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Toggle bio Jordan Luke Gage

Jordan Luke Gage


Jordan trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts on the BBC performing arts scholarship.

Theatre credits include: Marilyn in Taboo (Brixton Clubhouse).

Concert credits include: Lead Vocalist in WhatsOnStage Awards (Palace); Soloist in West End Men (Vaudeville); Chorus in Songs of my life (Garrick).

TV/Film credits include: Adrian Barber in Cilla (ITV); Luc in Cucumber (Channel 4); David in How Not to Disappear Completely (Beyond Mirror productions); Gryffindor student in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Warner Bros).

Credits whilst training include: Doctor Parker in Bat Boy; Guy in Howard Goodall's Girlfriends; Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady.

Jordan is thrilled to be playing the iconic role of Strat and making his West End debut in Bat Out of Hell and would like to thank his family, his friends, and his agent for their ongoing support.

Twitter: JordanLukeGage
Instagram: JordanLukeGage

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Toggle bio Christina Bennington

Christina Bennington


Theatre credits include: Raven in Bat Out of Hell, (Manchester Opera House, London Coliseum and Ed Mirvish, Toronto); 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); Marilyn/Sovereign in A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Repertory Theatre).

Workshop credits include: Pearl in Starlight Express at The Other Palace; Evie in Am Dram: A Musical ComedyThe Famished Land; and Susan in Steven Luke Walker’s The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe.

Recording credits include: Bat Out of Hell Original Cast Album; The Little Prince (BBC); Paradise Lost; The In-Between

Commercial credits include: Benefit 2017 Christmas campaign.

Christina is thrilled to be returning to the West End in Bat Out of Hell and would love to thank her fantastic family for their ongoing support.

Twitter: @christinabenn
Instagram: @christinabennington

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Toggle bio Rob Fowler

Rob Fowler


Born in England, Rob originally trained as a Mechanical Engineer, but decided to pursue a career in musical theatre, starting with the UK touring production of The Buddy Holly Story during which was asked to join the German production of Starlight Express in the roles of Caboose and Rusty/Greaseball.

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 Carmen Cubana; Dan Goodman in Next to Normal.

As a composer, lyricist and frontman of the rock band Morton, Fowler released his first album Pillowtalk enjoying heavy rotation radio airplay with singles Sorry, Irish Girl, Stop Crying Your Heart Out.

In 2008 Fowler starred in the Austrian romantic TV comedy series Ex.

With Beat4Feet Fowler co-wrote the official EHF Champions League 2014 song Do It Like Us.

As Frank’n’Furter in the 2008 original cast of Richard O’Brien’s European touring production of The Rocky Horror Show reloaded Fowler attracted an abundance of new fans and followers.

Fowler is currently working on an original musical The Boy Next Door with book by Stephen Clark, and original music and lyrics by Fowler.

Rob dedicates his performance to his children Luna & Ian.

Twitter: @RealRobFowler

Instagram: @RealRobFowler

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Toggle bio Sharon Sexton

Sharon Sexton


Sharon trained at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin, where she was awarded the Showboat prize for Best Musical Theatre Performer, in her final year. She holds a first class Masters in Directing for Theatre from UCD and enjoys a diverse career as a performer, theatre-maker & cabaret artist. 

Recent credits include the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical (Lesley/Dead Mum cover), for which she was nominated for Broadway World UK's Best Understudy of the Year Award. She made her West End debut in Roddy Doyle's The Commitments (original cast) directed by Jamie Lloyd, at the Palace Theatre.

Sharon is most recognized for her award winning portrayal of Liza Minnelli in Biscuits For Breakfast's production of the hit, one woman show Somewhere Under The Rainbow

Other credits include: Conchita Alvarez in 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 in I, Keano (Olympia Theatre, National Tour); Lily St Regis in Annie (National Concert Hall, Dublin); and Lucy Harris in Jekyll & Hyde (National Concert Hall). 

Television credits include: RTE's Fair City and the black comedy Quinn & O' Grady.  Sharon originated the role of Shannon in Irish the musical, recorded for PBS Television Broadcast.

Twitter: @SharonSextonIRE

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Toggle bio Alex Thomas-Smith

Alex Thomas-Smith


Alex trained at the Arts Educational Schools, London.

Theatre credits include: Ensemble/cover Smokey Robinson in Motown (Shaftesbury Theatre); Julian in the workshop of The Famous Five; Manfred in Sweet Charity (Manchester Royal Exchange); and Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith).

Television credits include: series regular Bubs in DIXI (CBBC); Shakespeare Live! at the RSC; and The Olivier Awards.

For more information, please visit

Twitter: @AlexThomasSmith
Instagram: @AlexThomasSmith

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Toggle bio Danielle Steers

Danielle Steers


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); Respect La Diva (Garrick Theatre).

Other work includes: ITV’s Sunday Night at the Palladium.

Twitter: @DanielleSteers
Instagram: @DanielleSteers

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Toggle bio Wayne Robinson

Wayne Robinson


Theatre includes: Curtis in Save The Last Dance For Me (National Tour); Paul in Kiss Me, Kate (Opera North/National Tour); Lead Vocalist in Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre and International Tour); Benny in In The Heights (Southwark Playhouse); Johnny Edgecombe in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Stephen Ward (Aldwych Theatre) directed by Richard Eyre; Britney in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre and National Tour); Scarecrow in The Wiz (Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse); Seaweed in Hairspray (National Tour); Simba in The Lion King (Paris); and Lead Vocalist in The Magic of Motown (National Tour). 

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Toggle bio Giovanni Spanó

Giovanni Spanó


Giovanni trained at Sylvia Young Theatre School and Laine Theatre Arts. 

Giovanni originated the role of Ledoux in Bat Out of Hell (Manchester/ENO) and is delighted to be returning to this award-winning show.

Further theatre credits include: Harry The Horse and Angie The Ox in Guys & Dolls (Tel Aviv/Savoy Theatre/Phoenix Theatre); Dance ‘Til Dawn (Tour/Aldwych Theatre); Cousin Kevin in The Who's Tommy (Aria Entertainment/Frankfurt); Aladdin in Aladdin (Theatre Royal Windsor); Bohemian Rhapsody (Spirit Production); Simon Zealotes in Jesus Christ Superstar (Really Useful/AEG Arena Tour); Wonderful Town (Royal Exchange Manchester/Tour); Doody in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre); Pepper in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre); Willard in Footloose (West End/Tour); Goody in Fame (Tour); Clarence in Whistle Down The Wind (Aldwych Theatre); Robin in Falstaff (Royal Opera House); Tootles in Peter Pan (Royal Festival Hall).

Screen credits include: The Profesional (Supra Deus Productions); Internet Killed The Video Store (Orchard Productions); Jesus Christ Superstar Arena DVD (Universal Pictures); Dance ‘Til Dawn (Royal Variety Performance); Holby City (BBC).

Original Cast recordings include: Bat Out of Hell; Whistle Down The Wind; Bugsy Malone; and Peter Pan.

He is also the frontman of rock band deVience.

Twitter: @GiovanniSpano5

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Toggle bio Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson


Ryan trained at Laine Theatre Arts.

Theatre Credits include; Ste in Beautiful Thing (Above The Stag Theatre); Peter Pan in Peter Pan (Wyvern Theatre); Sasha inFiddler On The Roof (Chichester Festival Theatre); Mary Poppins (International Tour); Berger in Hair (Hope Mill Theatre); Galileo in We Will Rock You (International Tour); Genie in Aladdin (Venue Cymru); Dick Whittington (White Rock, Theatre, Hastings) and May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favour (UK Tour).

Twitter: @ryan_anders95
Instagram: @ryan_anderson95

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Toggle bio Kyle Anthony

Kyle Anthony


Originally from Wales he trained at Doreen Bird College.

Kyle has played the role of Chistery in the West End production of Wicked and on the show’s International Tour (also cover Boq).

Other credits include: Dick Whittington (Lyceum Theatre, Crewe); Cinderella (Regents Theatre, Stoke); The Royal Variety Performance;  Alesha Dixon’s Let’s Get Excited video & Clothes Show Live.

Twitter: @Kyle_Anth

Instagram: @kyleanth

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Toggle bio Emily Benjamin

Emily Benjamin


Hailing from The Rhondda Valleys in South Wales, Emily trained in Musical Theatre at Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford.

Roles while training include: Dinah in Starlight Express; Arlene in Baby (Bellerby Studio Theatre); and Nickie in Sweet Charity (Yvonne Arnaud).

Workshops include: Steph/Marlene in Summer Street (Regents Studio); Theresa in Can't Stop It (Dominion Studio); and Luca in Tracks (Bellerby Studio).

Theatre credits include: Bat Out Of Hell the Musical (Manchester Opera House, London Colliseum, Ed Mirvish Theatre Toronto)

Emily is so excited to be returning to Bat and would like to thank her brilliant family and friends for their unfailing support.

Twitter: @flemilyremily

Instagram: @flemilyremily

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Toggle bio Christopher Cameron

Christopher Cameron


Christopher trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Theatre credits includes: Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (Beck Theatre); Best of Musical Starnights (German Tour); and A Christmas Carol in Concert (Lyceum Theatre).

Credits whilst training include: Lieutenant Frank Cioffi in Curtains; Press Agent in Babes in Arms; and Gangster in Kiss Me Kate.

Film credits include: Townsperson in Disney's Aladdin directed by Guy Ritchie.

Christopher is thrilled to be making his West End debut in Bat Out Of Hell, and would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support.

Twitter: @ChristopherXVII
Instagram: @ChristopherXO

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Toggle bio Georgia Carling

Georgia Carling


Georgia trained at London Studio Centre, BA (Hons), where she graduated with the Dame Anna Neagle Award.

Theatre credits include: Valkyrie & u/s Raven in Bat Out of Hell (Manchester Opera House, London Coliseum and Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto); understudied/played Cherry and Mrs Pratchett and u/s Charlie Bucket & Violet Beauregarde 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 delighted to be returning to the cast of Bat Out of Hell and would like to thank her family and friends for their ongoing support.

Twitter: @GeorgiaGraceC

Instagram: @GeorgiaGraceC

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Toggle bio Natalie Chua

Natalie Chua


Natalie trained at the Urdang Academy.

Theatre credits include: Spinotti & on-stage swing in Bat Out of Hell (International Tour); Disco Girl in The Donkey Show (Proud Camden); Yoko Ono in The Sessions: a Live re-staging of 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; Bat Out of Hell in Live at the London Palladium & Britain’s Got Talent.

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.

Natalie is thrilled to be returning to London with Bat Out of Hell at the Dominion Theatre.

For more information on Natalie, please visit

Twitter: @Natalie_Chua

Instagram: @natalie_chua1

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Toggle bio Jonathan Cordin

Jonathan Cordin

HOLLANDER (Swing, Fight Captain & Assistant Dance Captain)

Jonathan trained at the Cambridge Performing Arts College at Bodywork Studios. He was head boy and graduated with a Distinction in Professional Musical Theatre.

Jonathan was part of the original cast for the world premiere of Bat Out of Hell The Musical, playing 'Hollander'.  The production toured to the Manchester Opera House, the London Coliseum and the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto. 

Before joining the cast of BOOH, Jonathan spent two years as Swing, Gym Captain and cover Michael and Doctor in the RSC production of Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre. 

Other theatre credits include: Swing, cover Billy, Neil and Jordan in Dirty Dancing (Piccadilly Theatre & original UK Tour); Featured Dancer in Little Belter (UK Tour); Quintus in When in Rome… (Edinburgh Fringe): and Dick Whittington & Aladdin (Towngate Theatre).

Jonathan is delighted to be back in London with the show.

Twitter: @Jono_Cordin

Instagram: @Jono_Cordin

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Toggle bio Rob Copeland

Rob Copeland


Rob trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Theatre credits include: Priest and understudy Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar World Arena Tour (UK and Australia); Vocalist in Another Kind of Magic – Queen in Symphony (Scandinavian Arena Tour); The Priest in Bill Kenwright’s production of Jekyll and Hyde (UK Tour); Spud in The Watermill’s UK tour of Radio Times;  Carl Rosa Opera’s UK Tour of The Pirates of Penzance; vocalist in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in Symphony (European Arena Tour); The Fox, The Owl and the Snake in The Gruffalo (Tivoli Theatre, Dublin).

Rob is the co-creator and host of the theatre podcast ‘Inside The West End’, available now on iTunes and Acast.

Rob also runs his own performing arts school in North London (Copeland Performing Arts) offering West End holiday camps and workshops during the school holidays for children aged 6+ as well as private lessons in public speaking for LAMDA examinations. For more info please visit

Twitter: @rob_copeland @CopelandArts

Instagram: @robcopelandactor

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Toggle bio Hannah Ducharme

Hannah Ducharme


Originally from Portsmouth, Hannah trained at Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts. After graduating she pursued her passion for dance in the 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! – the Star-Spangled Celebration, 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 of The Seas.

Hannah was delighted to make her West End debut in Bat Out Of Hell and is thrilled be returning to continue her journey. She would like to thank her agent, family and husband for their continuous support.

Twitter: @hannahfducharme

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Toggle bio Isaac Edwards

Isaac Edwards


Isaac trained at London Studio Centre.

He recently performed as Ensemble and as Lead Cover on the UK tour and London run of ZooNation's Into the Hoods: Remixed. He then spent 6 months in Dubai performing at Global Village and was Dance Captain on Groove on Down the Road at the Southbank Centre.

He worked on the 2012 Olympic and 2014 Common Wealth Games, and for companies such as PlayStation and Honda.

Isaac is hugely excited to be returning to Bat Out of Hell and is looking forward to the challenges and experiences it will bring.
Twitter: @_IsaacEd
Instagram: @isaac_ed

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Toggle bio Simon Gordon

Simon Gordon

ESQUIVEL (Alternate Strat)

Simon trained at Guildford School of Acting.

His theatrical credits include: Bat Out of Hell (Toronto and London Coliseum); Christian in Moulin Rouge! (Secret Cinema Presents); Mark Antony in Julius Caesar; Young Soldier & Britt Craig in Parade (Dundee Repertory); Jimmy in Jimmy Mac (Gaiety Theatre); Billy (Lead) in King Pit (Sage Gateshead); Danny Zuko in Grease (Song Shop Productions); Prince Charming in Cinderella (Windsor Castle); Alex in Alba Nuadh (RADA).

Television & Film: Himself in ITV’s Superstar (Andrew Lloyd Webber ITV); Prince Naljin (Lead) in Roby and The Gates of Nargara (Cannes Film Festival); Kane (Lead) in Milk (Mice in Cream Productions).

Simon is delighted to be returning to Bat Out of Hell in the West End. 

Twitter: @SiGordon

Instagram: @simongordon

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Toggle bio Collette Guitart

Collette Guitart


Training: Bodywork Company.

Theatre credits include: Dancer in The Royal Variety Performance (London Palladium, ITV); Swing in Wonderland (UK Tour); Ensemble/cover Fate in 27: Rise of a Falling Star (Cockpit Theatre).

Workshop credits include: Dancer in Dusty (Maria Friedman).

Commercial credits include: Chevrolet, Hyundai Billboard. 

Other credits include: Ensemble/Dance Captain in Alice’s Tea Party; Ensemble/Assistant Choreographer in Hallam FM Summer; Ensemble/Assistant Choreographer in They Live In You (The Bloomsbury Theatre Stage); Dancer/Model in Tropic Skin.

Twitter: @ColletteGuitart

Instagram: @ColletteGuitart

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Toggle bio Eric Hallengren

Eric Hallengren


Eric is originally from Gothenburg, Sweden.

He trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) graduating in the summer of 2017. Upon graduating he was immediately cast in American Idiot – The Musical in Copenhagen, Denmark in which he was a member of the Ensemble and also understudied the role of Tunny. 

He has recently finished performing as Lead Singer in Barock n Roll at Western Farm, Boden Sweden.

Other credits include: Lead Singer on board Trond & Trond AS Cruise Ships; Anthony in Sweeney Todd (RWCMD); Soloist in A Night at the Musicals with the Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra; Robbie in Larger than Life (RWCMD).

Eric is absolutely thrilled to making his West End debut in Bat Out of Hell and would like to thank all his family for their constant love and support and dedicates his performance to them.

Twitter: @EricHallengren

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Toggle bio Vicki Manser

Vicki Manser


Vicki trained at the Urdang Academy graduating with a BA Honours Degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre in 2014. 

Theatre credits include: u/s Rasa, Mrs Davies/Marsha, Peggy, Joyce and Gwen in Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre); and swing, u/s Carole King and Genie Klein in Beautiful the Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre).  

Other professional credits include: Magic at the Musicals with the cast of Sunny Afternoon (The Royal Albert Hall); and a featured dancer for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing

Credits whilst training include: Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors; and Kost/ Dance Captain in Cabaret.

Twitter: @vicki_manser

Instagram: @vicki_manser

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Toggle bio Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky

Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky


Rhianne-Louise trained at the Arts Educational School in London having gained The Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship. 

Credits whilst training include: Becky Two-Shoes in Urinetown The Musical; and Ensemble in Big Fish.

Television credits include: D-Day Concert at the Royal Albert Hall; and The Olivier Awards 2015 and 2016 at the Royal Opera House. 

Rhianne-Louise made her West End debut in 2017 in The Book Of Mormon and is thrilled to be joining the cast of Bat Out Of Hell.

Twitter: @rhiannelouise3

Instagram: @rhiannelou

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Toggle bio Aston Newman Hannington

Aston Newman Hannington


Training: Laine Theatre Arts (2012 – 2015).

Theatre credits include: Swing in Bat Out Of Hell (London Coliseum/Ed Mirvish); Mouthpiece in West Side Story (Salzburg Festival); Ensemble in Let's Dance Again (Royal Festival Hall);  Featured Ensemble/Swing in Sinatra: The Man & His Music (London Palladium); Dance Captain/Ensemble/Understudy in Peter Pan (Qdos); Singer/Dancer in the WhatsOnStage Awards (Prince of Wales Theatre); Ensemble/Understudy in Peter Pan (Qdos); Oberon in A Misummer Night’s Dream (Pavillion Theatre); Choir in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre Royal Brighton); Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Miles Theatre).

Television and Film credits include: Male Dance Ensemble in Mary Poppins Returns (Walt Disney Pictures); Sunday Night at the Palladium (ITV).

Aston is thrilled to be returning to London with Bat Out of Hell and would like to thank his family for their continued support!

Twitter: @HanningtonAston

Instagram: @astonhannington

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Toggle bio Eve Norris

Eve Norris


Eve trained at the Guildford School of Acting.

Theatre whilst training: Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Stepmother in Into the Woods; and Golde in Fiddler on the Roof.

Theatre includes: Bat Out of Hell (Manchester Opera House/London Coliseum/Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto).

Eve is really excited to be returning to the cast of Bat Out of Hell for a second year.

Twitter: @eve_norris

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Toggle bio Joseph Peacock

Joseph Peacock


Training: Emil Dale Academy in musical theatre.

Theatre credits include: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour); Burnt Part Boys (The Park Theatre); Grease (The Factory Playhouse); West Side Story (The Factory Playhouse).

Dance Credits include: Young Creatives (Youth Dance England, Wayne McGregor); Sadlers Wells (Ryan Jenkins); Move It (EDSA Company, Gareth Walker).

Television Credits include: Holby City (BBC).

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Toggle bio Kyle Roberts

Kyle Roberts


Kyle is from Newcastle where he began his training under the direction of Emma Roberts at Buzz Dance Company.

Completing his professional training with a 3 Year Diploma course at Masters Performing Arts in Essex, Bat Out of Hell marks Kyle’s West End debut as well as his first job upon graduating in 2018.

Kyle would like to thank his family and friends for their constant love and ongoing support.

Twitter: @K1_Roberts

Instagram: @kyleroberts.1

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Toggle bio Craig Ryder

Craig Ryder


Training: Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (LIPA)

Recent theatre credits include: Bill Austin in Mamma Mia (Pattihio Theatre, Limassol); Angel in Heaven on Earth; Frank / understudy Tick / Bob in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK Tour & New Zealand); Khashoggi in We Will Rock You (UK Tour); Alternate Tick in Original West End Cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre); Rebel Leader / understudy Galileo, Pop and Khashoggi in We Will Rock You (Dominion); Willy / understudy Tony in Copacabana (UK Tour).

Feature film credits include: Sir Percival in Dragons of Camelot (Titan Global Entertainment); David Redgrove in The Indian Bride (FFP New Media); David in Five Days in August (JNP).

Television credits include: Two series of Tim Talent for S4C; Andy J. Simons in The Cast (Jackory Productions); Fireman in Hula Hoops commercial (Publicis); Dafydd in Caerdydd; Darren Caterall in Mostyn Fflint N’Aye; Dylan (regular character) in Pobol Y Cwm (All for S4C); Guest Actor in Paradise Hotel (SKY).

In 2010, Craig established his own Performing Arts school in North Wales.

Craig is delighted to be back at the Dominion and dedicates his performance to his boys, Macsen and Cybi.

Twitter: @MrCraigRyder

Instagram: @MrCraigRyder

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Toggle bio Dawnita Smith

Dawnita Smith


Training: Bird College of Dance and United Dance Productions, Bermuda.

Theatre credits include: Ensemble in 42nd Street (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Ensemble in Aladdin (Prince Edward Theatre); Memphis the Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre); Red Riding Hood (Greenwich Theatre).

Commercial credits include: Zara McFarlane, Move Music Video; Misunderstood, Ghetto Style Music Video.

Recording credits include: Memphis (Original London Cast Recording); and 42nd Street (2017 London Cast Recording)

Twitter: @DawnitaSmith04

Instagram: @djfs_xx

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Toggle bio Courtney Stapleton

Courtney Stapleton

GODDESILLA (Swing & Dance Captain)

Courtney graduated from Arts Educational.

Courtney made her stage debut in Mamma Mia (West End) and has since appeared in Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables (West End), Kerry Ellis Live at the Palladium, and The Olivier Awards.

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 would like to thank her friends and family for the continued love and support and she is thrilled to be continuing in Bat Out of Hell.  

Twitter: @CourtneyJStapes
Instagram: @CourtneyJStapes

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Toggle bio Julie Stark

Julie Stark


Julie trained in musical theatre at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and made her professional debut in We Will Rock You in London’s West End, where she regularly played the roles of Meatloaf and Killer Queen.  It’s great to be back in the Dominion!

Theatre credits include: Gothel in Rapunzel (Gordon Craig, Stevenage and tour); Hold Me Touch Me in The Producers (Gordon Craig, Stevenage); Marion in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (no. 1 UK tour); Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty (Wakefield Theatre Royal); Florence (lead) in Chess (Aberystwyth); Jenny's Mother in Love Story (Duchess Theatre, London); Good Fairy in Sleeping Beauty (Tunbridge Wells); Les Miserables (25th Anniversary tour); Marge Perley/cover Jane and Sukie in The Witches of Eastwick (no. 1 UK tour); Shirley/cover Vonnie in Shout (no. 1 UK tour); and Oolie/Donna in City of Angels (English Theatre, Frankfurt).

Additional credits include: Paris Beggar in Les Miserables (Working Title Films); Jean in Full Circle (UoG Film Production); Eliza Cooper in Ginger (Sondermann Films); Kate (lead) in Children of Angels (Rayvizion); soloist at Scott Alan’s debut London concert (Duchess Theatre, London); the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary concert (02 Arena, London); and many audio book recordings. 


Twitter: @juliejuliestark

For further information, please visit

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Toggle bio Charlotte Anne Steen

Charlotte Anne Steen


Training: Laine Theatre Arts.

Theatre credits include: 42nd Street (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Rock of Ages (UK tour); We Will Rock You (Arena tour); Kiss Me, Kate (Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg); Anitchka in Eurobeat Moldova (Pleasance Grand Theatre); Kiss Me, Kate (Théâtre du Châtelet); Legally Blonde (Kilworth House Theatre); Rent (Tabard Theatre); Pop Factor (UK tour); Beauty and the Beast (Harlow Playhouse); Dandini in Cinderella (Redditch Palace Theatre); Princess in Jack and the Beanstalk (Camberley Theatre); Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Epsom Playhouse & Weymouth Pavilion Theatre).

Television credits include: The Generation Game (BBC); The Royal Variety Performance (ITV); The One Show (BBC).

Cast Recordings include: 42nd Street (London Cast Recording); Eurobeat Moldova (Original Cast Recording).

Twitter: charlotteAsteen
Instagram: charlotte.a.steen

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Toggle bio Sam Toland

Sam Toland

JUDGE (Swing)

Training: The MTA

Theatre Credits Include: Galileo in We Will Rock You (Anthem of the Seas); Bee (Pig) in Three Little Pigs (UK Tour/Palace Theatre/Australian Tour); Ensemble in Cool Rider (Duchess Theatre); Davy in Sunshine On Leith (Bridewell Theatre); Beast in Beauty And The Beast (Bridewell Theatre); Jaguar in Just So (Bridewell Theatre)

Twitter: @sam_toland
Instagram: @tolandsam

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Toggle bio Barney Wilkinson

Barney Wilkinson


Training: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Theatre credits include: Ensemble & u/s Artie Green in Sunset Boulevard (UK Tour).

Credits whilst training: Chess (RCS),
(RCS), Woman On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (RCS).

Twitter: @Barney_WI
Instagram: @barneywi

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Although Jim began in theatre he is best known as a songwriter/producer whose records have sold more than 200,000,000 million copies worldwide.  The L.A. Times described him 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 Theatre, 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 in 1977.  It remains 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 alone, both music and lyrics. The sequel, 1993's Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell, topped the charts in 38 countries.  He wrote all of the songs on 2016's chart topping, Braver Than We Are, again by Meat Loaf.

Number 1 songs include: Total Eclipse Of The Heart (four times, 1983, 1995, 2003 and 2017); Paradise By The Dashboard Light; Dead Ringer For Love; 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.  Musicals include Whistle Down The Wind, with score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Jim Steinman.  He also wrote the score for Tanz der Vampire, a musical staged by Roman Polanski, which opened in Vienna, October of 1997 to rave reviews, record box office and is currently still selling out theatres as it launches it's 20th Anniversary production.  Tanz der Vampire is running throughout Europe (this year in St. Gallen, Switzerland plus Stuttgart, Hamburg and Cologne, Germany, Vienna, Austria and in Prague, Czech Republic). It has also played in other major world cities including Berlin, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Budapest, Warsaw, Helsinki, New York, Paris, Antwerp, Helsinki, Budapest and Tokyo.  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.

In 2017, three special limited-run productions of Bat Out Of Hell The Musical played to nearly half a million people in Manchester and London, England as well as Toronto, Canada.  Playing to sold-out houses the show immediately gathered a devoted following among audiences and all three engagements required extensions to meet ticket demand.  Critics also embraced the show with book, music and lyrics all written by Jim Steinman, directed by Jay Scheib.  The 2 cd cast album, which Jim produced and includes two new songs written specifically for the show, is currently on sale.  Additional productions are planned 2018.

Jim Steinman's 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 is one of the founders of epic rock.  He also played a vital role in the birth of music videos as we know them.  Jim Steinman's music has permeated popular culture the world over in a way that is unequalled by any composer or songwriter that has ever lived.

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Jay Scheib is a director and 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 as a feature film 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 currently holds a Professorship for Music and Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he directs the program in Theater Arts.

Scheib would like to say a special thank you to Laine Rettmer for all the love and support.

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Emma Portner breaks boundaries. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, she shares her unique abilities internationally, in both 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 that she has an "Unstoppable Career" and is "Changing the Dance World", and Capezio writes that she is "Challenging the Standard of Mediocrity" and has been given the title of "Capezio Athlete". In 2012, American Dance Awards named Emma "Young Choreographer of the Year". Since then, her choreography has garnered millions of international views and won several awards, including top placement in the 2014 CAPEZIO A.C.E Awards.

Emma's obsession with dance began at the Leeming Danceworks Studio in Ottawa; she trained summers with the National Ballet School of Canada and graduated with honours from Canterbury High School of the Performing Arts. Later went on to study at the Alvin Ailey School in New York City. She has had the privilege of training with the acclaimed Rubberbandance Group, and she regularly attends Springboard Danse Montreal where she has worked with members of Batsheva Dance Company, Kidd Pivot, and Netherlands Dance Theatre.

Emma manages and directs her New York based contemporary dance company, teaches around the world, and is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, and Intrigue Dance Convention. She is most proud to be a member of Michelle Dorrance's respected tap dance company, Dorrance Dance. Most recently, you can find her on the Cover of Dance Spirit Magazine for her continued and untraditional success. Forever a student, she hopes to keep pushing boundaries while remaining curious, honest, and versatile.

She is now the youngest woman (in documented history) to choreograph a musical.

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Michael Reed, conductor, studied at the RCM (Tagore Gold Medal winner). He has conducted for over twenty West End shows including: Phantom of the Opera; Barnum; On the Twentieth Century; Aspects of Love; Joseph; Whistle Down the Wind; Mr. Cinders; and Singin' in the Rain. He was Musical Supervisor for the worldwide productions of many of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals and also his 50th Birthday Concert. Michael’s international credits include: Dance of the Vampires (directed by Roman Polanski); Die Drei Musketiere; Ich war noch niemals in New York; Dallebach Kari; Gotthelf.

Compositions include: Der Besuch der Alten Dame (with Moritz Schneider); Garbo (with Warner Brown and Jim Steinman); War in Heaven (with Fay Weldon); Rock in a Hard Place (with John Theakston); four Holiday on Ice productions; The Beauty of Magic (Las Vegas).

Film, Television and Radio: Five Royal Variety Show’s; Eurovision Song Contest; three Royal Gala’s (Prince’s Trust); Guys and Dolls; A Little Night Music; Jesus Christ Superstar (BBC Radio 2). Dance music for Victor Victoria; Joseph (DVD); Furia (Music by Brian May).

Recordings: cast albums including Coward’s Bitter Sweet, Ziegfeld and The Phantom of the Opera; Michael Crawford performs Andrew Lloyd Webber; Sarah Brightman’s Surrender’ album; José Carreras’s Passion album and the single Time to Say Goodbye (Brightman and Andrea Bocelli). 

Most Recently: Sunset Boulevard (ENO London Coliseum); Der Medicus (Fulda), where he won with Roy Moore the Deutsche Musical Theater Prize for Best Orchestrations.

Forthcoming: Rock in a Hard Place (London); I am from Austria (Vienna); Bat Out of Hell (London and Toronto).

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Jon trained on the Motley Theatre design course after studying Music as a choral scholar at Oxford University, and the Royal Academy of Music. 

He designed the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games in London in 2012. 

As a set and costume designer, Jon has designed extensively in dance, opera and theatre for companies worldwide including The Royal Opera House, Royal National Theatre, London, National Theatre of Scotland, Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Young Vic, Theatre de Complicité, and both Finnish and Norwegian National Ballets.

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.

Other significant theatre includes: Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith); You for Me for You (Royal Court Theatre- nominated Best Design, Olivier Awards); The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic); The Plough and the Stars (Abbey Theatre/ U.S tour); Lord of the Flies, (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Ghost Stories (West End/Moscow/Toronto); Mametz (National Theatre of Wales - Best Design, UK Theatre Awards and Best Design, Welsh Theatre Awards); The Believers (Frantic Assembly); Terminus (Abbey Theatre, Dublin/ Melbourne/Public Theatre, NY); Kursk (Young Vic/ Sound and Fury – nominated for Best Design, Evening Standard Awards); I Am Yusuf and This Is My Brother (Young Vic/Shebbahurr, Palestine); Lionboy (Complicité/New York) and Water (Filter/ B.A.M New York/ Sydney).

Opera and Dance includes: Hansel and Gretel (Royal Opera House); The Knot Garden (Vienna); The Queen of Spades (Edinburgh Festival Theatre); The Lighthouse (Montepulciano); No Man’s Land (English National Ballet); Scribblings (Rambert); Blood Wedding (Finnish National Ballet) Carmen, and Stravinsky’s Firebird (Norwegian National Opera and Ballet). 

He recently designed and co directed a new production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker for Norwegian National Ballet. Forthcoming work includes a new Take That musical, The Band, premiering at the Manchester Opera House, and a new collaboration with Underworld and Frantic Assembly for the Manchester International Festival. 

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Jon trained on the Motley Theatre design course after studying Music as a choral scholar at Oxford University, and the Royal Academy of Music.

He designed the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games in London in 2012.

As a set and costume designer, Jon has designed extensively in dance, opera and theatre for companies worldwide including The Royal Opera House, Royal National Theatre, London, National Theatre of Scotland, Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Young Vic, Theatre de Complicité, and both Finnish and Norwegian National Ballets.

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. 

Other significant theatre includes: Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith); You for Me for You (Royal Court Theatre- nominated Best Design, Olivier Awards); The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic); The Plough and the Stars (Abbey Theatre/ U.S tour); Lord of the Flies, (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Ghost Stories (West End/Moscow/Toronto); Mametz (National Theatre of Wales - Best Design, UK Theatre Awards and Best Design, Welsh Theatre Awards); The Believers (Frantic Assembly); Terminus (Abbey Theatre, Dublin/ Melbourne/Public Theatre, NY); Kursk (Young Vic/ Sound and Fury – nominated for Best Design, Evening Standard Awards); I Am Yusuf and This Is My Brother (Young Vic/Shebbahurr, Palestine); Lionboy (Complicité/New York) and Water (Filter/ B.A.M New York/ Sydney).

Opera and Dance includes: Hansel and Gretel (Royal Opera House); The Knot Garden (Vienna); The Queen of Spades (Edinburgh Festival Theatre); The Lighthouse (Montepulciano); No Man’s Land (English National Ballet); Scribblings (Rambert); Blood Wedding (Finnish National Ballet) Carmen, and Stravinsky’s Firebird (Norwegian National Opera and Ballet). 

He recently designed and co-directed a new production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker for Norwegian National Ballet. Forthcoming work includes a new Take That musical, The Band, premiering at the Manchester Opera House, and a new collaboration with Underworld and Frantic Assembly for the Manchester International Festival.

German costume designer Meentje Nielsen made 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.

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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 Theatre work 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 & Almeida); 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); Frankenstine (Royal Ballet); The Feeling of Going (Skånes Dansteater and Malmö Opera).

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For over 40 years, Patrick Woodroffe has created the lighting for many rock concerts, operas, ballet, architectural projects and special events.

He has lit and directed shows for concert artists as diverse as ABBA, Adele, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, The Police and Michael Jackson. He has worked for over 30 years with the Rolling Stones as the band’s lighting designer and creative director.

He has created works for the Vienna State opera, the Salzburg Festival, Bregenz Festival and the Helsinki Opera using lighting instead of scenery to convey mood, atmosphere and narrative. 

Musical theatre credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar; Batman Live; Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers; West Side Story; and Ben Hur Live. He lit the 25th Anniversary celebration of Les Misérables 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 record of the Rolling Stones in performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York. For over 20 years, he has lit the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Los Angeles.

He has created many permanent architectural lighting schemes, including those at the O2 Dome, the Lake of Dreams in Las Vegas, Highgrove House for HRH the Prince of Wales, Prague Castle, the Madejski 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 with his long-time collaborator Adam Bassett, with whom he runs the international lighting design consultancy Woodroffe Bassett Design. In 2014, Patrick was awarded OBE for a lifetime of services to the arts.

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Sound Design Award highlights: 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; Olivier nomination for Top Hat; Olivier nomination for End Of The Rainbow; Pro Sound Award for Best Theatre Sound

International Design Highlights: 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 highlights: 42nd Street; 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 highlights: The Producers; Nine To Five; Strictly Ballroom; 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.

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Grammy award winner, Tony, Emmy & Olivier 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 Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony; the BBC Music Awards; The Voice Series 1 & 2; Robbie Williams Live At The Albert Hall; Children In Need Rocks; and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

Theatre credits include: orchestrating Beautiful: The Musical; We Will Rock You; Made In Dagenham; Our House; and Daddy Cool.

Film credits include: Moulin Rouge; Romeo & Juliet; Bridget Jones’ Diary; Teachers Pet; Spongebob Squarepants; and Finding Nemo.

Recording Credits include: Robbie Williams; George Michael; 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; Tom Jones; Sting; 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.

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Theatre includes: Waitress (Adelphi), Only Fools and Horses (Haymarket), 42nd Street (Drury Lane), Carousel (ENO), Cats (Palladium, UK & International Tours), Chess (ENO), Chicago (West End & UK Tour), Five Guys Named Moe (Marble Arch Theatre), Groundhog Day (Old Vic), Hairspray (Shaftesbury & UK Tours), Jesus Christ Superstar (Regents Park), Mamma Mia! (Worldwide), Matilda (Cambridge), Once (Phoenix), School Of Rock (New London), Shrek (Drury Lane & UK Tour), Sunset Boulevard, (ENO & UK Tour), Sweeney Todd (ENO), The Beggar’s Opera (Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord), The Commitments (Palace & UK Tour), Wizard of Oz (Palladium).

Film includes: The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Joel Schumacher. Musical Ensemble Casting: Aladdin (Disney) directed by Guy Ritchie, Beauty & The Beast (Disney) directed by Bill Condon, Mamma Mia! directed by Phyllida Lloyd, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, directed by Ol Parker, Mary Poppins Returns (Disney) directed by Rob Marshall. UK Dancer Casting: Nine directed by Rob Marshall.

Television includes: The Sound of Music Live (ITV BAFTA award), How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria? (BBC 1, 2007 Emmy Award) and all subsequent Andrew Lloyd Webber talent searches.

David Grindrod Associates are members of The Casting Directors Guild of Great Britain. David is an Associate Artist of the Old Vic Theatre under Matthew Warchus’s artistic direction.

Associate Casting Directors:
Will Burton CDG
Stephen Crockett CDG
Fionnuala Hills

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From London, Stuart originally trained in performance at Mountview Academy, then went on to study acting in Hollywood at the Bernard Hiller Studio, and Opera with Carl Penlington-Williams.  In 2010 he went to live and train with the Shaolin Monks at the KunyuShan Temple in China, where upon his return he began fighting as a stuntman in films such Pirates of the Carribean; On Stranger Tides and Clash of the Titans; Wrath of the Titans, to name a few.

It was on set that he met one of the worlds most renowned Stuntmen Claudio Pacifico (Stunt Coordinator for Gangs of New York), who asked Stuart to train with him at his school in Rome; Stunt Concept International Academy.  Thus armed with a diploma in Stunts from Claudio Pacifico, and having already achieved a distinction in all certifications with the BASSC and the SAFD (stage combat qualifications in both UK and US), Stuart continued his work as both a stunt performer and fight director.

Distinguishing himself from other stage fight directors, with his training and experience in real martial arts, (having a black belt in Taekwondo and competing in Sanshou), Stuart has directed fights in various productions around the world.

This has included work for ICS in Hong Kong, Musicalifragilistic in Belgium, Miss Earth China in Shanghai, and more notably for the Cirque style show; Lightseeker for Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore, where he both choreographed and performed an impressive martial arts fight sequence.

Having been a Meatloaf fan his whole life, Stuart is hugely excited to be choreographing the fights for Bat Out of Hell the Musical!

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After graduating from the University of Warwick, and Central School of Speech and Drama, Nick has undertaken a range of roles, including television presenting for the BBC, and work with the Steel Wasp Theatre Company, of which he was a Co-Founder.

As Associate Director of Billy Elliot the Musical in London, he directed no less than 15 Billy Elliots into the show....all of whom taught him a great deal! He worked for Billy on a range of media projects, including the BBC Bruce Forsyth’s 80th Birthday, and 60 years of the BAFTA Awards. He also took four “Billys” to Downing Street, and directed the national “Billy Elliot Youth Theatre” Project.

Nick was Associate Director of Rock of Ages (London) and of the World Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, which opened at the o2 Arena and then toured the UK and Australia. He went on to work as Resident Director for the International Tour of Mamma Mia.

Nick has enjoyed a long association with the internationally-regarded West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Company, with whom he has directed productions as diverse as Guys and Dolls, Coriolanus, Howard Brenton’s Anne Boleyn, and Berkoff’s Metamorphosis.

He has most recently overseen the UK and International Tour of Mary Poppins for Cameron Mackintosh as Resident Director.

Nick is proud to have originated and led Hear the People Sing, an original staging of Les Miserables using over 100 young people from West Yorkshire to celebrate the life and values of the British MP Jo Cox, murdered in 2016.

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Michael’s professional training began in 2010 at London Studio Centre, where he graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree in Theatre Dance. Whilst at the college he added skills in a range of choreographic styles to his core expertise in contemporary and street dance.

From a young age, Michael connected with Street Dance Styles and Contemporary Movement as forms to be both perfected and experimented with. This formed the perfect context for his work with Bat Out of Hell . His association with the show has been multi-faceted, working initially as featured dancer, then progressing to Dance Captain, Resident Choreographer and, most recently, Associate Choreographer. He worked closely with the original creative team in developing the dance style of the show, and continues to enjoy the process of evolving the movement in the show.

Michael’s theatre credits include Blaze (International tour), Young Voices Tour , Breakin' Convention, Global Village Main Stage Shows (Choreographer and Performer), and Splash, working at venues as prestigious as the O2 Arena and the Royal Festival Hall. He also has extensive commercial experience for brands such as. Adidas, Reebok, Red Bull, Beats by Dre, Channel 4 & E4

Having choreographed for arena stages in several different countries, and many of the U.K.’s top dance colleges, Michael is excited to bring his skills to the West End stage, and grateful for the opportunity to work on one of London’s biggest shows.

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Robert D.C. Emery 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.  He now performs around the world, conducting such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Japanese Philharmonic, Vienna Radio-Symphony, Singapore Lyric and Australian Metropolitan.  

As an orchestrator or conductor, Emery was the MD for Russell Watson for 5 years and has worked heavily in Europe, including the world premiers of Der Besuch Der Alten Dame, Dallebach Kari das Musical and Gotthelf das Musical.

As Musical Supervisor, Director or Associate, Emery has worked on: Tanz der Vampire; Jonathan Antoine ‘Believe’; The National Television Awards; Royal Variety PerformanceGreat Festival of Creativity; Zorro the Musical; the Broadway film A Tale of Two Cities and Betwixt

Emery has composed a musical based on the life story of Anna Göldi, which is premiering in Switzerland in September 2017. He has also just conducted the Ben-Hur ‘music to film’ concert with the Sinfonieorchester Basel and Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien with composer/performer Stewart Copeland (drummer from ‘The Police’). 

As a producer, he has worked on Russell Watson’s Anthems album and Return of the Voice, Live from the Royal Albert Hall; classical soprano Joanna Forest’s album Stars Are Rising; soul rock artist Seven The Art Is King; the ‘Voice’ winner Angie Ott’s Every Second.

He also runs The Arts Group Ltd, with subsidiaries consisting of the UK’s largest national music tuition service, Arts Academy; a live-event production house, Arts Festivals; an orchestra and choir, Arts Symphonic/Arts Voices; a talent agency, Arts Associates; and a small record company, Arts Records.

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Recent credits include: Some Lovers (The Other Palace); Associate Director on Sunny Afternoon (West End & UK Tour); Resident Director on Aladdin (Cambridge Arts); and Associate Director to David Grindley on Kafka’s Dick for Theatre Royal Bath (UK tour). 

Other work as director includes: Closer Than Ever (Urdang Academy); UK premiere of Bernarda Alba (Union, for Triptic); Bad Musical for the Trap (Edinburgh Festival); The Tender Land (Arcola); Crazy for You (Eyebrow Productions’ Showtime Challenge at the London Palladium); The Beach (Cockpit); and Modern Dance for Beginners (Camden People’s Theatre).

Work as Assistant Director includes: Assistant Director to Maria Friedman on The Blue Angel (Rehearsed Reading); Our Boys (Duchess); Park Avenue Cat (Arts); Dirty White Boy (Trafalgar Studios); Proud (New Wimbledon Studio); and Hit Me: the Life and Rhymes of Ian Dury (Garrick/UK tour).

Katherine has also worked at the National Theatre Studio helping to develop a number of new musicals.

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Originally from East Lothian Scotland, Xena graduated from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) in 2008, where she focused on contemporary and jazz styles. However, whilst training she began to specialise in Hip Hop dance including Breakdancing and Locking.  This interest led her to travel throughout Europe, Los Angeles and New York with a mission to further her knowledge and training, learning from the best in the Hip Hop Culture including Suga Pop, Richie Rich, Anthony Thomas, Gemini, Crazy Legs and Storm.

Xena has used her many interdisciplinary talents across the globe in Theatre performance, TV, Event Organising and Choreography. She is a sponsored Adidas Athlete, dancer for Kylie Minogue and a solo performer at Sadler’s Wells London, as well as gaining a 5 star review from The Scotsman for her own hip hop theatre production. She has enjoyed a diverse and successful career both on stage and behind the scenes.

Some of her highlights include dancing for Kylie Minogue’s Out of the Blue movie, Rita Ora’s Chime For Change, Kelly Rowland’s MOBO Awards, Snow Patrol’s Don’t Give In, the Channel 5 TV series Jane and Friends, Marks and Spencer TVC and Blues Brothers. She was lead character in Boy Blue’s The Five and The Prophecy of Prana and most recently performed in The Bodyguard The Musical.

Xena has also taught Internationally at Step Studio in Singapore, Swing It Dance Studio in Malmo, Sweden, Mad City in Cologne, Germany, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), Telford College Edinburgh, Dance Works London, Infinity Arts Studios London and the famous Pineapple Dance Studio, as well as choreographing and coaching several dance troupes for the UDO street dance competitions.

Xena is excited to combine her passion for performance, choreography and teaching with the talented cast and creatives of Bat Out of Hell.

Instagram: @xena_gusthart.

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Barry is best known as the composer/lyricist/co-book-writer for the Broadway musical Starmites which was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Since its Broadway run, Starmites (about a teen-age girl who becomes a superhero in the comic book world of Innerspace) has been produced in Japan, UK, France, Canada, and throughout the USA.

At Amherst College, he directed fellow student Jim Steinman’s revolutionary rock musical The Dream Engine (“makes Hair look like Hello Dolly”), and played the Historian, the dramatic and decrepit personification of history. Legendary producer Joseph Papp saw a performance and decided to bring the show to The New York Shakespeare Festival with the student cast and featuring Barry and Jim in the starring roles.

Dream Engine was work-shopped at the Public Theatre and was eventually produced at the Kennedy Center as Neverland, a through-a-glass-darkly version of Peter Pan. Barry directed and starred in this production, and not long after, Jim’s score became the world-wide best-selling album: Meat Loaf/Bat Out of Hell.

Other highlights of Barry’s career have been writing The Muppet Babies Magic Box, an arena show for Jim Henson and the Muppets; directing Penn and Teller in their very first stage show; and co-writing and directing Rhinegold, using Wagner’s libretto for Das Rheingold with an original score by Jim Steinman.

On Broadway, he directed the annual Theatre World Awards for over ten years and received a MAC Award nomination for his cabaret show Hollywood Opera.

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David Alan Sonenberg is an American music manager, and the founder of the music management company DAS Communications. Born and raised in New York, Sonenberg received a degree in Theater at Tufts University and a Juris Doctorate at Harvard Law School.

Sonenberg joined the entertainment law firm of Weissberger & Frosch where he represented Broadway and Off­Broadway musical productions including Hair, Godspell and Cabaret. Sonenberg then established his own law firm and began DAS Communications Ltd., a full­service entertainment management company located in New York City. DAS’s first management project, Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell, set an industry record for a debut album with worldwide record sales to date of more than 50 million.

Clients of DAS Communications include Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman, Jimmy Cliff, Jimmy Iovine, The Spin Doctors, Joan Osborne, The Fugees, Lauryn Hill, The Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, John Legend, Kesha, The Pretty Reckless, Prince Royce and Sean Paul. To date, artists represented by DAS Communications have written, produced, and performed recordings with sales totaling in excess of 300 million records worldwide.

DAS Ventures Ltd., another of the DAS family of companies, entered into agreements with Yoko Ono and the Estate of John Lennon in 1997, which culminated in the launch of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

1997 also saw the release of Sonenberg’s first film project, the acclaimed documentary When We Were Kings about boxer Muhammad Ali, for which Sonenberg received an Academy Award.

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Michael Cohl's career spans over 45 years as a Producer and Promoter for a broad range of entertainment properties, having worked with over 150 of the world’s most recognized artists including Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey, David Gilmour, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, U2, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and many more.

Cohl is the founder and chairman of Iconic Entertainment Studios and is currently developing, producing, and promoting over a dozen properties including Jurassic World: The Exhibition currently running at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Transformers Live, opening in China in 2017, and The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, opening at London's Victoria & Albert Museum in May 2017. 

Cohl was previously the chairman of Live Nation, was inducted into the Canadian Rock n Roll/Music Hall of Fame, and has received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. Among his many other awards, Cohl has also been honored with the Billboard Legend of Live Award, the TJ Martell Foundation Man of the Year Award, and a JUNO Award for Special Achievement.

Cohl has worked on several successful films and theatrical plays such as Pete Seeger: Power of Song (Emmy Award), LENNONYC (Peabody and Emmy Award), Spamalot (Tony Award), Big Easy Express (Grammy Award) and a film about Harry Belafonte, Sing Your Song (NAACP Image Award).

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Tony entered the business as a rock concert promoter and building up a business that included tours by the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who amongst many others not least of which was the first live theatrical performances of the Monty Python touring show. In 1973 having become the largest concert promoter in the UK he sold his interest in the business to Harvey Goldsmith and started a management company and has been manager to Genesis, Phil Collins and Mike + The Mechanics for nearly 40 years and continues to do so. He also manages the interests of Nick Mason of Pink Floyd and together with others manages the continuing activities of Pink Floyd. In the past Tony has been closely involved with the management of Peter Gabriel, Julian Lennon, Peter Frampton and many others. He also managed the career of Stephan Elliott – director of Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert and was closely involved with him during the making of this movie and another Elliott movie Frauds. Tony started a music publishing company in 1975 – Hit & Run Music (Publishing) Limited and successfully built the publishing catalogue through the 80’s and 90’s. In 1999 Tony sold the company to EMI in a multi-million pound deal.

He is founder and owner of Hit & Run Productions and together with his business partner Hilary Shor produced Eye Of The Beholder directed by Stephan Elliott starring Ewan McGregor and Ashley Judd, which attained the No 1 Box Office in US. During 2005 Tony and Hilary also produced Children Of Men directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine. Children Of Men on its release in 2006 was received with critical and commercial success and was nominated for 3 Oscars and 3 BAFTAs.

Recently Tony produced the musical Rock Of Ages in London’s West End to great acclaim and success and is currently producing the Bat Out Of Hell musical as well as continuing his management activities for Genesis, Phil Collins, Mike + The Mechanics and Pink Floyd as well as managing his extensive business interests.

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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: the World Premiere of Murder At The Gates for James Bourne (Busted) & Steven Slater (Spring Awakening); Pirates! a new musical dance spectacular; and Gogglebox Live on Stage

Julian and Mark’s combined years of working within theatre and live entertainment has seen them amass such credits as: Exposure; 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 Tal 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.

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Roy Gabay for Jumpstart Entertainment 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!.

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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; 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; 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 (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 technically managed the creation of the two new venues at The Kings Cross theatre, for The Donmar Shakespeare Season and Lazarus.

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