ATG tops The Stage 100 to close in on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record
Ambassador Theatre Group’s joint chief executives Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire have topped The Stage 100 for the fifth year in a row.
ATG is the UK’s largest commercial venue operator, with 39 theatres across the UK. In 2013, it also became the first UK theatre operator to own a Broadway venue, when it purchased the Foxwood’s, Broadway’s largest theatre.
Panter and Squire, the husband and wife team who founded ATG in 1992, are now on course to equal the record held by The Stage 100’s most successful ever entrant – Andrew Lloyd Webber, who was placed third this year. He has previously topped The Stage 100 on six occasions.
Performers featured in this year's list included Helen Mirren, Matt Smith and Daniel Radcliffe. Meanwhile, director Jamie Lloyd became the youngest director to make the top 20 since Sam Mendes in 1998.
Alistair Smith, deputy editor of The Stage and editor of The Stage 100, said: “Having shared the top spot with the National Theatre’s Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr in 2013, ATG’s Panter and Squire were a clear number one this year.
“In 2013, ATG was bought by private equity firm Providence in a deal worth in excess of £350 million. That deal was a game-changer and was the biggest theatre transaction that has ever taken place in the UK market. It was the theatrical equivalent of Roman Abramovich buying Chelsea in 2003. With Providence’s backing, ATG will have access to a war chest that puts it on a completely different footing to any other player in the UK market. In terms of financial clout, they are now streets ahead of the competition.
“Elsewhere in the list, it’s good to see the excellent performance of regional theatres such as Sheffield (9) and Chichester (15) at a time when many organisations are facing cuts in their local and central government funding. Meanwhile, Jamie Lloyd, the director of shows such as Macbeth and The Hothouse becomes the youngest director to make it into the top 20 since Sam Mendes in 1998.”
The full Stage 100 appears in the January 3 edition of The Stage. You can access the digital edition of the paper via iTunes
The full top twenty is as follows [last year’s position in brackets]:
- Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire (Ambassador Theatre Group) [1=]
- Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr (National Theatre) [1=]
- Andrew Lloyd Webber (Really Useful Group) 
- Cameron Mackintosh and Nick Allott (Cameron Mackintosh Ltd) 
- Sonia Friedman (Sonia Friedman Productions) 
- Michael Grandage and James Bierman (Michael Grandage Company) 
- Bill Kenwright (Bill Kenwright Productions) 
- Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer (Nimax Theatres) 
- Gregory Doran and Catherine Mallyon (Royal Shakespeare Company) [new entry]
- Dominic Dromgoole and Neil Constable (Shakespeare’s Globe) 
- Daniel Evans and Dan Bates [Sheffield Theatres] 
- Nick Thomas (Qdos Entertainment) 
- Thomas Schumacher (Disney Theatrical Group) [new entry]
- Scott Rudin (Producer) [new entry]
- Jonathan Church and Alan Finch [Chichester Festival Theatre] (9)
- David Lan (Young Vic Theatre) 
- Josie Rourke and Kate Packenham (Donmar Warehouse) (17)
- Sam Mendes and Caro Newling (Neal Street Productions) [new entry]
- Michael McCabe (Producer) [new entry]
- Jamie Lloyd (director) [new entry]
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