ATG owners top The Stage 100 List

Chief executives Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire of the Ambassador Theatre Group have come top, for the fifth year running, of The Stage 100 List – the industry paper’s annual power list. The theatre group, established over 20 years ago, owns 39 theatres in the UK.

Last year saw ATG undergo a period of change and growth: the company purchased New York theatre, Foxwoods, home to the soon-to-close production Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. This marks the first UK theatre group to own a Broadway venue. Later in the year ATG was bought out by a US private equity firm for £350m. Deputy editor of The Stage Alistair Smith described the deal as a ‘game-changer’ and ‘the biggest theatre transaction that has ever taken place in the UK market.’

The National Theatre team of Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, who came joint top with ATG’s Panter and Squire in the 2013 list, have come in second in this year’s fixtures. Andrew Lloyd Webber, having previously topped the list six times, is in third place. Cameron Mackintosh and Nick Allott come in at four and Sonia Friedman at five.

New entries in the top ten include Gregory Doran and Catherine Mallyon for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Sam Mendes and Caro Newling for Neal Street Productions, and theatre director Jamie Lloyd.

For the full The Stage 100 List, visit

Papatango new writing competition open for entries

Papa_Tango_Logo-1The Papatango New Writing Prize is accepting entries to its 2013 competition. The prize, now in its fifth year, is run in partnership with Finborough Theatre. Last year’s competition received over 700 entries.

The judging panel of this year’s competition includes co-artistic directors of Papatango, Matt Roberts, George Turvey, Sam Donovan;
producer Chris Foxon; and from the Finborough Theatre team: artistic director Neil McPherson, literary manager Francis Grin and senior
reader Reen Polonsky.

A new development in the 2013 competition is that all entries will be judged anonymously, meaning applicants must ensure their name,
email/postal address is not included in their submitted script.

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