PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES

Adam Blanshay Productions

Adam Blanshay Productions is a London based theatre production company which produces, co-produces and manages a wide range of plays, musicals, comedies and live event theatre across the UK, West End, Broadway and Australia. ABP is largely committed to developing highly acclaimed French theatre for English speaking audiences.

Produced over 60 productions worldwide. Winner of six Tony Awards, seven Olivier Awards, and one Helpmann Award.

Full biography: www.adamblanshay.com | Social Media: @AdamBlanshayPro

Current productions include: Newfound Hope Songs, Hello Dolly! (West End), What’s In A Name? (UK Tour), Moulin Rouge! (Broadway), Notre Dame de Paris (David H. Koch Theatre, Lincoln Center), The Inheritance (Broadway), City of Angels (West End), Come From Away (West End, Broadway, Toronto, North America, Australia),

Recent productions include: Waitress (West End) Lucie Jones-Live at the Adelphi,

Kinky Boots (UK Tour) Fiddler On The Roof (West End), Network (Broadway), Edmond de Bergerac (Birmingham Repertory Theatre & UK Tour), Intra Muros (Park Theatre), Notre Dame de Paris (London Coliseum), Fiddler On The Roof (Menier Chocolate Factory), Consent (West End), Angels In America (Broadway), The Color Purple (US Tour), The Winslow Boy (UK Tour), Quartet (UK Tour), A Long Way From Home (New Wimbledon Theatre).

 

Adam Blanshay – Producer

Commercial theatre producer Adam Blanshay hails from Montreal, Canada, and is the Founder and Chief Executive of Adam Blanshay Productions. Collectively, Adam has produced and co-produced over 60 productions worldwide. He is the recipient of six Tony Awards, seven Olivier Awards, and one Helpmann Award. He was awarded the ADL’s Future of Broadway Award, and has a degree from McGill University. He is an 2022 EMBA Candidate of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and is a recipient of The Linbury Scholarship for his studies.

The Theatre Café

Ryan Woods – Producer

The Theatre Café, owned by brother and sister Joe and Jill Davey, together with CEO, Ryan Woods, are proud to partner with Adam Blanshay and this amazing team to present The Theatre Channel. 2020 continues to be a challenge and we are striving to keep theatre alive. We continue to be at the forefront of ensuring audiences get quality content, while we all eagerly await the reopening of theatres, as well as our café. This lockdown has enabled so much development in online viewing and we believe this web series will remain vital to interaction with theatregoers even after our theatres reopen.

Edward Johnson – Associate Producer

Edward studied at the University of Exeter and, since graduating in 2013, has produced, co-produced and directed an extensive number of musicals, plays and family shows which have toured UK and International theatres. He is an alumnus of Stage One, a charity operated by the Society of London Theatres and UK Theatre and is a co-founder and producer at Lost The Plot Theatrical.

Credits Include: La Cage aux Folles [The Play] (Park Theatre), Luice Jones Live At The Adelphi (Adelphi Theatre), What’s In A Name (UK Tour), Intra Muros (Park Theatre), Edmond de Bergerac (Birmingham REP & UK Tour), Notre Dame de Paris (London Coliseum), The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Palace Theatre and UK Tour), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (International Tour), The Hound Of The Baskervilles (National Tour), Alice In Wonderland (International Tour), The Wizard Of Oz (National Tour), Hamlet (International Tour), Fantastic Mr Fox (Haute Vallee Theatre), The Wizard Of Oz (International Tour), The Snow Queen (UK Tour), Boris and Ingrid (UK Tour), Pride and Prejudice (International Tour), Cinderella (Harlow Playhouse), Copacabana The Musical (UK Tour), An Ideal Husband (International Tour), The Ugly Duckling (Harlow Playhouse), Peter Pan (International Tour), The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee (UK Tour).

CREATIVE BIOGRAPHIES

Bill Deamer – Director

Bill is one of Britain’s leading Director/ Choreographers. Notable productions include – ‘The BoyFriend’ at The Menier Chocolate factory, ‘Top Hat’ at The Aldwych Theatre (For which Bill won The Olivier award for Best Choreographer). The acclaimed production of ‘Follies’ at The National Theatre, directed by Dominic Cooke, for which Bill was nominated for his third Olivier Award. The UK/European revival of ‘Saturday Night Fever’, The 50th Anniversary UK Tour of ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘Evita’ at the Dominion Theatre. In 2014 he was invited by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Trevor Nunn and Dame Gillian Lynne to create the new tap choreography for the critically acclaimed production of ‘CATS’ at The London Palladium (which subsequently continues to run world-wide)

Bill is also a very successful choreographer for film & television – His keen eye for the camera has served him well, most notably for So You Think You Can Dance, ITV’s All Star Musicals and the hit BBC series Strictly Come Dancing, where he continues to contribute featured group professional routines and Charlestons.

Throughout his career Bill has also become an expert on Fred Astaire, one of his dance idols. He directed and choreographed the first-ever tribute to Fred at the London Palladium, and has appeared in ITV Perspectives programme ‘For the Love of Fred Astaire’.

Michael England – Music Supervisor

Michael England’s diverse career encompasses classical music, ballet, film, radio, television and musical theatre.

He has been Musical Director/Supervisor for a range of productions including; Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, Spamalot, Cats, Evita, Aspects of Love, Grease, Jerry Springer – The Opera (also BBC TV), Top Hat, The Sound of Music, The Pajama Game, The Drowsy Chaperone, Tell Me on a Sunday, Pure Imagination, Company and Miss Saigon.

He was Musical Director for The Sound of Music – Live on ITV, conducted and orchestrated the live broadcast for BBC Sports Personality of the Year, conducted the 25th Anniversary live cast album of Les Misérables, and worked on the 2012 film.

He has conducted symphony orchestras across the UK and abroad and has worked for the Royal Ballet, and Shanghai Ballet.

www.michaelengland.info

Gregor Donnelly – Production Design

Gregor trained in Set and Costume design on the Motley Theatre Design Course and has designed for theatre, concerts and events all over the UK and abroad.

In 2016 he was nominated for Best Set Design and Best Costume Design, Off West End Awards for the J.B. Priestly play Benighted directed by Stephen Whitson. In 2017, he was nominated for Best Costume Design, Off West End Awards for The Autumn Garden, directed by Anthony Biggs. He was also nominated for Best Set Design, Off West End Awards in 2018 for Peter Pan directed by Jonathan O’Boyle and most recently nominated this year for Best Set Design for Rags currently playing at the Park Theatre and directed by Bronagh Lagan.

Set & Costume credits include: Umm Kulthum and the Golden Era (London Palladium), Jack and the Blingstalk (Harold Pinter), Rags (Park Theatre and Hope Mill Theatre), Snow Queen (Park Theatre), The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit (Hope Mill Theatre), The Jazz Age (Playground Theatre), Daddy Long Legs (Barn Theatre, Cirencester), Me and My Girl (Frinton on Sea summer theatre), My Son Pinocchio (Southwark Playhouse), Peter Pan (Park Theatre), I Loved Lucy (Arts Theatre/Lucille Lortel Theatre, NYC, Woodstock Theatre, NY), Cat – the Play! (Ambassadors Theatre), Shirley Mander (Playground Theatre), Shirley Valentine (Byre Theatre) Damn Yankees (Unicorn Theatre), Laughing Matters, Celia Imrie’s one woman show (Crazy Coques), The Great British Musicals starring the late Nicholas Parsons (St James Theatre/London Hippodrome), Dirty Dating (Stockport Plaza/Epstein Theatre, Liverpool), Rumpy Pumpy (Windsor Theatre Royal/Union Theatre).

Opera credits include: The Angel Esmeralda (Silk Street Theatre, GSMD), Xerxes and Turn of the Screw (Byre Theatre, Scotland and tour), La Bohème (Thaxted Theatre), Barber of Seville and La Bohème (King’s Head Theatre) and A Dinner Engagement and Comedy on the Bridge (Rosemary Branch).

Additional Set Design credits: Olivier Awards Media Suite and RAH TV studio design (Royal Albert Hall), Bastille’s ‘Doom Days’ album launch concert.

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Jack Weir – Lighting Design

He’s a 2017 WhatsOnStage Award Nominee for Boys In The Band in the West End; and a Five-time OffWestEnd Award nominee for Best Lighting Designer. He trained at The Guildhall School and won the ETC award for Lighting Design in 2014 and the LIT Award for lighting design in 2017.

Designs Include; One Jewish Boy (Trafalgar Studios); What’sOnStage Awards 2020 (Prince of Wales Theatre); Mr Burns (Mountview Academy); Persona (Riverside Studios); Four Play (Above The Stag); Cinderella, Aladdin & Peter Pan; (Lichfield, Shrewsbury, Dunstable); Cinderella (Vaults); Soho Cinders (Charing Cross Theatre); The Addams Family (Gaiety Theatre); Brooklyn (Greenwich Theatre); DUST (New York Theatre Workshop Off Broadway); Peter Pan (Theatre Royal Margate); Falcon’s Malteaser (Vaults); Closer To Heaven (Above The Stag); Honk! (UK Tour); Maria Studara (Opera Up Close); The What’sOnStage Awards 2018 & 2019 (Prince of Wales Theatre); Boots (The Bunker Theatre); Title of Show, Grindr The Opera (Above The Stag), The Wizard of Oz(Blackpool Opera House), The Funeral Director (Southwark Playhouse & ETT UK Tour), Rain Man(UK tour), The Boys in the Band (Vaudeville Theatre), Dust (Trafalgar Studios), Rothschild & Sons(ParkTheatre), George’s Marvellous Medicine (Leicester Curve/RoseTheatre/UK tour), Judy! (Arts Theatre), Assata Taught Me (GateTheatre), The Plague (Arcola Theatre), Out Of Order (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre/UK tour).

Keegan Curran – Sound Design

Theatre includes: Baby Reindeer (Edinburgh Fringe/Roundabout), Our Country’s Good (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Rotterdam (Theatre503/Trafalgar Studios), My World Has Exploded A Little Bit (Tristan Bates Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe), Infinity Pool (Plymouth Fringe/Edinburgh Fringe), The Blues Brothers: Xmas Special (Arts Theatre), Last Thursday (Prime Theatre), Trip the Light Fantastic (Theatre West/Bristol Old Vic), Living Quarters (Tobacco Factory/SATTF), 140 Million Miles’ (Tobacco Factory/The Traverse), Where we are (Theatre Royal Bath), Blue Stockings and The Winters Tale (Tobacco Factory), The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (The Redgrave).

Ben Hewis – Videography

Since 2018 Ben has been a freelance videographer and filmmaker in the theatre industry, with clients including the Old Vic, National Theatre, Bridge Theatre, Mischief Theatre and Aria Entertainment. Prior to that he spent seven years creating video and feature content for WhatsOnStage as their deputy editor.

CAST BIOGRAPHIES (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

Tarinn Callender

Training: The Arts Educational School.

Theatre includes: Bob & others in Come From Away (Phoenix Theatre); Dick in Dick Whittington and his Cat (Hackney Empire); the dual roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in the Original London Cast of Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre); Paul in Kiss Me, Kate (Kilworth House Theatre).

Other credits include: Tunde in Party (BBC); Voiceover in I Think We Are Alone (Frantic Assembly).

Carrie Hope Fletcher

Theatre includes: Fantine in Les Misérables (Sondheim Theatre and Concert at the Gielgud Theatre), Veronica in Heathers (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Brenda in The Christmasaurus Live (Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith), Wednesday in The Addams Family (Music and Lyrics), Eponine in Les Misérables (Queens and Dubai), Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Beth in Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds (arena tour), Wind in the Willows (Regent’s Park Open Air), Jane Banks in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward), Jemima in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Young Eponine in Les Misérables. Television includes: In Two Minds, Break Kids, Princess Beatrix in Wilhelmina and Dog & Duck.

Concerts: When the Curtain Falls (Cadogan Hall), Jason Robert Brown in Concert (Haymarket Theatre), West End Does Love (FortyFour Productions), West End Does Christmas (FortyFour Productions), West End Does Animation (FortyFour Productions), Edges (Prince of Wales), Andrew Lippa in Concert, Sheytoons in Concert (St James) and Ramin Karimloo’s 2012 tour Road to Find Out.

Music: When the Curtain Falls (Top 20 UK Album Charts).

Presenting: Backstage Host of the Olivier Awards (2016 & 2018).

Books: All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully, On the Other Side, All That She Can See, When The Curtain Falls, In The Time We Lost.

Upcoming: Ballet Shoes.

Awards include: Two-time Best Actress in a Musical WhatsOnStage Award Winner for Heathers and The Addams Family. Best Take Over in a Role WhatsOnStage Award for Les Misérables. Social Media: Well-known Vlogger with over 700,000 subscribers on YouTube Channel. Top 100 on 2019 Sunday Times Influencer List.

Matt Henry

Matt was awarded an MBE in the 2017 Queens New Years Honours list for his work in Musical Theatre.

Theatre: Lola in Kinky Boots (2016 Olivier Award Winner for Best Actor in a Musical and voted by London theatre goers as Best Actor in a Musical at the 2016 What’s On Stage Awards).

Television includes: Finalist on The Voice (BBC), mentored by will.I.am and Jessie J.

Music: Original London Cast Recording of Kinky Boots (Grammy Nominated), Red Flare (Debut Solo Album).

Previous theatre credits include: Our Lady of Blundellsands (Liverpool Empire), One Night in Miami (Nottingham Playhouse), The Two Noble Kinsmen (Shakespeare’s Globe), Avenue Q (Noël Coward Theatre and UK tour); Lion King (Lyceum); Miss Saigon (UK tour); Saturday Night Fever (Apollo Victoria); Hair (UK tour); The Rat Pack Live from Vegas (Adelphi and UK tour) The Harder They Come (Stratford East and UK tour); The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Royal & Derngate) and The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Lucie Jones

Theatre credits include: ‘Jenna’ in Waitress (Adelphi Theatre); ‘Lou’ in Girlfriends (LMTO); ‘Elle Woods’ in Legally Blonde (National Tour); ‘Emily’ in A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre); ‘Maureen Johnson’ in RENT The Musical (The Other Palace & National Tour); ‘Holly’ in The Wedding Singer (National Tour); ‘Elle Woods’ in Legally Blonde the Musical (Leicester Curve / South Korea; DIMF Best Actress in a Musical Award); ‘Molly Jensen’ in Ghost: The Musical (Asian Tour); ‘Victoria’ in American Psycho The Musical (Almeida); ‘Meatloaf’ in the We Will Rock You (World Arena Tour); ‘Kelly’ in The Prodigals (Edinburgh Fringe); ‘Cosette’ in Les Misérables (Queens Theatre);

Television includes: Midsomer Murders (ITV) and The Sarah Jane Adventures (BBC). Lucie was a finalist in the 2009 series of The X Factor. She toured the UK playing to sell out arena crowds on The X Factor tour in 2010. In January 2017, Lucie won the public vote on BBC2 show Eurovision- You Decide with her original song, ‘Never Give Up On You’. She competed at the Eurovision World Final in Ukraine.

Instagram – @luciejones1

Twitter – @luciejones1 

Oliver Ormson

Training: Liverpool Theatre School.
Forthcoming: Oliver will be originating the role of Hans in the West End production of Frozen (Theatre Royal Drury Lane).

Other Theatre includes: Goon and u/s Biff in Back To The Future (Manchester Opera House) directed by John Rando; Rob in High Fidelity (Turbine Theatre); Rum Tum Tugger in Cats (Kilworth House); Steve in Nerds and Fishboy in The Protagonists (The Other Palace); Lucas Beineke in The Addams Family (National and International Tours); understudied and played Elder Price in The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre); Link Larkin in Hairspray (Aberystwyth Arts Centre).

Workshops include: Dorian in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella (RUG/The Other Palace); Back To The Future (Universal).

Television includes: Bernardo in West Side Story (Reef Television/BBC Symphony Orchestra).

Jenna Russell

West End Includes: Dot in Sunday in the Park with George (Wyndham and on Broadway. Olivier Award Winner for Best Actress in a Musical, Tony Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical), Doctor Faustus (Duke of York), Urinetown (Apollo), Merrily We Roll Along (Harold Pinter. Olivier Award Nominee for Best Actress in a Musical), Seasons Greetings (National Theatre), Amy’s View (Garrick), Guys & Dolls (Piccadilly. Olivier Award Nominee for Best Actress in a Musical), Midsummers Night Dream (Regents Park), Into the Woods (Donmar), Follies (Shaftesbury), Martin Guerre (Prince Edward), Les Miserables (Palace).

RSC: Anthony and Cleopatra, A Winters Tale, As You Like It, Wildest Dreams, Misha’s Party, The Beggars Opera.

Other Theatre includes: The Bridges of Madison County (Menier Chocolate Factory), Fun Home (Young Vic), Grey Gardens (Southwark Playhouse) Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre), High Society (Crucible).

Television includes: Eastenders, Tracey Ullman’s Show, Call The Midwife, Born and Bred, Holby City, Home To Roost, Men Only, Minder, Missing Persons, On The Up.

Film includes: The Death and Life of John F Donovan, Mortdecai, P’tang Yang Kipperbang, Scared Hearts, The Fear.