Co-founded by Sir Howard Panter and Dame Rosemary Squire in 2017, Trafalgar Entertainment is a live entertainment business and home to Trafalgar Studios, Trafalgar Theatre Productions, Trafalgar Releasing (formerly Picturehouse Entertainment) and Stagecoach Performing Arts.
In 2017 the company acquired Trafalgar Releasing who broadcast productions live worldwide, from The RSC, Glyndebourne, Met Opera, Bolshoi Ballet to David Gilmour, Muse, Coldplay, BTS, The Cure and Trafalgar Theatre Production’s production of The King and I, live from the iconic London Palladium amongst many more. In 2018 Trafalgar Entertainment went on to acquire Stagecoach Performing Arts, the UK market leader in extra-curricular Performing Arts tuition with nearly 700 schools and over 48,000 students in the UK and worldwide. The largest shareholder of Trafalgar Entertainment is Barings Alternative Investment, which operates as a subsidiary of MassMutual Holding LLC, with assets under management of US$771 billion. Other shareholders include Greg Dyke, James Tanner, NWH Consulting Ltd, Sir Richard Branson and Griffon Corporation.
The production arm of the company, Trafalgar Theatre Productions, is producing a group of new shows and classic musicals in London and internationally including the Lincoln Center’s award-winning production of The King and I at the London Palladium and now worldwide, The Rocky Horror Show worldwide and at Trafalgar Studios; English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East’s production of Equus by Peter Shaffer, The Wardrobe Ensemble’s hit comedy Education, Education, Education, the acclaimed award-winning play Admissions starring Alex Kingston, new British musical Tom Morris’ The Grinning Man, Apologia starring Stockard Channing and Killer Joe starring Orlando Bloom. Other co-productions and transfers to Trafalgar Studios have included the two sell-out ground breaking new British productions: the Bush Theatre’s Misty and National Theatre’s Nine Night.
Co-productions include The Starry Messenger starring Matthew Broderick and Elizabeth McGovern at Wyndham’s Theatre, Mary Stuart starring Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams at the Duke of York’s, Jersey Boys UK Tour, the UK Tour and London season of The Messiah starring Hugh Dennis, John Marquez and Lesley Garrett, The Height of The Storm at Wyndham’s Theatre starring Jonathan Pryce and Dame Eileen Atkins and the UK Tour of Vulcan VII with Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer.
Previous to Trafalgar Entertainment, Howard and Rosemary built from scratch and ran for its first 25 years, one of the world’s largest and most successful live theatre businesses – the Ambassador Theatre Group. Under their leadership, ATG became a premier international theatre owner and prolific, successful global producer. They remain the second largest shareholder.
Productions and co-productions at ATG at this time included The Ruling Class starring James McAvoy, The Homecoming starring John Simm, Oresteia, Pedro Almodovar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown starring Tamsin Greig, East is East starring Jane Horrocks, Richard III starring Martin Freeman, Jersey Boys, Macbeth starring James McAvoy, The Hothouse starring Simon Russell Beale, Posh, Jumpy and Constellations (Royal Court at the Duke of York’s), Legally Blonde the Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Rocky Horror Show, South Pacific at The Barbican, Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!, The Misanthrope starring Damian Lewis and Keira Knightley, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls starring Ewan McGregor and multi award-winning West End musical Carmen Jones. Productions on Broadway included The Mountaintop starring Samuel L Jackson and Angela Bassett; Exit the King starring Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon and John Doyle’s award-winning production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.