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Ambassadors relaunch as Sondheim Theatre put on ice until 2018 at earliest

The Ambassadors Theatre is to be redeveloped as a new kind of venue to give regional shows extra life The Ambassadors Theatre is to be redeveloped
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The Ambassadors Theatre will not reopen as the Sondheim Theatre until at least 2018 as Cameron Mackintosh focuses on refurbishing the Victoria Palace.

It comes as Stomp, currently running at the West End venue, extends its run until January 8, 2018.

The company confirmed plans have now been put to Camden Council to redevelop Ambassadors, which Mackintosh announced he would buy in 2014.

However, the purchase of the theatre, from current owner Stephen Waley-Cohen, is conditional on planning permission being granted.

Mackintosh’s plans for the venue, which would be renamed the Sondheim Theatre after the US composer, are to redevelop its interior and turn it into a “home for regional transfers”.

When plans for the venue were unveiled last year, an opening date of 2017 was slated. However, Nicholas Allott, managing director at Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, stressed that no schedule had been put in place and the company was focusing fully on refurbishing the Victoria Palace at present, after which work on the Ambassadors would take place.

The Victoria Palace, which was also owned by Waley-Cohen before being bought by Mackintosh, is currently closed as full redevelopment works get underway ahead of its reopening for Hamilton in October 2017.

Waley-Cohen also told The Stage that he had received confirmation from Delfont Mackintosh that, assuming planning permission is granted, work would still not start until 2018, allowing Stomp to play until then.