Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) Producer

Co-founded by Sir Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire OBE in 1992, the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd (ATG) has grown to be the UK’s largest 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 (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. In New York, ATG owns The Foxwoods Theatre, the largest theatre on Broadway.

ATG’s regional theatres include The Ambassadors Woking encompassing the New Victoria and Rhoda McGaw Theatres and the award-winning 6 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, Stoke-on-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); The Hothouse starring Simon Russell Beale and John Simm (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 and London); 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); 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, Exit the King starring Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon and John Doyle’s award winning production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

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 Café 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 & 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 Knightly 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 ten star-studded pantomimes for the Christmas 2012/2013 season.

Updated June 2013

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