Owners of Theatre Royal top the Stage 100 list

Graham Robson January 16, 2013

Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire

Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire, co-founders of Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and owners of Theatre Royal Brighton, have topped the The Stage 100 for a fourth consecutive year.

The Stage 100 is an exclusive list, compiled annually by the theatre industry’s leading newspaper, which ranks the powerhouses of British theatre.

This listing comes at the end of a particularly successful year for Theatre Royal Brighton, which staged a number of highly popular productions, with 9 To 5 The Musical generating the most successful Box Office figure for a week long musical in the Theatre’s history. Over 15,500 people saw Rocky Horror Show over the Christmas and New Year period, with over half of audience members attending Theatre Royal Brighton for the first time.

Last year also saw ATG officially launch Theatre Royal Brighton Productions to create new productions in Brighton through delivering the highest quality theatre with the cream of British talent. Each production opens at the Theatre Royal Brighton before going on a nationwide tour of the country’s best playhouses.

Howard Panter said:


“Rosemary and I are both humbled and delighted that The Stage continues to recognise that ATG is a great British success story, which brings music and creative brilliance to countless audiences around the globe.

“We have just celebrated our 20th anniversary, and the diversity, depth and breadth of what ATG does is, in many ways, unparalleled.

“2012 was a historic year for the UK, in particular London, and we were delighted to play a small part and make our own contribution.”