Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Arts / Entertainment
Arts, Entertainment And Culture
Creative, Arts And Entertainment Activities
90.01 - Performing arts

1,200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 July 2020
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2020
Foreseen end date


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.



Eurofound (2020), Ambassador Theatre Group, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 101818, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101818.