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A R Rahman 
Composer
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A R Rahman is the son of the late R K Sekhar, the well known Music Director in the Malayalam film industry. He began his musical career at the age of 11 as a keyboard player. He graduated with a degree in Western Classical Music and began composing in 1987.

A R Rahman’s first film soundtrack was for Roja. The score of Roja earned him every conceivable music award in India in 1992. Since then he has composed the soundtracks for over 50 films including Lagaan, Fiza, Taal, Earth, Dil Se, Fire and Bombay. The soundtrack for Bombay sold over five million copies. A R Rahman has sold over 100 million soundtrack albums worldwide.

Concerts/Recording: The acclaimed album “Vande Mataram”; collaborations on keyboards with innumerable artists including Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Apache Indian, Zakir Hussein, Dr L Shankar, Dominic Miller, David Byrne and Michael Jackson.

Television: Long association with the Indian Advertising Industry in creating music for advertisements. A R Rahman’s portfolio includes music and jingles for award-winning commercials for television and radio as well as scores for corporate videos and documentaries.

Awards: Telega Purashkar award for 1992, 1993 and 1994; Rajat Kamal award for Best Music Director at the National Film awards; National award for Best Music Direction for Minsara Kanavu; Filmfare award every year since 1992-2001, Cinema Express award, Nagi Reddy award, Rajiv Gandhi award, Screen award for Vande Mataram and Taal, awarded the highest civilian honour of Padma Shree by the President of India.

A R Rahman recently composed music for Friends of the World which he performed in Munich with Michael Jackson.


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Don Black 
Lyrics
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Background: Don Black started out as a stand-up comedian and blames himself entirely for the death of Variety. He made his West End debut as lyricist with composer John Barry on the musical Billy, starring Michael Crawford (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane).

Theatre : Most recently, together with Christopher Hampton, the book and lyrics on a musical version of Dracula scheduled to open later this year on Broadway; three collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, notably the book and lyrics for the award-winning Sunset Boulevard (with Christopher Hampton); Tell Me On A Sunday – developed to form the basis for Song & Dance and Aspects of Love (with Charles Hart). Don Black also wrote the love duet “Next Time You Fall In Love” for the re-vamped Starlight Express.

Film: Over 100 songs for films including The Italian Job, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, True Grit, Dances With Wolves, Out of Africa and a quintet of ‘James Bond’ theme songs – “Thunderball”, “Diamonds Are Forever”, “The Man With The Golden Gun”, “Surrender” from Tomorrow Never Dies and “The World Is Not Enough”. Other credits include Michael Jackson’s “Ben” and Lulu’s “To Sir With Love” (both US 1# hits).

Recording: Don Black has worked with some of the world’s leading contemporary composers including, Jule Styne, Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones, Elmer Bernstein, Michel Legrand, Marvin Hamlisch, and Charles Aznavour.

Awards: Don Black has enjoyed a career with many glittering prizes including an Oscar (for his song “Born Free”), five Academy award nominations, three Tony nominations and two Tony awards (for best book and best lyrics for his work on Sunset Boulevard), five Ivor Novello awards, a Golden Globe and many platinum, gold and silver discs.

Future Projects: Currently adapting the French musical Romeo & Juliet scheduled to open in London at the end of 2002.

Don was recently awarded an OBE in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours list.


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Meera Syal 
Book
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Background: Meera Syal is a British-born actress and writer of Indian parents who left New Delhi for the industrial heartland of the Black Country, where she grew up.

Writing: Credits include: screenplays for the films Anita and Me (Starfield Productions, Icon Distribution UK 2002), the award-winning comedy Bhaji On the Beach, A Nice Arrangement (Channel 4), My Sister-Wife (Screen 2); television writing includes: three series of Goodness Gracious Me (BBC 2), Watching the Detectives (Carlton), The Real McCoy (BBC 2), Black Silk (BBC 1); two novels Anita and Me (HarperCollins/New Press, New York), Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee published in 1999.

Theatre: The Vagina Monologues (The Old Vic, Ambassadors Theatre, Madison Square Gardens, New York); Mrs Candour in The School For Scandal (Bristol Old Vic); Anitra in Peer Gynt, (Royal National Theatre); Jacinta Condor in Caryl Churchill’s Serious Money (Royal Court, Wyndham’s Theatre, Public Theater, New York).

Television: Most recently played Rupinder in the sitcom All About Me (BBC) and naughty granny Ummi in The Kumars At No. 42 (BBC 2); Judith in Guy Jenkinson’s Emmy award-winning Crossing the Floor (BBC 1); Ruby in Andy Hamilton’s Bedtime (BBC 1); as a writer/performer, Farah in My Sister-Wife, (Screen 2 and Kamla in Watching the Detectives (Carlton) and three series of Goodness Gracious Me (BBC 2).

Film: Credits include Auntie Shaila in Anita and Me; Judith Adams in Forgive and Forget; Sushila in It’s Not Unusual; Miss Chauhan in Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing; Rani in Stephen Frears’ Sammi and Rosie Get Laid.

Awards: Several major awards including: a British Comedy award, RTS award, (both for Goodness Gracious Me), a BAFTA for the film short, It’s Not Unusual; an MBE for Services to the Arts in 1997; the 2001 RIMA and EMMA Media Personality of the Year and the Asian Women of Achievement Chairman’s award 2001. Meera Syal’s first novel Anita and Me (HarperCollins/New Press, New York), took the Betty Trask award and was short-listed for The Guardian Fiction Prize and has, to date, sold over 150,000 copies. The film of the book will be out later this year.

Forthcoming Projects: Meera Syal is adapting, with Abi Morgan, her second novel, Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee (Transworld) for a television series in conjunction with BBC2 and Hat Trick Productions.


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Steven Pimlott 
Director
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Training; Steven Pimlott read English at Cambridge.

Theatre : Hamlet, Richard II, Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company); Dr Dolittle (Labatt’s Apollo Hammersmith); world première of Bad Weather (RSC at the Other Place); Vieux Carre (Nottingham Playhouse); Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale and, with Claire Venables, the British première of The Park by Botho Strauss (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); world premières of Never Land and The Strip both by Phyllis Nagy (Royal Court); British première of Carmen Jones; a revival of Carousel (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Butterfly Kiss by Phyllis Nagy (Almeida); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (London Palladium and worldwide); Molière’s The Miser, Sondheim’s Sunday In the Park with George (Royal National Theatre); Richard III, Julius Caesar, Murder In the Cathedral, Measure For Measure, Michael Hastings’ Unfinished Business (RSC); Camino Real (RSC and Young Vic).

Opera: Directed more than 30 productions of opera in the UK, Germany, Austria, Australia and Israel including The Coronation of Poppea (English National Opera); La Bohème (English National Opera); arena production of Carmen (London, Dortmund, Tokyo, Melbourne, Sydney, Zurich, Munich and Berlin); Un Ballo In Maschera (Flanders Opera); Samson et Dalila (Bregenz Festival); Verdi’s Macbeth (Hamburg Opera).

Film: Co-directed the video film of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Steven Pimlott was the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Company Director for the 1996 Stratford Season, during which time he directed As You Like It and Molière’s The Learned Ladies. Since October 1996 Steven Pimlott has been an Associate of the Royal Shakespeare Company.


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Mark Thompson 
Production Design
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Training: Mark Thompson read drama at Birmingham University.

Theatre: Follies – set only (Broadway); Mouth To Mouth (Royal Court and Albery Theatres); Life x 3 (RNT and The Old Vic); Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward Theatre, London, US tour, Broadway and Australia); The Lady In the Van starring Maggie Smith (Queen’s Theatre); Doctor Dolittle (Apollo, Hammersmith and tour); Blast! (Apollo, Hammersmith, Broadway and US tour); The Blue Room (Donmar and Broadway); The Front Page (Donmar); Never Land (Royal Court); Art (Wyndham’s and Whitehall Theatres, UK tour, Australia, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Los Angeles and Broadway); Insignificance and Company (Donmar and Albery Theatre); The Kitchen (Royal Court); Hysteria (Royal Court and Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles); Six Degrees of Separation (Royal Court and Comedy Theatre); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (London Palladium, Canadian, Australian and US tours); Shadowlands (Queen’s Theatre and Broadway); A Little Night Music (Piccadilly Theatre); Ivanov and Much Ado About Nothing (Strand Theatre); The Sneeze (Aldwych Theatre); Cabaret (Strand Theatre); The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chichester Festival Theatre and Her Majesty’s Theatre); work for the Royal Shakespeare Company includes: Measure For Measure, The Wizard of Oz, Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, The Unexpected Man (also off-Broadway and Los Angeles); For the Almeida Theatre: Volpone, Betrayal, Party Time and Butterfly Kiss; for the Royal National Theatre: The Wind In the Willows, The Madness of George III, Arcadia (Haymarket, London, Lincoln Center Theater, New York), Pericles, What the Butler Saw, The Day I Stood Still.

Ballet: Don Quixote (Royal Ballet, Covent Garden).

Opera: Falstaff (Scottish Opera); Peter Grimes (Opera North); Ariadne auf Naxos (Salzburg); Il Viaggio a Reims (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); Hansel and Gretel (Sydney Opera House); The Two Widows (English National Opera); Queen of Spades (The Metropolitan, New York); costume design for Montag aus Licht (La Scala, Milan).

Film: Costumes for The Madness of King George.

Awards: 1995 Critics’ Circle award for The Kitchen; 1994 Olivier award for Set Design for Hysteria; 1992 Olivier awards for Set Design and Costume Design for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Comedy of Errors; 1990/91 Olivier award, 1991 Plays and Players award and 1991 Critics’ Circle award for The Wind In the Willows.


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Anthony Van Laast 
Choreography
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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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Farah Khan 
Choreography
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Background: Farah Khan is the daughter of actor and filmmaker Kamran Khan.

Film: Farah Khan began her choreographic career on the film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander directed by Mansoor Khan. Other film credits include Pehla Nashs, Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa, Viraasat, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Dil Se, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Rakesh Roshan’s Kaho Naa … Pyar Hai, Aziz Mirza and Shah Rukh Khan’s Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, Sajid Nadiadwala’s Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega and Dil Chahta-Haim, K3G.

Awards: Four Filmfare Best Choreography awards.


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Christopher Nightingale 
Additional Arrangements and Musical Supervision
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Training: An organ scholar at Magdalene College, Cambridge, Christopher Nightingale was Musical Director for the Cambridge Footlights for three years before graduating in 1987 and joining the RSC.

Theatre: Additional arrangements and musical supervision for Closer To Heaven (Arts Theatre); Musical Director for Whistle Down the Wind (Aldwych Theatre), Oliver! (London Palladium); Assistant Musical Director on Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Musical Director for The Plantagenets, The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, A Clockwork Orange, The Plain Dealer, Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry IV Part I, Singer, Some Americans Abroad, Playing With Trains, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, The Changeling, Romeo & Juliet, Tamburlaine (RSC).

Workshop: Closer To Heaven, Bombay Dreams.

Concerts: Choral Musical Director for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 50th Birthday Celebration (Royal Albert Hall).

Film: Coaching, recording and latterly conducting the cast on the set of Alan Parker’s Evita.


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Hugh Vanstone 
Lighting Design
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Background: For the past 10 years, Hugh Vanstone has designed the lighting for plays, musicals and operas in London, New York and around the world.

Theatre: Recent work includes Howard Katz (RNT), The Caretaker (Comedy Theatre) both directed by Patrick Marber; Mouth To Mouth directed by Ian Rickson (Royal Court and Albery Theatres); The Graduate directed by Terry Johnson (Gielgud Theatre, US tour and Australia); Dance of the Vampires directed by Roman Polanski (Vienna and Stuttgart); Dr Dolittle (Apollo, Hammersmith), Antony and Cleopatra (RSC) both directed by Steven Pimlott; Orpheus Descending (Donmar Warehouse), The Lady In the Van (Queen’s Theatre) both directed by Nicholas Hytner; The Cherry Orchard directed by Trevor Nunn (Royal National Theatre); Juno and the Paycock directed by John Crowley (Donmar Warehouse); Art (Wyndham’s and Whitehall Theatres, UK and US tours, Australia), Follies (New York), The Unexpected Man (RSC, Duchess Theatre, New York and Los Angeles); The Winter’s Tale (RSC at The Roundhouse) all directed by Matthew Warchus; Blast! (Apollo, Hammersmith and US tour); The Blue Room directed by Sam Mendes (Donmar Warehouse).

Opera: Dialogues des Carmélites (ENO), Carmen (Opera North) both directed by Phyllida Lloyd; The Bartered Bride directed by Nikolaus Lehnhoff (Glyndebourne).

Awards: Laurence Olivier award for 2001 for The Cherry Orchard and The Graduate and the 1999 award for The Unexpected Man and The Blue Room.

Forthcoming Projects: Godspell directed by Scott Schwartz for a UK tour; Twelfth Night, Uncle Vanya directed by Sam Mendes at the Donmar Warehouse.


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Mick Potter 
Sound Design
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Training: Mick Potter gained a BA Honours degree in Creative Design at the Central School of Art and Design in London where he was introduced to theatre sound.

Theatre: As a Sound Operator credits include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, Song & Dance and Starlight Express as well as Little Shop of Horrors and Matador. He was Sound Supervisor for the London production of Starlight Express and Associate Sound Designer on many productions including Starlight Express in Las Vegas. Sound designs include the world première of Saturday Night Fever at the London Palladium as well as productions at the Minskoff Theatre, New York, Cologne, Buenos Aires and UK and North American tours. Other recent designs include New Magic of the Musicals; Dick Whittington – London’s Musical directed by Gillian Lynne (Sadler’s Wells); Black Goes With Everything – a new musical by Don Black, directed by Arlene Phillips; and Last of the Mohicans in Canada.

Opera/Concerts: Extensive work as a freelance Sound Designer in opera and on many large scale commercial events as diverse as Purcell’s opera The Fairy Queen (Lisbon Coliseum), Arlene Phillips’s musical revue Broadway (Dusseldorf), EMI’s 100th and Elton John’s 50th birthday celebrations and The Lance Burton Show in Las Vegas.

Mick Potter lives in London with his wife Ruth and sons Joseph and William.


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Nigel Wright 
Sound Consultant
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Nigel Wright’s career as Music Producer, Orchestrator and Writer has scored five 1# singles, 31 Top 20 singles and a string of Platinum albums with artists as diverse as Shakatak, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Boyzone, Take That, José Carreras, Robson & Jerome, Michael Ball, Sarah Brightman and Cliff Richard.

Film: Produced the soundtrack recordings for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Really Useful Films) and Alan Parker’s Evita (BAFTA and Oscar nominations for Best Sound).

Theatre: Produced numerous cast recordings including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, Sunset Boulevard, Starlight Express, Jesus Christ Superstar, Saturday Night Fever, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game.


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Marius de Vries 
Album Co-Producer and Additional Arrangements
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Marius de Vries is an internationally renowned songwriter and record producer.

Film: Producer and Music Director for Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge; composed the original score for Stephan Elliott’s Eye of the Beholder starring Ewan McGregor and Ashley Judd; co-produced, co-composed and co-wrote the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet; worked with U2 on “Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me” for Batman Forever and with Tina Turner on the title song for the ‘James Bond’ film Goldeneye; Producer, co-Writer and Musical Supervisor for the soundtrack of The Avengers starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman.

Recording: Produced numerous tracks on Madonna’s “Ray of Light”, Bjork’s “Vespertine”, and Perry Farrell’s “Song Yet To Be Sung”; co-wrote and co-produced tracks on Robbie Robertson’s “Contact From the Underworld of Red Boy” and Neil Finn’s “Try Whistling This”; produced and co-wrote tracks on Kelli Ali’s forthcoming LP “Tigermouth”, Mel C’s “Northern Star”, and Anja Garbarek’s “Balloon Mood”; additional production and mixing on David Bowie’s “Seven and Survive” singles, David Gray’s “Sail Away” from “White Ladder”, and several tracks on P J Harvey’s “Is This Desire?” Other credits include Massive Attack’s “Protection”, Björk’s “Post and Debut”, U2’s “Pop” and Madonna’s “Bedtime Stories”.

Awards: 2002 BAFTA for Moulin Rouge; BAFTA and Ivor Novello award for Romeo & Juliet; Grammy nominations for Madonna’s “Ray of Light”, Robbie Robertson’s “Contact From the Underworld of Red Boy” and the Moulin Rouge soundtrack.


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Indhu Rubasingham 
Associate Director
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Training: Indhu Rubasingham graduated from Hull University with a BA (Hons) in Drama.

Theatre: For Chichester Festival Theatre: The Misanthrope, The Secret Rapture by David Hare; for the Royal Court: Roy Williams’ Lift Off, winner of the George Devine award; Clubland, winner of the Evening Standard award 2001 and The Crutch by Ruwanthie deChikera; for the Royal National Theatre: The Waiting Room by Tanika Gupta (Cottesloe), The Ramayana (Olivier); as an Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory. Indhu Rubasingham directed Time of Fire by Charles Mulekwa, the original production of The Ramayana and Kaahini by Maya Chowdary; for Theatre Royal, Stratford East: Party Girls by Debbie Plentie, No Boys’ Cricket Club by Roy Williams, D’Yer Eat With Yer Fingers?, D’Yer Eat With Yer Fingers – The Remix; for the Gate Theatre: Sugar Dollies by Klaus Chatten, Shakuntala adapted by Peter Oswald. Other work includes Starstruck by Roy Williams (Tricycle Theatre); A Doll’s House (Young Vic Studio); co-production with RNT studio of A River Sutra (Three Mill Island Studios); Voices On the Wind by Tanika Gupta (RNT Studio).

Awards: In 1996, Indhu Rubasingham took the Karabe award to be an Associate Director at the Gate Theatre.

Forthcoming Projects: Romeo & Juliet (Chichester Festival Theatre).


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Nichola Treherne 
Associate Choreographer
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Theatre: Associate Choreographer with Anthony Van Laast on productions including Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward Theatre, London and worldwide), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK and European tour), Shall We Dance (Oslo), the revival of Hair (Old Vic), Carmen Jones (German tour); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (worldwide); Grease (Stockholm); Whistle Down the Wind (Aldwych Theatre); Burn the Floor (world tour); choreographed Her Benny (Empire Theatre, Liverpool), One Touch of Venus (King’s Head); Associate Director on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (worldwide); Fame (Swedish tour); Artistic Supervisor on Starlight Express (London and Japan); Assistant Director on By Jeeves (Scarborough and London).

Workshop: Musical staging for Yusopov and directed and staged The Ricky Nelson Story (Sydmonton Festival).

Film: Associate Choreographer with Anthony Van Laast on Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Really Useful Films), Burn the Floor.

Concerts: Associate Choreographer for the Heinekin Concert (Rotterdam); Assistant Choreographer on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 50th Birthday Celebration (Royal Albert Hall); Associate Director for Magic of Broadway (Oslo ’96 and ’97); choreographed The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Sudely Castle and Kiev, Ukraine), ABBA concert (Festival Hall)


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Lucy Skilbeck 
Resident Director
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Lucy Skilbeck has worked in Australia and England.

Theatre: In England: directed The Rose and the Ring (Hen and Chickens); Assistant Director on The Beautiful Game (Cambridge Theatre); Resident Children’s Director on Whistle Down the Wind (Aldwych Theatre); as Artistic Director of Blue Tongue Theatre Company: Blue Murder, Darling Oscar, After Dinner (all at King’s Head Theatre), Wolf Lullaby (London and Paris), My Son Conor, Sweet Phoebe, Daylight Saving, A Stretch of the Imagination, The Apple and Secrets – a co-production with Nomad Dance Company (London, Sarajevo and Australia). As Producer: Mr Melancholy (London and Paris); as Associate Director Journey’s End (King’s Head, Islington), Pterodactyl Island (Pleasance Theatre, London). Other work includes The Rose and the Ring, Perfect Shadows (King’s Head); Oklahoma! (Edinburgh).

Blue Tongue is the resident company at the Australian High Commission.


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John Gladstone Smith 
Musical Director
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John Gladstone Smith studied piano with Ronald Smith and began his professional career as pianist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Theatre: Musical Director for The Beautiful Game (Cambridge Theatre); Musical Director/Arranger for On the Wings of A Dream (Bridewell Theatre); Nine (Cochrane Theatre); conducted several West End productions including Saturday Night Fever, Jesus Christ Superstar, Starlight Express and Hot Mikado. He has played piano and keyboards for numerous shows including the world première of Sunset Boulevard.

Concerts: Conducted Sounds of the West End with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Redcar Chorus and 124 Stagecoach children to an audience of 8000 (Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough); pianist for Michael Crawford on his national tour; numerous performances with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Television: Credits include Martine McCutcheon – By Popular Demand, The Jerry Springer Show and Over Here with Martin Clunes.

Recording: Musical Director/arranger/Producer of the “Dangerous Cabaret” album featuring the songs of Brett Kahr with Rosemary Ashe, Alison Jiear, Tim Flavin and Sharon D Clarke amongst others; played piano and keyboards on the cast recording of Sunset Boulevard, Starlight Express On Ice; soundtrack recording of Cats (Really Useful Films); recordings with the National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, John Dankworth, John Williams, Paul Hart, Roadside Picnic, Take That, Najma Akhtar and Talvin Singh.

Composition: Orchestral music for KPM used in Catherine the Great in South Africa and on television in Japan, Mexico and the USA; film scores for The Panther, Frank’s Delay directed by Nadia Essberger, The Perfect Game directed by Lino Russell, Gaia’s Dance directed by Limor Roichman; the score for the cartoon series Mimi and the Gang directed by Myriam Ballesteros.


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David Holmes 
Associate Lighting Designer
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Theatre : Credits as Lighting Designer include: The Secret Rapture (Minerva Theatre, Chichester); Oleanna (Scottish tour); The Sleeper’s Den (Southwark Playhouse); National Theatre of Brent’s The Messiah (Bush Theatre); The Troy Trilogy (RNT Studio); Arms and the Man (Orange Tree, Richmond). David Holmes has worked as Associate Lighting Designer to Hugh Vanstone on productions including The Graduate (Gielgud Theatre London, Sydney, North American tour and Broadway), Art (Wyndham’s and Whitehall Theatres and UK tour), The Lady In the Van (Queen’s Theatre), Howard Katz (RNT), Life x 3 (RNT, Old Vic and UK tour), The Winter’s Tale, Antony and Cleopatra (RSC); Orpheus Descending, The Blue Room (Donmar Warehouse), Mouth To Mouth (Royal Court). Other work as Associate Lighting Designer includes: Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward Theatre, Toronto, US tour, Australian tour, Broadway and Europe), Jackie and The Seven Year Itch (Queen’s Theatre).

Opera: Lighting Designer for Cosi Fan Tutte (Guildhall School); Associate Lighting Designer to Hugh Vanstone on Dialogues des Carmélites (ENO and WNO), Carmen (Opera North) and Macbeth (Opéra Bastille, Paris).


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Andrew Voller 
Moving Light Programmer
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Training: Andrew Voller started his career as a Programmer for the automated lighting company Vari-Lite ® programming for many top lighting designers around the world.

Theatre: Lighting design credits include: Hair (Vienna and Bremen), A Thing Apart, Life of A Lightbulb and As Is (Step Ladder Theatre Company), Ladies Who Lunch (Edinburgh Festival and London), These Men for Ideal Theatre Company (Old Red Lion); Associate Lighting Designer and Programmer for Mamma Mia! (London, New York, Australia, Toronto, US tours), Napolean (Shaftesbury Theatre), Tanz Der Vampire (Vienna and Stuttgart), Kat and the Kings (New York and Netherlands tour); programming credits include The Blue Room (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway), The Unexpected Man (London), The King and I (London Palladium), Sing To the Dawn (Singapore), Der Glockner von Notre-Dame (Berlin).

Opera: Madam Butterfly (Royal Albert Hall and UK tour); Otello (Royal Albert Hall); Il Travatore (Rotterdam); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Holland).

Concerts: Opening ceremony and Central Show at the Millennium Dome; The Eurovision Song Contest 2001 (Copenhagen) The Equality Show (Royal Albert Hall); Ruthie Henshall (Royal Festival Hall).


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Tim Clark 
Associate Sound Designer
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Trained: Technical Theatre Degree from The Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama.

Theatre: Tim Clark has worked with Mick Potter on numerous productions over several years including Saturday Night Fever (West End, Germany and UK tour); Dick Whittington (Sadler’s Wells); Black Goes With Everything (Churchill Theatre, Bromley); Last of the Mohicans (Canada).

Tim Clark has also mixed the sound for a number of productions in London and on tour, opening shows including Saturday Night Fever (West End and UK tour) Tommy (UK tour); My Fair Lady (RNT) and most recently for Taboo where he also provided sound effects (The Venue).


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David Grindrod Associates 
Casting
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David Grindrod founded David Grindrod Associates with Stephen Crockett in January 1998 after 20 years experience in the theatre in various roles ranging from Assistant Stage Manager to General Manager.

Theatre: West End casting includes Chicago (and UK tour), Kiss Me, Kate (2001 Evening Standard award for Best Musical), Mamma Mia!, Our House, The Full Monty, The Beautiful Game, Whistle Down the Wind, Starlight Express, Jesus Christ Superstar (and UK tours), Aspects of Love, Notre-Dame de Paris, Closer To Heaven, Saturday Night Fever, West Side Story, Spend Spend Spend (1999 Evening Standard award for Best Musical). Other credits include Sunset Boulevard (Adelphi Theatre London and UK tour), The Phantom of the Opera (Basel, Switzerland), Divorce Me Darling!, Pal Joey (Chichester Festival Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK tour).

Film/Video: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Silver Rose for the Best Music Programme at the Montreaux Television Festival’s Golden Rose music awards), Jesus Christ Superstar (2001 Emmy award), Sleeping Beauty.

David Grindrod Associates are the Casting Consultants for Mamma Mia! (Toronto, Sydney, New York, USA tours 1 and 2) and the International Festival of Musical Theatre in Cardiff.


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Irene Bohan 
Costume Supervisor
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Theatre: Associate Costume Design for Sunset Boulevard (UK tour), Tales from Hollywood, The Front Page (Donmar Warehouse), The Real Thing, Betrayal (Broadway, New York); Costume Supervision for The Graduate (Gielgud Theatre and Australia), Lulu (Almeida at King’s Cross), The Triumph of Love, The Tempest (Almeida), Juno and the Paycock, The Real Thing (Donmar Warehouse), Plenty (Albery Theatre), Jackie, The Lady In the Van (West End); Costume Design for Bash (Almeida); Associate Costume design for Dr Dolittle (Apollo, Hammersmith), Sunset Boulevard (Germany, Australia) The Phantom of the Opera (Manchester, Hamburg, Toronto), Arcadia (Broadway, New York); Costume Supervision for Nine (Donmar and Buenos Aires), The Provok’d Wife, King Lear, Gracenote, Playhouse Creatures, Shining Souls (Peter Hall season at the Old Vic), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The White Devil, The Wind In the Willows, The Madness of George III, Arcadia, Trelawny of the ‘Wells’, Volpone (RNT), The Wizard of Oz (RSC); Aspects of Love (Prince of Wales Theatre).

Opera: Design Assistant to Moidel Bickell on Peter Stein’s Pelléas et Mélisande (WNO) co-designed the costumes with Maria Björnson for Ernani (ENO).

Concerts: Costume supervision for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 50th Birthday Celebration (Royal Albert Hall).

Film: Assistant Costume Design for The Madness of King George; UK costume supervision for Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge.


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Malcolm Ranson 
Fight Director
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Malcolm Ranson has enjoyed an international career covering productions in Norway, Japan, France, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and on Broadway, as well as many Repertory theatre productions in Britain.

Theatre: Recent West End credits include Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Star Quality, Noises Off, Cyrano, La Cava, Les Liaisons Dangereuses; for the RNT: Look Back In Anger, Troilus and Cressida, Not About Nightingales, Oklahoma!, Peter Pan, The Playboy of the Western World, Private Lives; for the RSC: Hamlet, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Servant To Two Masters, The Plantagenets, Les Misérables.

Television: Black Adder; Casualty; By the Sword Divided; Submariners, Macbeth; My Kingdom For A Horse, Nightingales.

Film: Trevor Nunn’s Oklahoma! and Twelfth Night; Derek Jarman’s Edward II; Merchant Ivory’s A Feast of July; Gale Edwards’s Jesus Christ Superstar (Really Useful Films).


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Richard Bullimore 
Production Manager
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Theatre: After having trained at LAMDA, Richard Bullimore got his first job as part of the stage management team with a newly formed company called Stage Sixty that was working out of the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. This was followed by a period touring with a wide variety of shows. He was then offered the opportunity to join the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic, under the Artistic Directorship of Laurence Olivier, as part of the production office. There, he worked on upwards of 50 productions over a period of seven years. He then covered the move into the new building on the South Bank working as Production Manager for the Olivier Theatre. He then left the National to set up The Production Office offering production management and technical services to Commercial Producers.

During this time, he was fortunate to work on some of London’s leading musicals: Cats, Starlight Express, They’re Playing Our Song, Mutiny and many others. He again returned to the National Theatre but as Technical Director for a short period when Richard Eyre was made Artistic Director. Subsequently, he has returned to the West End working on shows such as Crazy For You, Jesus Christ Superstar, Whistle Down the Wind, Saturday Night Fever, The King and I, Fosse and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.


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Shekhar Kapur 
Co-Author Original Concept
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Shekhar Kapur was born in India.

Film: Directed a new adaptation of A E W Mason’s The Four Feathers; Elizabeth starring Cate Blanchett and numerous successful Bollywood films including The Bandit Queen, Mr India and Masoon; collaborated on the development of The Far Pavilions.

Awards: Five BAFTAs for Elizabeth.


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