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Don Black 
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Don Black began writing lyrics after a brief career as a stand-up comedian in his native London.

He has written over 100 songs for motion pictures, has been nominated for five academy awards, and won an Oscar for his song “Born Free”. His hit songs from films include “To Sir With Love”, “Diamonds are Forever”, “Ben”, “The Pink Panther Strikes Again”, “Thunderball”, “The Man with the Golden Gun” and “True Grit”.

In collaboration with John Barry he wrote the lyrics for the musical Billy which ran in London for more than two years. His other musicals are Barmitzvah Boy (music by Jule Styne), Merlin (music by Elmer Berstein) which received a Tony nomination, Abbacadabra (music by Abba), Dear Anyone (music by Geoff Stevens), Tell Me On A Sunday which became Song and Dance (music by Andrew Lloyd Webber) and also received a Tony nomination, and most recently Budgie (music by Mort Shuman).

He has had many pop successes and was responsible for adding words to the Eastenders and Howard’s Way television themes, making them” Anyone Can Fall in Love” and “Always There” respectively.

Don is also chairman of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

Charles Hart 
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Charles Hart was born in 1961 and educated at Desborough School, Maidenhead and Robinson College, Cambridge where he graduated in Music.

He then went on to study Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Dance, after which he worked for a time as a keyboard player and vocal coach in the West End.

His writing credits include two theme songs (music and lyrics) for Granada television (for the series Watching and Split Ends) and in musical theatre, The Phantom of the Opera (lyrics). His song cycle Love Songs (music and lyrics) has recently been recorded for the BBC.

Trevor Nunn 
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Trevor Nunn was educated at Downing College, Cambridge and in 1962 he won an ABC Director’s scholarship to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry where as resident Director his productions included The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Peer Gynt and a musical version of Around the World in Eighty Days.

In 1964, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and became an Associate Director in 1965 before becoming the company’s youngest ever Artistic Director in 1968. He was responsible for running the RSC until he retired from the post in 1986. His productions for the RSC included The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Relapse, The Alchemist, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, Henry VII, Hamlet, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, All’s Well That Ends Well, Once in a Lifetime, Three Sisters, Juno and the Paycock, Othello (the final production at the Other Place Theatre), The Blue Angel and Measure for Measure (the first two productions in the new Other Place Theatre).

With his colleague John Caird he co-directed Nicholas Nickleby (winner of five Tony Awards), J M Barrie’s Peter Pan and Les Miserables, which won eight Tony Awards and became the most performed musical in the world.

In 1982 he opened the RSC’s new London home, The Barbican Theatre, with his production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts I and II.

1986 saw the opening of The Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, which he conceived, and for which he directed one of the first productions, The Fair Maid of the West.

Outside the RSC, he has directed the Tony Award-winning Cats and Starlight Express for Andrew Lloyd Webber, Chess, The Baker’s Wife, Timon of Athens and, at Glyndebourne, Mozart’s Idomeneo, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and most recently, Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte.

His television work includes Antony and Cleopatra (BAFTA award), The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Three Sisters, Nicholas Nickleby (Emmy Award), Word of Mouth and Othello.

He has also directed two films, Hedda and Lady Jane.

Gillian Lynne 
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Gillian Lynne, international director and choreographer, has over 40 London and Broadway shows to her credit including Roar of the Greasepaint, The Match Girls, Pickwick, How No Dow Jones, Tonight at Eight, Songbook, Tomfoolery, Jeeves Takes Charge, Once Upon A Time, My Fair Lady, Cabaret, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera.

Her work on Cats earned her an Olivier Award, as well as the Austrian Government’s Order of Merit for her direction and choreography of Cats in Vienna, a production which subsequently played in East Berlin and Moscow. The Paris production of Cats, which Gillian also worked on, won the Moliere Award for Best Musical in 1989.

Her credits for the Royal Shakespeare Company include: The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, The Boyfriend, The Way of the World and Once in a Lifetime.

Her credits for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden include: Midsummer Marriage, The Trojans and Parsifal.

Other Opera credits include: The Flying Dutchman for the English National Opera and Faust for The Metropolitan Opera House, New York.

Her major films include: Half A Sixpence, Man of La Mancha, Vacation 2 and Yendl.

Her two latest ballets, A Simple Man and Lipizzaner, are performed as part of the Northern Ballet Theatre’s repertoire.

Gillian’s numerous television credits include her own creation of The Fool on the Hill, a show based on the music of The Beatles, for Australian television. The Fool on the Hill won three major awards. She also devised, directed and choreographed the show A Simple Man – based on the life and works of L S Lowry – which won her the 1988 British Academy Award.

Other television credits include: The Muppet Show; the BBC production of Le Morte d’Arthur, which netted her the Engel International Television Drama Award; and, most recently, directing and choreographing The Look of Love, a show based on the music and lyrics of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, also for the BBC. 

Gillian is married to actor-producer Peter Land.

Maria Björnson 
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Maria’s most recent opera productions include Donnerstaf Aus Licht, Der Rosenkavalier and Tales of Hoffman at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Die Valkyre, Toussaint L’Overture and The Gambler for the English National Opera at the Coliseum; The Queen of Spades for the Nederlander Opera; and Katya Kabanova and Jenufa for the Houston Opera.

In 1983, Maria was the winner of the gold medal at the Prague Biennale for her work on The Janacek Cycle at the Welsh National Opera.

Maria’s theatre work includes Hamlet, The Tempest, Measure for Measure and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Royal Shakespeare Compan; The Cherry Orchard for the Chichester Festival and The Lonely Road at the Old Vic.

The Phantom of the Opera was Maria’s 75th production and won her a Tony Award for Best Design, along with Awards from the Critics Outer Circle, Drama Desk and Drama Magazine. Since then Maria has designed Carmen for the ENO and Figaro for the Grant Theatre in Geneva as well as Follies at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

Andrew Bridge 
Lighting Design
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Andrew Bridge’s numerous West End credits include the musicals Time, Five Guys Named Moe, Oliver!, An Evening With Tommy Steele, Torvill and Dean, Bing Crosby and Friends, Billy Bishop Goes To War, Tom Foolery, Little Me, The Canterbury Tales, Carte Blanche, Blondel, and The Boyfriend.

Andrew also worked on the West End and Broadway productions of Aspects of Love and The Phantom of the Opera, with his work on The Phantom of the Opera earning him a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Circle Critics Award.

New works include Buffalo Bill’s Wild West for the newly opened Euro Disney theme park in France, as well as Lighting Design on the new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium. Andrew’s recent designs can also be seen at the Siegfried and Roy Spectacular at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.

For ten years, Andrew was Lighting Designer for Shirley Bassey in Concert, and in London his talents have been frequently used by the design company Imagination, for whom he has worked as Lighting Consultant since his appointment in 1979. His work for Imagination includes international presentations, industrial theatre, and architectural and other special projects.

He also designed the award-winning floodlighting on display at the headquarters of Lloyds of London.

Martin Levan 
Sound Design
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Martin Levan began his career in the theatre in 1984 when he supervised the sound for the London production of Song and Dance.

Since then his company, Martin Levan Sound Design, has been responsible for designing the sound for many worldwide productions including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Starlight Express, Song and Dance, Requiem and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber concert tour.

Other productions designed by Martin include Carrie, both in Stratford and on Broadway, and The Baker’s Wife in London.

Martin’s recordings include cast albums for many of the productions he has worked on, including the New York cast recording of Cats, which won a Grammy award. His most recent recordings include cast albums featuring the Hamburg and Toronto casts of The Phantom of the Opera.

Martin lives in Beaconsfield with his wife Karen and their three children, Remy, Toby and Kim.

David Cullen 
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David Cullen has worked for Andrew Lloyd Webber on the orchestrations of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats, Song and Dance, Starlight Express and The Phantom of the Opera.

Other West End shows which David has worked on include the London revival of Can-Can as well as Fat Pig, Abbacadabra and Richard Stilgoe’s Bodywork.

In the recording studio he has arranged music for many artists including Sheena Easton, Tina Turner, Barbara Streisand, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (the Christmas Songs album), Shirley Bassey, Toyah, The Kings Singers’ and Cantabile.

Television work includes composition for TV series The Bretts, Relative Strangers and Surgical Spirit.

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