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Anthony Van Laast  

Training: Anthony Van Laast trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, later joining the Company as both performer and choreographer.

Theatre: Mamma Mia! (worldwide – Dora Mavor award and Helpman award nomination); Jesus Christ Superstar (UK and European tour and Broadway); Whistle Down the Wind (London); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (worldwide – Laurence Olivier award nomination, Dramalogue award); Song & Dance (worldwide – Green Room award, Australia); Blondel; The Hired Man; Radio Times; Annie Get Your Gun; A Little Night Music; Hair (Laurence Olivier award nomination); Into the Woods, My Fair Lady (USA tour) and The Boy From Oz (Australia – Helpman award nomination). For the Royal Shakespeare Company: The Maid’s Tragedy, Peer Gynt, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Camille, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Beggar’s Opera (Laurence Olivier award nomination).

Concerts: Elaine Paige, Sarah Brightman, Wayne Sleep, Kate Bush, Cleo Laine; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 50th Birthday Celebration (Royal Albert Hall); Kiri Te Kanawa’s 50th Birthday Concert (Royal Albert Hall).

Opera/Operetta: The Mikado (English National Opera); The King Goes Forth To France (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); The Pirates of Penzance (D’Oyly Carte); Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci (Di Staatsoper, Berlin); A Midsummer Marriage (Thames).

Television: Several Royal Variety Performances and Children’s Royal Variety Performances; HM The Queen Mother’s 90th Birthday; Absolutely Fabulous; The Two Ronnies; Bluebell; the award-winning Hot Shoe Show.

Film: Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Really Useful Films); The Sex Pistols’ Great Rock and Roll Swindle; Who Dares Wins; Princess Caraboo; Never Say Never Again; Excalibur and Hope and Glory.

Direction and Staging: EFX starring Michael Crawford (MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas); Siegfried and Roy (Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas); Burn the Floor, Extravaganza for Holiday On Ice (worldwide arena tours); Carmen Jones (European tour), Candide (Old Vic – Laurence Olivier award for Best Musical), Chess (UK and European tours).

In 1999 Anthony Van Laast was awarded the MBE for Services to Dance and Choreography.

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