EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Ambassador Theatre Group

Ambassador Theatre Group

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom


Sector: Arts / entertainment
Arts, entertainment and recreation
90.01 - Performing arts
Number Employed: 3500
Group: Ambassador Theatre Group

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 30-07-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 1200
Planned Job Reductions max: 1200
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-09-2020
Direct Dismissals: 1200

Additional Information

The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), the UK-based international theatre organisation has announced that it is making 1,200 casual and zero-hours jobs redundant at its theatres across the UK in September, when the conditions of the UK government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme change. After this date, participating employers have to contribute to the cost of the Scheme.

A spokesperson for ATG said there was no alternative to the redundancies, because it was still unclear when theatres could reopen and start raising revenue again.

The trade union Bectu shares the opinion that theatres cannot afford to pay their staff in the current circumstances and warned that ATG’s decision could start a trend of mass redundancies in the theatre sector.

The Ambassador Theatre Group is one of the most important employers in British theatre, running the Liverpool Empire, King’s Theatre Glasgow and several theatres in London’s West End. ATG also operates theatres in Germany, Australia and the United States.