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Toggle bio Jonny Labey

Jonny Labey

Scott Hastings

Jonny Labey is an actor, singer and dancer, best known for playing Paul Coker in BBC1’s flagship show EastEnders. He also starred in the film Soft Lad, for which he was nominated for a BIFA Award for Best Newcomer.

In February 2017, Jonny was a contestant on the hit ITV show Dance Dance Dance. Week after week, Jonny and his partner Chrissy Brooke wowed audiences and judges alike with their spectacular routines, going on to be crowned winners of the series. Following his success on the show, Jonny was asked to become a judge on the hugely popular CBBC dance show Taking The Next Step, alongside Marlon Swoosh and Kimberly Wyatt.

Jonny trained at Doreen Bird College of Performance in London, and since graduating his theatre credits include the critically acclaimed UK premiere of In the Heights and the West End musical production of White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre. He has also produced Swingin In The Rain at the Jersey Opera House.

For more information please visit www.intertalentgroup.com

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Toggle bio Zizi Strallen

Zizi Strallen

Fran

Theatre includes: Young Phyllis in Follies (National Theatre), Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins (UK Tour/Dubai) Lana in Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man (UK Tour/Sadler’s Wells), Demeter in Cats (UK Tour/London Palladium), Penny Pingleton in Hairspray (Leicester Curve), Meg in Merrily We Roll Along (Harold Pinter Theatre), Mona/Cover Velma in Chicago (Leicester Curve), Constance in Rock of Ages (Shaftesbury Theatre), Betty in Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella (Sadler’s Wells/World Tour), Ensemble/Cover Lisa in Dirty Dancing (Aldwych), Zaneeta in The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre) & Kathy Cratchit in Scrooge (Palladium).

Television and film includes: Cinderella (Disney), Margery in The Prince and the Pauper (BBC), Molly Marsham in Bramwell & Princess Vicky in Victoria & Albert (ITV).

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Toggle bio Matt Cardle

Matt Cardle

Wally Strand

Matt Cardle is one of the UK’s best male vocal and song writing talents of the last decade, who has sold over 2.2 million records in the UK and completed five sell-out tours.

He was crowned the winner of The X Factor’s highest-rating series ever in 2010. Matt stunned over 19 million viewers with his breath-taking four-octave vocal range.

Matt’s debut single, ’When We Collide’, sold over one million copies and was recently named as one of the biggest-selling singles of the past decade. The song spent three weeks at #1 and was nominated for Best British Single at the 2011 BRIT Awards. This was followed by the #6 Gary Barlow-penned ‘Run For Your Life’. Matt has had a string of multi-platinum selling albums; ‘Letters’ (2011), ‘The Fire’ (2012) and ‘Porcelain’ (2013).

Perhaps Matt’s pro9udest achievement so far was his acting debut in Memphis - The Musical in 2015 at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre. Matt received the Best West End Debut Award for his show-stopping portrayal of Huey Calhoun, where he “pinched himself every night” to perform alongside the incredible Beverley Knight.

Matt, born in Southampton and raised in Essex, completed his fifth sold-out UK tour in 2016. In addition to his acclaimed output as a solo artist, Matt teamed up with Spice Girl Melanie C in 2013 for the infectious Top 20 duet ‘Loving You’, and spent the last two summers performing as guest vocalist with The Trevor Horn Band.

In September 2013, Matt performed ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ in Bali at Miss World in front of an audience of over two billion. Matt’s performance of this song was voted the third best moment in the history of The X Factor, viewed over 60 million times on YouTube.

Now back on Sony Music, ‘Time To Be Alive’, Matt’s fourth studio album, is his first LP release in almost five years. The new collection of 14 songs showcases his new found maturity as a singer, songwriter and musician. The lyrics are personal observations on addiction, redemption, atonement and eventual contentment. Fusing electronica, gospel, rock and soul, lead single ‘Desire’ was a Top 10 dance hit which has been closely followed by ‘I’m Not Letting Go Yet’.

Matt is thrilled to be returning to the West End stage.

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Toggle bio Michelle Bishop

Michelle Bishop

Pam Short

Training: Laine Theatre Arts.

Theatre includes: 

West End / London: Sunset Boulevard, The Great American Trailer Park, Bend it Like Beckham, White Christmas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Kiss Me, Kate, Lend Me a Tenor, Company, Jersey Boys, Fame, Snow White. 

Regional / UK Tours: Top Hat, Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Monkee Business, Guys and Dolls, Footloose, The Wedding Singer, Grease, Jus Like That, Seasonal Sauce. 

International: Singin In The Rain, Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Saturday Night Fever, Ultimate Broadway.

Film includes: Mrs Henderson Presents

Television includes: Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Galavant, The Royal Variety Performance.

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Toggle bio Ivan De Freitas

Ivan De Freitas

Merv

Ivan trained at Middlesex University and London Studio Centre.

Theatre credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar (Regents Park Theatre), Razoul in Aladdin The Musical (Prince Edward), the Dodo in Wonder.Land (National Theatre), Dance Till Dawn (Aldwych), Willie Lopez in Ghost the Musical (Piccadilly), Dinero in Sister Act (London Palladium), Never Forget (Savoy), Zorro the Musical (UK tour), Footloose (Novello), Annie Get Your Gun (UK Tour), Saturday Night Fever (Apollo Victoria), Bombay Dreams (Apollo Victoria), The King and I (UK tour).

Creative credits include: Resident Director Dance Till Dawn, Resident Fight Coordinator and Assistant Resident Director Ghost the Musical, Choreographer for Bucks Fizz (Album launch), Assistant Choreographer to Karen Bruce on Fat Friends the Musical, Tango Moderno, Ant and Dec Saturday Night Take Away, Last Tango, Strictly Come Dancing, So You Think You Can Dance, Saturday Night Fever & Footloose.

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Toggle bio Anna Francolini

Anna Francolini

Shirley Hastings

Theatre includesPeter Pan (The National Theatre), wonder.land (The National Theatre), Assassins (Menier Chocolate Factory), Our Town (Almeida Theatre), That Day We Sang, A View From The Bridge (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Mare Rider, How The World Began, Anatol (Arcola Theatre), Victor/Victoria (Southwark Playhouse), Onassis, Daisy Pulls It Off, Mahler’s Conversion (West End), Taking Steps (Orange Tree Theatre), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton/ Edinburgh), Awaking Beauty (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Wolves at the Window (Arcola/59E59 New York), Three Sisters on Hope Street, In The Club (Hampstead Theatre), Into The Woods (Royal Opera House), Caroline, Or Change (National Theatre), Six Pictures of Lee Miller (Minerva Theatre, Chichester),Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight (Soho Theatre), The Ballad of Little Jo, Floyd Collins, Saturday Night (Bridewell Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along, Company (Donmar Warehouse).

Television includes: Vera, New Tricks, Portrait, Holby City, Eastenders, Pixelface, Doctors, Live! Girls!, Rome, Lie With Me, Down To Earth, Jonathan Creek.

Film includes: Solo: A Star Wars Story, Salty, Annihilation, The Christmas Candle, Topsy Turvy.

Anna won the TMA Award for Best Performance in a Play for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and received an Olivier Award nomination for her role in Caroline, Or Change. She has also worked extensively in radio drama.

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Toggle bio Gabriela Garcia

Gabriela Garcia

Vanessa Cronin

Gabriela is originally from Mexico, and trained at ArtsEd London.

She played the lead role of Nina in the Olivier Award winning show In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre.

Other theatre credits include Ghost for David Ian’s UK Tour, Sweet Charity for ETF Theatre, Hot Stuff at Queen’s Theatre and Rent at The Greenwich Theatre.

¡Viva México!

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Toggle bio Charlotte Gooch

Charlotte Gooch

Tina Sparkle

Charlotte trained professionally at Laine Theatre Arts.

Theatre credits include: Tina Sparkle in Strictly Ballroom The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse & Toronto), Dale Tremont in Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre London & UK Tour), Penny Johnson in Dirty Dancing (National Tour, West End revival & the original Berlin), Margot in Legally Blonde (Korea) Bombalurina in CATS (European Tour) Patty Simcox/Cover Sandy in Grease (UK Tour), Tantomile in CATS (German Tour), Lets Dance Again (Royal Festival Hall), Fly with the Stars (London Palladium) & The Golden Age of Dance (Theatre Royal Drury Lane).

Other credits include:  Strictly Come Dancing 2015 & 2017 for the BBC, All Star Musicals, The Royal Variety Show & Len Goodman’s For the Love of Fred Astaire.

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Toggle bio Richard Grieve

Richard Grieve

Les Kendall

Television: Neighbours, Home and Away, Emmerdale, The Man from Snowy River; The Series, Newlyweds, State Coroner, E Street and Wintertime.

Theatre: Strictly Ballroom The Musical (Leeds & Toronto), High Society (Old Vic), Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (West End & UK Tour), The Sound of Music (Dubai), An Ideal Husband (Frankfurt), A Daughter’s A Daughter & Bells Are Ringing. UK tours of Footloose – The Musical, Copacabana, Daisy Miller, Dial M for Murder, Teen Scream, & There’s no Place Like a Home. Theatre in Australia: The Misanthrope (MTC), Design for Living (STC), The Will, Mame, The Boy from Oz, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Richard also voices four characters in the children’s animation series Bottersnikes and Gumbles. (CBBC/Netflix)

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Toggle bio Gerard Horan

Gerard Horan

Barry Fife

Theatre Includes: The Ferryman (Royal Court/Gielgud Theatre), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse), The Christmas Truce (The RSC), Open Court (The Royal Court), All That Fall (Jermyn Street Theatre), One Man Two Guvnors (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Jerusalem (The Royal Court), A Miracle (The Royal Court), Insignificance (Sheffield Lyceum), Richard III (Sheffield Crucible), The Weir (The Royal Court), Blue Remebered Hills (The National Theatre), The Plough And The Stars (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Coriolanus, King Lear, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Look Back In Anger, Public Enemy (Renaissance), Man and Superman (Citizens Glasgow), A Whistle In The Dark, Saved/The Pope’s Wedding, Built On Sand, Up To The Sun (The Royal Court).

Television Includes: The Detectorists – Series 1-3 (BBC 4), Little Boy Blue (ITV), Outlander (Starz), From The Cradle To Grave, Walter (ITV Studios for BBC), Da Vinci’s Demo’s (Series 2 & Series 3 (BBC Worldwide)).

Film Includes: Murder On The Orient Express (Fox UK), Beauty And The Beast, Cinderella (Disney) Gambit (Crime Scene Pictures), The bank Jon (Skyline Ltd), Breaking & Entering (Miramax Films), As You Like It (HBO).

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Toggle bio Liam Marcellino

Liam Marcellino

Wayne Burns

Liam graduated from London Studio Centre with a 1st Class BA (Hons).

Theatre includes: Cover Cliff in Cabaret (UK Tour), Wayne Burns in Strictly Ballroom The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Toronto), Chino in West Side Story (Salzberg Festival, Austria), Understudied and played Chris in Miss Saigon (Prince Edward, London), Cover Sky/Eddie in Mamma Mia! (Novello, London), Understudied and played Felicia in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert! (UK Tour), Cover Teen Angel/Doody in Grease (UK Tour), Understudy Troy in High School Musical (Asian Tour), cover Billy Kostecki/Neil Kellerman in Dirty Dancing (UK Tour), Aladdin (Camberley) & guest singer for Barbra and Liza (Leicester Sq, London).

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Toggle bio Stephen Matthews

Stephen Matthews

Doug Hastings

Stephen originated the role of Doug Hastings in the WYP and Toronto productions of Strictly Ballroom The Musical.

West End Theatre: The Lion King, The Producers, Oliver!, Show Boat, Les Misérables, The Pirates of Penzance, On The Twentieth Century, Is There Life After High School?, HMS Pinafore, Sherlock Holmes, Prisoner Cell Block H, Treasure Island, Inkle & YaRico, A Christmas Carol, Puss In Boots.

National Theatre: Lady In The Dark, Crows.

Regional Theatre: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Monsieur Popular, Anything Goes, The Boy Who Fell Into A Book, An Inspector Calls, Kiss Me Kate, Grease, Death of a Salesman, Little Shop of Horrors, Snoopy!!!, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Cleo Camping Emmanuelle & Dick, Round The Horne…Revisited.

TV: The Bill, The Quest, The Power of Art, The Night Watch, Holby City and the film of Les Misérables.

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Toggle bio Fernando Mira

Fernando Mira

Rico

Fernando has performed extensively throughout Australia and other countries, highlights include the English National Opera, Victorian State Opera and Opera Australia, he was also invited as a special guest performer to dance in Spain for the Andalusian government.

Fernando’s film and television experience include Man from Snowy River, Amy, Noah’s Ark, True Love & Chaos, to name a few.

In 2013, Fernando originated the role of Rico in the World Premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s production of Strictly Ballroom The Musical in Australia. Fernando wishes to thank his teachers, family, friends, and agents at Ian White Management for their support as he continues his amazing journey with Strictly Ballroom.

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Toggle bio Eve Polycarpou

Eve Polycarpou

Abuela

Recent Theatre includes: Nehrjas in Palace of the End (Royal Exchange Manchester – M.E.N Best Actress nomination), Abuela Claudia in In The Heights (Southwark Playhouse and King’s Cross -What’s On Stage Offie nomination), Yiayia Agape in Sunset at the Villa Thalia (National Theatre), Mother Courage – title role for the Library Theatre (Lowry Manchester), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well (Charing Cross Theatre) Agave in The Bacchae (Royal Exchange Manchester), Singer in Hecuba (Donmar Warehouse).

TV & Film includes: Inspector Morse, Jonathan Creek, The Brief and Red Eagle

Eve won the Time Out Best Newcomers Award in Music Comedy as part of the duo ‘Donna & Kebab’ at the Edinburgh Festival, and is currently recording a solo album.

Eve is thrilled to be back as Abuela Yiayia with Strictly Ballroom The Musical.

It’s been an exciting journey so far from Leeds to Toronto now London!

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Toggle bio Lauren Stroud

Lauren Stroud

Liz Holt

Lauren trained professionally at Laine Theatre Arts.

Theatre credits include: Isabel in Scrooge (Leicester Curve), Dale Tremont in Top Hat (Kilworth House), Liz in Strictly Ballroom The Musical (Toronto and West Yorkshire Playhouse), Amber in Hairspray (UK Tour), Ensemble in Feelin’ in the Mood (Workshop), Ensemble in Dance Til’ Dawn (UK Tour), Swing/Cover Glinda in Wicked (West End), Ensemble/Cover and played the role of Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5 (UK Tour), Frenchy/Cover Sandy in Grease (UK Tour), Ensemble/Cover Penny Pingleton in Hairspray (UK Tour), Sharpette/Cover Sharpay Evans in Disney’s High School Musical (UK Tour).

Television and radio credits include: the role of Vanessa in It’s a Girl Thing (Channel 4), Bringer of Sweets (BBC Radio 4).

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Toggle bio Gary Watson

Gary Watson

Ken Railings

Training: Laine Theatre Arts and Kathleen Davis Centre, Sunderland.

Theatre includes: Ken Railings in Strictly Ballroom The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse & Toronto), Nick Massi in Jersey Boys (Piccadilly), Norman in Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be (Stratford East), Don in A Chorus Line (Palladium), Chesterton in Finding Neverland (Curve), Rudolpho in Matilda (Cambridge), Claude in Hair (Ljubljana), Sky in Mamma Mia! (International Tour), Marius in Les Misérables (Queen’s), Rum Tum Tugger in Cats (National Tour), Evita (Adelphi) and Saturday Night Fever (Apollo Victoria).

Concerts include: Kiss Me Kate (BBC Proms) & Michael Ball’s Heroes (National Tour).

Film and Television include: That Day We Sang (BBC) and Cinderella (Walt Disney).

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Toggle bio Chrissy Brooke

Chrissy Brooke

Muriel Shunt

Training: The Young Dancers’ Academy and Laine Theatre Arts.

Chrissy’s theatrical credits include An American in Paris (Dominion Theatre), Melena in Wicked (UK Tour); The Ballet Chorus in The Phantom Of The Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre, Cameron Mackintosh).

Music Videos: Dancer in Robbie Williams – Party Like a Russian & Heavy Entertainment Show.

Film/Television: Winner of Dance Dance Dance 2017 (ITV), Dancer in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One (2018) and The BRIT Awards (2012).

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Toggle bio Dale White

Dale White

Tommy Arbunt & Co-Dance Captain

Training: Performers College.

Theatre credits include: Ensemble in Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Ensemble/Swing in Strictly Ballroom The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse & Toronto), Ensemble/Resident Choreographer Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith), Starlight Express (Bochum Germany), Jack and the Beanstalk (Hackney Empire) & Cinderella (Manchester Opera House).

Other Credits: Olivier Awards 2016 (Royal Opera House), Sunday Night at the London Palladium, The BBC One Show.

Dale is also a former British Ballroom and Latin American Champion.

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Toggle bio Selina Hamilton

Selina Hamilton

Stephanie Shanks

Theatre Credits include: Ensemble/Us Fran in Strictly Ballroom The Musical (Leeds/Toronto), Diva in Guys and Dolls, (Savoy Theatre/UK Tour), Understudy Baby and Vivian Pressman/Swing in Dirty Dancing (UK Tour), Original London cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, (Savoy Theatre, Westend), Constance Sack in Rock of Ages (Shaftesbury/Garrick Theatre, Westend), Mamma Mia! (International Tour), Understudy Cha Cha and Marty in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre, Westend), Original London cast Spamalot (Palace Theatre, Westend), 2012 Olympic Ceremony professional dancer, directed by Danny Boyle & Classical Spectacular (Royal Albert Hall).

TV Credits include: The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV), This Morning (ITV), The One show (BBC), The Royal Variety show (BBC ONE).

Feature Films: Debutante in Disney’s remake of Beauty and the Beast.

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Toggle bio Jacob Maynard

Jacob Maynard

Liam Lamb

Training: The Urdang Academy and North London Dance Studio

Credits: Singin’ in the Rain (Grand Palais – Theatre du Chatalet), Top Hat (Kilworth House Theatre), Chip in On the Town (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Know Moe in Five Guys Named Moe (Underbelly, Edinburgh), Guys and Dolls (Savoy and Phoenix Theatres and National Tour), Love Me Tender (National Tour) & Coalhouse in Ragtime (Pleasance Theatre).

Television includes: Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV), The Olivier Awards, Tonight at the Palladium, The Brit Awards 2015.

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Toggle bio Freya Rowley

Freya Rowley

Kayleen West

Freya Rowley trained at Laine Theatre Arts.

On graduating Freya was a Cross Swing in Disney’s Tarzan (Neue Flora Theatre,Hamburg). Following this she appeared as Ensemble in the arena tour Best of Musicals, Germany. Returning to the UK, Freya joined the CATS UK tour as u/s Demeter, Jellylourum and Jennyanydots. She then toured the UK with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as onstage Swing, Usherette and cover Jolene.

Freya then returned to Germany as Swing in Disney’s Tarzan the Musical (Apollo Theatre, Stuttgart) before Drew McOnie’s production of Jekyll and Hyde (The Old Vic Theatre) as Lilly & u/s Ivy. Most recently she appeared in the UK Tour of Hairspray covering Amber & Female Authority Figure.

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Toggle bio Luke Jackson

Luke Jackson

Rory West

Luke, originally from Leicester, England, trained at Laine Theatre Arts.

He competed in series two of the BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance, gaining second place.

West End credits include: Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre), Viva Forever!, the Spice Girls musical, and Grease (Piccadilly Theatre), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre), The Producers (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) & The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre).

Other credits include: Cabaret (UK Tour), Strictly Ballroom The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Toronto), Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake (UK and World Tour), CATS (UK Tour and South Korea), West Side Story (the Sage Gateshead), The Most Incredible Thing (Sadler’s Wells), Copacabana (Danish Tour) & Saturday Night Fever (Cologne, Germany).

Film credits: Finding Neverland and The Phantom of the Opera.

Luke has also worked commercially for Burberry, Wella, ITV, Recording artists and Trade/Fashion shows.

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Toggle bio Tinovimbanashe Sibanda

Tinovimbanashe Sibanda

Emily Waters

Training: Bird College Of Dance, Music & Theatre Performance

Stage Credits: Ensemble in Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Ensemble in Peter Pan (Evolution Productions).

Credits whilst training: Dancer in Move It 2017, Ensemble in Hairspray, Dancer in CR8, Dancer in Dance World Cup Jersey, Dancer in Move It 2016, Aida in Aida, Ensemble in Cirque, Dancer in Lorraine Show, Dancer in Move It 2015.

Tinovimbanashe is delighted to be making her West End debut in Strictly Ballroom The Musical, and would like to thank her family & friends for their constant love & support.

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Toggle bio Justin-Lee Jones

Justin-Lee Jones

Jonathan Drench

Justin-Lee trained at Bird College, graduating in 2013 with a First Class BAHons Degree.

His Theatre Credits include: Understudy Mr.Z & Ensemble Original London cast of An American In Paris (Dominion Theatre), Understudy Mary Sunshine and Ensemble in Chicago UK Tour, Ugly Sister in Cinderella at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, Ensemble Dirty Rotten Scoundrels UK Tour. Aladdin, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Understudy Tarzan and Ensemble Disney’s Tarzan the Musical, Hamburg & Stuttgart, Ensemble in Beauty & The Beast, Kuala Lumpur, Dancer for both Take That and An American In Paris at the Royal Variety Performance.

Workshops: Send for Mr Plim, Soho Theatre & Drew McOnie’s King Kong Broadway Workshop.

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Toggle bio Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett

Swing

Training: Guildford School of Acting.

Theatre includes: Strictly Ballroom The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse & Toronto), A Damsel in Distress (Chichester), Urinetown (St. James & Apollo), My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible), South Pacific (Barbican & National Tour), Oliver! (Drury Lane), Dirty Dancing (Aldwych), The Drowsy Chaperone (Novello), Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly), Chicago (National Tour), Anything Goes (Drury Lane, NT & National Tour), Love’s Labour’s Lost (NT), My One and Only (Piccadilly), Naked Boys Singing (Original London), Anything Goes (National Tour), West Side Story (National Tour), Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria) & Crazy For You (National Tour).

Television includes: The Sound of Music Live (ITV), Galavant (ABC Studios) and EastEnders (BBC).

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Toggle bio Hannah Fairclough

Hannah Fairclough

Swing

Training: Arts Educational Schools.

Theatre: Dying Swan/Dance Captain in The Lorax (The Old Vic and The Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto), Swing and Assistant Dance Captain, Hairspray (UK Tour), Louise and Cover Oda Mae Brown in the German Premier of Ghost The Musical (The English Theatre Frankfurt), Swing, The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre), Hattie, Soul Sister (Savoy Theatre & UK Tour), Ali in Mamma Mia (Prince of Wales Theatre), Jack Goose in Mother Goose (Lemington Spa), Swing and 1st cover Ali in Mamma Mia (International Tour).

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Lavinia Fitzpatrick

Swing

Training: Doreen Bird College.

Theatre credits include: Ensemble in The Aadams Family (Singapore), Ensemble Understudy Lucy in On The Town (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Swing/Assistant Dance Captain in Guys and Dolls (Savoy and Phoenix Theatre, West End), Ensemble in Songs from Evita (Dulwich), Ensemble in Jack and the Beanstalk (Birmingham Hippodrome), Dancer in Monty Python Live (Mostly)One Down Five To Go (O2 Arena), Liz/Understudy Velma in Chicago (Royal Caribbean Cruise Line), Ensemble/Understudy Alice in Dick Whittington (Oxford Playhouse) and Ballet Dancer in Olympic Closing Ceremony (London 2012).

Film credit:  Animation Dancer in Mary Poppins Returns (Disney).

For more information about Lavinia, please visit www.access-uk.

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Toggle bio Tim Hodges

Tim Hodges

Swing

Theatre includes: Half a Sixpence (Chichester/Noel Coward), Hyde in Jekyll & Hyde (Old Vic), ensemble/understudy Mr Sowerberry in Oliver! (Curve Theatre, Leicester), Hot Rod/Luca/Bruno in The Car Man (UK, Ravenna and Sadler’s Wells), Bill Boggs/Jim Upton in Edward Scissorhands (international and UK tours and Sadler’s Wells), dancer in Making Midnight (Latitude Festival), Italian Escort/Private Secretary in Swan Lake (UK and international tour), swing/understudy Rod in Singin’ in the Rain (Palace) and ensemble/understudy Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing (UK tour), Fred Casely/understudy Billy Flynn in Chicago (Cambridge), swing in Chicago (UK tour and Italy), swing/understudy Munkustrap in Cats (UK and Portuguese tour), ensemble in We Will Rock You (Dominion) and Cesar/understudy Enrique in Murderous Instincts (Savoy).

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Toggle bio Christopher D. Hunt

Christopher D. Hunt

Swing

Original UK Cast of The Addams Family (National Tour and Singapore), Original Cast of Batman Live (National and USA Arena Tour), Original London Cast of The Lord Of The Rings (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Original London Cast of Zorro The Musical (Garrick Theatre), Original Cast of 20th Century Boy (International Tour), Jersey Boys (Prince Edward Theatre), The Sound Of Music (Regents Park Theatre), Oklahoma! (National Tour), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (WYP, National Tour), Evita (European Tour), Stiles And Drewe’s Peter Pan (West Yorkshire Playhouse) The Three Musketeers (The Rose Theatre, Kingston), Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee Royal Variety Performance (Dominion Theatre) & BBC Proms.

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Toggle bio Robin Kent

Robin Kent

Swing

Training: Elmhurst School for Dance and The Royal Ballet, Upper School.

Theatre includes: Original London Company of An American in Paris (Dominion).

Appearances as a Soloist with the Polish National Ballet include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Casanova in Warsaw, The Tempest, Adagio & Scherzo, Don Quixote, The Green Table, Soldiers Mass, The Nutcracker, Century Roles, Chroma, Concerto Barocco & Artifact Suite.

Appearances with The Royal Ballet & The Birmingham Royal Ballet include: La Valse, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker & Swan Lake.

Television includes: Holst (BBC).

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Toggle bio Leanne Pinder

Leanne Pinder

Swing & Co-Dance Captain

Training: Urdang Academy.

Theatre credits include: Assistant Choreographer on Groundhog Day (Broadway), Swing/Dance Captain on Groundhog Day (Old Vic), Choreographer for Hapag Lloyd Cruises/United Theatrical, Swing, Dance Captain & Understudy Paula in Bend it Like Beckham (Phoenix), Assistant Choreographer for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse), Assistant Choreographer for the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening & Closing Ceremonies (Celtic Park, Glasgow), Assistant Choreographer on American Psycho (Almeida Theatre), Assistant Choreographer on Matilda, Broadway (Original Broadway Company, Schubert Theatre, NYC), Swing & Resident Choreographer on Matilda (Original London Company, Cambridge Theatre), Swing/Dance Captain in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Associate Choreographer on We Will Rock You (UK Tour), Iris Kelly in Fame (UK tour), Linda/Patti, understudy Maria/Shirley in Saturday Night Fever (UK tour), understudy Rizzo, Patti, and Cha Cha in Grease (UK tour), soloist in Musical Memories of Stage and Screen (Queen’s Theatre, London), dancer for classical pianist Maksim’s world premiere (Roundhouse, London).

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Drew M<span>c</span>Onie

Drew McOnie

Director & Choreographer

Drew is the Artistic Director of The McOnie Company and a proud Associate Artist at The Old Vic theatre. Drew won the Olivier Award for ‘Best Theatre Choreography’ for In the Heights in 2016 and he was nominated for the same award in 2017 for the ground-breaking production of Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Theatre credits as director/choreographer include: On the Town (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Wild Party (The Other Palace), Strictly Ballroom (Toronto / West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Theatre credits as a choreographer include: Jesus Christ Superstar (Olivier Award Nomination for Best Theatre Choreography 2017 – Regents Park), Kinky Boots (Malmo Opera), In the Heights (Olivier Award Winner for Best Theatre Choreography, WhatsOnStage Award Nomination for Best Choreography, Winner of the Off West End Theatre Award for Best Choreography- Southwark Playhouse and Kings Cross Theatre), The Lorax (Old Vic), Hairspray (BroadwayWorld Award Winner for Best Choreography- UK Tour), Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith), Oklahoma! (National Tour), The Sound of Music (Curve Theatre Leicester), Little Red Riding Hood (NYB), Chicago (Curve Theatre Leicester), West Side Story (NYMT), British Style (Collaboration with Matthew Bourne at Buckingham Palace- BBC), Laurel and Hardy (The Watermill), James and the Giant Peach (National Tour), 13 (Directed by Jason Robert Brown-West End), Tommy (European Tour), Spring Awakening (German Premier- Frankfurt), The Full Monty (German Premier, Frankfurt), Kes (Liverpool Playhouse & UK Tour).

For the McOnie Company: Jekyll and Hyde (BroadwayWorld Award Winner for Outstanding Achievement in Dance – Old Vic Theatre), DRUNK! (Curve Theatre Leicester / The Bridewell Theatre London) which lead to him being nominated for the ‘Emerging Artist Award’ at the National Dance Awards, Making Midnight (Jermyn Street Theatre/ Latitude Festival) Slaughter (Audience Choice Award Winner- The Place Prize) and Be Mine! (Robin Howard Theatre).

Film credits include: Me Before You (Directed by Thea Sharrock) and Recordare: Days of Remembrance (pre-selected for the Cannes & Berlin Film Festival).

Upcoming projects include: Director and Choreographer of King Kong on Broadway.

Twitter: @DrewMcOnie


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Baz Luhrmann

Baz Luhrmann

Creator & Book Writer

Born in Sydney, Australia, Baz Luhrmann has captured the popular and critical imagination internationally with a diverse range of award-winning projects in film, opera, theatre, and music, making him one of the world’s most recognizable creative forces.

Currently Luhrmann is writing, producing, and directing on The Get Down, an original series for Netflix premiering in 2016. Set in 1970s New York City, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how a battered city at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco – told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city and the world, forever.

His most recent film is the extraordinary, Oscar® winning 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (2013), starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton.

Earlier works include the ambitious epic Australia (2008), starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, the Oscar® -winning Moulin Rouge! (2001) featuring Kidman and Ewan McGregor, his boldly luminous version of William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996), starring DiCaprio and Claire Danes, and the celebrated Strictly Ballroom (1992), starring Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice.

The soundtrack albums for The Great Gatsby, Romeo + Juliet, and Moulin Rouge! executive produced by Luhrmann, have sold more than 14 million copies worldwide.

The Great Gatsby received 2 Academy Awards® for Art Direction and Costume Design, a BAFTA for production design and 13 AACTA awards. Moulin Rouge! won three Golden Globes® and received eight Academy Award® nominations, with Catherine Martin winning two for Art Direction and Costume Design. Australia won four AFI® Awards. It is the second highest-grossing Australian film of all time.

The phenomenally successful Strictly Ballroom was originally conceived by Luhrmann as a short play while still a student at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). It was while producing an extended version under the auspices of the Sydney Theatre Company in 1988 that he met Catherine Martin, one of the company’s designers.

He later directed and co-wrote the film version which premiered at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival and was awarded the Prix de la Jeunesse. It would go on to win eight AFI® Awards.

In 1997, Luhrmann married Catherine Martin, his longtime creative collaborator. They have two children, Lillian and William. The same year they founded Bazmark, an innovative multi-media company with the motto “A life lived in fear is a life half lived”.

Baz Luhrmann is one of Australia’s most imaginative and strikingly original opera directors. His signature production of Puccini’s La Bohème for Opera Australia won considerable acclaim in 1990 when it starred Cheryl Barker and David Hobson.

His later production of La Bohème on Broadway in 2002 was lauded by critics for its sensuality and glorious production design. It was nominated for seven Tony® Awards, including Best Revival and Best Director for Luhrmann. It won the Tony® Award for Best Scenic Design.

Previous opera productions include Lake Lost, which won a Victorian Green Room Award for Best Director in 1988, and Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It received a Victorian Green Room Award for Best Director, a Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle award for Best Director and the Critic’s Prize at the Edinburgh Festival in 2003. Luhrmann came full circle when he directed the stage musical adaptation of Strictly Ballroom which opened in Sydney, Australia in April 2014.


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Craig Pearce

Craig Pearce

Book Writer

Born on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Craig Pearce studied acting at Australia’s premiere theatre school, the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

Craig worked as an actor for a number of years and was part of Baz Luhrmann’s theatre ensemble Six Years Old, established under the auspices of the Sydney Theatre Company. Here, he collaborated with Luhrmann and other company members to develop an extended version of Strictly Ballroom. The production was acclaimed by critics and audiences and became the catalyst for the 1992 film version, which Craig co-wrote with Baz.

The film of Strictly Ballroom won eight Australian Film Institute awards (including Best Screenplay) was nominated for five BAFTAS (including Best Screenplay), won the Prix de la Jeunesse at the Cannes Film Festival and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Best Screenplay.

Craig and Baz then adapted William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet for the screen. The film, starring Leonard Di Caprio, broke box office records for Shakespeare worldwide. Among its many nominations and awards, it won the Alfred Bauer Award, the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and four BAFTAs (including Best Screenplay).

Craig also co-wrote with Baz the screenplay for Moulin Rouge. The film was in competition at – and opened – the Cannes Film Festival. The film’s many accolades include winning two National Board Of Review awards (including best film) nine Golden Satellite awards (nominated best screenplay), three Golden Globes – including best film musical or comedy – a Grammy Award, the Los Angeles Film Festival movie of the year, five Australian AFI awards, two US AFI awards and numerous other awards throughout the world. It was also nominated for eleven BAFTAs, (including Best Screenplay), nominated for the 54th Annual WGA Awards for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen and nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

In 2010 his screen adaptation of Charlie St. Cloud starring Zac Efron was released worldwide by Universal Studios.

Craig co-wrote The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton, which was a worldwide box office and critical success going on to win 2 Oscars, 2 BAFTA’s and 13 AFI awards (including Best Screenplay) and had the honour of opening the 2013 Cannes film festival.

Craig’s latest collaboration with Baz, Strictly Ballroom The Musical, is his first main stage, music theatre production. After a successful launch in Sydney in 2014 it went on to have seasons in Melbourne and Brisbane and he is excited that it has now come to the UK.

Craig is currently in production for Will, a television series he is Writing, Executive Producing and Show Running, about the lost years of young William Shakespeare for US network TNT.

In 2016 Craig was honoured with the Australian Writer’s Guild Life Time Achievement award.


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Soutra Gilmour

Soutra Gilmour

Set Designer

Theatre credits include: Knives in Hens (Donmar Warehouse), Apologia (Trafalgar), Romeo & Juliet (Globe Theatre), The Guards at the Taj (Bush Theatre), My Brilliant Friend (Rose Theatre Kingston), Strictly Ballroom (West Yorkshire Playhouse / Toronto), Wild Party (St James Theatre), Pitchfork Disney, Killer (Shoreditch Town Hall), Twelfth Night, Les Blancs, Evening at the Talk House, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, From Morning to Midnight, Strange Interlude, Antigone (Evening Standard Award), The Crucible (Old Vic), Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, Double Feature, Shadow of a Boy (RNT), Hecuba, Candide, The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes (RSC), I See You (Royal Court), Richard 111, The Maids, The Homecoming, The Ruling Class, The Pride, The Hothouse, Doctor Faustus, Macbeth (Trafalgar Studios), Assassins, Merrily We Roll Along, The Commitments, From Here to Eternity, In a Forest Dark and Deep, The Little Dog Laughed, Three Days of Rain, The Lover (Olivier nominations), The Collection (West End). Torchsong Trilogy (Menier), Bull, (Sheffield, Young Vic, Broadway),

Reasons to be Happy (Hampstead), Urinetown (St James), Cyrano de Bergerac (Roundabout NYC Tony nomination), The Crucible, The Duchess of Malfi, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (Old Vic), Reasons to be Pretty (Almeida), Inadmissible Evidence, Piaf (Olivier nomination, Donmar), The Pride, Random (Royal Court), Angels in America, Thérèse Raquin (Citizens, Glasgow), The Birthday Party, The Caretaker (Olivier & ES Award nomination, Sheffield Crucible/Tricycle), A Taste of Honey, Into The Woods (Regent’s Park/Public Theater NY), When the World Was Green (Young Vic), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Close the Coalhouse Door, Our Friends in the North, Son of Man (Northern Stage), Last Easter (Birmingham Rep), Through the Leaves (Duchess/Southwark Playhouse).

Opera credits includes Carmen, Saul, Hansel and Gretel (Opera North, Opera Shots 2011/12), Quartett (ROH), Anna Bolena, Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte, Mary Stuart (ETO), The Birds, Trouble in Tahiti (Opera Group), El Cimmarron (QEH).


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Catherine Martin

Catherine Martin

Costume Designer

Catherine Martin is one of Australia’s foremost designers for film, opera, theatre, music, multi-media and events. Catherine has collaborated with the director and visualist Baz Luhrmann on the distinctive look of all his films and theatre productions for more than 20 years. Along with Luhrmann, Martin is a partner in Bazmark, one of the world’s most innovative producers of film, theatre and entertainment.

A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Martin began collaborating with Luhrmann in 1988 during her final year at NIDA when she joined his experimental theatre company Six Years Old to co-design his production of Lake Lost with Angus Strathie for the then Australian Opera. This earned Martin and colleague Angus Strathie a Victorian Green Room Award for Best Design.

Martin has since designed all of Luhrmann’s subsequent productions including Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for which she won the Sydney Theatre Critic’s Award for Best Opera Design, and a striking version of Puccini’s opera La Bohème set in 1957. The latter went on to open on Broadway in 2002 to critical acclaim and won Martin the coveted Tony Award® for Scenic Design.

Martin made her film debut with Luhrmann on the hugely successful Strictly Ballroom. Her design on the film earned her Best Production Design and Best Costume Design at both the BAFTA® and AFI® Awards. The achievement was followed in 1996 with William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, also directed by Luhrmann, for which she was awarded another BAFTA® for Best Production Design and an Academy Award® Nomination for Best Art Direction.

In 2001, Martin won two Academy Awards® for Costume Design and Art Direction for her work on Moulin Rouge! as well as AFI® awards for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design, and a Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Production Design among numerous others.

Martin was Production & Costume Designer and Co-Producer of Luhrmann’s epic film Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, in 2008.

Catherine served as Production & Costume Designer and Co-Producer, on the visually stunning 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton. Her work earned her two Academy Awards® for Best Production Design & Costume Design.

Martin has also been developing her own homewares brand, Catherine Martin Home, collaborating with Designer Rugs and Mokum (fabrics and wallpaper). In 2015 Luhrmann and Martin designed the interiors for the Faena Hotel, Miami Beach using many of Martin’s designs for Mokum and Designer Rugs.

Her Latest venture with Lurhmann is as Executive Producer, Costume and Production Designer on Episode one of the Netflix Original Series The Get Down, a show chronicling the birth of hip-hop in the South Bronx in the late 1970’s.

She divides her time between Sydney, New York and Paris and has two children with Luhrmann, Lillian and William.


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Howard Hudson

Howard Hudson

Lighting Designer

UK theatre credits include: On The Town (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (Menier Chocolate Factory and Curve, Leicester), Strangers On A Train (UK Tour), Gaslight (UK Tour), In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre), Peter And The Starcatcher (Royal & Derngate, Northampton), The Rivals (Bristol Old Vic / Liverpool Everyman / Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Echo’s End, Separate Tables, Hedda Gabler (Salisbury Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, Garrick), The Christmasaurus (Hammersmith Apollo), The Smallest Show on Earth (Mercury, Colchester and UK Tour), The Last Five Years (St James Theatre), A Little Night Music, Crazy For You (UK Tour), Oliver!, The Secret Adversary (UK Tour), Tell Me on a Sunday (UK Tour / Watermill Theatre).

International theatre credits include: Death and the Maiden, Educating Rita (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Titanic (Princess of Wales, Toronto), Jersey Boys (Dubai Opera House and International Tour), Gaslight (Ed Mirvish, Toronto), La Cage Aux Folles (Aarhus Theatre, Denmark), Cornelius (59E59, New York), The Phantom of the Opera (National Opera, Bucharest).

Opera and dance credits include: Fidelio, Vert Vert (Garsington Opera), Mansfield Park (Grange Festival), La Bohème, Lakme, Die Fledermaus (Opera Holland Park), Written On Skin (Opera Philadelphia), Egle (Lithuanian National Ballet), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Opera House).


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Gareth Owen

Gareth Owen

Sound Designer

Gareth’s awards include the Olivier Award for Memphis, the Olivier Award for Merrily We Roll Along, a Tony nomination for A Little Night Music, a Tony nomination for End of the Rainbow, an Olivier nomination for Top Hat, and an Olivier nomination for End of the Rainbow. He has designed more than 280 commercial musicals.

Recent shows include: Bronx Tale, Come From Away and Spring Awakening on Broadway, Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame worldwide, Sister Act in seven countries; Disney’s Little Mermaid worldwide; Hairspray around the world; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast worldwide, Singin’ In The Rain worldwide, Schikaneder in Austria, The Bodyguard in Holland; Evita and Spring Break in Las Vegas, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show, The Producers and Top Hat on tour in the UK, and the CATS, Strictly Come Dancing, Grease and the Glee Live international arena tours.


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David Caddick

David Caddick

Musical Supervisor & Vocal Arrangements

David Caddick was born in Mexborough, South Yorkshire and studied Piano, Organ and Conducting at The London College of Music and The Royal College of Music. He now lives in New York.

Music Director/Supervisor for the original London productions of Evita, Cats, London and Broadway productions of Song & Dance, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard and Mary Poppins.

He was the Executive Producer for the Broadway productions of Oklahoma! and Putting it Together, Music Director for the world premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s Bounce (Goodman Theatre, Chicago) and Music Director for the film of Evita starring Madonna.

He has served on the Tony Awards nominating committee and on the board of The Recording Academy. He’s won two Grammy Awards for producing the cast album recordings of Les Misérables and West Side Story; he produced the cast album recordings of Oliver, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, A Chorus Line (Grammy Nomination), South Pacific (Grammy Nomination), Promises, Promises, A Christmas Story, Cinderella and The King & I.

Current productions include Strictly Ballroom, Madame Sousatzka, and King Kong.


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Simon Hale

Simon Hale

Orchestrator

West End/Broadway: Girl from the North Country (Music supervisor/arranger/orchestrator), Romantics Anonymous, Spring Awakening, Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Drama Desk Award nomination), Finding Neverland.

Others: Side Show (Southwark Playhouse), Company (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Whisper House, (Old Globe, The Other Palace), Sousatzka (Toronto), One Love (Birmingham Rep), Strictly Ballroom (WYP/Toronto).

Born in Birmingham, Simon studied music at Goldsmiths College, London and later went on to play keyboards for Gail Ann Dorsey and Seal.

As arranger/orchestrator, Simon has worked for Gary Barlow, George Benson, Björk, Sarah Chang, Ray Davies, Robin Gibb, Josh Groban, Incognito, Jamiroquai, Lang Lang, George Michael, Oasis, Sade, Alicia Keys, Duncan Sheik and Simply Red. After working on Sam Smith’s record In The Lonely Hour (Grammy nomination) Simon orchestrated and conducted the Golden Globe and Oscar-winning Writing’s on the Wall from the James Bond film Spectre as well as conducting the orchestra for the live performance at the Academy Awards in February 2016. Simon orchestrated and co-composed the soundtrack for the video game L.A.Noire which (along with Andrew Hale) won him a BAFTA for original music.


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Ben Atkinson

Ben Atkinson

Musical Director & Dance Arrangements

Ben studied Music at Cambridge University, graduating in 2011, where he was the organ scholar at Sidney Sussex College. Ben is the current Music Supervisor for Hairspray (UK Tour).

He was MD and provided original Dance Arrangements for Strictly Ballroom’s UK Premiere (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Toronto). Prior to that he was MD on Chicago (UK Tour) for David Ian Productions, Oliver! at (Curve, Leicester) and the previous tour of Hairspray (UK); a show he re-orchestrated.

At the Curve Theatre in Leicester, shows Ben has worked on include: The Sound of Music (MD / Orchestrator), Hairspray (MD / Orchestrator), Chicago (MD / Orchestrator), Hello Dolly! (MD), Piaf (MD / Orchestrator), Oliver! (MD), Rent (MD), Annie (MD / Orchestrator), Sweeney Todd (MD / Orchestrator).

Other musical theatre credits include: Oklahoma! (UK Tour, MD), The King and I (UK Tour, Assistant MD) and Hitchhiking Across America (Arts Ed, MD / Orchestrator).


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GLOBAL CREATURES

GLOBAL CREATURES

Producer

Awe-inspiring. Magical. Dynamic. Global Creatures is at the forefront of innovative stagecraft and spectacular theatricality. Global Creatures’ first venture was Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular. Based on the eponymous award-winning BBC-TV series, the live show was developed through the integration of state-of-the-art animatronics. Walking with Dinosaurs was conceived and developed in Australia and made its international debut in 2007. The show continues to tour the world and has become a phenomenal global success story. Global Creatures’ second production, How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular, completed a North American tour in 2013 after successful seasons in Australia and New Zealand. The co-production with Dreamworks Theatricals further revealed Global Creatures ingenuity and visual prowess in bringing mythical dragons to vivid life. In a fitting partnership , Global Creatures joined forces with The National Theatre of Great Britain to produce the Australian premiere season of the acclaimed Tony Award-winning theatre show, War Horse. The intimate and epic production presented a seamless blend of exceptional puppetry, fine acting and authentic storytelling. Five years in the making, the ground-breaking theatre production King Kong had its world premiere at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne, in 2013. The show’s “leading man” is arguably the most authentic, technologically-advanced puppet in the world. Audiences have been stunned and spellbound by Kong’s life-like attributes, both physical and emotional. King Kong will make its Broadway debut in November 2018 at the Broadway Theatre. King Kong is written by Jack Thorne and will be directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie. Global Creatures joined with Bazmark to bring Baz Luhrmann’s popular 1992 hit Australian film Strictly Ballroom The Musical to the stage. Strictly Ballroom The Musical had its global premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, Sydney, in 2014. The first international staging of Strictly Ballroom The Musical premiered at West Yorkshire Playhouse in November 2016 and a North American premiere at the Prince Of Wales Theatre, Toronto, Canada as part of the Mirvish Theatre Season 2016-2017. In 2017 Global Creatures co-produced with Sydney Theatre Company the World Premiere of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical which played a sold out season at Sydney’s Roslyn Packer Theatre. On September 1st 2016 Global Creatures announced that Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film Moulin Rouge! will come to the stage as a new musical, with a book by John Logan and directed by Alex Timbers, and that production is currently playing a world premiere season at Boston’s Colonial Theatre.


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