due to end on 29 March 2014, but ATG has now offered to extend the contract on the same terms and conditions for a further 12 months.
Rosemary Squire, ATG’s Joint CEO, said, 'Our main priority is the venue and staff and we wanted to ensure a sense of stability and familiarity for all concerned. We also felt it was important that our customers, producers and other organisations who regularly book events at the venue felt confident and reassured that the business would continue to operate as normal. We’re happy to have made this offer to Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council and look forward to running the venue for the next 12 months.'
Co-founded by Sir Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire OBE in 1992, ATG has grown to be the world’s number one live-theatre group with a total of 40 venues in Britain and on Broadway 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 through ATG Tickets and The Ticket Machine Group (TMG).
Southport Theatre and Convention Centre came under ATG management in 2009 following the company’s landmark acquisition of Live Nation’s UK theatre portfolio.