West Byfleet resident and Ambassador theatre founder Howard Panter is knighted
PUBLISHED: 13:20 17 June 2013 | UPDATED: 13:20 17 June 2013
Co-founder of the UK's largest theatre group, Ambassador, West Byfleet resident Howard Panter has received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2013 for services to theatre.
Panter has been a key figure in theatre for more than 40 years. Alongside his wife and business partner, Rosemary Squire, Panter has topped The Stage 100 four times consecutively, from 2010 to 2013.
“It a source of great pride that Britain continues to recognise those within our world-renowned creative industries, and in particular in theatre,” he says. “I also believe the honour is in part a recognition of a great British success story, ATG.
“I would like to thank the incredible people that have worked alongside me, mentored and inspired me throughout my career.
“I reserve special gratitude to my wife and partner in all that I do, Rosemary, without whom much of what has been achieved would not have been possible.”
Since the pair founded ATG in 1992, the company has grown from nothing to be the UK’s largest theatre group with a total of 39 venues in Britain, and one in the US with 4000 employees.
The company recently acquired The Foxwoods Theatre, the largest theatre on Broadway and is now further expanding its portfolio overseas in key international territories including North America, Australia and Asia Pacific.