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Andrew Lloyd Webber

Composer, Book, Co-Orchestrator

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Composer, Book, Co-Orchestrator

Andrew Lloyd Webber has composed the scores of some of the world’s most famous musicals. From Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968) to Cinderella (2021) his work has been consistently seen on world stages. Before the covid pandemic hit, Lloyd Webber had shows continually running in the West End for 48 years and on Broadway for 41 years. When Sunset Boulevard joined School Of Rock, Cats and The Phantom Of the Opera, he equalled Rodgers and Hammerstein’s record of four shows running simultaneously on Broadway. He is one of the select group of artists with EGOT status, having received Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards.

Lloyd Webber owns seven London theatres including the iconic London Palladium and Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Over the past three years the latter has been completely restored and renovated at a cost of over £60 million. It is one of the biggest projects ever undertaken by a private theatre owner in recent times. His mantra that every penny of profit made from his theatres is ploughed back into the buildings has meant that considerable work has been undertaken across his theatre portfolio during the pandemic, including the complete re-modelling and re-seating of the Gillian Lynne.

Lloyd Webber is passionate about the importance of musical education and diversity in the arts.  The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation provides 30 performing arts scholarships every year for talented students with financial need and supports a range of projects such as the Music In Secondary School Trust and commissioning research into diversity in theatre.

Andrew Lloyd Webber was knighted in 1992 and created an honorary life peer in 1997. To mark his 70th birthday, his best-selling autobiography Unmasked was published by Harper Collins in March 2018.

Charles Hart

Lyrics

Charles Hart

Lyrics

CHARLES HART writes words for music.  Operas include: Marx In London (Jonathan Dove, Stadttheater Bonn); Benvenuto Cellini (Hector Berlioz, English National Opera); The Vampyr (Heinrich Marschner, BBC TV).  Musicals include: Bend It Like Beckham (Howard Goodall, Phoenix Theatre); Aspects of Love (Andrew Lloyd Webber, Prince of Wales Theatre); The Phantom Of The Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber, Her Majesty’s Theatre).  Songs include: Seventeen (Claude-Michel Schönberg, sung by Russell Watson); Goodbye For Now (Richard Rodney Bennett, sung by Claire Martin); I Live This Life For Me (Michael Kunze, Sylvester Levay, sung by Pia Douwes).  He has also provided both words and music for Granada TV comedies Watching (sung by Emma Wray) and Split Ends (sung by Anita Dobson), and a song-cycle for BBC Radio: Love-Songs (sung by Mary-Louise Clark).

Charles Hart is the recipient of two Ivor Novello Awards, and has been nominated twice for a Tony award and once for an Academy Award.  He was born in London, educated in Maidenhead and Cambridge, and lives and works in West London and East Anglia.

Richard Stilgoe

Book & Additional Lyrics

Richard Stilgoe

Book & Additional Lyrics

Richard Stilgoe has spent 50 years as a performer and writer in all forms of the performing arts. He wrote lyrics for Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, The Magistrate and Road Rage, and music and lyrics for Bodywork, Brilliant the Dinosaur and Orpheus – the Mythical. His broadcasting work has earned him the New York Radio Festival Gold Award, three Monaco Festival Prizes and the Prix Italia. In 1997, he founded the Orpheus Centre in Surrey, where young disabled people prepare for independent living through a series of performing arts courses. He was high sheriff of Surrey in 1998, during which year he was awarded the OBE. He owns and drives a JCB, and has 5 children and 13 grandchildren. In the jubilee honours list of 2012, Richard was knighted for charitable service through the Alchemy Foundation.

Cameron Mackintosh

Producer

Cameron Mackintosh

Producer

With the fully staged productions of  HAMILTON, LES MISÉRABLES and MARY POPPINS currently reopening  in London alongside THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA now that lockdown restrictions have been lifted, and with LES MISÉRABLES  and OLIVER! due to open in Tokyo over the next few months followed by MISS SAIGON in Austria and MARY POPPINS in Tokyo and Sydney next year, Cameron remains the world’s most prolific producer of musicals, with over 50 shows either on or in pre-production internationally.

Cameron’s Original productions include LES MISÉRABLES, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and CATS – the three longest running musicals of all time, now in their 4th decades – MISS SAIGON, MARY POPPINS (co-produced with Disney), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, SONG AND DANCE, TOMFOOLERY, MARTIN GUERRE, THE WITHCES OF EASTWICK, FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE and SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM. He also reinvented modern versions of OLIVER!, FOLLIES, HALF A SIXPENCE, BARNUM and MY FAIR LADY. His new versions of LES MISÉRABLES, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, MISS SAIGON and OLIVER! are now proving as successful as the original productions.

In 2013, alongside Working Title Films and Universal, Cameron produced the hugely successful Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning film adaptation of LES MISÉRABLES which is the most successful movie ever of an original stage musical.

The sold-out staged concert of LES MISÉRABLES at the Gielgud Theatre in 2019 was also broadcast live to over 600 cinemas and is now the highest grossing one-night live event performance of all time – a unique achievement in the history of Musical Theatre and has enjoyed another successful five month season at the Sondheim, despite having a five month hiatus due to Covid.

Cameron owns and operates eight historic London theatres which have all been spectacularly rebuilt and refurbished for the 21st century. They house many of London’s successful hits. The Sondheim, formerly known as the Queen’s, has been rebuilt and renamed in honour of Cameron’s great friend, theatrical legend Stephen Sondheim.

Music Theatre International, the world’s largest owner of secondary rights of many of the greatest musicals ever written, is now one of Cameron’s companies.

Cameron was knighted in the 1996 New Year’s Honours for his services to British theatre and he is the first British producer to be elected to Broadway’s Theater Hall of Fame. In 1990, Cameron inaugurated the Chair of Contemporary Theatre at St. Catherine’s College in Oxford University, with Stephen Sondheim as his visiting professor. He is also the president of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Really Useful Group Ltd

Producer

Really Useful Group Ltd

Producer

The Really Useful Group is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s theatre producing and rights licensing company and controls the theatrical rights for all of Andrew’s works, including School of Rock, The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Starlight Express and Sunset Boulevard. The Really Useful Group reached more than 22 million people across the globe last year from live theatre and concert audiences, cinemagoers, television viewers and music fans to social media and art lovers. 2018 sees the Really Useful Group continue to work across film, television and theatre as it produces and develops new projects and partnerships worldwide alongside its ongoing work in education, amateur licensing and music publishing.

Harold Prince

Director

Harold Prince

Director

Hal Prince directed the original productions of Cabaret, Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Little Night Music, The Phantom of the Opera, She Loves Me, Company, Follies, Candide, Pacific Overtures, Evita, Parade, LoveMusik and Paradise Found. Before becoming a director, Hal Prince’s productions included: The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello! and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Among the plays he directed are Hollywood Arms, The Visit, The Great God Brown, End of the World, Play Memory and his own play, Grandchild of Kings. He prepared a new version of Phantom, which ran in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel from 2006 to 2012. His opera productions were seen at Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Vienna Staatsoper and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Prince of Broadway, a musical compendium of Mr Prince’s entire career, opened in Tokyo in 2015 and on Broadway in 2017. Mr Prince was a trustee for the New York Public Library and previously served on the National Council on the Arts for the NEA. Mr Prince was named an officier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He was the recipient of 21 Tony Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton for a career in which “he changed the nature of the American musical”.

Gillian Lynne

Musical Staging & Choreography

Gillian Lynne

Musical Staging & Choreography

Gillian Lynne was the original creator and collaborator on many of the world’s most iconic musicals. As choreographer of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and Aspects of Love, she combined her unique dance styles with her directorial and staging brilliance to create unforgettable theatrical moments.

Her long and distinguished career embraced many disciplines: ballerina, dancer, performer, choreographer, director. Whilst best known for some of the longest-running and most popular theatre successes of all time, her work across many other art forms has also been groundbreaking: The Muppet Show Series (TV), Yentl and Half A Sixpence (Film), 60 plus shows on Broadway and the West End, Operas, Ballets, productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Opera House and TV.

She received numerous accolades: two Olivier Awards (Cats 1981) and The Special Award for Lifetime Achievement (2013), Austria’s Silver Order of Merit, Golden Rose of Montreux, Engel Television Award (USA) , BAFTA for her TV Direction of A Simple Man and the Moliere Award (Paris 1989). Gillian was honoured with CBE (1997) and DBE in the 2014 New Years Honours List for her services to Dance and Musical Theatre. In June 2018 Andrew Lloyd Webber officially renamed the New London Theatre after her, the first non-royal woman to be honoured in this way in the West End: the Gillian Lynne Theatre.

July 2019 saw the official launch of the Foundation that Gillian and her husband created, The Dame Gillian Lynne and Peter Land Foundation, which provides funding for aspiring young students of the performing arts and benefits the institutions she was closely affiliated to.  www.lynneandlandfoundation.co.uk

Gillian’s work continues to support an Industry she loved through the grace, energy and spirituality of her artistry which plays somewhere in the world tonight.

Seth Sklar-Heyn

Director

Seth Sklar-Heyn

Director

Seth Sklar-Heyn began his career as an assistant stage manager on the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera in 2000. In 2012, producer Cameron Mackintosh and director Harold Prince invited him to return to the Majestic Theatre as Production Supervisora position he still holdsSeth has served as Executive Producer for Cameron Mackintosh Inc. for North American productions since 2013, supervising the 2013 North American tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera directed by Laurence Connor (for which he also served as Associate Director), the 2014 Broadway revival of Les Misérables, the 2017 Broadway revival of Miss Saigon (also Associate Director), the 2017 North American tour of Les Misérables, and the 2018 North American tour of Miss Saigon (also Associate Director). Most recently, Seth directed the 2020 UK/Ireland tour of The Phantom of the Opera (based on Harold Prince’s original staging). Previously, Seth directed the 2009 U.S. tour of Frost/Nixon, starring Stacy Keach and Alan Cox, and the 2013 U.S. tour of Evita (both based on Michael Grandage’s original staging). This fall, Seth will direct the Australian premiere of the new production The Phantom of the Opera at the Sydney Opera House (based on Laurence Connor’s original staging). He has worked as an associate or assistant director on many other Broadway productions, including: EvitaA Little Night MusicFinian’s RainbowGood VibrationsMary StuartRock’n’RollFrost/Nixon, and The Coast of Utopia. He was also Resident Director for the second U.S. tour of Billy Elliot. Seth is a graduate of Vassar College.

Chrissie Catwright

Adapted Staging & Choreography

Chrissie Catwright

Adapted Staging & Choreography

Chrissie appeared in the original west end casts of Billy, Irene, Evita, Barnum and Blondel and in variety at the London Palladium and Victoria Palace. Television includes The One and Only Phyllis Dixey, There’s Something Wrong in Paradise, The Stanley Baxter Show, The Morecambe and Wise Show and The Good Old Days. She appears in The Great Muppet Caper, Lassiter, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom and Mama Mia! Here We Go Again.

Chrissie staged and choreographed the original West End productions of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Sherlock Holmes The Musical and the London premiere of Mack and Mabel. She choreographed The Entertainer, Devil’s Virtuoso, Annie, The Card, On The Twentieth Century, Witches of Eastwick and the musical staging for the Showbizpops Orchestra’s concert tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. For television she choreographed Kiss Me Kate, Alas Smith and Jones and Hit Dancing.

As associate director and choreographer – the London, New York and Australian productions of Five Guys Named Moe, worldwide productions of Cats and most recently The Phantom Of The Opera, as associate choreographer. She was associate to Gillian Lynne on The Likes of Us, Brick by Bricusse and Dear World; was children’s director on Mary Poppins and resident director on Cats, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Sister Act and Wizard of Oz.

Chrissie directed To Gillie With Love at the Gillian Lynne Theatre and was movement director on The Private Ear and The Public Eye and Birdsong for the Original Theatre Company. She is an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music where she staged productions including This is The Hour – a celebration of the music of Claude-Michel Schönberg.

Maria Björnson

Production Designer

Maria Björnson

Production Designer

Maria Björnson designed extensively for theatre, opera and ballet. In 1979 and 1988, she was part of the British theatre design team awarded the Golden Troika Prazké Quadriennale.

In 1983, she was awarded the Silver Medal for the Janacek Competition Prazké Quadriennale. In 1990, she was awarded The Observer’s Experts’ Expert, the Designers’ Designer, in recognition of her contribution to theatre design. In 1999, she was awarded the 19th Franco Abbiati Prize. She received numerous awards for her The Phantom of the Opera designs, among them two Tony Awards, two Outer Critics Circle Awards and two Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards, all for Best Costume and Set. At the time of her death, Maria had completed designs for The Trojans (New York Met); The Little Prince (Houston Grand Opera) and the set designs for Il trovatore (Paris Opera). All three productions were directed by Francesca Zambello in 2003.

Musical theatre includes: The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre, Broadway, and nationally and internationally); Aspects of Love (Prince of Wales Theatre and Broadway) and Follies (Shaftesbury).

Theatre includes: The Cherry Orchard (RNT); Measure for Measure, The Blue Angel, Camille, Hamlet, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Way of the World (RSC); Plenty, Phedre, Britannicus, The Lulu Plays and Creditors (Almeida); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue); The Lonely Road (Old Vic); The Cherry Orchard (Chichester Festival Theatre); Vieux Carre (Piccadilly); Hedda Gabler (Duke of York’s) and Antony and Cleopatra (Globe).

Opera includes: Don Giovanni, Sleeping Beauty, Katya Kabanova and Der Rosenkavalier (Royal Opera House); Macbeth (La Scala); Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Bastille Opera and Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence); Don Giovanni (Musica nel Chiostro, Batignano); Cosi fan tutte (Glyndebourne); Le nozze di Figaro (Geneva); Carmen, Die Walkure and Toussaint L’Ouverture (English National Opera); Donnerstag aus Licht (Royal Opera House, Stockhausen); The Queen of Spades (Netherlands Opera); Werther (Opera North); the Janek Cycle (Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera) and Don Giovanni, Hansel and Gretel and Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Scottish Opera).

Maria Björnson is a registered trademark of the Prodan Romanian Cultural Foundation and is used under licence.

Matt Kinley

Set & Image Design

Matt Kinley

Set & Image Design

Matt graduated from the Motley Theatre design course in 1994 and spent the next decade working at the National Theatre in London, as a designer, associate and draughtsman. Matt left to work within commercial theatre, developing many large productions and also adapting them for tour.

As part of a long working partnership with Cameron Mackintosh, Matt initially adapted the original versions of My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins and Phantom of the Opera as well as co-designing the recent international productions of Miss Saigon. In 2009, he was invited to redesign Les Misérables for its 25th anniversary production as a UK tour. The success of the new staging has seen subsequent productions and tours across the world alongside presentations on Broadway and the new West End show at the Sondheim.

Matt also designed the 25th anniversary concerts of Les Mis at the O2 Arena and The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall as well as the recent Les Mis concerts at the Gielgud and Sondheim theatres.

Matt also designs a wide variety and scale of productions both in the UK and internationally with a long history of developing large scale musical theatre in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Andrew Bridge

Lighting Design

Andrew Bridge

Lighting Design

ORIGINAL LIGHTING DESIGNER OF “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” IN 1986, WHICH HAS PLAYED TO OVER 140 MILLION PEOPLE IN 35 COUNTRIES AND 166 CITIES AROUND THE WORLD. HE FINDS IT EXTRAORDINARY TO WORK IN HER MAJESTY’S AGAIN, THE ORIGINAL HOME OF PHANTOM AND TO REPRODUCE THE GASLIGHT ATMOSPHERE OF THE 1800’S. PAINTING WITH LIGHT BUT NOW USING TODAYS CUTTING EDGE EQUIPMENT.

HE WON 3 TONY AWARDS FOR LIGHTING DESIGN: “FOSSE”, “SUNSET BOULEVARD” “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” ALSO WON DRAMA DESK, OUTER CIRCLE CRITICS, DORA MAVOR AWARD, LA OVATION AWARDS.

IN LAS VEGAS HE DESIGNED “SIEGFRIED AND ROY” AT THE MIRAGE AND “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” AND FOR EURODISNEY PARIS “BUFFALO BILLS WILD WEST SHOW”.

OTHER WORLD CREDITS INCLUDE “SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER”, “SUNSET BOULEVARD”, “ASPECTS OF LOVE”, “OLIVER!”, “FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE”, “TIME THE MUSICAL”, “TORVILL AND DEAN”, “SHOWBOAT”, “SINATRA” LONDON PALLADIUM,  “ACORN ANTIQUES” AND “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT”.

OPERAS INCLUDE CARMEN, AIDA, LA BOHEME, TOSCA, MADAME BUTTERFLY, I PAGLIACCI AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL.

ANDREW HAS BEEN CONCERT DESIGNER FOR ARTISTES JULIE ANDREWS, SHIRLEY BASSEY AND THE LATE BING CROSBY. HE HAS LIT MANY INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS FOR IMAGINATION DESIGN AND CONCEIVED THE DRAMATIC FLOODLIGHTING OF THE “LLOYDS OF LONDON” BUILDING.

HE DESIGNED THE OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES OF THE MANCHESTER COMMONWEALTH GAMES.

HE IS A TRUSTEE OF “LIGHT RELIEF” A CHARITY FOR THEATRE TECHNICIANS ANDREW LIVES IN LONDON.

Mick Potter

Sound Design

Mick Potter

Sound Design

Mick has designed the sound for numerous world premiere productions including: Saturday Night Fever (London, New York and worldwide), Bombay Dreams (London, New York), The Woman In White (London, New York), the largest ever production of Phantom Of The Opera (Las Vegas), the critically acclaimed West End production of Evita (London, Broadway, Sydney Opera House and Australian tour), Zorro The Musical (London, Paris and worldwide), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit productions of The Sound Of Music  (London, Toronto, UK Tour, Asia, Australia) and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (London), Sister Act  (London, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Barcelona, Berlin),the world premiere of Love Never Dies  (London, Melbourne and Sydney, Tokyo, Hamburg, US Tour, UK Tour), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz  (London, Toronto, US Tour, Australia), the world premiere of Betty Blue Eyes (London), the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Celebration (02 Arena London), The Phantom Of The Opera 25th Anniversary Celebration (Royal Albert Hall, London), Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of The Phantom Of The Opera (UK Tour, US Tour), the Broadway revival of Evita (New York, US Tour, Australia, China), Barnum (Chichester, UK Tour), Tim Rice’s From Here To Eternity (London), Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Miss Saigon (London, Tokyo, New York, UK Tour ,US Tour and worldwide), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock (New York, London, US Tour, Australia, China), Sunset Boulevard (English National Opera, London, New York),Cats Broadway revival (New York, US Tour), Half a Sixpence (Chichester, London), Carousel (English National Opera, London), The Phantom Of The Opera 30th Anniversary celebration(New York), Chess (English National Opera, London), New International Tour The Phantom Of The Opera (Worldwide 2019), Man of La Mancha (English National Opera, London), The Light in The Piazza (Royal Festival Hall), Les Misérables The Staged Concert (Gielgud Theatre 2019 London, Sondheim Theatre 2020 & 2021 London) Les Misérables (Sondheim Theatre London), The Phantom of the Opera (UK Tour 2020).

Mick created all new sound designs for The Phantom of The Opera (London, New York, worldwide) and all new sound designs for Les Misérables (New York, worldwide) and most recently at the newly named Sondheim Theatre London.

Awards:
Olivier Award UK 2005 The Woman in White in London
Parnelli Award USA 2006 The Phantom of The Opera in Las Vegas
Green Room Award Australia 2011 Love Never Dies in Melbourne
Helpmann Award nominee Australia 2011 Love Never Dies in Melbourne
Broadway World Audience Award Canada 2013 Les Misérables in Toronto
Tony Award nominee USA 2014 Les Misérables in New York
Green Room Award nominee Australia 2014 Les Misérables in Sydney
Broadway World Audience Award UK 2014 Miss Saigon in London
Helpmann Award Australia 2015 Les Misérables in Melbourne
Drama Desk Award nominee USA 2016 School of Rock in New York
Broadway World Audience Award Asia 2016 Les Misérables in Manila
Drama Desk Award nominee USA 2017 Cats in New York
Green Room Award nominee Australia 2019 Evita at Sydney Opera House
Green Room Award Australia 2019 School of Rock in Melbourne
WhatsOnStage Award Nominee 2020 The Light in The Piazza London

David Cullen

Co-Orchestrator

David Cullen

Co-Orchestrator

Theatre: David Cullen has worked mainly as an orchestrator of musicals, most notably those of Andrew Lloyd Webber – Cats, Starlight Express, Song & Dance, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, By Jeeves, Whistle Down the Wind and The Beautiful Game. Other musicals which he has orchestrated include Abbacadabra, Jeeves, Shogun the Musical (in New York), Children of Eden, Edna – The Spectacle, Stepping Out and three London revivals – Can-Can, The Baker’s Wife and Carmen Jones.

Records which he has arranged include the America album by the King’s Singers, Christmas with Kiri by Kiri Te Kanawa and I Am What I Am by Shirley Bassey. He both arranged and produced the albums Music of the Night for Cantabile and Lloyd Webber Plays Lloyd Webber for Julian Lloyd Webber.

Film and television: Jesus Christ Superstar (Really Useful Films). David has orchestrated much film and television music for Carl Davis – Show People, The Crowd, The Thief of Baghdad, Our Hospitality and Champions. He provided the orchestrations for the Disney productions of Cinderella and Geppetto. He has contributed original themes and incidental music to three television series – The Bretts, Relative Strangers and Surgical Spirit.

Awards: He won the New York Drama Desk Award for his orchestrations of The Phantom of the Opera and was nominated again the following year for Aspects of Love. David lives in East Sussex with his wife Jessie and children Poppy and Richard.

Simon Lee

Musical Supervisor

Simon Lee

Musical Supervisor

April 2021: Conducted the Andrew Lloyd Webber Symphonic Suites album (Decca Records ) The recording brought together an 81-piece orchestra of some of the worlds most skilled musicians, united after a year of separation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and includes the three newly-orchestrated symphonic suites of Evita, Phantom Of The Opera and Sunset Boulevard. It was the first live performance at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane. – Release date – 10 September 2021

Autumn 2020: Simon conducted the orchestral sessions for the Andrew Lloyd Webber album Cinderella (Universal/Polydor)

Theatre credits also include, as Music Supervisor/ Musical Director and/or Orchestrator: The Wind in the Willows (London Palladium and UK Tour); The Little Prince (both its theatre premiere in Canada, and its symphonic concert premiere in Abu Dhabi); Grey Gardens; Grand Hotel (Southwark Playhouse); Tell Me on a Sunday (Duchess/Gielgud); The Lion King, London (Lyceum); Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory); Love Never Dies; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; Evita (Adelphi); The Woman in White (Palace and Broadway); The Sound of Music (London Palladium); The Beautiful Game (Cambridge); Jesus Christ Superstar(Broadway and globally) and Romance Romance (Gielgud).

Film, as conductor and music supervisor: the yet to be released Broadway 4D; The Phantom of the Opera (3 Academy Award nominations, including best song, for which Simon composed the orchestration); Bjork: Vespertine Live at the Royal Opera House; Jesus Christ Superstar(International Emmy Award); Cats.

Recording: has conducted around 50 albums ranging from the more classical (Jose Carreras, Sarah Chang), through musical theatre (Elaine Paige, Maria Friedman, Michael Ball), to pop/rock (Primal Scream, Boyzone). Also many soundtracks and cast albums.

Simon has conducted many of the world’s greatest orchestras, from the London Symphony Orchestra to the Tokyo Philharmonic. He conducted Bernstein’s On The Town, The Mikado and Kismet at English National Opera, Porgy and Bess at Regents Park Open Air Theatre.

Simon also conducts the symphonic Disney, Pixar and Frozen concerts.

Jill Parker

Associate Costume Designer

Jill Parker

Associate Costume Designer

JILL PARKER WORKED AS AN ASSISTANT TO THE LATE MARIA BJORNSON FOR MANY YEARS – SHE CONTINUES TO REPRESENT HER AS ASSOCIATE COSTUME DESIGNER ON THE VARIOUS PRODUCTIONS OF PHANTOM WORLDWIDE.

David Harris

Associate Set Designer

David Harris

Associate Set Designer

As an associate designer for Cameron Mackintosh, David will deliver Oliver! in Tokyo and Miss Saigon in Vienna this year and previously Phantom of the Opera UK Tour and revived West End productions of Les Misérables and Hamilton, Miss Saigon in the West End and UK tour, Les Misérables as a UK Tour, US Tour, and in Tokyo, Mexico, Providence, São Paulo, Singapore, Manila, Seoul, Daegu and Half a Sixpence at Chichester Festival Theatre and the West End.

Other associate roles include Twelve Angry Men at the Birmingham Rep and the West End, Annie and Man of la Mancha in São Paulo and Rio.

As an assistant, he has worked on over forty theatre productions including Barnum, Funny Girl, Chaplin The Musical, Noises Off, Sister Act, No Man’s Land and Oliver!

David’s recent designs include The Wild Party and City of Angels for the Royal Academy of Music, The Sound of Music at Teatro Renault São Paulo, and City of Arts Rio de Janeiro,  This is the Hour (a showcase of Claude-Michel Schönberg’s songs) at Royal Academy of Music, Hardboiled, (nominated for an Offie Award for Best Design) David Copperfield, and Writer’s Block for The Watermill Theatre, Idiot-Syncracy, Bilbao, and Tame Game and City, for Bloom Dance, which have toured internationally.

Outside of theatre, David has designed a coffee shop within a Wren church in the City of London, and the restaurant Deli Ohio in Canton, Ohio.

Warren Letton

Associate Lighting Designer

Warren Letton

Associate Lighting Designer

Theatre, Opera and Ballet (as Lighting Designer) includes: Rite of Spring – Seeta Patel Dance Company (UK Tour), Hamilton (West End – Associate Lighting Designer), Come From Away (Australia, West End and Dublin – Associate Lighting Designer), Wind in the Willows (West End), Crazy For You (Göteborg Opera), Our House (Pimlico Opera), Hairspray (Pimlico Opera), Miss Saigon – Broadway/US Tour/Japanese Tour/UK Tour (as Associate Lighting Designer), Art (Old Vic – as Associate Lighting Designer), The Revengers Tragedy (Webber Douglas Studio), Rigolleto (Bucharest National Opera), Macbeth (Scottish Opera), Sister Act (Pimlico Opera), Fortunio (Grange Park Opera & Buxton Festival), The Lady from the Sea (Scottish Opera), The Magic Flute (Longborough Festival Opera),  Sweet Charity, Les Misérables and West Side Story (Pimlico Opera), Tosca (Grange Park Opera at Nevill Holt), Noughts and Crosses (Royal Shakespeare Company), Orpheus (Ballet Black), The Lighthouse, La Scala di Seta, El Gato con Botas, Les Nuits d’été, Le Portrait de Manon, Bastien und Bastienne and Mozart and Salieri (Jette Parker Young Artists, Royal Opera House), Exposure Opera, Exposure Dance, Summer Collections, The Gentle Giant, Wind in the Willows (Linbury, ROH), Heart of Darkness (Opera Genesis, Linbury, ROH), In Good Company (Linbury, ROH Birmingham Royal Ballet, Australian Ballet, National Ballet of Canada), Wonderlands, Joie de Vivre, Hooray for Hollywood, Broadway, Noitamina and Legends (Orchard Theatre), Antigone (RBC Studio), Phantasy (Rambert Dance), Studio Nights (English National Opera), Carousel (Opera North, Barbican & Paris – as Associate Lighting Designer), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Scottish Conservatoire).

Warren trained in Lighting Design at Rose Bruford College.

Nic Gray

Associate Sound Designer

Nic Gray

Associate Sound Designer

Nic studied at The Central School of Speech and Drama in London gaining a BA Honours in Theatre Sound.

He started his career touring and in London as a sound mixer, including CML’s My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins (UK Tours), Marguerite (London) and Mamma Mia! (International Tour).

Nic started his association with Mick Potter as the No. 1 mixer on the 25th Anniversary Tour of Les Misérables and was involved in the 25th Anniversary Concert (O2 Arena, London). For Mick, he has mixed The Phantom of the Opera (25th Anniversary Tour), The Wizard of Oz (London), Miss Saigon (London) and Half A Sixpence (London). He has also mixed The Light in The Piazza at the Royal Festival Hall with the Opera North Orchestra, and Carousel, Chess and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum with the ENO Orchestra. Nic is Associate Designer for Mick Potter on The Phantom of the Opera worldwide with productions since 2014 including Moscow, Oberhausen, Stockholm, São Paulo, Copenhagen, World Tour, UK / Ireland Tour and the upcoming production at Sydney Opera House.

Nic is thrilled to be a part of the return of The Phantom of the Opera in London. Also, for Mick, Nic is Associate Designer for Les Misérables worldwide including productions in Spain, South Korea, Toronto, Sydney, Tokyo, São Paulo, Mexico City, US and UK / European Tours, and for Miss Saigon in Tokyo and Vienna. NG

Sam Hiller

Associate Director

Sam Hiller

Associate Director

Sam trained at Guildford School of Acting, where he was also awarded the school’s singing cup. He has worked extensively as an actor, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chichester Festival Theatre), Another Country (Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford), Unexpected Host (York Theatre Royal), The Jungle Book (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton), Hiawatha (Newcastle Theatre Royal), Babes in the Wood (York Theatre Royal), Aladdin (Hawth, Crawley), An Ideal Husband (Redgrave Theatre, Farnham) and The Ten Commandments (Mercury workshop, The Place). West End: Les Misérables (Palace Theatre), Aspects of Love (Prince of Wales Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (London Palladium), Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), My Fair Lady (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre). UK tours: Les Misérables, Aspects of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Best of Brian Conley.

Concerts include: Les Misérables (25th Anniversary, The O2), Les Misérables (Classic Brits, Royal Albert Hall), One Touch of Venus (Barbican), Masters of Swing (Royal Albert Hall) and Tribute to Jack Tinker (London Palladium).

Directing includes: Resident Director of Les Misérables and Les Misérables in Concert (Gielgud Theatre), Deputy Associate of Les Miserables (UK tour), Resident and Associate director for The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), resident director of Les Misérables (Palace Theatre), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tour), White Christmas (Sunderland Empire), Les Misérables in concert (Scandinavian arena tour) and On Eagle’s Wing (Belfast Opera House), associate director of Irish Wings (Dutch tour) and director of Les Misérables in concert (Powderham Castle and Broadlands), Celebration of Musical Theatre with Clive Anderson (Palace), The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (RTE, Dublin Concert Hall), The Canadian Tenors (European tour) and Masters of the Musicals (UK tour).

Hugo Chiarella

Resident Director

Hugo Chiarella

Resident Director

Originally from Australia, Hugo Chiarella has worked internationally both as a creative and a performer He is a graduate of the VCA Bachelor of Music Theatre and has a Masters in Creative Producing from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Creative Credits – Resident Director, Les Miserables (UK and Ireland Tour); Development Producer, Fuel Theatre; Writer – Book and lyrics, Evie May (Hayes Theatre); Creative Producer, The Apologists (UK/Australia); Writer – Book and Lyrics, DreamSong (Arts Centre Melbourne, Theatre Works, Alex Theatre); Writer – Lyrics, Guilty Pleasures (Hayes Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, Chapel Off Chapel); Writer/Director I’m With Stupid (ABC iView, ABC2, Funny or Die); Writer/Director As Actors – Manila (official selection for the Rio Webfest, the Armacord Arthouse Film and Video Awards and The LA Cinefest); Writer – Book and Lyric Translations, Piaf and Aznavour: Songs from the Pavement (The Butterfly Club).

Performance Credits – Stage:  Grantaire, U/S Thenardier Les Miserables (West End); Grantaire, Les Miserables  (International Tour); Ensemble, Les Miserables (Australian Tour); Mendel, Fiddler On The Roof (Australiasian tour). TV: Surprises! (Season 1 – 3, Channel Nine); I’m With Stupid (ABC iView, ABC2, Funny or Die); All Saints (Channel Seven).

Sophia McAvoy

Assistant Choreographer

Sophia McAvoy

Assistant Choreographer

Sophia trained at The Hammond School and Laine Theatre Arts. Her work in theatre includes: Assistant Choreographer on The Phantom of the Opera (UK & Ireland tour); Dancer in West End Musical Celebration (Palace Theatre); Onstage Swing in Dirty Dancing (UK tour); Ensemble in Christmas Spectacular (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Victoria the White Cat & Assistant Dance Captain on Cats (UK & international tour); Ensemble in You Won’t Succeed on Broadway, if You Don’t Have Any Jews (The Other Palace); Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal, Newcastle); Aladdin (Hawth Theatre, Crawley); Peter Pan (Grand Theatre, Swansea). Screen credits include: Dancer in Avengers: Age of Ultron (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) and Assistant Choreographer on Halifax (commercial).