Rebecca Kane Burton, the boss of London’s O2 Arena for the past four-and-a-half years, has quit AEG to become the MD of Really Useful Theatres.
The exec will take up her new position on September 1.
Kane Burton (pictured in 2014 with Taylor Swift) spent eight years at English Heritage before becoming Managing Director of Alexandra Palace and subsequently VP & General Manager of The O2 for the last four and a half years.
In her new role, she will be responsible for managing all aspects of RUT’s current and future business activities reporting into Mark Wordsworth, RUT’s Executive Chairman, and to the board.
André Ptaszynski will continue in his current role as President and Head of Programming.
Rebecca Kane Burton added “It has been a wonderful four and a half years at The O2 and I am hugely proud of what the team have achieved during my time as VP & General Manager. The world’s number one music venue will always hold a fond place in my heart.”
Tom Miserendino, CEO and President of AEG Europe commented: “After four and a half years as Vice President/General Manager of The O2, Rebecca Kane Burton has made the decision to leave the organisation. On behalf of AEG Europe, I wish to take this opportunity to thank Rebecca, who has been a valued member of our management team.
“Rebecca can be rightfully proud of the legacy she leaves and the excellent team in place at the venue.”
Tom Miserendino, AEG Europe
“Rebecca can be rightfully proud of the legacy she leaves and the excellent team in place at the venue. We wish her well for the exciting things she has planned next.“
Kane Burton’s appointment at RUT comes ahead of significant planned business developments being planned over the next few years throughout the company’s historic theatre estate, the continuing growth of its concert business, new partnerships being anticipated with sponsors and commercial partners and the launch of a new ticketing company in 2017.
RUT acquired the St James Theatre in December 2015 as the foundation of a creative hub to sponsor new musical theatre works and to support new and emerging composers, producers and directors.
In August 2016 RUT will complete the acquisition of the office building adjacent to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. This building will then become the headquarters of The Really Useful Group, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s theatre producing and rights licensing company.
Andrew Lloyd Webber commented “I am absolutely delighted that Rebecca Kane Burton is joining us. She has a truly unique blend of heritage, commercial, venue management and ticketing experience that will be invaluable in enabling my theatres to continue to develop as wonderful venues to enjoy musical theatre, concerts and other forms of live entertainment whilst still recognizing, respecting and protecting their heritage.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber added: “I would also like to thank the departing Managing Director, Bishu Chakraborty, for his diligent stewardship of RUT and for ensuring that the company has been able to establish itself as a very successful standalone business in the four years since its demerger from The Really Useful Group.”
Rebecca Kane Burton said “I am thrilled about this appointment and cannot think of a better or more exciting time to join Really Useful Theatres. I have a real passion for theatre and historic buildings and I am fortunate that this role combines the best of both. Working across some of London’s most iconic and innovative theatres in the heart of the West End is a challenge that I am delighted to accept.”Music Business Worldwide