Cast & Creatives
Rula has been on our screens, on radio and on stage for many years. Let's not mention the exact amount…
Iconic TV such as Dr.Who, East Enders, Robin of Sherwood, Rock Follies, many Play Of The Months, Coronation Street for a couple of years and most recently BAFTA nominated Inside No 9 for BBC2.
But her great love has always been theatre: Same Time Next Year, Misery, A Little Night Music, several Ayckbourns, some Shakespeare and many many others…
Most recently the adored Calendar Girls and a sell out tour of Pygmalion with Alistair Mcgowan. Plus a venture into experiential theatre earlier this year with The Frozen Scream. She is also in early rehearsals for a one woman show about Rita Hayworth.
She released her autobiography last year - My Colourful Life - available on Amazon.
When not working, Rula is involved with the various wildlife charities she ardently supports.
Lee Latchford-Evans – actor, singer, dancer and Fitness Expert – made his Edinburgh Fringe debut in2009’s production of Wolfboy, the story of two boys committed to an asylum.
Since then, Latchford-Evans has appeared in various stage productions including Rita Sue & Bob Too, All Creatures Great & Small and numerous pantomimes. Reality television shows such as The Games, Fear Factor, I'm Famous and Frightened, The Match and went on to win Channel 5’s tough military training show Commando VIP – being a 2nd Dan kickboxer probably helped!
His wedding with singer Kerry-Lucy Taylor at a beautiful 18th century mansion in Surrey in 2012 was broadly featured in OK! Magazine, including a group picture with Lee’s bandmates on the cover.
British pop band Steps formed in May 1997 and disbanded in December 2001. In this time they released four studio albums and seventeen singles. Their biggest hits include covers of Bee Gees’ Tragedy and Chain Reaction, also 5 6 7 8, One for Sorrow and Stomp. Steps were nominated for Best Newcomer at 1999 BRIT Awards, won BRIT Award for Best British Live Act in 2000 and sold over 20 million records worldwide, including 14 consecutive top 5 singles.
The band reformed in 2012 with a number one album Gold: Greatest Hits, sell out arena tour and two top rating TV shows. Currently each member of Steps is concentrating on solo work.
(Bogislaw Klopot, Rudolfo Robredo)
Oscar is originally from Spain and he is a recent Musical Theatre graduate from CPA Studios.
His theatre credits include: The Baron in Grand Hotel (Jasmine The Theatre), Ensemble in You, Me, Bum Bum Train (London, West End), Ensemble/Mr Cecco in Peter Pan (Palace Theatre, Newark), Howard/Michael/Gordon in The Dining Room (Jasmine The Theatre), Narrator in The Wind in the Willows (TIE Tour).
Workshops include: Singin' in the Rain (Paris) and Stephen Ward (Aldwych Theatre, West End) both with Stephen Mear.
Film credits include: 007 James Bond - Spectre.
Oscar is delighted to make his Edinburgh Fringe debut and is very excited to be part of this production.
Jessica has just graduated from Guildford School Of Acting.
Theatre credits include Wendy in Peter Pan (Dorking Halls), Sam Bailey In Concert (Lyric Theatre) and the Olivier Awards 2016 in Concert (Royal Festival Hall).
Credits whilst training include Kate Murphy in Titanic, Lucinda in Into The Woods, Ensemble/Narrator in Anyone Can Whistle and Juliet in Romeo & Juliet.
Jessica most recently played the lead role of Sarah in Our House (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre).
After graduating with a Musical Theatre Diploma from The Urdang Academy, Cherelle Jay joined one of UK's finest dance companies Zoonation and debuted in their 5* Some Like It Hip Hop – West End & UK Tour.
She joined the Original Cast of I Can't Sing, The X Factor Musical at The London Palladium – West End.
She has since joined the most recent remixed production of Zoonation's hit show Into The Hoods for both of their London runs and the UK tour.
Cherelle danced on The X Factor for Cher Lloyd and featured as a lead artist in George Sampson’s music video 'Headz up. She has been a dancer on numerous TV shows including NTA's and The Royal Variety Show.
George trained at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
Theatre Includes: Ensemble/Cover Jerry in Top Hat (UK Tour), Ensemble in White Christmas (Festival Theatre, Edinburgh), Dom in Deepover (Camden Fringe), Ensemble/ Cover Ham & Shem in Children Of Eden (Prince of Wales Theatre).
(Pookie, The Morrisons)
Training: Arts Educational Schools London where she was awarded the Lionel Bart Foundation Award and graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Musical Theatre.
Theatre includes: Cover Princess Fiona in Shrek (UK Tour), Gertrude in Seussical (Hong Kong), Get That Beat! (Tristan Bates Theatre), Seussical (Arts Theatre), Evita (UK & European Tour), Masterclass (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Sleeping Beauty (Swansea Grand Theatre), Christmas in New York (Lyric Theatre), Broadway to West End By Special Arrangement (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), RENT (Hampton Hill Playhouse).
Credits whilst training include: Spring Awakening and Footloose (Arts Ed).
Television includes: The Olivier Awards 2011 and M.I. High (BBC) and Perfect Parents (ITV)
(Mother Morag, Assistant and Resident Choreographer)
TRAINING: Arts Educational School (London) graduating with 1st Class BA (HONS) in Musical Theatre.
THEATRE: Resident Director & Cast/Understudied and Played Kate Monster/Lucy in Avenue Q (UK National Tour & Hong Kong); Mayzie La Bird in Seussical (West End); EVITA (UK/International Tour); Julia/Cover Marguerite in Marguerite (London); Thirteen Days - The Musical (Arcola Theatre – London); Back To Reality (Workshop); Lead Vocalist in Dancing Queen (UK/International Tour); Kiss Me Kate (UK National Tour); Kolokolo Bird in Just So (European Premiere); Various Pantomimes across the UK for UK Productions and QDOS Productions.
OTHER: Lead Production Vocalist in Strictly Burlesque (Bournemouth Pavillion); Lead Vocalist in Hooray For Hollywood (Sporting Club, Monte Carlo); Frenchy in Grease (Sian Dubai, Emirates Stadium)
Follow Jess on twitter: @JessicaParkerUK
(Company / Onstage Swing)
Training: Bird College.
Credits while training include: Bobby/Dance Captain in A Chorus Line, Leopard in Just So.
Theatre Credits include: The Dance of Bollywood (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Ensemble in West End Women (Orchard Theatre, Dartford), Dancer in Mountbatten Music Festival (Royal Albert Hall), Cinderella (Princess Theatre, Torquay)
Aaron also appears on the Original Cast Recording of Eurobeat: Moldova
Training: 1st BA (Hons) Musical Theatre, Guildford School of Acting.
Theatre credits include A Spectacular Night of Queen (European Tour), Big Deal/Fight Captain in West Side Story (Kilden Opera House), Pemberton Maxwell in Call Me Madam (Union Theatre), Buddy Rounsaville in Vote For Me (London Theatre Workshop), Caleb Thorpe in The Spitfire Grill (Union Theatre) and Manfred in Sunset Boulevard (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre).
This year Hans has performed with Frankie's Guys on three world wide cruises for Fred Olsen, celebrating the music of Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons and has most recently appeared in the Windsor Rep summer season playing Stanley Stubbers in One Man, Two Guv'nors and Geoffrey Curtis in Deadly Nightcap, produced by Paul Taylor-Mills.
(Company, Onstage Swing)
Training: Sienna trained at the Arts Educational Schools, London.
Theatre credits: Dusty (Charing Cross Theatre), Americana (Theatre Royal Stratford East).
Concert credits: Friday Night is Music Night (BBC Radio 2) and Olivier Awards (Royal Opera House).
Credits whilst training: Defect, Crazy for You and Catch Me If You Can.
Sienna is thrilled to be joining the cast of Eurobeat and would like to thank her family and friends for their continued support.
CHARLOTTE ANNE STEEN
Training: Laine Theatre Arts.
Theatre: 1st cover Sherrie & 1st cover Regina in Rock oF Ages (UK tour); We Will Rock You (arena tour); Kiss Me Kate (Théâtre du Châtelet); Legally Blonde (Kilworth House Theatre); Rent (Tabard Theatre); Pop Factor (UK tour); Princess in Jack and the Beanstalk (Camberley Theatre); Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Epsom Playhouse & Pavilion Theatre Weymouth).
(Effin, Reynaldo Robredo)
Training: The Sylvia Young Theatre School, The National Youth Ballet and Arts Educational Schools, London.
Theatre includes: Shadow & Doc Giles/Crocodile in Wendy and Peter Pan (RSC), Storm Trooper in The Producers (UK Tour), Rabbit/Weasel in The Wind In The Willows (Vaudeville), Original London Cast of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Bell boy in Boy Meets Boy (Jermyn Street), Original London Cast of The Wizard Of Oz (London Palladium), Victor in Cabaret (UK tour), A-Rab in West Side Story (UK tour), Angel in Rent Remixed (Duke Of York's), Baby John in West Side Story concerts (Cyprus), Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island (Theatre Royal, Lincoln), Gideon in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (Theatre Royal, Haymarket and UK tour - Whatsonstage Awards nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical), Grease (Scandinavian tour), Phil Stollens III in On Your Toes (Japan tour), Bill Bailey in Cats (UK tour), Toad in Toad (Sadler's Wells), Nipper and Spider in Oliver! (London Palladium), Silly Billy in Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal, Wakefield); The Cat in Dick Whittington (Richmond and North Wales Theatre, Llandudno) and Michael in Peter Pan (The Orchard Theatre, Dartford).
Film includes: A Christmas Carol (Hallmark Films) and The Perfectionist (BFCS/Loophole Productions).
Television includes: Children In Need, An Audience with the Spice Girls, The Johnny Vaughan Show, Brian Conley's Crazy Christmas and Blue Peter.
SAMUEL J WEIR
(Sverre, The Morrisons)
Samuel trained at the Arts Educational Schools London.
He has recently been touring the UK and Europe with the musical group The Barricade Boys, a male vocal quartet comprised of previous Les Misérables cast members.
Theatre credits include: Brian in The Tinderbox (Charing Cross), Prince Mauritz in Princess Pyllida's Fortnight (Tristan Bates), The Bellboy in Grand Hotel (Southwark Playhouse), Swing in Titanic (Princess of Wales, Toronto), Groom/Bargeman in The Grand Tour (Finborough), Fector in Dogfight (Southwark Playhouse/St.James's Theatre), Young Soldier/Frankie Epps in Parade (Southwark Playhouse), Shake in Carnival Of The Animals (Riverside Studios), Ensemble/Cover Chuck in Monkee Business (Manchester Opera House), Melchior in Spring Awakening (Rose Theatre Kingston), Vocalist in Sondheim at 80: BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall).
Film work: Student Ensemble in Les Misérables (Working Title, Tom Hooper), The Painter in Moving Subject (Met Films), Bastien in À part ça la vie est belle (London Film School).
Commercial work: Lloyds Bank and Dorco Razorblades.
(Creator, Music and Lyrics)
Craig Christie has worked for twenty five years as the principal of No Mates Productions, creating original musicals in educational, community and commercial settings.
His annual Children’s Book Musicals have been seen by over 2 million school children internationally and currently tour Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
Craig’s musical theatre works include Crusade and the original Eurobeat. After winning Best New Musical and breaking box office records at the Edinburgh Festival 2007, Eurobeat went on to tour the UK culminating in an acclaimed West End season in 2008.
His musical Hey Florence has had a series of standing ovation performances in Nashville, New York and Singapore. His current projects include Connected – a musical that explores the theme of cyber bullying and after its successful launch at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 is currently touring Australia and is scheduled to premiere in Finland in 2017.
Other projects in development are the new musical Villainy which is being developed in New York and Get On With It, written with London based writer Amy Golden about her life as a person with profound cerebral palsy which opens in London in July 2016 and My Cinderella which will be launched in Beijing, China in September 2016.
2016 sees the release of Eurobeat – Moldova, a completely original production with new story and songs which will be released this year.
(Music & Lyrics)
Andrew is co-author of the acclaimed musical Eurobeat and its soon-to-be released sequel. He was Assistant Musical Director on Rock Of Ages and The Rocky Horror Show, Leader Of The Pack and Oh, What A Night for New Theatricals and King Kong for Global Creatures and has played piano and keyboards on shows such as We Will Rock You, The Producers, Cats, Beauty & The Beast, Legally Blonde, Wicked and The Lion King.
Andrew has acted as Musical Director for productions of Jon English’s Paris (World Premiere), Into The Woods, Kiss Me, Kate, Anything Goes (University Of Ballarat), City Of Angels (Victorian College of Arts) and Blood Brothers (Manilla Street Productions).
He has also been involved with over a dozen shows by Melbourne’s The Production Company, including Crazy For You, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Grey Gardens and Chess.
Andrew has written six original musicals and been instrumental in the workshopping and production of new Australian works including DreamSong and Eureka. He is currently composing for a work examining the life and art of Frida Kahlo.
A much sought-after accompanist for auditions and performers, Andrew has also toured extensively with cabaret superstars Paul Capsis and Rhonda Burchmore. He is also a skilled arranger/orchestrator.
Training: Northern Ballet School and Mountview Academy Of Theatre Arts.
Directing credits include: Avenue Q (UK Tour 2015/16, Hong Kong & UK Tour 2014), Something Old Something New (Bridewell Theatre), Spear (Courtyard Theatre Hereford), The Lost Christmas (Trafalgar Studios), Betwixt (Edinburgh Festival), Marry Me A Little (Etcetera Theatre).
Choreographic and musical staging credits include: Titanic (Charing Cross Theatre), Laila (Watford Palace & UK Tour), Beyond The Fence (Arts Theatre & Sky Arts), Rumpelstiltskin (The Mac Theatre, Belfast), A Chorus Line and Blood Brothers (Queensland Con, Brisbane), Titanic (Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto), The Grand Tour (Finborough), Avenue Q (UK Tour 2015/16, Hong Kong & UK Tour 2014), Rumpelstiltskin (The Egg, Bath), Before The Night Is Through (Landor), No Way To Treat A Lady (Landor), The Jungle Book (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Titanic (Southwark Playhouse), Sweeney Todd (Centrepoint Theatre, Dubai), Spend Spend Spend (Cockpit Theatre), Seussical (Arts Theatre), A Winter’s Tale (Landor), Marguerite (Tabard), Cats (Centrepoint Theatre, Dubai), Bright Lights Big City (Albany), The Thing About Men (Landor), Our House (BGAC), Songs Of My Life (Garrick Theatre), The Lost Christmas (Waterloo East Theatre), The Wedding Singer (BGAC), Burlesque (Jermyn St Theatre), Britain’s Got Bhangra (UK Tour), FRESHER-The Musical (Edinburgh Festival), The Hired Man (Landor), Merlin And The Woods Of Time and As You Like It (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester), Spring Awakening (UK Tour), The Great British Musical (Criterion Theatre), Great Expectations (UK tour), Cinderella (Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne), Wind In The Willows (Derby Theatre), Departure Lounge (Waterloo East Theatre), Elegies For Angels Punks And Raging Queens (The Black Box, Belfast), A My Name Is Alice (Charing Cross Theatre), A Chorus Line (BAC), Departure Lounge (Edinburgh Festival), Into The Woods (Greenwich Theatre), Jack And The Beanstalk (Theatre Royal,Bury St Edmunds), Blues Brothers Unlimited (Centrepoint Theatre, Dubai), Have A Nice Life (Edinburgh Festival), The Diary Of Me (Harlow Playhouse), Peter Pan (Millfield Theatre), West Side Story (BAC), Lucky Stiff (New Wimbledon Studio Theatre), Where Angels Fear To Tread (Tramway Theatre, Glasgow), Kids From Shame (Upstairs At The Gatehouse), Passage Of Dreams (Bridewell Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Kings Theatre, Portsmouth), Espresso Trasho (Arts Theatre), Dorian (Greenwich Theatre).
Annie has designed extensively both sets and costumes for the theatre in the UK and internationally.
Recent Theatre Designs include: Great Expectations (Vaudeville Theatre, National tour and Film), Noel Coward’s Christmas Spirits (St. James’ Theatre), The Billie Holliday Story (Charing Cross Theatre), The Critic (Blenheim Palace, director Adrian and Joanne Noble), The Once and Future Plays (Arthurian Promenade, written by Mark Ravenhill, Philip Ridley, Nick Dear) and the Port Eliot Festival Stages. Most recently the world première of Never Such Innocence at Australia House.
For the National Theatre: Sparkleshark (Lyttelton and National Tour), The Olivier Awards, The NT’s 21st Birthday Party, The ABSA Awards, The Prudential Awards for the Arts, Tributes to Arthur Miller and Samuel Beckett, Lloyds Bank Young Theatre Challenge, Snakehips Johnson (all Olivier Theatre). Annie is a founder and designer of 10 cycles of National Theatre Connections.
Other theatre includes: Wilton’s Music Hall (The Taming of the Shrew, Wilton’s Vintage Christmas) Riverside Studios, Criterion and Kings Head (Invade My Privacy), Westminster Theatre (Little Shop of Horrors) , Man in The Moon (Crimes of the Heart) and also at The Lyceum Edinburgh, Bristol Old Vic Theatre Royal and New Vic, Hampstead Theatre, Colchester Mercury, Derby Playhouse, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Scottish Opera, Watford Palace, and overseas in Epidaurus, Bari, Florence and Los Angeles.
Film includes: Orange Juice, The Words on the Window Pane
Charity events for The Rainbow Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust, The Almeida Theatre and Amnesty International. Most recently a Gala Evening for 100 Hearts at St Luke’s Old Street and A Source of Life: 25 Years of the Ian Charleson Day Centre at The Actor’s Church Covent Garden.
Winner of the prestigious Charles Landstone Award, and a BFI Award for Best Live Broadcast: Great Expectations.
Will has over thirty years’ experience as a theatre designer and engineer. He has designed for many theatre, opera & ballet productions including: Derren Brown Svengali (Shaftesbury), Macbeth and Tosca (Icelandic Opera). Will designed engineering schemes for The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s), Aspects of Love (Prince of Wales), Oliver! (Palladium), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Palladium), His Dark Materials (NT Olivier) and Wizard of Oz (Palladium).
Will has also designed sets for hugely successful television shows including Howard Goodall’s Story of Music and multiple Darren Brown shows including Enigma and Something Wicked This Way Comes.
His consultancy work includes Almeida Theatre, Islington (which he co-founded), Soho Theatre, London, Newcastle Theatre Royal, The Print Room, Notting Hill, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Antwerp and Royal Shakespeare Theatre Transformation, Stratford-Upon-Avon. Will is a trustee of The Story Museum in Oxford.
When he is not busy designing spectacular feats of engineering in theatres Will is a QI elf with responsibility for some jolly japes.
A Guildhall graduate and an Olivier Award winner Mikes work thankfully takes him all over the world designing lighting for plays, musicals, opera’s and concerts together with events, architecture and special projects.
He has many credits in the West End, on tour and in regional rep. On foreign shores his lighting appears in France, Monaco, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Hong Kong, Macau, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Cuba and the USA.
In the theatre recently acclaim came for classics When We Were Women, Art, The Sisterhood, Great Expectations and Toast and new plays The Odyssey – Missing Presumed Dead, Go See, Propaganda Swing and the European Premiere of The Perfect Life in the latest Norwegian Arts Complex Kilden.
Outside of the theatre his team have lit hundreds of concerts, conferences, parties, private events and even designed the interior lighting for Aircraft including Virgin Atlantic J2000 fleet and the Airbus A380.
In the theatre – an Olivier award for Sunday in the Park with George (Menier Chocolate Factory and Wyndhams Theatre) and a What’s On Stage Design award nominee for On The Waterfront (Theatre Royal Haymarket). Recent credits include The Odyssey (Everyman/Tour), Gods & Monsters (Southwark), Fascinating Aida (London and Tours), Art and Det Perfekte Liv (Norway), Rent (Bridewell), The Witches, Great Expectations and James and the Giant Peach (Dundee Rep); Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well (Charing Cross); Go See (Kings Head); Propaganda Swing (Nottingham/Coventry), Toast (Park/Tour/Broadway), Joe Stilgoe, Songs On Film (Edinburgh), Songs For A New World (Guildford), Cirque Berserk (Tour), 1001 Nights (Saudi Arabia), The Dead Wait (Park Theatre), Keeler (Charing Cross Theatre), Piano Piano (Cottiers), Hairspray (Kuala Lumpur/Singapore), Volcano (Vaudeville Theatre and UK Tour), Funny Peculiar (UK Tour), Dry Rot (UK Tour), The Billie Holiday Story (Charing Cross Theatre), Parade (Old Vic Tunnels), Gibraltar (Arcola Theatre), Fragile (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Dear World (Charing Cross Theatre), The Father (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Murder on the Nile (UK Tour), Verdict (UK Tour) and Larkrise to Candleford (UK Tour). Riccardo Primo (Royal College of Music), The Producers (Arts Ed), Six Actors in Search of a Director (Charing Cross Theatre, directed by Steven Berkoff), Death & Gardening (UK Tour, Edinburgh Festival), Oedipus (Nottingham Playhouse and Edinburgh Festival), Third Floor (Trafalgar Studios), Company (Southwark Playhouse), Billy Liar (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Cabaret (Wilton’s Music Hall), Guys & Dolls (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Educating Rita (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Wolfboy (George Square Theatre, Edinburgh), New Boy (Trafalgar Studios), Hair (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Too Close to the Sun (Comedy Theatre), My Fair Lady (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Anything Goes (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Five Guys Named Moe (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Sunday in the Park With George (Menier Chocolate Factory and Wyndhams Theatre), Othello (Birmingham Stage Company), Sit and Shiver directed by Steven Berkoff (Hackney Empire), Deathtrap (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Seesaw (Arts Ed), The Spring Proms (Royal Albert Hall), The Glee Club (Bolton Octagon and Cochrane Theatre) and The Wood Demon (Playhouse Theatre).
Mike recently created the New Colour Blue series for global giant Lee Filters, immodestly one of them is called Robertson Blue!
Andrew is a Los Angeles based Australian music producer, composer and arranger. After graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor of Applied Music (Composition) Degree majoring in Film Scoring Andrew spent a year working for Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions, working on a host of major blockbuster motion pictures and computer games.
His work with Remote Control included Skylanders - Swap Force (Computer Game) (Additional Music), The Bible (Cable TV Series) (Additional Music), Rush (Motion Picture) (Technical Score Engineer), Side By Side (Motion Picture) (Score Technical Assistant), Girl Rising (Motion Picture Documentary) (Additional Music) Assassin's Creed III - The Tyranny Of King Washington (Computer Game) (Additional Music), The Frozen Ground (Motion Picture) (Score Technical Assistant), Beyond - Two Souls (Computer Game) (Additional Music), Not Another Happy Ending (Motion Picture) (Additional Arrangements), Restless (TV Miniseries) (Additional Arrangements)
In October 2013 Andrew commenced working as a composer for The Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop, a new joint venture between Extreme Music and Sony/ATV. Andrew is currently composing and producing original sound tracks for major US network and cable television series, including Survivor, Alaskan Bush People and Lucha Underground.
Television / Film: I Dream (BBC 1 / 19 Entertainment), starring Christopher Lloyd, casting team on How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria, Any Dream Will Do, I’d Do Anything, Over The Rainbow (all BBC), and Superstar (ITV).
Play credits include: Old Vic New Voices Festival (The Old Vic), Goosebumps Alive (The Vaults), The Mentalists (West End, Wyndhams), Flare Path (UK Tour), On The Piste (UK Tour), Good People – additional casting (West End, Noel Coward), Barking in Essex starring Lee Evans (West End, Wyndhams), Pygmalion (UK Tour), The Mummy (Belgrade, Coventry), April in Paris (UK Tour), September In The Rain (UK Tour), What the Butler Saw (West End, Vaudeville), Duet For One (UK Tour), See How They Run in rep with Twelfth Night (UK Tour), Dancing At Lughnasa (UK Tour), The Madness of George III (UK Tour), Proud (Wimbledon Theatre Studios), Olivier and Tony Award winning Stones in His Pockets (West End, Duke of York’s).
Musical theatre credits include: Guys and Dolls (UK Tour), The Sessions – The Beatles at Abbey Road (Royal Albert Hall and UK/International Arena Tour), The Life (English Theatre of Frankfurt), The Last Tango (UK Tour), Stiles & Drewes Peter Pan in concert (Adelphi Theatre), Follies in Concert (Royal Albert Hall), How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in Concert (Royal Festival Hall), Dance ‘Till Dawn (West End/UK Tour), Thrill Me (Greenwich Theatre), The Infidel (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Saturday Night Fever (UK Tour 2014), Sweeney Todd (Twickenham Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (International Tour), Water Babies (Curve, Leicester), Betty Blue Eyes (UK Tour), 20th Century Boy (UK Tour), Happy Days (UK Tour), Fiddler on the Roof (UK Tour), Barry Humphries Eat, Pray, Love (West End, Palladium), Loserville (West End, Garrick & WYP), Midnight Tango (West End & UK Tour), Taboo (Brixton Club House), The Last Session (Tristan Bates Theatre), The Prodigals (Edinburgh Festival and Belgrade Coventry), Brother Loves Travelling Salvation Show (UK Tour), By Jeeves (Landor Theatre), Footloose (West End & UK Tour), Never Forget (UK Tour), Zorro (West End & UK Tour), The Wedding Singer (UK Tour), Eurobeat (West End & UK Tour), Certified Male (Edinburgh Festival), Fame (West End & UK Tours), Saucy Jack & The Space Vixens (West End), The Genius of Ray Charles (West End), Love Shack (UK Tour), Kiss Me Kate (UK Tour), Olivier Award winning Taboo (West End), The Beautiful & Damned (West End), Calamity Jane (West End), Saturday Night Fever (West End & UK Tours), Starlight Express (Bochum), Romeo & Juliet (West End), Peggy Sue Got Married (West End), Doctor Dolittle (West End & UK tour), Oh! What a Night (West End & UK Tour), Summer Holiday (West End & UK tour), Scrooge (West End & UK tour), Copacabana (West End & UK tour), Fiddler on the Roof (West End & UK tour), Barnum (West End & UK tour), South Pacific (UK tour), Pickwick (UK tours), Oklahoma! (UK tour), Singin’ in the Rain (UK tour), Aspects of Love (UK tour & West End).
Beckman Unicorn toured Great Expectations, adapted by Jo Clifford, across the UK as part of the Charles Dickens bicentenary. The production was the first commercial theatre production to be broadcast live from the West End in to digital cinemas; the recording is currently being shown in HD movie theatres across the globe and is also available on DVD and VOD - www.GreatExpectationsThePlay.com
Their first commission, Piaf's Magician by Matthew Hurt, is scheduled for a semi-staged workshop in 2016.
Darktales, by Tim Arthur, also opens during the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Pleasance One.
Beckman Unicorn is passionately committed to helping develop new talent and to help create a truly theatrical experience for the audience, both old and new; as part of that commitment they jointly created the charity, The Dickens Legacy, with Lucinda Dickens Hawksley - www.dickenslegacy.org
(Producer / Venue Partner)
In 1985 The Pleasance’s founder, Christopher Richardson, took over two performing venues off a street called The Pleasance at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Christopher anticipated the growing demand for alternative theatre spaces for new writing and a generation of performers, directors, designers, technicians and producers yearning to take a risk with new work. As this demand grew the Pleasance added new well-equipped performance spaces each year and in the process became the acknowledged expert in identifying and showcasing new talent and performances from across the world.
This year the Edinburgh operation is running 23 venues with capacity ranging from 50-800 and the programme includes theatre, comedy, magic, music, dance, cabaret and a significant number of productions for, and by, young people (age range (16-23) in furtherance of The Pleasance’s charitable objectives.
By 1995 The Pleasance objectives, business and brand had grown to the point that the new Pleasance Theatre Trust, established as a registered charity with Christopher Richardson as Director until 2005, felt confident to expand, seizing the opportunity of vacant space above a new restaurant in the Omnibus Building in North Road, London, to design and develop a new 280-seat auditorium, and to bring the concentrated energy of the Edinburgh Festival to a year-round operation close to the heart of London’s theatreland – again with an emphasis on providing opportunities for young people and emerging theatre companies / comedians, whether entering the entertainment profession or as part of the audience.
Pleasance London was designed as a theatre for innovation and development. The addition in 2003 of a 50-seat auditorium, The Stagespace, sponsored by The Stage newspaper, has enabled current Director Anthony Alderson (who first joined the Pleasance team in 1987), to respond to the market for more diverse programming while maintaining the flow of larger productions in the main auditorium.
In 2008, the further development of three rehearsal rooms and studios enabled The Pleasance to develop even more ideas and creative energy. This included studio space for Tim Minchin to develop his musical Matilda and David Seidler to first air his new play The King’s Speech.
Both BBC Radio and Television have extended their long connection with The Pleasance by recording many popular shows in the theatre and The Pleasance has been a location for numerous film and television companies, including Britain’s Got Talent and the Peter O’Toole film Venus.
In the 2015 Edinburgh Festival period The Pleasance opened 23 performance spaces to house over 230 productions each day of the festival to an audience of around 460,000 people with a footfall, including food and beverage approaching 520,000.
For many people The Pleasance is the beating heart of the World’s largest arts festival, with an alumni of performers that reads like a Who’s Who of popular culture.
Macrocosmic is a new partnership between two of the industry's most experienced stage and production managers. Ali Day & DJ Bono met on the Rubberbandits show at Soho Theatre in January 2013 and have worked together in theatre & events ever since. They have both followed unconventional career paths.
Ali was the first in-house stage manager at The Comedy Store; has company stage managed in The West End; spent four years as Jo Brand's PA and production stage managed high-profile one night charity galas too numerous to mention. Most recently, she has production managed tours for Sandi Toksvig, Stephen Fry, Stewart Lee, Alexei Sayle, Arthur Smith and Rubberbandits.
Bono started out as a DJ. He still fills floors whenever he plays, but developed his work to include lighting & sound installation; producing club nights and even managing security teams. His knowledge of the club scene cannot be bettered. He discovered he was a natural stage manager, which led, eventually, to spending several months touring One Man Breaking Bad. A tour that saw him overcome challenging venues in Belgium, India and the UK.