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Preston Guild Hall owner: ‘Getting paid by us should not be a concern for producers’

The exterior of Preston Guild Hall and Charter Theatre The exterior of Preston Guild Hall and Charter Theatre
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The owner of Preston’s Guild Hall and Charter Theatre has maintained that producers should not be concerned about getting paid by the venue, despite claims that it owes nearly £100,000 in ticket revenue.

Simon Rigby said there was no risk to future programming at the theatre, responding to claims that producers had pulled work from the programme due to concerns over payment.

This week, an investigation by The Stage revealed that producers had routinely turned to legal action to recover box office revenue from the theatre. Current claims come from producers including Bill Kenwright Ltd, which says it is owed £70,000, and Fierylight, which is claiming it is £17,000 out of pocket from a show last year.

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Speaking to Blog Preston, Rigby – who bought the theatre in 2014 – responded to the latest claims.

He said: “The only material dispute we have is with Bill Kenwright Ltd, which is ongoing and we are not commenting on. Getting paid by Preston Guild Hall should not be a concern.

“Shows do move around from time to time and all sorts of reasons are given but payment terms have not been cited to us [as a reason for cancellation].

“People try to use mainstream and social media to gain advantage over all sorts of organisations and this certainly includes Preston Guild Hall, but regardless we do what is in the long-term interest of the Preston Guild Hall.”

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