Mike James – Writer
Mike James has many years of experience writing, adapting and directing for the stage and television. As Artistic Director for the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff and then the Torch Theatre (two of Wales’ leading repertory theatres) he wrote and directed dozens of plays including nine children’s musicals, as well as adapting classics such as the ‘History of Mr Polly’,‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ and ‘Tom Jones’ for the stage. He is also an experienced TV writer/script editor/producer for young people and has worked on ‘Breakfast Serials’, ‘G force’, ‘My Barmy Aunt Boomerang’, ‘ Bits and Bobs’‘Captain Abercrombie’ and ‘Raven’ for BBC, ‘Allsorts’ for Granada TV, ‘Our House’, ‘Upstairs Downstairs Bears’ and ‘Squeak!’ for STV and ‘Woolamaloo!’ for Five.
For Schools TV he has worked extensively on the ‘Look and Read’ series (‘Wordmaster’ – BBC Education) and wrote and produced ‘What’s so good About Roald Dahl?’ for Channel Four. His recent work includes ‘Waybuloo’, ‘Zingzillas’, ‘Something Special’ ‘Gigglebiz’ and ‘Nina and the Neurons’ for BBC Cbeebies. Currently working on Series 4 of ‘Gigglebiz’ starring Justin Fletcher.
In theatre, Mike’s musical drama, ‘Tom’ – based on the early life of the singer Tom Jones – was staged at his birthplace, Pontypridd on March 1st 2014, followed by a ten-week tour of the UK.
In addition, Mike’s drama ‘Somewhere in England’ about the BBC’s move to Bangor, Wales, during the war was produced at Theatr Clwyd in October 2015.
Anna Linstrum – Director
Directing includes: HIGH SOCIETY starring Michael Praed and Daniel Boys (UK Number One Tour); a major revival of the musical THE SECRET GARDEN (Edinburgh Festival Theatre and The Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto); JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH (actor-musician at The Watermill); THE SNOW QUEEN (Sherman Cymru, Cardiff). She directed the hugely successful North American Premier of the West End production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC (The Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto); she was Associate Director for the same show when it premiered at The London Palladium, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and starring Connie Fisher; she also directed a UK national tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC starring Jason Donovan. In 2015 Anna directed the debut UK tour of Maureen Chadwick and Kath Gotts’ CRUSH.
As Associate Director to Jeremy Sams, Anna worked on the UK stadium tour of LITTLE BRITAIN – LIVE!; NOISES OFF (Royal National Theatre, West End/UK tour and Broadway); BENEFACTORS (Albery Theatre, West End); the Olivier Award-Winning SPEND, SPEND, SPEND (Piccadilly Theatre, West End), which she also directed for the Number One UK starring Barbara Dickson. She was also Associate Director on THE KING AND I at the Royal Albert Hall starring Maria Friedman and Daniel Day Kim.
As Staff Director at The Royal National Theatre; NOISES OFF, and THE HEIRESS, (Lyttleton, West End, and UK Tours)
Writing: Anna has translated two plays for the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, and adapted a five-part series TENNESSEE’S WOMEN for the Woman’s Hour drama slot, BBC Radio 4.
She is currently developing a musical adaptation of Noel Streatfeild’s classic children’s novel BALLET SHOES with Tony-Award winning composer Lucy Simon. She is on commission to the Unicorn Theatre to write a music-theatre show based on the novel FLESHMARKET by Nicola Morgan.
Arlene Phillips – Choreographer
Arlene Phillips CBE is a showbiz legend; she has worked with stars from film and TV, to theatre and arenas, as well as becoming one of Britain’s favourite television judges.
Creative Director: Brazouka, Midnight Tango. Channel 4: The Sound of Musicals, The Very Hot Gossip Show. ITV: Britannia High. BBC1 DanceX. ABC: Dance War: Bruno vs Carrie Ann. DVD Barbie Dance.
Director: Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, The Manchester XVII Commonwealth Games, The 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games Official Theme with Sarah Brightman and Jose Carreras.
Choreographer Musicals: Monty Python Live at the O2, Starlight Express, Wizard of Oz, Flashdance, The Sound of Music, Grease, We Will Rock You, Saturday Night Fever, Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar, EFX at the MGM Grand, Matador.
Films: Annie (John Huston), Legend (Ridley Scott), White Hunter, Black Heart (Clint Eastwood), Salome’s Last Dance (Ken Russell), Monty Python’s Meaning of Life and Wind in the Willows (Terry Jones), The Hunger (Tony Scott), Can’t Stop The Music (Nancy Walker), It Couldn’t Happen Here (The Pet Shop Boys), Escape to Athena (George P. Cosmatos).
Television: The Olivier Awards, The Best Possible Taste, An Evening with Michael Ball, The Brit Awards, The Royal Variety Show, The Prince’s Trust, Children in Need, Not The Nine O’Clock News, The Benny Hill Show, Party in the Park, Party at the Palace, Kenny Everett Video Show.
Commercials: Arlene has choreographed over one hundred TV commercials including 7-Up, American Express, Burger King, Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, Levi Jeans, Vidal Sassoon.
Music Videos: Freddie Mercury, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Queen, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, AC/DC, The Bee Gees, Duran Duran, Aretha Franklin, Boy George, Joan Jett, Kiss, George Michael, Cliff Richard, Robbie Williams.
TV Judge: Over The Rainbow (CBC), So You Think You Can Dance (BBC), Strictly Come Dancing (BBC), Strictly Dance Fever (BBC), DanceX (BBC), Let’s Dance for Comic Relief (BBC).
Tim Shortall – Designer
Tim Shortall has worked internationally as a stage designer for both set and costume.
Work in London includes The Overwhelming (National Theatre), The Philanthropist (Donmar Warehouse), Awake and Sing (Almeida Theatre), 900 Oneonta (The Old Vic), A New World (Shakespeare’s Globe), Disappeared (Royal Court), Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), La Cage aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre), See How They Run (Duchess Theatre), Whipping It Up and Telstar (both Ambassadors Theatre), Elton John’s Glasses (Queens Theatre), Body and Soul (Noel Coward Theatre), Top Girls (Trafalgar Studios, also Chichester Festival Theatre), Our Country’s Good and This May Hurt a Bit (both St. James Theatre), Race, King of Hearts, Old Money (all Hampstead Theatre), These Shining Lives (Park Theatre), The Big Fellah and Eugene Onegin (both Lyric Hammersmith), and numerous productions for the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Outside London, Tim has designed for most of the major regional theatres in the UK, favourites being Chichester Festival Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, and Birmingham Rep. Directors with whom he has collaborated regularly include Terry Johnson, Max Stafford Clark, and Rupert Goold.
Tim has also designed for ballet and contemporary dance including works for Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and Norwegian National Ballet among others, and his TV work includes 20th Century Blues for the BBC, with Robbie Williams and Elton John, and The Nightingale for NOS Dutch TV, which won the RAI prize in the Prix Italia for Best Design.
His work has been seen across the US, and he has designed several shows on Broadway, most notably La Cage Aux Folles, (originally produced by the Chocolate Factory and Sonia Friedman in the West End), for which he earned a Tony Award nomination for best scenic design of a musical.
He has recently designed the new musical Mrs Henderson Presents directed by Terry Johnson currently playing in the West End at the Noel Coward Theatre and other projects for 2016 include A View From Islington North directed by Max Stafford-Clark at the Arts Theatre and The Libertine with Dominic Cooper at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. For more details please go to timshortall.com.
Philip Gladwell – Lighting Designer
Theatre credits include; Hairspray (UK Tour) Happy Days A new Musical (UK Tour), The King & I (UK Tour) The James Plays (NTS / World Tour) Radio Times (UK Tour) For Once (UK Tour), Harvest (UK tour), The World of Extreme Happiness, Love The Sinner, (National Theatre), The Twits, The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, No Quarter, Liberian Girl, Oxford Street, Kebab (Royal Court), The Seagull (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Cymbeline (RSC) Before The Party (Almeida), Miss Julie (Schaubühne, Berlin), Blanc de Blanc (Sydney Opera House) LIMBO (Nominated for the Whats On Stage best Lighting Design), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Barbican/US Tour), Further than the Furthest Thing (Dundee Rep, Winner CATS Best Design), Amazonia, Ghosts, The Member of the Wedding, Festa! (Young Vic), One For The Road, God of Carnage, The Festival of Chaos, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Duchess of Malfi (Northampton), Small Hours (Hampstead), Five Guys Named Moe (Underbelly/Theatre Royal Stratford East), Terminus (Abbey Dublin/Australia/New York/Young Vic/fringe 1st Edinburgh), Cinderella, Aladdin (Lyric Hammersmith), Mogadishu, Punk Rock (UK tour), To Clever by Half, You Can’t Take It With You, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Macbeth (Manchester Royal Exchange), My Romantic History (Bush/Sheffield/fringe 1st Edinburgh), The Fahrenheit Twins, Low Pay? Don’t Pay! (Told by an Idiot), Once on This Island (Hackney Empire), Testing the Echo (Out of Joint), The Spire, Design For Living, Drowning On Dry Land (Salisbury Playhouse), First Love is the Revolution, Pastoral, The Boy Who Fell into a Book, Overspill, HOTBOI, Tape (Soho Theatre), Ciara, Swallow (Traverse both fringe 1st Edinburgh). PhilipGladwell.co.uk
Ben Goddard – Musical Supervisor / Arranger
As an Actor: Recently played Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet on the US National Tour of the Broadway production, a part which he created for the West End production (Whatsonstage Award Nomination Best Supporting Actor in a Musical), Noel Coward Theatre. Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard (Olivier nomination best Company Performance) Comedy Theatre West End and Watermill Theatre, Newbury. Arnauld Du Tihl in Martin Guerre, Watermill Theatre. Judas Iscariot in Jesus Christ Superstar National and European Tour.
Also for Andrew Lloyd Webber created the role of Del Copeland and went on to play John Kelly in The Beautiful Game, Cambridge Theatre. Detective Sergeant Trotter in The Mouse Trap, St Martins Theatre. Edward Ireton in Two Cities Salisbury Playhouse for Howard Goodhall, Juan in Murderous Instincts, Savoy Theatre, Damien in Old Big ‘Ead in the Spirit of the Man, Nottingham Playhouse & Tour, Sanders-Draper in The Good Intent, and Tom in The Glass Menagerie both at Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, Charles B Cochrane in Over my Shoulder, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Paris in Romeo and Juliet, ensemble in Oh, What a Lovely War and Amiens in As You Like It all at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre. Horatio in Hamlet & Friar Francis in Much Ado About Nothing Ludlow Festival, Inigo Jollifont in The Good Companions, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Dandini in Cinderella – The Panto with Soul, Theatre Clwyd, Balthazar in Much Ado About Nothing, Royal Exchange Manchester and Boy in Kiss the Sky, Shepherds Bush Empire.
Television & Film include: Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd, Lt Walton in The Somme: From Defeat to Victory BBC, Crispin Yates in Trial & Retribution BBC, Neville in London Bridge Carlton Television & Guy in Bugs BBC. Demon in Gulliver’s Travels with Jack Black.
Ben has Musically Directed countless shows all over the UK and abroad. For the last 11 years Ben has been working as Musical Director for the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich on productions including Little Shop of Horrors, Mods and Rox and many Rock’n’Roll Pantos. He also has written and arranged music for productions worldwide, including writing an original score for a musical version of Two Gentlemen of Verona, which ran successfully in Seoul, South Korea.
Bobby Aitken – Sound Designer
Bobby has been involved with Theatre Sound for over 30 years.
Theatre: Notable / recent work includes, Mackie Messer – Salzburg Festival, Viva Forever! – London, Ghost – London, Broadway and worldwide, Dirty Dancing – London & worldwide, Mamma Mia! – London, Broadway and worldwide, We Will Rock You – London and worldwide, Grease – London and Worldwide, Lennon (Broadway), Return To the Forbidden Planet (London, USA, Japan and Australia). Five Guys Named Moe (London and tours).
Regional work in the UK: Includes productions at The Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Derby Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, Manchester Royal Exchange, Palace Theatre, Watford Leicester Haymarket and The New Wolsey.
Olympic Ceremonies: Bobby was the Sound Designer for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. He has also served as a Consultant for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and 2016 Opening Ceremony in Rio.
Opera: For the past few years, Bobby has been working to create techniques to deliver credible sound reinforcement for large scale, in-the-round opera production. Credits include: Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Aida, Tosca, Aida, La Bohème, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci.
Debbie O’Brien – Casting Director
Debbie’s West End Productions and UK Tours include Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Our House, Carnaby Street, Soul Sister, I Was A Rat!, Thriller Live, Grease, The Snowman, Flashdance, The King and I, The Harder They Come, Show Boat, Dancing in the Streets, The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Saturday Night Fever, Fame, Peter Pan, The Pirates of Penzance, Mum’s the Word, Daisy Pulls It Off, Napoleon, Hedwig and The Angry Inch, La Cava, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Rocky Horror Show, Soul Train, Always, Steaming, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Disgracefully Yours, Doctor in the House, Hormonal Housewives, Mahabharata, Sweet Soul Music, Soul Train, Anything Goes, What a Feeling, Mack & Mabel, A Chorus Line and A Tribute to The Blues Brothers.
Debbie’s Regional Productions include And Then The Dark, Fame, Little Shop of Horrors, The Corstorphine Road Nativity, White Christmas, Robin Hood, Noises Off, It’s a Wonderful Life, Laurel and Hardy, Blues in the Night, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Me and My Girl, Guys and Dolls, Crazy For You, Oklahoma!, The Opera Show, The Pirates of Penzance, Romeo and Juliet, the Comedy of Errors, Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, The Snowman, Side by Side by Sondheim, Santa Claus the Musical, Only You Can Save Mankind and 100% Sex Therapy. Debbie’s media includes Waybuloo, Grandpa in My Pocket, What’s Your News?, Grease Is the Word and Planet Cook. Debbie’s media includes Waybuloo, Grandpa in My Pocket and Grease Is the Word.
David Gallagher – Orchestral Manager
Orchestral Manager: Matilda the Musical, From Here to Eternity (West End), Crush the Musical (Coventry/Brighton/Richmond), Cinderella (The Old Vic), Wolf Hall recordings (Broadway). Musicians’ Contractor: The Lorax, Future Conditional, Richard III, The Tempest, As You Like It, The Cherry Orchard, The Winter’s Tale (all Old Vic), Play Without Words (Sadlers Wells/tour), Groundhog Day workshops, amfAR Cinema Against Aids Gala (Cannes Film Festival), Robin Hood (Film). Music Manager at the RSC from 2010-2011, and Music Manager at the National Theatre from 2000-2010: Musicals included My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Anything Goes, Jerry Springer The Opera, and Caroline Or Change.
Richard Roe – Associate Choreographer
Richard Roe has worked for the last 20 years in a wide variety of projects ranging from the West End and UK television to projects in America, Canada and Europe.
He has appeared as a performer in some of the most iconic shows of the last 2 decades including Cats, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Gypsy, A Chorus Line, Rent, Sweet Charity as well as new and leading edge contemporary theatrical events such as Sinatra, Notre Dame de Paris and the London Palladium stage version of The Wizard of Oz, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
He has worked closely with directors and choreographers such as Peter Darling, Arlene Phillips, Matthew Warchus, Tim Sheader, Liam Steel, Ann Yee and Jamie Lloyd on titles such as The Wizard of Oz, Urinetown, Ben Hur Live, Imagine This and The Lord of The Rings.
In 2014 he also collaborated with Arlene Phillips and the Monty Python team for the Python Reunion at the O2, the 2014 Olivier Awards and he also worked on re-creating the Guinness world record for the largest tap troupe routine for the BBC.
As a choreographer in 2015 he choreographed the world premier of the UK Tour Judy – The Songbook of Judy Garland, starring Lorna Luft; the new musical comedy Crush – The Musical and has restaged the choreography for the American tour of The Wizard of Oz.
Dan de Cruz – Musical Director
Dan gained a BMus (Hons) from the University of Surrey before going on to train on the post-graduate course at Guildford School of Acting.
As an Musical Director, Dan has worked in various theatres around the country on shows such as Aladdin (Voted one of the Top Ten Shows of 2015 by London Theatre 1), Seussical the Musical, Chicago, The Wedding Singer, On The Streets, Little Shop of Horrors, The Dracula Spectacular, FAME, Back to the 80’s, The Pirates of Penzance, Annie, Guys and Dolls, The Wizard of Oz, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph, Oliver, The Mikado, A Christmas Carol, Captain Noah, The Evacuees and Sago The Clown.
Dan has previously worked alongside Ben Goddard as Show MD at the New Wolsey on Beauty and the Beast, Dick Whittington and Mods and Rox.
Dan also has appeared on stage in shows including: Beauty and the Beast, Dick Whittington, Mods and Rox (New Wolsey); Lemon – The Musical (Arts Theatre); The Man Who Stole The Circus (Isis Theatre); Run For Your Wife, They’re Playing Our Song (Queen’s Theatre); Cinderella, Aladdin (City Varieties); Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet (Stafford Castle); Buddy Vs The Killer (Raffles, Singapore); Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood (Theatre Clwyd); My Fair Lady, West Side Story (Aberystwyth Arts Centre); Mr Jenus in Dawlish Road (Soho Theatre); The Far Pavilions, Time’s Up (Shaftesbury Theatre); FAME (Palladium).
Caroline Hughes – Costume Supervisor
Caroline has worked extensively in the costume business for many years as Costume Supervisor and Costume Designer for theatre, opera and dance.
Design projects include, ‘L’Orfeo’ Academy of Ancient Music at Barbican .
‘Housewife 49’ ‘The Hired Man’ ‘Untold Stories’ ‘Sherlock’s Last Case’ Old laundry Theatre. ‘Whalesavers’ ‘Raindance’ ‘Original Features’ and ‘Good Intentions’ ‘Fizz’ for W11 Opera. ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Othello’ (Winner Irish Times Theatre Award- Best Costume) Second Age Theatre Co Dublin. ‘Emperor of Atlantis’ ‘Erismena’ Opera Theatre Co. Dublin .‘Dirty Wonderland’ Frantic Assembly. ‘Enigma of Sin’ ‘Fetch Boy and Fox’ ‘Singles’ ‘ P.O.V.’ Ricochet Dance Co.
As supervisor , ‘Abigail’s Party’ ‘Shadowlands’ ‘Cage Aux Folles’ ‘Telstar’ West End. ‘Sampson et Delila’ ‘La Boheme’ ‘Peter Grimes’ ‘Dialogues des Carmelites’ ‘Madama Butterfly’ ‘Rigoletto’ ‘Capriccio’ Grange Park Opera. ‘Othello’ ‘As you Like It’ Shakespeare’s Globe. ‘Time:code’ ‘The Firebird’ Will Tuckett ROH2
Nina Myskow – Editor-in-chief
Nina Myskow was educated at Wykeham School in South Africa, Bell Baxter School in Scotland, and St Andrews University, where she read English and a lot of trashy novels.
She completed the novels but not the degree, and embarked on her writing career on the teenage magazine, Jackie. She was made editor, becoming the first female editor in the history of the publisher, DC Thomson. She was a Pop writer on The Sun, TV Critic on the Sunday People and the News of the World and her series of celebrity body image interviews, The Real Real Me, was a weekly feature in the Daily Mirror for four years. Her celebrity interviews are published in both national and international publications.
Nina is a regular presenter and guest on This Morning, The Wright Stuff, Big Brother commenting regularly on Eviction nights as well as a popular talking head for MTV programming!
She has appeared on Grumpy Old Woman and Grumpy Old Travelers, Trust Me I’m A Holiday Rep (which she was lucky enough to win) and countless documentaries. A judge on three series of New Faces, a regular panellist on Through The Keyhole, she presented her own show Nina vs. The Rest on BSB and co-hosted The Love Weekend on C4. She has presented, and contributes regularly to, shows on Radio 2, 4 and 5, BBC Radio London and Talk Radio. She lives in the hopes of being invited once again to open a Haagen Dazs ice cream parlour. The contract stated, “Must be photographed sampling the product.” She complied.
Harry Blumenau – Resident Director
Footloose (UK Tour), American Idiot (Arts Theatre – Leicester Square/UK Tour), Starlight Express (UK Tour/Bochum), Legally Blonde (Kilworth House), Close To You – (Criterion Theatre), Sinatra – A Man and His Music (London Palladium), Kinky Boots (Children’s Casting – Adelphi Theatre), Annie (Children’s casting – UK Tour), Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre + UK/International tour), Bodyguard (Children’s casting, Adelphi Theatre + UK Tour), Dirty Dancing (UK tour), Crush The Musical (UK Tour).
Harry is Associate Casting Director at Debbie O’Brien Casting. He is thrilled to be involved with Jackie The Musical, his second show as Resident Director for Anna Linstrum.
Production Manager – Digby Robinson
Company Stage Manager – Andrew Owen
Deputy Stage Manager – Paul Bamford
Assistant Stage Manager – Jenna Prince
Tech ASM/Tour Carpenter – Adrian Emmerson
Costume Supervisor – Caroline Hughes
Tour Chief Electrician – John Rainsforth
Sound 1 – James Cook
Sound 2 – George Chatburn
Head of Wardrobe – Amanda Ozdonmez
Wardrobe 2 – Natalie Bird
LX Programmer – Liam Jones
Production Sound Engineer – Simon King
Production Electrician – Dave Thom
Production Electrician – Gareth Clowes
Production Carpenter – Brendan McEvoy
Assistant to Production Manager – Jenny Thurston