Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber is the composer of The Likes of Us, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Jeeves, Evita, Variations and Tell Me on a Sunday later combined asSong & Dance, Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game (now called The Boys in the Photograph), The Woman in Whiteand Love Never Dies. He composed the film scores of Gumshoe and The Odessa File and a setting of the Latin Requiem mass.

His awards include seven Tonys, three Grammys including Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, two International Emmys, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, a BASCA Fellowship and the Kennedy Center Honor.

He currently owns six London theatres, including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the London Palladium.

Christopher Hampton
Book & Lyrics

Christopher Hampton has written extensively for stage, television and film. With Don Black he wrote the book and lyrics for Sunset Boulevardand Dracula the Musical. His plays include When Did You Last See My Mother?, Tales from Hollywood, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Philanthropist, White Chameleon, The Talking Cure and Appomattoxwhich received its world premiere last year at the Guthrie Theatre. Hampton was Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre where he also worked as the company's Literary Manager. He has translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, von Horváth, Chekhov and Yasmina Reza. Hampton wrote the libretto for the opera Appomattox, composed by Philip Glass. His work as a screenwriter includes Carrington, The Honorary Consul, Dangerous Liaisons, Total Eclipse, The Quiet American, Mary Reilly, Atonement and A Dangerous Method. Hampton is the winner of numerous awards worldwide for his work in both film and theatre, and in 1999 he was made a CBE.

Don Black
Book & Lyrics

Don Black has worked extensively in the theatre and film industry. He has previously collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Tell Me On A Sunday, Aspects of Love and Sunset Boulevard, the latter also with Christopher Hampton. His other theatre credits include Billy, Bar Mitzvah Boy, Bombay Dreams, Dracula the Musical and Bonnie and Clyde. Black has contributed songs to many films including Born Free, The Italian Job, Dance With Wolves, Out of Africa, True Grit, To Sir, With Love and five James Bond films. As well as Lloyd Webber, he has previously collaborated with John Barry, Quincy Jones, Jule Styne, Henry Mancini, Michael Jackson, Michel Legrand and Marvin Hamlisch amongst others. His work has received numerous awards internationally, in 2007 he was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and in 1999 he was awarded the OBE.

Richard Eyre

Richard Eyre was Director of the National Theatre from 1988 – 1997. Subsequently he has directed productions including The Crucible on Broadway, Mary Poppins and Private Lives both in the West End and on Broadway, Quartermaine’s Terms in the West Endand The Pajama Game for Chichester Festival Theatre. Eyre will direct his own adaptation of Ghosts later this year for the Almeida Theatre where he last directed The Dark Earth and the Light Sky. On television his credits include Changing Stages, the BAFTA awardwinning Tumbledown and Henry IV Parts 1 and II for the BBC’s 2012 Shakespeare Season. His film credits include Iris, Stage Beauty and Notes on a Scandal. As well as being awarded many times for his film and theatre work, Eyre was knighted in 1997.

Rob Howell
Set & Costume Design

Rob Howell’s work in theatre includesThe Observer; Her Naked Skin, The Reporter, Buried Child, Chips With Everything, Troilus and Cressida, Money, Battle Royal and Howard Katz for the National Theatre; Matilda the Musical (also West End and Broadway), The Shakespeare Review, The Painter of Dishonour, Little Eyolf, Richard III, and The Family Reunion for the RSC; Simpatico, Hard Fruit,and Real Classy Affair for the Royal Court; Tartuffe, The Government Inspector, Vassa, Conversations after a Burial, Lulu (also at the Kennedy Center, Washington), Faith Healer, The Lady from the Sea and Hedda Gabler (also at the Duke of York’s Theatre) for the Almeida;Philadelphia, Here I Come, Habeas Corpus, The Fix, How I Learned to Drive, True West, The Glass Menagerie (also at the Comedy Theatre) and Proof for the Donmar; Deathtrap, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Private Lives, Tom & Clem, Tell Me On A Sunday, The Caretakerand Our House in the West End;Ghost the Musical in Manchester, the West End and Broadway; The Graduate in the West End, Australia and on Broadway; Sunset Boulevard on UK Tour; True West at the Circle in the Square, New York; Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchsat Hampstead Theatre and in the West End; Betrayal at the Theatre D'atelier, Paris, and on Broadway;Simply Heavenly at the Young Vic;Peter Pan at the West Yorkshire Playhouse; Julius Caesar at the Manchester Royal Exchange; Eddie Izzard tours in 1998 and 2000;Endgame at the Albery Theatre, Bash at the Trafalgar Studios, Boeing Boeing at the Comedy Theatre and Broadway, Lord of the Rings at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and Toronto; A Flea In Her Ear, Inherit The Wind, The Norman Conquests (also on Broadway), Speed the Plow andComplicit at the Old Vic; The Last Cigarette at Chichester Festival Theatre and The Trafalgar Studios;Private Lives and Prisoner of Second Avenue at the Vaudeville and most recently Deathtrap at the Noel Coward Theatre. His opera credits include Turn of the Screw for the Welsh National Opera and Sophie's Choice for the Royal Opera House and Carmen for The Metropolitan Opera in New York which opened on New Year’s Eve 2009.

Rob has received numerous Oliver and Tony nominations and has been awarded Oliviers for Best Set Designer in the years 2000 and 2006. For Matilda the Musical this year he won Drama Desk, Outer Critic’s Circle, Oliver and Tony awards.

Peter Mumford

Recent theatre includes: King Kong (Global Creatures/Australia); Old Times, Top Hat, Jumpy, Absent Friends, Much Ado about Nothing, The Lion In Winter, The Misanthrope, An Ideal Husband, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, Prick Up Your Ears, A View From the Bridge (West End); Circle Mirror Transformation, In the Republic of Happiness, Love and Information, Jumpy, Our Private Life, Sucker Punch, Cock, The Seagull, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, Dying City (& set) (Royal Court Theatre); Scenes from an Execution; Twelfth Night, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Reporter, The Hothouse (National Theatre); The Dark Earth and the Light Sky (Almeida); Heartbreak House (Chichester Festival Theatre); Bull, A Taste of Honey, Betrayal (Sheffield Crucible); A Streetcar Named Desire (Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis); set and lighting design for Mojo (Theatre-Rites); The Last of the Duchess (Hampstead Theatre). Opera and Dance credits include: Madama Butterfly, Faust, Carmen, Peter Grimes, 125th Gala (New York Met); Eugene Onegin (LA Opera); The Soldier’s Taleand Pierrot Lunaire (Chicago Symphony); Passion (Minnesota Opera); The Damnation of Faust, Lucrezia Borgia, Madam Butterfly, Bluebeard’s Castle (English National Opera); La Cenerentola (Glyndebourne); Carmen (also set design), Petrushka (Scottish Ballet); Faster, E=mc2, Take Five (Birmingham Royal Ballet); Il trovatore (Paris); Fidelio, Two Widows, Don Giovanni, The Ring (Scottish Opera); Midsummer Marriage (Chicago Lyric Opera); Eugene Onegin and The Bartered Bride (Royal Opera House). Currently directing/designing a concert version of The Ring Cycle for Opera North. Co-directed and designed sets/lighting for L’Heure Espagnole and L’Enfant et les sortilèges (Opera Zuid). Awards include: 1995 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for The Glass Blew In (Siobhan Davies) and Fearful Symmetries (Royal Ballet), 2003 Olivier Lighting Award for The Bacchai (National Theatre). Knight of Illumination Award 2010 for Sucker Punch at the Royal Court.

Paul Groothuis

Born in Holland Paul studied Stage Management at Central School of Speech and Drama.
He joined the National Theatre in 1983 where he designed the Sound for over 120 production during his time there, leaving in 2000

Becoming Freelance in 2000 Paul continued to work throughout the world on a variety of genres. Including Dance, Music, Film and Theatre, both plays and musicals

Paul was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2013 for his work on Sweeney Todd (Chichester and London 2012)

Paul is an Associate (Sound) at Chichester Festival Theatre and a Creative Associate at Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company.

Credits include: Anything Goes (NT & Drury Lane); His Dark Materials; Edmond; Henry V; The Coast of Utopia; My Fair Lady (NT & Drury Lane, UK & US tour); Hamlet (1987); The Oedipus Play; Summerfolk; The Merchant of Venice; The Rose Tattoo; Rafta Rafta; Candide; Oklahoma! (NT, Lyceum & Gershwin, New York); Oh, What a Lovely War!; A Little Night Music; Lady in the Dark; Guys and Dolls; Sunday in the Park With George; Sweeney Todd (NT;, The King and I (London Palladium, UK tour); Endgame (Albery); Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!; Dorian Gray; The Car Man; Edward Scissorhands; Highland Fling; Cinderella; Carousel (NT, West End, Tokyo); Oliver! (Palladium, Drury Lane, UK Tour); Mary Poppins (UK, Holland & USA Tour); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Marguerite (West End and Tokyo); The House of Bernarda Alba; Buried Child; Henry IV Parts I & II; Acorn Antiques; Hamlet (NT 2011); All My Sons (NT.West End);The Cherry Orchard (2011); Children’s Hour; Flare Path; Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; Loyalty. Kiss Me Kate, Sweeney Todd (2012), Pajama Game(Chichester 2013), Old Times (Pinter Theatre 2013) Neville’s Island (Chichester 2013).

Future Projects include, two plays at Hampstead theatre and the re-opening season at Chichester Festival Theatre 

Jon Driscoll
Video & Projection Design

Jon Driscoll studied Cinematography at the National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield and Theatre Design at Croydon College of Art. He is a technical associate of the Royal National Theatre.

Theatre: The Effect, The People, Last of the Haussmans, Travelling Light, Earthquakes In London, The Power of Yes, Nation, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Observer, Gethsemane, Her Naked Skin, Fram, A Matter of Life and Death, The Reporter (National Theatre); ENRON (Headlong); Separate Tables, The Last Cigarette (Chichester); Richard III, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Complicit (Old Vic); Brief Encounter (Kneehigh); The Lightning Play, Whistling Psyche (Almeida); Frost/Nixon (Donmar); Finding Neverland (Leicester Curve); From Here to Eternity, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ghost - The Musical, The King’s Speech, The Wizard of Oz, Love Never Dies, Dirty Dancing, On the Third Day, Glorious, When Harry Met Sally, Our House, Up For Grabs, Dance of Death (West End) and Chaplin - The Musical (Broadway).

Dance: Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden).

Concerts/Events: The Phantom of the Opera (Royal Albert Hall); Blade Runner (Secret Cinema).

Awards: Drama Desk award and Tony award nomination for Ghost – The Musical, Drama Desk nomination for Chaplin – The Musical, Obie award and Olivier award nomination for Brief Encounter, Olivier award nominations for Enron and Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.

Graham Hurman
Musical Supervisor

Recent credits include: Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator for the CATS UK Tour, Musical Supervisor for The Wizard of Oz – Toronto and US Tour. Musical Director for The Wizard of Oz, London Palladium. Prior to that he was the Musical Director of Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane having opened the show in January 2008 with Rowan Atkinson and Jodie Prenger.

Other theatre credits include: Cats, Hamburg - Assistant Musical Director, Starlight Express, Germany - Musical Director, Starlight Express, US Tour - Music Associate, Saturday Night Fever, US Tour & Las Vegas - Music Associate, Starlight Express, 1st National UK Tour -Original Musical Director, Cats, 25th Anniversary UK Tour -Original Musical Director and actress Honor Blackman’s one-woman show, Wayward Women as Musical Director and Piano. Most recently he worked with Alfie Boe and Matt Lucas in preparation for their performance at the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables at the O2 Arena.

Recordings include: Musical Director and Conductor The Wizard Of Oz (2011 Original Cast Recording) and Conductor for Love Never Dies (DVD additional orchestral sessions). Musical Director and Conductor for the 2002 German Cast Recording of Starlight Express and was featured in the television series The Passions Of Girls Aloud for ITV2 conducting Kimberly Walsh singing “On My Own” from Les Misérables. Graham also conducted the 2009 live cast recording of Oliver!

Stephen Mear

Betty Blue Eyes (Novello Theatre), Shoes Director and Choreographer (Sadlers Wells Theatre, The Peacock Theatre), Me and My Girl (Sheffield Crucible Theatre), Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre, Theatre Royal Haymarket) - Olivier Award Nomination for best choreography. Hello Dolly, Gigi (Regents Park) - Received Olivier Award for best Choreography in 2010 for Hello Dolly, as well as OlivierAward for Best Musical.

Mary Poppins (joint choreographer with Matthew Bourne, London, Broadway, UK tour, US Tour and Australia) - Received Olivier Award for best Choreography, Tony Award and Drama Desk nomination for best Choreography, LA Drama Circle Critics Award for best Choreography 2010 and in 2011 the Helpmann award in Australia for Best Choreography.The Little Mermaid (Broadway). For Chichester Festival Theatre: She Loves Me (Director and Choreographer), Music Man, Funny Girl, How to Succeed, Putting it Together, The Grapes of Wrath Just So (North Shore Music Theatre USA) Sinatra (London Palladium and UK tour) - Olivier Award Nomination for best choreography. On The Town (ENO, Paris), Acorn Antiques (London and UK Tour), Tonight’s the Night(Victoria Palace Theatre), Anything Goes (National Theatre and Theatre Royal Drury Lane) - Olivier Award for outstanding Musical Production. Singing in the Rain (Yorkshire Playhouse, National Theatre and Tour) - Olivier Award Nomination for best choreography. Witches of Eastwick (joint choreographer with Bob Avian, London and Australian Tour), The Three Musketeers (Rotterdam), Honk! (Japan and Singapore) Don Giovanni (Royal Opera House), Stepping Out, Smoking With Lou Lou and Half a Sixpence (Yorkshire Playhouse), Soul Train (London and UK Tour) - Olivier Award Nomination for best choreography. Of Thee I Sing (Bridewell Theatre), A Little Night Music (Japan), Bouncers and Women In Love (Derby Playhouse), Shakers (Northampton/Windsor), Love Off The Shelf (Harrogate /Nuffield), Snoopy (Watermill, Newbury), Grease (Athens Greece), She Loves Me (Canada), Ruthie Henshall in Concert (London and Tour)