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ATG’s Squire elected SOLT president

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Rosemary Squire, executive director of the Ambassador Theatre Group, has been elected president of the Society of London Theatre, the organisation representing West End managements and producers.

She will become only the second female president in the organisation’s 97-year history and succeeds Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, who has served since 2002.

Speaking after the election, Squire said she planned to put the long-term future of London’s historic theatre buildings at the top of her agenda.

“With my background in commercial and subsidised theatre, as well as public service, I will build on the initiatives to deliver vital partnership funding,” she said.

Squire co-founded ATG, now the second largest theatre group in the West End and the regions with a total of 23 venues. The company is also one of the UK’s foremost theatre producers, with productions including Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling and, with Clear Channel Entertainment, Michael Grandage’s Guys and Dolls, starring Ewan McGregor.

Theatre consultant Anthony Field commented: “SOLT has been such a male-dominated group and when you look at producers in the West End they are overwhelmingly male,” he said. “It’s also very good that SOLT has appointed someone who will be aware of what is happening outside London. At the moment a lot of regional theatres are doing very well and ATG is a very interesting force in the regions as well as in London.”

Squire has served on the SOLT Board of Management since 2000 and was a member of the Arts Council Capital Advisory Panel from 2000 to 2005. She is also a board member of Donmar Warehouse, Dance Umbrella and Stage One.

As executive producer at ATG, Squire is responsible for the core business and new projects team, which has won tenders for regional venues including the King’s Theatre in Glasgow, Richmond Theatre and the New Wimbledon Theatre.

SOLT chief executive Richard Pulford said: “Rosemary has had a great deal of experience, being a producer and in the bricks and mortar side of the industry. She has a good knowledge of the subsidised sector as well as the commercial sector.”

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