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David Kernan  

David’s performing theatrical credits include 1776 Our Man Creighton, A Little Night Music and The Ratepayers’ lolanthe, for which he was nominated for an Olivier award.

David was the inspiration behind the highly successful musical revue Side By Side By Sondheim, performing the show both in London and Broadway. He and the show were nominated for Tony awards.

He has made over 300 television appearances including the Song By Song series, Upstairs Downstairs and was an original member of the That Was The Week That Was team. Most recently he had a guest lead role in the last series of The Chief.

In 1986 David turned his talents to producing and directing, creating the successful ‘Showpeople’ seasons at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London. His company, Showpeople, presented Barbara Cooke in London, lan McKellen: Acting Shakespeare and the musical Blues In The Night at the Piccadilly Theatre, plus numerous charity events. Showpeople presented the first AIDS benefit in the UK at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre. Since then, with its association with the Terence Higgins Trust, London Lighthouse and Crusaid, it has raised in excess of £1,000,000 for the AIDS cause worldwide. Showpeople now specialises in presenting small-scale musicals and one-off fund-raising galas.

David was both the co-producer of, and appeared in, the Cole Porter celebration musical A Swell Party at the Vaudeville Theatre, London 91/92.

David has recorded three musical albums: Showboat, Me and My Girl, and South Pacific for Pickwick and also a selection of classics by Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and Lerner and Loewe for Music Collection International. Most recently he recorded eight songs for inclusion on One Hundred Years of Love Songs and a Sondheim celebration with Millicent Martin and Julia McKenzie, his co-star in Side by Side By Sondheim.

In 1993 David appeared in a Stephen Sondheim concert which was transmitted live from the Barbican Concert Hall. In August 1994 David undertook a studio recording of Call Me Madam for BBC Radio with Tyne Daly. More recently he recorded Mame with Julia McKenzie for Radio 2’s musical concert series. Noel/Cole: “Let’s Do It!”, which was compiled and produced by David and in which he also co-starred, formed part of the 1994 season at Chichester Festival Theatre. In 1996, David directed and toured a new production of the show in South Africa.

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