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ATG picks up Scottish Opera’s Glasgow home

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Scottish Opera has confirmed that management of its home the Theatre Royal in Glasgow has been transferred to the Ambassador Theatre Group in an effort to stabilise the troubled company.

The deal will mean that Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet will continue to use the theatre as their Glasgow base. ATG has already been working in collaboration with both organisations to programme the current winter season and produce the season’s brochure.

Christopher Barron, chief executive of SO, said: “We believe the Theatre Royal is in safe hands with ATG. We look forward to working with the management of ATG to continue to provide the very best facilities and environment for our audiences in Scotland.”

Last year SO announced that one in three jobs would have to be axed and that the company would go dark for nine months as part of a rescue plan that critics feared would put an end to international opera north of the border.

Annual losses of £250,000 on the theatre had contributed significantly to SO’s multimillion pound debts. Off-loading the venue has been recognised as a key component of the controversial cost-cutting package.

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