Bromley Churchill Theatre's new contract and temporary closure
PUBLISHED: 11:53 16 February 2011 | UPDATED: 13:28 16 February 2011
A multi-million pound theatre company has successfully bid for a five-year contract to run the borough's biggest theatre.
The Ambassador Theatre Group, which manages 12 West End venues, will keep managing The Churchill Theatre in High Street until 2016, it was announced on Tuesday. The company has successfully run and increased business at the theatre since 2001.
Bromley council documents show it planned to half its contributions to The Churchill over the next four years.
Figures in the budget voted through by executive members on Monday night at the Civic Centre showed that £160,000 has been saved by renegotiating the contract for running services at the theatre.
Council leader Stephen Carr said he was ‘proud’ of the bargaining it had done with Ambassador to save money.
Churchill manager Julia Potts said: “As a member of the largest theatre group in the UK, it means that we will have plenty to look forward to in the coming months and years including a host of premium productions and a community engagement programme that will continue to nurture the audiences, playwrights and performers of the future.”
Ambassador chief executive Rosemary Squire said: “After 10 years managing Churchill Theatre Bromley, we will be renewing the management contract, building upon the successes of the previous years.
“Churchill Theatre Bromley is lucky to have such a passionate theatre-going audience, and we look forward to providing a continuation of the highest-calibre programming.”
The theatre will close during spring and summer for maintenance work. It will be shut from April 4 and will re-open in September. Its community work would continue during the closure.
Bromley councillor Julian Bennington, responsible for recreation, said: “We are looking forward to many more exciting productions, as part of our commitment to providing first class services for residents and the fantastic facility of a theatre in the heart of the town centre. Our vision is for Bromley to be a vibrant and thriving town centre for people of all ages.”