Merseyside’s Southport Theatre and Convention Centre is set for new management after the local council put the venue’s operation up for tender.
The theatre is currently operated by Ambassador Theatre Group, whose 18-year tenure running the theatre comes to an end in September.
Sefton Council, which owns the venue, has now agreed to undergo a formal procurement process to seek new management for the 1,600-seat venue. However, a spokesman for ATG confirmed there is a chance the company could bid for the contract. ATG’s management agreement was previously extended after an initial search for new operators fell through.
Sefton Council’s director of built environment, Alan Lunt, described the theatre as “critical” to the town’s visitor economy as it is both the primary conference centre and theatre in the borough.
The venue, which underwent an £8 million refurbishment in 2008, hosts touring productions and concerts, as well as being a conference and events centre.
A deal with the theatre’s new operator is expected in August.