Ambassador Theatre Group is preparing to make a series of redundancies among its staff, which will affect 5% of its total UK workforce.
The company, which is one of Britain’s largest theatre employers, confirmed it has begun redundancy consultations as it looks to shore up its business beyond Covid-19.
It has also revealed plans to begin returning the remainder of its staff base to normal levels of pay, following company-wide salary reductions at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.
The proposed job losses will be focused on staff in ATG’s head office rather than those who work in its 32 UK venues, which include 10 West End theatres and major regional houses such as the Edinburgh Playhouse and the Palace Theatre and Opera House in Manchester.
A spokesman for the company said: "ATG has begun a consultation period with a small number of individuals representing approximately 5% of the overall UK headcount. The majority work in the UK head office on Charing Cross Road, London, and in Woking."
ATG declined to give further information about the number of employees affected, however confirmed that the vast majority would be staff based at Charing Cross Road and "very few" would be in venues.
ATG said that zero-hours staff would continue to be supported by the job retention scheme until the end of August, however arrangements beyond this date have not been confirmed.
Under plans shared by ATG on June 30, the company’s remaining workforce will see their pay increased and brought closer to pre-coronavirus levels.
Shortly after the UK locked down, ATG put the majority of its staff on furlough and implemented pay cuts across the company, with its lowest paid staff receiving the smallest reductions and senior management receiving no pay.
The increases will also be weighted in favour of the lowest paid staff, however pay will not yet be restored fully.