Andrew Polec “would do anything for love” and is “all revved up” to make his UK debut.
He recently played Matt in The Fantasticks (Off Broadway), John Andre in The General From America (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), Troilus in Troilus and Cressida (Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble), Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Peter in Ivanov (Trinity Repertory Company), and Max in Where the Wild Things Are (Providence Fringe Festival). Other productions include The Tooth of Crime, Pericles, Twelfth Night, In the Blood, The Hunchback of Seville, Melena, and Es Mentira. Albums include Ben Fold’s Presents: University A Capella and Welcome to Khat House. Veteran MTV watchers might recognize him from a featured role in SuperMade.
Andrew holds an MFA from the Brown University/Trinity Repertory Program and a BA in English and Music from the University of Rochester in association with the Eastman School of Music. He’s hoping for a PhD at some point, but “two out of three ain’t bad”.
Andrew’s grateful to the amazing cast, crew, and BOOH team for sharing all their talents and making this show possible.
Christina trained at Guildford School of Acting.
Theatre credits include: Johanna Barker in Sweeney Todd (Derby/Mercury Theatre Colchester), Kim/cover Magnolia in Show Boat (New London Theatre), Marlene Hardcastle in The Smallest Show on Earth (UK Tour), cover Laurey in Oklahoma! (UK Tour), Sharon in Finian’s Rainbow (Charing Cross Theatre) and Marilyn/Sovereign in A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Repertory Theatre).
Workshops include: Evie in Am Dram: A Musical Comedy, Cathy in The Famished Land and Susan in Steven Luke Walker’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Roles while training include: Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar, Peaches in Jerry Springer the Opera, Eleanor in Footloose and Dory/cover Mary in Merrily We Roll Along.
Recordings include: The Little Prince (BBC), Paradise Lost and The In-Between.
Christina is thrilled to be a part of Bat Out of Hell and would love to thank her fantastic family for their ongoing support.
Born in England, Rob trained as a Mechanical Engineer for Historic Formula 1. Inspired by the comedic talents of David Jason, Fowler at the age of 25, decided to pursue a career as an actor, starting out in various adaptations of Shakespeare plays at the Key Theatre, followed by the UK touring production of The Buddy Holly Story during which was asked to join the cast of the German production of Starlight Express in the roles of Caboose and Rusty/Greaseball.
Rob’s subsequent German stage appearances include Rum Tum Tugger in Cats, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Berger in Hair, Death in Elizabeth, Jamie in The Last Five Years, Corny Collins in Hairspray, Galileo in We Will Rock You, the title role in Frank Wildhorn's Dracula, Joe in the Latin Pop Opera Carmen Cubana and most recently Dan Goodman in Next to Normal.
Fowler has not only made a name for himself in both regional and national theatres throughout Europe, he has also performed as a solo artist in numerous arenas across Germany. His repertoire combines Rock, Pop & Jazz.
As a composer, lyricist and frontman of the rock band Morton in 2006, Fowler released his first album Pillowtalk enjoying heavy rotation radio airplay with singles Sorry, Irish Girl, Stop Crying Your Heart Out.
In 2008 Fowler returned to acting, this time in front of the camera in the Austrian romantic TV comedy series Ex.
In 2012 Fowler (as a wish from his son) decided to take part in the ProSieben/Sat1 Casting-Show The Voice of Germany reaching the semi-finals, where he presented his original song The Hurt.
Together with Beat4Feet Fowler co-wrote the official EHF Champions League 2014 song Do It Like Us.
Prior to Fowler's participation with The Voice of Germany 2012, Rob was part of the 2008 original cast of Richard O'Briens European touring production of The Rocky Horror Show Reloaded portraying the leading role of the eccentric Dr. Frank’n’Furter, in which Fowler achieved an abundance of new fans and followers.
Fowler is currently working on an original musical The Boy Next Door. Book by playwright and Olivier award winner Stephen Clark, co/writer and direction Steven Dexter & musical supervision by Matt Smith.
Rob dedicates his performance to the late Stephen Clark.
Originally from Ireland, Sharon trained at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin, where she studied acting and classical singing & was awarded the Showboat prize for Best Musical Theatre Performer, in her final year. She also holds a first class Masters in Directing for Theatre from UCD. She enjoys a diverse career as a musical theatre performer, commercial singer & cabaret artist.
Sharon was part of the final cast of the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical (Lesley/Dead Mum cover) for which she was nominated for Broadway World's Best Understudy of the Year Award. Before this, she made her West End debut as part of the original company of Roddy Doyle's The Commitments directed by Jamie Lloyd, at The Palace Theatre.
She has most recently toured the UK with Biscuits For Breakfast's production of the hit, one woman show Somewhere Under The Rainbow - The Liza Minnelli Story, which has seen her win a host of awards for her portrayal of the icon. Other theatre credits include Conchita Alvarez in Barry Manilow's Copacabana (UK Tour), Fairy Godmother in Cinderella (Gaiety Theatre, Dublin), Kathleen Clarke in A Fit Wife For A Revolutionary, (Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin) Collagen in Anglo The Musical (Irish Premiere, Board Gáis Energy Theatre), Nancy in Oliver! (National Concert Hall, Dublin) Kate in Girls Night The Musical (Gaiety Theatre, Dublin & National Tour) Surfia i I-Keano, (Olympia Theatre, National Tour) Lily St Regis in Annie (National Concert Hall, Dublin) and Lucy Harris in Jekyll & Hyde (National Concert Hall).
In 2013 Sharon originated the role of Shannon in Irish the musical, which was recorded at the Wexford Opera House for PBS Television Broadcast. Workshop credits include Angela in Angela's Ashes The Musical, Nora in Himself & Nora and Anita Merendino in Wrong Turn At Lung Fish. Television credits include RTE's Fair City & the black comedy Quinn & O' Grady, where Sharon played the Role of Detective Quinn.
Sharon has also appeared as a soloist in concert with the National Concert Orchestra in The Board Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin.
Aran recently graduated from the 3 year Musical Theatre course at Guildford School of Acting and is thrilled to step into the shoes of Tink in Bat Out of Hell.
Professional credits include: Branwell Bronte in the workshop of Wasted at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Ensemble in the workshop of Kali’s Toenail at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Skooba in The Wawel Dragon at The Scoop, Southbank and Dr Zossimov in Crime and Punishment - The Rock Musical at The Scoop, Southbank.
Credits whilst training include: Perchick in Fiddler on the Roof at GSA, Joe Casey in Our House at GSA, Ensemble in Sam Bailey in Concert at The Lyric Theatre, Ensemble in Josh Groban: Stages Tour at The Hammersmith Apollo, Ensemble in The Olivier’s at The Royal Festival Hall, Willie Lopez in Ghost The Musical at the Ivy Arts Center, Dr Detmold in Anyone Can Whistle at The Mill Studio, Richard in Richard III at GSA, Ensemble in Honk at GSA, Agamemnon in The Oresteia at GSA and Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady at GSA.
Aran dedicates his performance to his family and friends for their years of love, support and patience.
Danielle trained at SLP college, Leeds.
Theatre credits include: Beautiful - the Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre), The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre), We Will Rock You (International Arena Tour), Hairspray (Aberystwyth Arts Centre), Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre) and Respect La Diva (Garrick Theatre).
Other work includes: ITV’s Sunday Night at the Palladium.
For the last year, Dom has performed in London's West End production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as one of The Drifters. He has also worked with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre where he played the role of Vince in Accidental Brummie.
In 2015, Dom graduated from the Birmingham School of Acting. Theatre credits whilst training include: Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Damis in Tartuffe, Darren / Vince in Days of Significance, Tom in The Faith Machine and was part of the Ensemble in RENT.
He is absolutely thrilled to be joining the cast of such a wonderful show.
Giovanni trained at Sylvia Young Theatre School and Laine Theatre Arts.
Giovanni has just finished playing Harry The Horse in Guys and Dolls at The Savoy Theatre and at The Phoenix Theatre.
Other theatre credits include Featured Vocalist in Dance Til Dawn (Tour/ Aldwych Theatre), Cousin Kevin in The Who’s Tommy (Greenwich Theatre), Simon Zealotes in the National Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar (Really Useful/AEG), Lead Vocalist in Bohemian Rhapsody on Tour (Spirit Production), Doody in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre), Pepper in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre), Willard in Footloose (West End and National Tour), Wonderful Town (Royal Exchange Manchester and National Tour), Goody in Fame (National Tour), Clarence In Whistle Down The Wind (Aldwych Theatre), Robin in Falstaff (The Royal Opera House), Tootles in Peter Pan (Royal Festival Hall), Aladdin in Aladdin (Theatre Royal Windsor), Cousin Kevin in Tommy (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Jack and the Beanstalk (Kings Theatre Edinburgh – Qdos) and Dick Whittington (New Theatre Cardiff – Qdos).
Screen credits include: Holby City (BBC), The Professional (Supra Deus Productions), Nowhere (Supra Deus Productions), Internet Killed The Video Store Trailer (Orchard Productions), Jesus Christ Superstar Arena DVD (Universal Pictures), Dance Til Dawn – Royal Variety Performance and the feature film Risky Business.
Original Cast recordings include: Whistle Down The Wind, Bugsy Malone and Peter Pan.
He is also frontman of the rock band deVience.
Patrick trained at Cork Arts Studio Stageworks and Arts Educational Schools London.
Theatre includes: The Wind in The Willows (UK Tour), Carrie The Musical (Southwark Playhouse), Beauty and the Beast (Cork Opera House), Bernstein of Stage and Screen (National Concert Hall) and The Olivier Awards (Royal Opera House).
Theatre whilst training includes: The Addams Family, Catch Me If You Can and Sunday in the Park with George.
Radio includes: Friday Night is Music Night.
Workshops include: Unravelling.
Jemma trained at London School of Musical Theatre graduating with distinction.
Theatre credits include: Jeannie in The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Waterloo East Theatre), played the role of Elphaba, after previously acting as Standby for Elphaba in Wicked (Original UK Tour), Joanne in RENT (20th Anniversary Concert UK Tour), Madame Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities (Charing Cross Theatre), Mrs Simpson, u/s Mrs Walker in Tommy (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Maid, u/s and played Maria Merelli in Lend Me A Tenor (Gielgud Theatre & Theatre Royal, Plymouth), Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain (Broadway Studio Theatre), Susan, Toni, u/s and played Pam Lukowski in The Full Monty (New Players Theatre) and Gouda in Hope (Bridewell Theatre).
Film Credits include: The Housewife in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
Television credits include: Ensemble in ITV’s The Sound of Music Live.
Original cast recordings include: Tommy and Lend Me A Tenor.
Hailing from the South Welsh valleys, Emily trained in Musical Theatre at Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford.
Roles while training include Dinah in Starlight Express, Arlene Baby (Bellerby Studio Theatre) and Nickie in Sweet Charity (Yvonne Arnaud).
Workshops: Steph/Marlene in Summer Street (Regents Studio), Theresa in Can't Stop It (Dominion Studio) and Luca in Tracks (Bellerby Studio).
Bat Out of Hell marks Emily's professional debut and she could not be more thrilled to be rocking out to the music that she was brought up on.
From London, Stuart originally trained in musical theatre at Mountview, and then went on to study acting in LA with Bernard Hiller, and stunt combat with Cloudio Pacifico, Italy. He trained as an operatic Tenor for over 10 years with Ian Baar and Carl Penlington-Williams.
Stuart began his professional career in the West End, singing lead roles in Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables and more, before moving into films such as Lord of the Rings, and Pirates of the Caribbean, as both actor and stuntman. He’s performed alongside screen legends like Jenny Agutter and Johnny Depp and most recently originated the title role in Resort World Sentosa’s multi-million dollar production; The Lightseeker.
Stuart’s Opera career began 2011 as Alfredo in La Traviata, and has seen performances of Florestan in Fidelio with ETO, Cassio in Otello, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, before touring a solo cabaret around China in 2013. He has just finished travelling the world as lead vocalist in two exciting productions: Viva Voce, a powerful classical-crossover group and Disney in Concert, which played with some of the biggest orchestras around Europe.
He also spent time training in Shaolin Kung Fu at the Kunyu Mountains Temple in China, and continues to train in the UK in a variety of physical skills, including martial arts, rock climbing, scuba diving, gymnastics, trampolining, horse riding and more, hoping to join the British stunt register in 2017.
For more information and to keep up to date; www.stuartboother.co.uk
Georgia trained at London Studio Centre, BA (Hons), where she graduated with the Dame Anna Neagle Award.
Theatre includes: covered and played Cherry and Mrs Pratchett in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Rosamund in Beauty and the Beast (Oxford Playhouse), Jodie/ Cover Ariadne in Water Babies: A New Musical Adventure (Original Cast, Leicester Curve), Chess (Channel Islands Tour), Swing/ Cover Penny Pingleton in Hairspray (UK & Ireland Tour) and Angelina in Angelina Ballerina The Mousical (UK & Ireland Tour).
Georgia is so excited to be a part of Bat Out of Hell and would like to thank her family and friends for their ongoing support.
Natalie trained at the Urdang Academy.
Theatre Credits include: Disco Girl in The Donkey Show (Proud Camden), Yoko Ono in The Sessions Live The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios (UK Tour), Ensemble u/s Ellen & Gigi in Miss Saigon (West End), Diane in Bare (Union Theatre, London), Dick Whittington (Harlow Playhouse), The Life (Urdang Academy), Once On This Island (Urdang Academy) and The King and I (UK Tour).
Television & Film Credits include: Hogwarts Student in Harry Potter.
Other Credits include: Female Dancer in The Universe (Television), On Stage Swing in Bat Out Of Hell (Workshop), Singer in Angelis and Dancer for the Disney Channel Awards.
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Jonathan trained at the Cambridge Performing Arts College at Bodywork Studios.
Theatre credits: Swing in Matilda (Cambridge Theatre), Dirty Dancing (UK Tour and Piccadilly Theatre), Little Belter (UK tour), Dick Whittington (Towngate Theatre), Aladdin (Towngate Theatre), When in Rome… (Edinburgh Fringe).
Amy trained at Italia Conti Academy.
Theatre credits include: Diva in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (New Zealand), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK tour), Starlight Express (Germany), The Rat Pack Boys (UK tour), Dick Whittington in Dick Whittington (Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock).
Theatre whilst training: Cassie in A Chorus Line; Charity in Sweet Charity.
Jordan is originally from the Rhondda Valleys, South Wales and trained at the Guildford School of Acting graduating in 2011.
Theatre includes: Les Miserables (Dubai), Actor 3, The Shakespeare Revue (tour), Q, Stiles and Drewe's 3 Little Pigs (tour), My Fair Lady: 60th Anniversary concert, Les Miserables (Queens theatre), Nanki Poo, The Mikado (WMTO), Lead Soloist, Disney: in Concert (St David's Hall), Sondheim Men (St. James), Kitten, Molly Wobbly's Tit Factory: in Concert (Phoenix), Peter, Peter Pan (Blackpool Grand Theatre), Dickon, Secret Garden: in Concert (tour), Alan, Bare: The Rock Opera (Union), Soloist, Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Montag, BURN! (Elan Frantoio, Italy) Tenor, The International Magic Tenors Absolutely live tour! (European tour), Good Fairy/ Bumble, The Tailors Daughter (WNYO, World Premiere, WMC/ Belfast Opera House), Rakes Progress (WNYO, WMC), Jack, Into the Woods (International Festival of Musical Theatre) and Lost Boy, Showtime at the Stadium (Millennium Stadium).
Television includes: Jordan appeared on 'The Voice UK' series 2 reaching WILL I AM's top 6.
Workshops include: Ironworker, My Lands Shore (Drill Hall) and Edmund, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Her Majesty’s).
Olly trained at The Arts Educational Schools, London.
Theatre credits include: Matilda (RSC, West End) and Carrie (Southwark Playhouse).
Theatre whilst training includes: Strephon in Iolanthe, FBI Agent in Catch Me If You Can, Bobby in Company, Jacey Squires in The Music Man and Che in Evita.
Other credits include: The One Show (BBC Television), Strictly Ballroom The Musical, (Stage Entertainment), Bugsy Malone (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), Rags the Musical in Concert (Lyric Theatre, West End), Beauty and the Beast (Camberley Theatre), The Laurence Olivier Awards 2013 & 2014 (Royal Opera House) and Kerry Ellis in Concert (London Palladium).
Originally from Portsmouth Hannah trained at Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts. After graduating she pursued her passion for dance in international critically acclaimed Spirit of the Dance. In her time there she played lead roles including ‘The Spirit’ and 'Irish lead'. Over the next few years she also was a part of The Rat Pack, Dancing Queen and Broadway!, which took her on several US and European Tours also being resident in Las Vegas NV, Myrtle Beach SC and Reno NV.
Hannah then went on to work for Royal Caribbean as a featured singer for the next few years until she was asked to play the lead role of 'Scaramouche' in We Will Rock You on the anthem If The Seas.
Hannah is delighted to be making her West End debut in Bat Out Of Hell and would like to thank her agent, family and husband for their continuous support.
Phoebe is a contemporary dance performer and maker.
She graduated from Trinity Laban in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance and then furthered her studies by completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Performance Studies at London Contemporary Dance School. Her dance foundations are built from her time in the Shoreditch Youth Dance Company, where she toured works by Lee Smikle around the UK and Europe.
Phoebe toured extensively with Richard Alston Dance Company as an apprentice and worked with Richard Alston, Martin Lawrence and Ajani Johnson-Goffe, performing on stages such as Sadler's wells, London. She has performed both repertory and new works across UK, Sweden, America and Australia. Phoebe is passionate about experimenting in dance; she has also danced in developments with such artists as Dane Hurst, Lea Anderson and Tony Thatcher.
Rosalind trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, London.
Theatre credits include: The Life for English (Theatre Of Frankfurt), The Lady of the Road in Blues in the Night for The Last Refuge, Diana Ross in Dancing in The Streets on Tour, Sarah in The Landor's revival of Ragtime, Dionne in Hair for an Arena Tour in the Netherlands, Rosa in Gone With the Wind (New London Theatre), Daddy Cool (Shaftesbury Theatre/ Berlin), Elizabeth in Whistle Down The Wind (Aldwych), Bet in Oliver! (London Palladium), Alice in Dick Whittington and His Cat (Lyric, Hammersmith), The Wiz (workshop, Birmingham Rep), Hair (English Theatre Frankfurt), Florence in The Spotted Cow and The Piano Forte (Wiltons Music Hall), Simone in Release The Beat (Arcola), Soul Girl in Jesus Christ Superstar (UK tour) and Rent (Dublin Olympia).
Rosalind also played Eponine in the 25th Anniversary production of Les Miserables - both for the International Tour and Barbican Theatre. She then reprised her role for the 2010 cast recording and the historic Les Miserables Concert at London's 02 Arena.
Her television credits include: Serena Richards in The Bill (Thames), Jonathan Creek (BBC), Disney Club (Buena Vista) and Children’s Royal Variety Show (BBC/Dominion Theatre).
For BBC Radio Rosalind has played Shereene in King Street Juniors and Rosalind in Listen And Write. Rosalind has been a regular presenter on BBC Jam and was lead backing vocalist for Just Jack on the albums The Outer Marker and Overtones.
Michael’s professional training began in 2010 at London Studio Centre, where he graduated in 2013 with a BA (Hons) degree in Theatre dance.
He has trained in hiphop and street dance for many years prior. Theatre credits include: Blaze (International tour), Young Voices Tour (02 arena), Breakin' Convention, Global Village Main Stage Show (Choreographer and Performer), Splash (Royal Festival Hall). Commercial credits include: Adidas, Reebok, Red Bull, Beats by Dre, Channel 4, E4, Keisza (Summertime Ball) and more.
Michael is thrilled to be making his musical theatre debut in Bat Out of Hell and is very grateful for the opportunity.
Eve graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in 2016.
Credits while training include: Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Stepmother in Into the Woods and Golde in Fiddler on the Roof. Other credits include: The Oliviers in Concert.
Eve is thrilled to be making her professional debut in Bat Out of Hell.
Tim has most recently played Judas Iscariot in the European Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Other theatre credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour), Chess (Union Theatre), Honk! (Tabard Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Festival Ljubljana), Songs form the American Motel (Leicester Square Theatre), Legacy Falls (New Players Theatre), Der Freischutz (Broadway Theatre), Dog Sees God (Tristan Bates Theatre), Rent (English Theatre Frankfurt), Breaking News (Arts Theatre), The Tempest (Shakespeare Festival of Dallas), Theatre of Dreams (Bridgewater Hall), Spiderman (UK Tour), Ice Cream Castles (3 Mills Studio), Beautiful Thing (Rhoda McGraw Theatre), A Slice of Saturday Night (The Electric Theatre) and The Pirates of Penzance (Cannizzaro Park).
TV credits include: Equiano - Tales of the Empire (BBC).
Music videos: What's the Matter, Sofia Hayats debut Single.
Assistant Director credits include: Casper (Shaftesbury Theatre, West End) and 1776 (Fords Theatre Washington DC).
Training: Performance Preparation Academy (PPA) and The National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT).
Theatre credits include: Margaret Mead in HAIR (Hope Mill Theatre), Ryan in Out Of The Lens (Waterloo East Theatre), Genie in Aladdin (Harlequin Theatre, Redhill), Muddles in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Theatre Royal Nottingham) and Alex in Down to Margate (Theatre Royal Margate)
Film credits include: The Muppets Most Wanted (2014).
Workshops include: Justin in Can't Stop It (The Dominion Theatre).
Andrew is thrilled to be joining the cast of Bat Out Of Hell.
Benjamin trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Professional Credits include: Woolhaven/Ensemble in Allegro (Southwark Playhouse) Credits whilst training – Emmett in Legally Blonde (Bernie Grant Arts Centre); Ensemble in Kiss Me Kate (Bernie Grant Arts Centre); Al Dale/Sandler in Hoods (Bernie Grant Arts Centre); Gilbert Worthy in Lockhart (Mountview).
Benjamin is thrilled to be a part of this show and to be making his West End Debut in the summer.
Anthony trained at Bird College, in Dance and Musical Theatre.
Since graduating he has played Tamate in Pacific Overtures (Union Theatre), Sketch in Hairspray (Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium, Macau), u/s and played Fleshcreep in Jack and the Beanstalk (Bimingham Hippodrome), IQ & cover Corny Collins in Hairspray (UK Tour), Darren & u/s Max in 27 and Rise of a Falling Star (Cockpit Theatre).
Courtney graduated from Arts Educational.
Theatre whilst training includes: Sasha Larkin in Soho Cinders, Grace Shinn in The Music Man, Marta in Company, Phyllis in Iolanthe and Frank’s Girlfriend in Catch Me If You Can.
Courtney made her stage debut in Mamma Mia! in the West End, Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables in the West End, Kerry Ellis Live at the Palladium and the Olivier Awards.
Courtney would like to thank her friends and family for the continued love and support and she is thrilled to be joining the cast of Bat Out of Hell.
Born and raised in Belgium, Ruben discovered his love for theatre at a young age.
After graduating in Physical Education, Ruben moved to The Netherlands to study Music Theatre at the Fontys Conservatoire. Whilst training he played Hamlet in Hamlet, Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Alan Strang in Equus. He gained professional theatre experience as Bernstein in Dogfight.
In 2016, he graduated from the Musical Theatre course at the Royal Academy of Music. Whilst training at the Royal Academy he played Robert in Company, directed by Sam Yates and Anthony in Sweeney Todd, directed by Michael Fentiman.
Recent UK concert work includes: Musical Theatre Classics, directed by Stephen Brooker.
Ruben is thrilled to make his West End and international debut in Bat Out of Hell.
Although Jim began in theatre, he is best known as a songwriter/producer whose records have sold more than 190,000,000 million copies worldwide. He was described by the L.A. Times as "the Richard Wagner of rock." At Amherst College he wrote and starred in an epic musical called The Dream Engine. It caused a sensation, and N.Y. Shakespeare Festival's Joe Papp bought the rights at intermission. His first professional musical was More Than You Deserve at Papp’s Public Theater, where he worked for five years. When a singer named Meat Loaf auditioned for him, Spin Magazine called the meeting "one of the top ten most important moments in the history of rock and roll." Then came his first record, the legendary Bat Out Of Hell, with Meat Loaf, the biggest debut album ever and the second best selling disc of all time. Jim is the only person in the Top 20 Albums of All Time to have written all songs - music and lyrics. The sequel Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell topped the charts in 38 countries 16 years later in 1993. He wrote all of the songs on 2016's chart topping, Braver Than We Are, by Meat Loaf.
#1 songs include: Total Eclipse Of The Heart (three times,1983, 1995 and 2003), Paradise By The Dashboard Light, Dead Ringer, Making Love Out Of Nothing At All, Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad, Holding Out For A Hero, I'd Do Anything For Love But I Won't Do That (biggest rock single sales ever), It's All Coming Back To Me Now, which was named the 1997 Song Of The Year by BMI, for having had the most broadcasts worldwide - 1.6 million, and No Matter What, by Boyzone (record of the year in England for 1998 and #1 in 18 countries - the most successful single ever released from a musical in history). He won a Grammy award as producer for Best Album of the year, Celine Dion's Falling Into You. He made one platinum album as a singer, Bad For Good. Film music includes Footloose, Streets Of Fire, The Shadow, and Mask Of Zorro. He has also written the score for Tanz der Vampire - a musical staged by Roman Polanski which opened in Vienna, October of '1997 to rave reviews and record box office, and is currently still selling out as it approaches it's 20th year, with productions running throughout Europe and in Russia. It has played or is currently on stage in Berlin, St. Petersburg, Vienna, Budapest, Warsaw, Helsinki, New York and Paris. Jim has also conceived and executive produced the film, and wrote songs/score for, Wuthering Heights 2003 for MTV.
Jim Steinman was inducted in to the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2012, received an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Amherst College, in 2013 and entered the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in November, 2016.
His music has permeated popular culture the world over. His distinctive, over-the-top style has influenced a genre of music and such songs are often referred to as Steinmanesque. He is known as the Father of the Power Ballad and one of the founders of epic rock.
Bat Out Of Hell The Musical is a fifty year long dream coming to fruition. The DNA of this project can be found in nearly every song Jim has ever written.
Jay Scheib is a director, author and adapter of plays, operas, ballets and hybrid live art performance events. Known for genre-defying works of daring physicality and the integration of new technologies in live performance, Scheib is the recipient of both a Guggenheim and an Obie Award for Direction. Garnering rave reviews and accolades internationally, Scheib’s production of Thomas Adès’ opera Powder her Face for New York City Opera at BAM was called “dazzling” by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times. Of Scheib's Fassbinder adaptation "World of Wires," which premiered at The Kitchen in New York, followed by an international tour, Ben Brantley of The New York Times hailed the production for its "revved-up young ensemble that exudes a real-life, in-the-moment, hormone-popping glow…"
Other recent works include new stagings of two operas by Giorgos Kouroupou, Pylades and Jocasta for the Athens Festival in Greece; an original opera adaptation of Bergman's Persona with composer Keeril Makan, which premiered in New York followed by performances at the Gardner Museum in Boston; Luigi Nono’s No hay camino hay que caminar as ouverture to Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse under the title “Odyssee.” Scheib's new staging opened the season of the newly restructured Staatstheater Darmstadt in Germany and played to sold out houses with two extended runs; and the multiplatform staging Platonov, or the Disinherited, premiered as part of the Without Walls Festival at La Jolla Playhouse followed by a three week run at The Kitchen in New York City. Conceived as a 100 minute, single-take feature film, Scheib’s adaptation of Chekhov’s play was broadcast live from The Kitchen to the AMC Empire 25 Cinema in Times Square and to BAM Rose Cinema in Brooklyn. Named Best New York Theater Director by Time Out New York in 2009, and one of the 25 theater artists shaping the next 25 years of American theater by American Theater Magazine, Scheib is also the recipient of the MIT Edgerton Award, The Richard Sherwood Award, and the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts/TCG program for directors.
Scheib holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Direction from Columbia University School of the Arts and a Professorship for Music and Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he directs the program in Theater Arts.
Emma Portner breaks boundaries. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Emma shares her unique abilities internationally, in live settings, and across social media platforms. Her performance and choreography appear in Justin Bieber's Life Is Worth Living video as well as on his Purpose World Tour.
The New York Times calls her "beguiling." Dance Spirit Magazine writes, "Her intricate, gestural work requires the coiled energy of a large predator." According to Dance Spirit, she is one of 13 young choreographers "changing the dance world." In 2012, American Dance Awards named her "young choreographer of the year”. Since then, her choreography has won several awards, including top placement in the 2014 CAPEZIO A.C.E awards.
Emma's obsession with dance began at Leeming Danceworks Studio in Ottawa. She trained with the prestigious National Ballet School of Canada, graduated with honors from Canterbury High School of the Performing Arts and studied at the Ailey School in New York City. Emma is privileged to have trained with Canadian Company Rubberbandance in 2014 and she regularly attends Springboard Danse Montreal where she has worked with Aszure Barton, Alexandra Wells, Tom Weinberger, Maxine Doyle and Shannon Gillen.
Emma's dancing first found an audience while collaborating with exquisite dancer and dear friend, Matt Luck. Their short dance film, Dancing In the Dark, went viral and was screened at film festivals across Europe. She continues to pursue dance on film, recently choreographing and performing for indie sensation Blood Orange.
Emma manages and directs her New York based contemporary dance company, teaches across North America and Europe, and is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, and Intrigue Dance Convention. She performs regularly with Michelle Dorrance's tap dance company "Dorrance Dance. Forever a student, Emma hopes to keep pushing boundaries while remaining curious, honest, and versatile.
She resides in New York City.
Michael Reed studied at the Royal College of Music where he was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal. He has conducted, orchestrated and arranged credits for over twenty West End shows including Phantom of the Opera, Barnum, On the Twentieth Century, Ziegfeld and Singin' in the Rain. As Musical Supervisor he was responsible for the worldwide productions of many of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aspects of Love and Whistle Down the Wind. He was Musical Director for the DVDs of Joseph and also Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 50th Birthday Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In 2000 he orchestrated and conducted the music for the movie Furia with music written by Brian May. In 2009 Michael was musical director for the film of the Broadway Musical A Tale of Two Cities for the PBS Channel in the United States.
Michael has been a guest conductor with most of the leading orchestras in the UK, in particular the Royal Philharmonic and the BBC Concert orchestras. Also a frequent contributor for BBC Radio 2, Michael conducted many of the BBC Radio 2 complete musical recordings including Guys and Dolls, A Little Night Music and Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2008 Michael conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra and students from the BRIT School in a special concert on BBC Radio 2 live from the Mermaid Theatre London.
In 2008 he was Musical Director for Ian Fleming’s Centenary Celebration Gala at the London Palladium.
Michael has worked extensively in television including arranging and conducting five Royal Variety Shows, the Eurovision Song Contest, three Royal Galas for the Prince's Trust and the Laureus World Sports Awards from Monte Carlo. For the Millennium, as part of BBC’s live coverage from Greenwich, Michael conducted the London Symphony Orchestra along with Simply Red, The Eurythmics and Lesley Garrett. He was the original conductor for Raymond Gubbay’s ‘Classical Spectacular’ concerts and was a founder conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra.
Michael has recorded numerous cast albums including Noel Coward’s Bitter Sweet, Ziegfeld and The Phantom of the Opera. He was the conductor and arranger for ‘Michael Crawford performs Andrew Lloyd Webbers and Sarah Brightman's Surrender album. He also conducted Jose Carreras' Passion album and the very successful single Time to Say Goodbye featuring Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli.
Michael has worked extensively in the USA as musical supervisor of Aspects of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Whistle Down the Wind and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber which toured all over the States and performed at Radio City with Michael Crawford.
In 1999, Michael won the Best Composer of the Year and the Warner Chappell prizes at the Vivian Ellis Awards for his musical, Les Enfants du Paradis, written with Angela Richards. With book writer and lyricist, Warner Brown, Michael and Jim Steinman have written Garbo, which was premiered in 2003 in Stockholm.
He has written a musical oratorio with Fay Weldon called War in Heaven which was commissioned by the Greek Government for the Athens festival in 2006.
He has enjoyed a long association with the King’s Head Theatre in Islington which still continues to this day. He orchestrated and arranged Mr Cinders, Wonderful Town, One Touch of Venus and his own show Six for Gold written with Warner Brown.
Michael has been composer for four Holiday on Ice productions which were directed by Anthony van Laast and choreographed by Robin Cousins. In 2007 he composed, orchestrated and conducted the score for The Beauty of Magic starring Hans Klok which opened in Las Vegas and was directed by Anthony van Laast.
In Vienna Michael was the Musical arranger/supervisor for Dance of the Vampires, directed by Roman Polanski, which opened in 1997 and is currently running in Berlin where it has just celebrated its 15th year of continuous performances. It has also played or is playing in Tokyo, St. Petersburg, Budapest, Warsaw, Helsinki and New York! Tanz der Vampire opened at the Mogador Theatre in Paris in October 2014.
In Germany, Michael was Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator for Die Drei Muksetier; and Ich war noch niemals in New York which is currently playing in Berlin.
In 2010 Michael started his association with Thunerseespiele and was Musical Supervisor and Arranger for Dallebach Kari and in 2011 Gothelf. In 2013 he composed with Moritz Schneider the score for Der Besuch der alten Dame, which he also arranged and orchestrated which opened in February 2014 at the Ronacher Theatre in Vienna and played in Tokyo in 2015.
Also in 2013 Michael orchestrated and arranged Moses written by Michael Kunze and Dieter Falk which opened in St.Gallen, Switzerland. He will return to St Gallen in 2017 when they will perform Tanz der Vampire.
Michael was arranger and musical supervisor for Stage Entertainment’s Moeder, Ik Wil Bij de Revue which opened in Autumn 2014 in Utrecht.
In June Michael wrote with John Theakston a rock oratorio called Rock in a Hard Place based on the life of St Paul. It had its premiere at St Paul’s Church, Grove Park , Chiswick and will be repeated this year.
Michael is currently orchestrating Der Medicus, written by Dennis Martin, which opens at the Schlossthater in Fulda in June 2016.
Michael is musical supervisor and arranger for Bat out of Hell written by Jim Steinman which he recently work-shopped in New York and is scheduled to open at the end of the year.
He is about to start work on I am an Austrian with music and lyrics by Reinhard Fendrich which will open in Vienna in 2017.
Michael has just completed conducting Sunset Boulevard at the ENO with Glenn Close.
Jon Bausor studied at Oxford University before training on the Motley theatre design course. He designed the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London and the kinetic sculpture to light the flame for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Jon has designed extensively in dance, opera and theatre for companies worldwide including The Royal Opera House, National Theatre, London, National Theatre of Scotland, Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Young Vic, Theatre de Complicité and both Finnish and Norwegian National Ballets.
As an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company he has designed numerous productions including Hamlet, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale and the entire 2012 What Country Friends Is This? season.
Theatre includes: The James Plays (NT/ NTS/ World tour), Bugsy Malone (Lyric, Hammersmith), KURSK (Sound and Fury/Young Vic/ Sydney), Ghost Stories (West End/ Toronto/ Moscow), Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), MAMETZ (National Theatre of Wales- winner best design National Theatre awards and Wales Theatre awards), The Believers (Frantic Assembly), You For Me For You (Royal Court), I Am Yusuf (Shebbahurr, Palestine/ Young Vic, London), Water (Filter/ Lyric/ BAM), Lionboy (Complicité) and Plough and the Stars (Abbey Theatre, Dublin/ Melbourne/ New York/ Boston).
Dance includes: Hansel and Gretel, Ghosts, Pleasure’s Progress (Royal Opera House), Scribblings, Castaways (Rambert Dance), Blood Wedding (Finnish National Ballet), HOWL (Bern Ballet, Switzerland/ Joyce Theatre, New York), Snow White in Black (Phoenix Dance Theatre), In Media Res (Nederlands Dans Theater), The Nutcracker, Carmen, Firebird (Norwegian National Ballet) and Lest We Forget (English National Ballet).
Opera includes: The Knot Garden (Theatre an der Wien), Queen of Spades (Festival Theatre, Edinburgh), The Lighthouse (Teatro Poliziano, Montepulciano), The Human Comedy (Young Vic, London) and The Soldier’s Tale (Old Vic, London/ Baghdad).
German costume designer Meentje Nielsen makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2015/16 Season on Il trovatore, directed by David Bösch and then goes to The National Opera Amsterdam for Le Nozze di Figaro.
Nielsen was born in Hamburg. She studied design at the Berlin University of the Arts with Achim Freyer and began work in 1992 as a set and costume designer for the Berliner Ensemble at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, and at the Volksbühne Berlin. She has designed costumes for Bösch's opera productions of Orlando furioso , Königskinder, Der fliegende Holländer (Frankfurt) and Elektra (Opera Vlaanderen), Die Meistersinger (Bavarian State Opera) She also works widely with Bösch in theatre, including on Blasted (Stuttgart State Theatre), Das Käthchen von Heilbronn , Drei Schwestern (Burgtheater Vienna), Orest , Peer Gynt, Prinz von Homburg (Residenztheater, Munich) and Otello, Kleiner Mann, was nun?, Die Ratten, Der Sturm and Der Diener zweier Herren (Schauspielhaus Bochum).
Nielsen also works regularly with German director Anselm Weber, including on Ein Mann will nach oben, Es wird einmal, Richtfest, Opening Night, Vor Sonnenaufgang, the world premiere of Christoph Nussbaumeder's Eisenstein and Das Leben ist kein Fahrrad for Schauspielhaus Bochum, where she has also designed costumes for Mahir Günşiray's production of Faust. Her other work includes costume designs for Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, directed by Jay Scheib for Darmstadt State Theatre.
Finn Ross trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and designs video and projection for live performance. He has won two Olivier’s, a Tony and a Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle award.
Recent work theatre includes: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway/West End/NY), In the Body of the World & The Crossing (American Reparatory Theatre), American Psycho (Broadway & Almedia); Betrayal (Broadway); Chimerica (Almeida & West End), Closer (Donmar), Master and Margarita, All My Sons, Shunkin (Complicite), Damned by Despair, Green Land (RNT), Die Ringe des Saturn (Schauspielhaus, Köln), Ten Plagues (Traverse); Top Girls (Chichester/West End); Sunset Boulevard (Gothenburg Opera).
Opera includes: The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Royal Opera House), Missa Solemnis (LA Phil); Benvenuto Cellini, Death of Klinghoffer, Death in Venice, Onegin, Simon Boccanegra, Damnation of Faust, Don Giovanni, (ENO); Hänsel und Gretel, Zäuberflote, A Dog’s Heart (DNO, Amsterdam); La clemenza di Tito, Mr Brouček (Opera North), Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Béatrice et Bénédict, Turn of the Screw (Theatre an der Wien), Imago, Rinaldo, Knight Crew (Glyndebourne), Lady from the Sea (Scottish Opera); Beethoven Symphony No. 5 (Chicago Symphony Orchestra); Das Portrait (Bregenz).
Dance includes: Le Petit Prince (National Ballet of Canada), Frankenstein (Royal Ballet) and The Feeling of Going (Skånes Dansteater and Malmö Opera).
For over 40 years Patrick Woodroffe has created the lighting for rock concerts, operas, ballet, architecture and special events.
He has lit and directed shows for artists as diverse as ABBA, Adele, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, The Police and Michael Jackson. He has worked for over thirty years with the Rolling Stones as the band’s lighting designer and creative director.
In the classical world he has lit performances by many important singers, conductors and orchestras including The Three Tenors, Sir George Solti and the London Symphony Orchestra. In opera he has created works in houses in Vienna, Salzburg, Bregenz and Helsinki, often using lighting instead of scenery to convey mood, atmosphere and narrative.
Musical theatre credits include productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Batman Live, Showstoppers, West Side Story and Ben Hur. He also lit the 25th Anniversary Performance of Les Miserables at the O2 Arena and Phantom of the Opera at the Albert Hall.
In film he lit This Is It with Michael Jackson and Martin Scorsese’s Shine A Light, the superb film of the Rolling Stones in performance.
For over twenty years he has lit and helped to produce the famous Vanity Fair Oscar party in Los Angeles.
He has created some important architectural lighting schemes, including those at the O2 Dome, the Lake of Dreams in Las Vegas, Highgrove House, Prague Castle and the gardens at the V & A, and Somerset House in London.
In 2012 he lit the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Olympic and Paralympics Games in London. In 2014 Patrick was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth ll for a lifetime of services to the arts.
With his long-time collaborator Adam Bassett, he runs the international lighting design consultancy, Woodroffe Bassett Design.
Sound Design Awards include: Olivier Award for Memphis, Olivier Award for Merrily We Roll Along, Tony nomination for A Little Night Music, Tony nomination for End Of The Rainbow and Olivier nomination for Top Hat, Olivier nomination for End Of The Rainbow. Pro Sound Award for Best Theatre Sound.
International design includes: Bronx Tale (Broadway), Come From Away (Broadway), Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame (Worldwide), Spring Awakening (Broadway), Disney’s Little Mermaid (Worldwide), Little Prince (Abu Dhabi), Secret Garden (Broadway), Sister Act (UK, Brazil, Italy, France, Holland), Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (Worldwide), Bodyguard (Holland), Let It Be (Broadway, London, Japan, China, Russia, Brazil, Italy, Germany), Titanic (Toronto), Singin’ In The Rain (UK, Russia, Japan, Germany, Australia), EVITA (Las Vegas, Slovenia, Lebanon), Hairspray (UK, China, Singapore, Malaysia), Jesus Christ Superstar (US & European Arena Tours), Moeder Ik Wil De Revue (Holland), The Rocky Horror Show (London, UK, Australia), A Chorus Line (Israel), Fame (London, International Arena Tour), Glee Live (Worldwide Arena Tour), Hair (Slovenia, Spain, Japan), End Of The Rainbow (Broadway, London, Los Angeles), A Little Night Music (Broadway, London, Hungary), Sound Of Music (Malaysia), GREASE (Lebanon, Slovenia, USA), Expert At The Card Table (Las Vegas), Footloose (UK, South Africa, Germany), Buddy (International Arena Tour), Time Travel (Las Vegas), Saturday Night Fever (Korea, Spain, Taiwan), Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK, South Africa, France) and Cats (International Arena Tour).
West End musical design includes: Mrs Henderson Presents, Memphis, I Can’t Sing, In The Heights, Impossible, Top Hat, Merrily We Roll Along, Candide, Pippin, Midnight Tango, Road Show, Aspects Of Love, Sweet Charity, Carousel, Shout!, Fiddler On The Roof, Little Shop Of Horrors, Forbidden Broadway, High Society, Calamity Jane, The Big Life, Tick Tick… Boom!, The Last Five Years and La Cage Aux Follies.
UK tour design includes: The Producers, Nine To Five, Strictly Come Dancing, Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy, Tell Me On A Sunday, High School Musical Two, The Wedding Singer, Anything Goes, Godspell, Annie Get Your Gun, Summer Holiday and Flashdance.
Grammy award winner, Tony, Emmy and Oliver nominated arranger, composer, producer, conductor and trumpeter, Steve Sidwell, has featured on numerous albums, television shows, advertising campaigns and films with his distinctive and innovative orchestrations and compositions.
Television commissions include the 79th Academy Awards, the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, the 2015 Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony, the BBC Music Awards 2014 & 2015, ITV Tonight at the London Palladium, BBC Live at Edinburgh Castle, The Ryder Cup Gala 2014, Robbie Williams Live at The Palladium, Bruce Forsyth Hall of Fame, BBC The Voice Series 1 & 2, Robbie Williams Live At The Albert Hall, The Robbie Williams TV Special, Children In Need Rocks, the BBC Olympic Handover Concert, Victoria Wood’s Christmas Special, Victoria’s Empire, Chris Moyle’s Big Quiz Night, Ant & Dec and the opening of The Dubai World Cup.
Advertising campaigns include the award winning Honda Choir, EE, Honda Illusions, Stella Artois, Guinness, M&S Christmas, Virgin Holidays, Nokia, Heineken, Orange, Bounty, Dulux, Lotto, Walkers, McDonalds, Supernoodles, Coca Cola and Capital Radio.
Theatre credits include orchestrating Beautiful: The Musical for which Steve was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Orchestration. Steve’s 2015 Grammy Award was for the Best Musical Theatre Album for the original cast album Beautiful: The Musical. He also orchestrated We Will Rock You, Made In Dagenham, Our House and Daddy Cool, Viva La Diva, Dancing On Ice Live Tour and Katherine Jenkins Believe show.
Steve has also contributed to film including tracks for Baz Lurhman’s Moulin Rouge and Romeo & Juliet, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Teachers Pet, Spongebob Squarepants, Finding Nemo, Mona Lisa Smiles and 101 Dalmations 2.
Album credits include the orchestration and conducting of Robbie Williams’ multi-platinum selling album Swing Both Ways and Swing When Your Winning. Recent projects include arranging and conducting George Michael, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley (Symphonic), Udo Lindenberg, Helens Fisher, Sarah Brightman, Jeff Beck, Seal, Brian May and Dame Shirley Bassey.
Steve has also performed with many artists including Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Mick Jagger, Mark Knopfler, Amy Winehouse, Snow Patrol, Lily Allen, James Bay, Hozier, Faithless, Cheryl Cole, Muse, Dizzy Rascal, Mika, Take That, Annie Lennox, Leona Lewis, Sir Tom Jones, Sting, Sir Elton John, The Feeling, McFly, Will Young, Bryan Ferry, Joss Stone, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Gregory Porter, Ellie Goulding, Jess Glyne, The Who, Ian Dury, Wet Wet Wet, Charlie Watts, Henry Mancini and Michael Nyman.
Theatre includes: 42nd Street (Drury Lane), Bat Out Of Hell (Coliseum), Carousel (ENO), Cats (Palladium, UK & International Tours), Chicago (West End & UK Tour), Chorus Line (Palladium), Evita (Adelphi), Ghost (Piccadilly), Groundhog Day (Old Vic), Hairspray (Shaftesbury & UK Tours), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Palladium & UK Tour), Jekyll & Hyde (Old Vic), Jesus Christ Superstar (Regents Park), Lord Of The Rings (Drury Lane), Mamma Mia! (Worldwide), Matilda (Cambridge), Million Dollar Quartet (UK Tour), Mrs Henderson Presents (Noel Coward), Once (Phoenix), School of Rock (Adult casting, New London), Shrek (Drury Lane & UK Tour), Sister Act (Palladium), Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd (ENO), The Commitments (Palace & UK Tour), Urinetown (Apollo), Viva Forever (Piccadilly), Wizard of Oz (Palladium).
Regional casting includes: 42nd Street, Kiss Me Kate (Theatre Du Chatelet), Ain’t Misbehavin, A Chorus Line, Guys & Dolls, Oliver!, My Fair Lady, Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible), Divorce Me Darling! (Chichester), Fings Ain’t What They Used To Be, The Etienne Sisters (Stratford East) and Paper Dolls (Tricycle).
Film: The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Joel Schumacher.
Film ensemble casting: Beauty & The Beast (Disney) directed by Bill Condon, Mamma Mia! directed by Phyllida Lloyd and Mary Poppins Returns (Disney) directed by Rob Marshall.
UK dancer casting: Nine, directed by Rob Marshal.
Television: Any Dream Will Do, How Do You Solve A Problem like Maria, I’d Do Anything, Somewhere Over The Rainbow (BBC1), Jerry Springer The Opera, Kombat Opera (BBC2) and The Sound of Music Live (ITV).
Arena tours: Jesus Christ Superstar, Monty Python Live.
David Grindrod Associates are members of The Casting Directors Guild of Great Britain and have recently been appointed as associate artist of the Old Vic Theatre under Matthew Warchus’ artistic direction.
Associate Casting Director: Will Burton CDG / Stephen Crockett CDG
Casting Assistant: Ella Darbyshire
Award-winning Robert D.C. Emery is a multi-skilled musician, equally at home playing or conducting classical and light music through to rock. He started playing the piano at the age of seven, studied at the Royal College of Music and is a teaching descendant of Liszt, Beethoven and Mozart. Making his highly acclaimed London debut when he was only thirteen, he now performs around the world, conducting such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Japanese Philharmonic, British Philharmonic, National Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Basel Symphony, Singapore Lyric, Australian Metropolitan, Perth Philharmonic, Birmingham Philharmonic, Evergreen Philharmonic, Central Aichi and The London Chorus. He has worked with such diverse musical talent as Sir Simon Rattle and Bernard Haitink through to Russell Watson, Blur/Damon Albarn and Petula Clark.
As an arranger, orchestrator or conductor, Emery has worked heavily in Europe, including the world premiers of Der Besuch Der Alten Dame, Dallebach Kari das Musical and Gotthelf das Musical. He is also a specialist in fusing rock/pop bands with symphony orchestras and was the creative force and conductor behind The Lovebugs/Basel Symphony Orchestra and Seven/21st Century Orchestra; all in Switzerland.
As Musical Supervisor, Director or Associate, Robert has worked on; Tanz der Vampire (Theatre des Westerns, Berlin 2016), Jonathan Antoine Believe (National Tour 2015), National TV Awards (O2 Arena and live on ITV), Royal Variety Performance (Palladium), Great Festival of Creativity (Shanghai, China), Zorro the Musical (Garrick, West End), the Broadway film A Tale of Two Cities (Theatre Royal, Brighton), Songs of My Life (Garrick, West End), Betwixt (Ambassadors West End), Variety Club International Awards (Guildhall, London) Opening of St Pancras International (New London Children’s Choir), Plague Songs with Damon Albarn (Barbican), BBC Christmas Celebration (BBC TV Centre), Honk! (Trinity), Red Cross Royal Gala Ball (Mansion House), Celebrating Politics (Westminster Hall), 10 Minute Musical Challenge (Greenwich Theatre), Boorskale (Soho Theatre), And the World Goes Round, Joseph, An Evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rocky Crusades and An Evening of Musicals and Music.
As a producer, he has been involved with the following albums/DVDs: cross-over artist Russell Watson Anthems album and Return of the Voice, Live from the Royal Albert Hall, filmic album Carly Paoli Amore, soul rock artist Seven The Art Is King, the Voice winner Angie Ott Every Second and cross-over artist Joanna Forest How Does It Feel?.
Robert is also an active concert pianist, arranger and composer (currently composing music to all 154 Shakespeare Sonnets and three different musicals). He also runs The Arts Group Limited, where the subsidiaries consist of the UK’s largest national music tuition service, Arts Academy (www.arts-academy.co.uk); a live-event production house, Arts Festivals (www.arts-festivals.co.uk); his own personal orchestra and choir, Arts Symphonic/Arts Voices (www.arts-symphonic.co.uk and www.arts-voices.co.uk); a talent agency, Arts Associates (www.arts-associates.co.uk); a lighting, sound and stage hire business, Arts Solutions (www.arts-solutions.co.uk); a small but perfectly formed record label, Arts Records (www.arts-records.co.uk); and finally a television production company focused on the producing of arts projects on digital media (www.artsproductions.co.uk).
Suzanne is a freelance Choreographer who trained at The Royal Ballet School and performed with The Royal Ballet and Rambert Dance Companies. She has directed the Olivier Awards Ceremony since 2007.
Choreography and movement credits include: Resident Choreographer on Jersey Boys (2009 – 2014); Assistant Choreographer on Jesus Christ Superstar (US Arena Tour); Associate Choreographer on Peggy Sue Got Married (Shaftesbury Theatre); Associate Choreographer on various The Royal Variety Show’s; and the Pop Idol Tour.
TV & Film credits include: Associate Choreographer on Captain America (Director - Joe Johnston); Associate Choreographer on Florence Foster Jenkins (Director Stephen Frears); Choreographer on Star For A Night (BBC), Just Up Your Street (BBC) and re -staging for Strictly Come Dancing; The Ant & Dec Show; Paul O’Grady Show; Children In Need; and many more.
Credits as a performer include: Beyond The Sea (Feature Film – Director Kevin Spacey); and Vanity Fair (Feature Film – Director Mira Nair). National Theatre and West End credits include: Guys and Dolls; Chess; Carrie (also on Broadway); Anything Goes; Hunting of the Snark; and Mack & Mabel.
Suzanne is currently UK Associate / Resident Choreographer on Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.
Media Productions & Solutions International Limited (MPSI) led by Julian Stoneman and his associate, Mark Green, general manage the creative development and commercial presentation of live entertainment in the UK and internationally. With access to some of the most qualified professionals and freelance experts, currently working within all areas of the entertainment industry, the goal of MPSI is to work with investors, producers and suppliers to present world-class productions and events.
MPSI is currently in pre-production on such productions as: Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell The Musical (World Premiere), Murder At The Gates for James Bourne (Busted) and Steven Slater (Spring Awakening) (World Premiere).
Julian and Mark’s combined years of working within theatre and live entertainment has seen them amass such credits as: Adam and Eve and Steve, Pig Farm, McQueen, Follies In Concert, Urinetown, Harvey, Let It Be, Tell Me On A Sunday, Rock Of Ages, Jersey Boys, Finding Neverland, Great Expectations, Driving Miss Daisy, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Billy Elliot, Kristina, Mamma Mia!, A Christmas Carol, Aspects Of Love, The Caretaker, City Of Angels, Grease, Lady In The Van, Miss Saigon, Saturday Night Fever and Three Tall Women. Julian and Mark are also proud to have co-Produced, for 6 years, the Olivier Awards.
Julian is also a Board Member for Historic Royal Palaces.
Roy Gabay for Jumpstart Entertainment (U.S. General Manager) has received five Tony Award nominations and is the recipient of the Tony Award for Best Revival of A View from the Bridge. Most recent projects include Monsoon Wedding, Honeymoon in Vegas, Rock of Ages and Fela!
Simon Marlow became a production manager having previously worked as a stage manager for English National Opera and Scottish Opera. For twenty years he was director and co-owner of Crosbie Marlow Associates.
Simon now runs Marlow Production Management Ltd. Previous productions include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King in London, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard (UK Tour), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour) , The Beautiful Game, and nine international productions of The Phantom of the Opera. Other West End productions include Showboat, Notre Dam De Paris, Napoleon, Lautrec, The Full Monty the Musical, Mamma Mia!, Contact, The Graduate, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Lady in the Van, The Caretaker, The Play What I Wrote, The Breath of Life, Closer to Heaven, Rebecca, Art, Beautiful and Damned, Death of a Salesman, Ducktastic, I am My Own Wife, Heroes, Daddy Cool, Dirty Dancing, Spamalot, Brief Encounter, Equus, The God of Carnage, Deathtrap, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Sister Act, Backbeat, The Lady Killers, Ghost The Musical, Viva Forever, Stephen Ward and The Full Monty (play).
Simon has technically managed 19 international productions of Mamma Mia! In Toronto he production managed Backbeat, The Last Confession and Titanic the Musical, and in London, The Railway Children and In The Heights at Kings Cross Theatre.
Recent projects include a European tour of Dirty Dancing and The Judas Kiss for Mirvish productions in Toronto and BAM in New York. Simon also technically managed the creation of the two new venues at The Kings Cross theatre, for The Donmar Shakespeare season and Lazarus.