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The O2 general manager steps down

Rebecca Kane Burton will as of 1 September take over as managing director of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatres group

By IQ on 18 Jul 2016

Rebecca Kane Burton, The O2, Really Useful Theatres

image © AEG Europe

Rebecca Kane Burton, vice-president and general manager of The O2, is to step down after four and a half years at the London entertainment complex.

As of 1 September, Kane Burton (pictured) will become managing director of West End theatre owner-operator Really Useful Theatres (RUT), a division of the Lord Lloyd-Webber’s Really Useful Group.

Tom Miserendino, CEO and president of The O2 operator AEG Europe, says Kane Burton has been a “valued member of our management team” and “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,” he adds.

Kane Burton was previously managing director of the Alexandra Palace, which she joined in 2008 from English Heritage.

“The world’s number one music venue will always hold a fond place in my heart”

Her appointment reflects “a change in emphasis for RUT”, says the company, which plans to grow its concert business, secure a number of new sponsors and launch its own ticketing company in the new few years.

“I am thrilled about this appointment and cannot think of a better or more exciting time to join Really Useful Theatres,” says Kane Burton. “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.

“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 and general manager. The world’s number one music venue will always hold a fond place in my heart.”

The O2 Arena was once again the world’s best-performing in 2015, selling a total of 1,819,487 tickets, over 700,000 more than second-placed Manchester Arena.


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