Rigby Rubbishes Rumors Of 100k Guild Hall Theatre Debt

A shocking investigation conducted by theatre publication The Stage has revealed that the Guild Hall is alleged to owe thousands of pounds.

Following a story that surfaced about Simon Rigby’s venture owing Bill Kenwright’s production company £70,000, The Stage launched an investigation that found more alleged debt.

According to an article on thestage.co.uk, Rigby’s firm owes nearly £30,000 to other production companies as well as the money owed to BKL.

The Stage reported that David Johnson of Password Productions will avoid the venue in future.

Johnson said, ‘The tragedy for me is that this has been a well-run venue – with good programming and good marketing. But any theatre with a reputation of not settling their bills promptly will undoubtedly have trouble programming good shows in the future,’

Simon Rigby responded to the claims the claims by telling Blog Preston that only the dispute with Bill Kenwright Ltd exists.

Rigby told Blog Preston that, ‘Getting paid by Preston Guild Hall should not be a concern.

‘Shows do move around from time to time and all sorts of reasons are given but payments terms have not been cited to us.

‘People try to use mainstream and social media to gain advantage over all sorts of organisations and this certainly includes Preston Guild Hall but regardless we do what is in the long term interest of the Preston Guild Hall.’

Anthony Gilmour

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