Billy Elliot The Musical Returns To Australia In 2019/2020 - Adult Cast Announced

Posted by Adelaide Festival Centre on Tuesday 18 December 2018

Universal Theatrical Group, Working Title Films, Greene Light Stage, Michael Coppel Entertainments and Louise Withers Presents are delighted to announce the adult cast for the 10th Anniversary Australian Tour of Billy Elliot the Musical which opens at Sydney Lyric Theatre in October 2019 followed by seasons in Melbourne at the Regent Theatre from February 2020, Crown Theatre Perth from June 2020, QPAC’s Lyric Theatre in Brisbane from July 2020 and the Festival Theatre at Adelaide Festival Centre from September 2020.
 
Featuring music by the legendary Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot the Musical has been seen by almost 12 million people worldwide.  Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, it is the recipient of over 80 awards internationally, including 10 Tony Awards, 5 Olivier Awards and 8 Helpmann Awards. 
 
Starring as the tough but supportive ballet teacher Mrs Wilkinson will be Kelley Abbey, one of Australia's most accomplished performers, internationally renowned choreographer and award-winning creative director. Kelley began her career in the long running TV series E Street before starring on stage in productions including Sweet Charity, Grease the Arena Spectacular and Fame the Musical. Her incredible choreography earnt her a Helpmann Award for The Boy from Oz Arena Spectacular as she has proved to be one our country’s most creative and innovative doyens of dance and live performance. It is only fitting that she now steps into the shoes of Mrs Wilkinson to guide Billy through his unique dance journey. 
 
“I am so thrilled to be playing Mrs Wilkinson and returning to the stage in such a heartfelt and moving show as Billy Elliot the Musical. In my career I have been directing, choreographing and mentoring so many dancers, that playing Mrs Wilkinson who teaches and mentors young Billy, seems a perfect fit! There’s nothing more exciting than nurturing young people to transport themselves via dance and really connect with their authentic selves.”, said Kelley.
 
Justin Smith joins the cast in the role of Dad, Billy’s stoic father. Justin is an acclaimed theatre and screen actor with musical credits including Jesus Christ Superstar and Rent. Most poignantly he also starred as Tony, Billy’s older brother in the original Australian production of Billy Elliot the Musical so it will be very special to see Justin take the generational leap and take on the role of the Dad in this heart-warming story. 
 
Playing Billy’s eccentric Grandma is actress Vivien Davies. Her extensive career has seen her perform in musicals including Les Misérables, Menopause the Musical, Buddy and Dusty as well in many and varied productions with the Melbourne Theatre Company.
 
Billy’s hot-headed brother Tony will be played by Drew Livingston. Drew’s stage work has seen him work extensively since graduating from WAAPA in 2010 including productions for the Sydney Theatre Company and in the acclaimed Australian production of the National Theatre’s War Horse.
 
Award winning actor Robert Grubb stars as George, a miner and the town’s boxing coach. Robert is one of Australia’s most versatile actors having worked extensively on stage and screen starring in many and varied television and film roles including Flying Doctors, Mad Max, and Gallipoli. Robert’s musical theatre credits including MAMMA MIA! the Musical, Sunset Boulevard, We Will Rock You, which earnt him a Helpmann Award and most recently Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
 
Other adult cast members who will form this outstanding company include Dean Vince (Mr Braithwaite), Danielle Everett (Dead Mum) and (in alphabetical order) Justin Anderson, Dion Bilios, Josh Gardiner, Isabel Hawthorne, Matt Heyward, Barbara Hughes, Caroline Kaspar, Alexander ‘Zan’ Kermond, Zoë Komazec,  Sarah Kate Landy, Michael Lindner, Joe Miller, Joshua Russell, David Sirianni, Lisa Sontag, Darren Tyler and Paul Whiteley
 
Australian Producer Louise Withers said, “The outstanding talents of the adult cast including Kelley Abbey, Justin Smith and Robert Grubb, will ensure a special night out. We are privileged to have this remarkable adult company who will soon be joined by the 4 extremely gifted boys who will play the inspiring lead role of Billy. This 10th Anniversary Production will certainly be celebrated with this world class cast.”   The audition process continues for the incredibly talented children who will also be a part of this powerful cast with exciting announcements transpiring in the new year.
 
The hugely successful West End musical premiered in Australia in 2007 as the first international production outside of the UK, prior to its Broadway premiere.  With the first Australian tour concluding in Melbourne in 2009, this new 10th Anniversary Tour kicks off in 2019, ten years after the curtain came down in Australia. Billy enjoyed huge critical acclaim with Sydney and Melbourne audiences flocking to the theatre, however the physical design was so complex at the time, that touring beyond those two cities was not possible.  Now with some clever adjustments, the Producers are delighted that this incredible stage production is able to tour to other capital cities. Now all of Australia can experience the magic and fall in love with Billy Elliot the Musical.
 
Based on the film of the same name, Billy Elliot the Musical is a funny, gritty, heart-warming and feel- good celebration following the journey of a young boy raised in a small British mining town. Set against the backdrop of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy’s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family, the whole community and changes his life forever.
 
Billy Elliot the Musical premiered in London in 2005 and since then has been seen across five continents, winning numerous awards and millions of fans along the way. After winning five Olivier Awards including Best Actor in a Musical for the three Billys and Best Musical, the first international production opened in Sydney in 2007 which garnered eight Helpmann Awards including Best Musical and Best Actor in a Musical for the four boys who shared the role of Billy in 2008. This was followed by an incredibly successful Broadway run which had the extraordinary honour of winning ten Tony Awards in 2009, including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical and Best Male Actor in a Musical for the three boys that shared the role of Billy. Productions have been staged all over the world including the West End, Australia, Broadway, North American tour, Chicago, Toronto, The Netherlands, UK & Ireland Tour, Hamburg, Tokyo and Seoul.
 
Billy Elliot the Musical was brought to the stage by the multiple award-winning creative team behind the film including writer Lee Hall (book and lyrics), director Stephen Daldry and choreographer Peter Darling, joined by Elton John who composed the show’s score. The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch.
 
Billy Elliot the Musical is presented by Universal Theatrical Group, Working Title Films, Greene Light Stage, Michael Coppel Entertainments and Louise Withers Presents and is based on the Universal Pictures / Studio Canal film BILLY ELLIOT.
 
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jon Finn, Sally Greene, Louise Withers, Michael Coppel & Linda Bewick
Executive Producers: Angela Morrison and David Furnish 
Executive Producer Australia: Philippa Gowen 
 
BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL GLOBAL ACCOLADES
  
‘Billy Elliot will knock your socks off sideways!’ – DAILY TELEGRAPH
 
‘A global theatrical phenomenon. A landmark’ – LOS ANGELES TIMES
 
'Billy's a whizz! He'll lift your spirits, make you cry and send you home high with hope' - DAILY MAIL
 
'Funny, touching and shamelessly enjoyable' - THE INDEPENDENT
 
‘Billy Elliot works them to the hilt and sweeps its audience away. Resistance is Useless…Stunning…Beautiful’  - THE AUSTRALIAN
 
‘The musical works with an honesty that few Broadway musicals can match’ - THE NEW YORK TIMES
 
‘A non-stop runaway blockbuster of a smash. The best show you will ever see’ – NEW YORK POST
 
‘A gorgeous musical from top to bottom! Explosive and altogether spirit-lifting. Grabs hold of an audience and sends it soaring!’ - CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
 
 
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CAST
Mrs Wilkinson – Kelley Abbey
Kelley Abbey is one of Australia's most accomplished performers, an internationally renowned choreographer and an award-winning creative director for stage & screen.  Kelley began her career in musical theatre and is renowned for her portrayals of Charity in Sweet Charity, Rizzo in Grease the Arena Spectacular and Carmen in Fame the Musical. Kelley has won Greenroom, Mo, Variety Heart and Helpmann awards for her performances.  Kelley’s international career as a choreographer and director encompasses film, television and stage. Her extensive choreography credits include; for stage - Gale Edward’s Carmen and Salome, and John Bell’s Carmen all for Opera Australia, Helpmann Award winning Fame The Musical in Australia, Asia and South Africa; the Helpmann nominated Footloose, Grease the Arena Spectacular, Hedwig and The Angry Inch, Xanadu, Miracle City, Cabaret the Musical, Funny Girl, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Misanthrope for Bell Shakespeare, Associate Director to Baz Luhrmann on Strictly Ballroom the Musical and Hugh Jackman’s The Boy from Oz Arena Spectacular, which earned her a Helpmann award for Best Choreography. For film; In Her Skin, Goddess and choreographer, lead performer and motion capture consultant on the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar winning film Happy Feet, earning her a Los Angeles Choreography Media Honor. On TV; choreographer and Guest Judge on So You Think You Can Dance (Australia and USA), Superstars of Dance (USA) the Australian I Will Survive, Ultimate High School Musical and Dance Academy 3, AFI Awards, MTV Awards, Aria Awards, The Voice, X Factor and The Logies. Kelley’s early TV career saw her playing the series regular role of Jojo in the Ten Network’s long running series E Street.
 
Dad – Justin Smith
Justin Smith has starred in numerous stage productions, most recently in Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam at the National Theatre of Parramatta, The Long Forgotten Dream, directed by Neil Armfield for Sydney Theatre Company, A Strategic Plan for Griffin Theatre Company, and A Flea in Her Ear and Arcadia for the Sydney Theatre Company. Justin has appeared in many notable productions for Belvoir, Bell Shakespeare, Griffin and the STC and musical theatre productions including Billy Elliot the Musical and Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2019, Justin will reprise the role of William Vaughan in the much anticipated second season of Foxtel’s Secret City alongside Anna Torv and Jacki Weaver and in the second season of the award-winning ABC comedy The Letdown. Justin recently played Glen McNamara in the Seven Network drama Blue Murder: Killer Cop opposite Richard Roxburgh. Other notable television credits include Foxtel’s Deadline Gallipoli, Underbelly: Badness, The Straits and Bastard Boys, for which he was nominated for an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor.  Justin’s feature film credits include Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales starring Johnny Depp; Fred Schepisi’s The Eye of the Storm, Around the Block, Sleeping Beauty, Burning Man, Being Venice and Angst.
 
Grandma – Vivien Davies 
Born in Wales, Vivien came to Australia in 1968. In 1972, her first acting role was with Theatre 62 in Adelaide playing the role of Tilly in Man in the Moon Marigolds. She moved to Melbourne in 1973 to do children’s theatre projects and studied at VCA. She joined the Melbourne Theatre Company to play Mary Mooney in Once A Catholic, followed by roles in A Doll’s house, The Matchmaker, Macbeth and many other plays. She also worked with The Queensland Theatre Company in Playboy of the Western World. Her Musical Theatre shows include; Les Misérables, Scrooge, The Boy from Oz, Sideshow Alley, Menopause the Musical, Hair, Buddy and Dusty. She has most recently been involved with children’s literacy programmes through Wyndham Libraries in Melbourne’s West.
 
Tony – Drew Livingston
Drew toured Australia in the National Theatre’s global phenomenon War Horse.  Theatre credits include Bell Shakespeare’s Henry V (for which he also composed the music earning him a Sydney Theatre Award); Sport for Jove’s Macbeth, Cyrano de Bergerac, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, The Tempest, Romeo & Juliet; Hot House Theatre/Sport for Jove’s The River at the End of the Road; Ensemble Theatre’s Taking Steps and Good People; Titus Andronicus for Cry Havoc.  Drew was also part of the cast in the highly acclaimed Sydney Theatre Company’s Under Milk Wood. He has also performed at the Sydney Opera House, playing ‘Terry’ in The 52 Storey Treehouse and Babies’ Proms for CDP Theatre Producers. On television, Drew has appeared in Channel 9’s Tricky Business. Drew is also an accomplished musician and composer.  He graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a BA in Acting in 2010.   
 
George – Robert Grubb 
Robert graduated from NIDA in 1978. He has worked on many productions with State Theatre Company South Australia, Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company. Other theatre credits include Yes, Prime Minister, Madame Butterfly, Enoch Arden and A Murder Is Announced. His musical theatre credits include MAMMA MIA!, Shane Warne: The Musical, Sunset Boulevard, Company, Into The Woods, A Little Night Music & My Fair Lady with Opera Australia and Strictly Ballroom The Musical. He was awarded the Helpmann Award for his performance in We Will Rock You and received further Helpmann Nominations for My Fair Lady and most recently for his work in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Robert’s film credits include featured roles in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, Phar Lap, Gallipoli and My Brilliant Career. Robert’s many television credits include Flying Doctors, Seachange, Howzat and Neighbours.
 
CREATIVE TEAM 
Music - Elton John
Elton’s career achievements to date are unsurpassed in their breadth and longevity. Elton is one of the topselling solo artists of all time, with 38 gold records and 31 platinum and multi-platinum albums, over 50 Top 40 hits, and he has sold more than 300 million records worldwide. He holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, Candle in the Wind 1997, which sold over 33 million copies. Diamonds the Ultimate Greatest Hits album reached the Top 5 of the UK album charts on its release in November 2017, becoming Elton’s 40th UK Top 40 album in the process, reaching Gold status before the end of the year. This release celebrated 50 years of his songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin. He has also written the music for stage and screen successes Billy Elliot the Musical, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida and The Lion King, which was named the highest-grossing stage show or film release in the world. Elton announced the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour at New York’s Gotham Hall earlier this year. Encompassing 5 continents and over 300 dates, this 3 year long tour will mark his retirement from touring after more than 50 years on the road. To date, Elton has delivered more than 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries since launching his first tour in 1970. April 6th saw the release of Revamp, an album of the world’s biggest musical stars covering some of Elton’s best loved songs. Among the many awards and honours bestowed upon him are 5 GRAMMYs including a GRAMMY Legend award, a Tony, an Oscar, a Best British Male Artist BRIT Award, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Kennedy Center Honor, Legend of Live Award, 13 Ivor Novello Awards and a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II for ‘services to music and charitable services.’ Earlier this year, he received the Crystal Award for this long-standing fight against HIV/AIDS at the World Economic Forum in Davos.  In 1992, Elton established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which today is one of the leading non-profit HIV/AIDS organizations and has raised over $400 million to date in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.
 
Book & Lyrics - Lee Hall
Lee Hall was born and brought up in Newcastle Upon Tyne. He learned theatre at various Youth Theatres in the North East. He has written for Radio, Theatre, Television, Film and Opera and wrote the screenplay of Billy Elliot. Film: Victoria and Abdul (Working Title 2017), War Horse (DreamWorks 2011), Billy Elliot (Working Title Films 2000)  Theatre: Network (National Theatre 2017/2018), Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (National Theatre of Scotland/Live Theatre 2015, UK tour, National Theatre 2016 and West End 2017), The Pitmen Painters (Live Theatre/Royal National Theatre 2007/8/9, Broadway 2010, West End 2011); Billy Elliot the Musical; Cooking with Elvis (Newcastle / West End) Theatre Adaptations: Shakespeare In Love (Noel Coward Theatre), The Barber of Seville (Bristol Old Vic 2003), The Good Hope (Royal National Theatre); Mother Courage (tour/ West End); The Adventures of Pinocchio (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), A Servant to Two Masters (RSC/Young Vic 1999); Mr Puntila and his man Matti (Almedia Theatre 1998) Opera:  English adaptation of Il Pagliacci (English National Opera 2008). Radio (all BBC): I Luv You Jimmy Spud (1996), Spoonface Steinberg (1997), I Love You, Ragie Patel (1997), The Sorrows of Sandra Saint (1997); Blood Sugar (1997); Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (from Vargas Llosa 1998); Gristle (1999); Child of the Snow (2000); Child of the Rain (2000).
Director - Stephen Daldry
Stephen was Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre. He has directed and produced many productions in the West End and on Broadway. His highly acclaimed production of Matthew Lopez’s twopart play, The Inheritance, won the Evening Standard Best Play Award for 2018 and is currently playing at the Noel Coward Theatre, London. His co-production with director, Justin Martin, of The Jungle by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson recently opened to huge acclaim at St Ann’s Warehouse in New York having transferred from the Playhouse Theatre, London. Stephen’s award-winning National Theatre production of An Inspector Calls is currently touring the US following a highly successful tour of the UK. Billy Elliot the Musical ran at the Victoria Palace Theatre for 11 years. It has played on Broadway and worldwide. Stephen’s first four films Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close together received 19 Academy Award® nominations and two wins. Stephen is Executive Producer and Director on the highly acclaimed Netflix series The Crown by Peter Morgan for which he won the 2018 Director of a Drama Series Primetime.
Choreography - Peter Darling
Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (West End); Matilda (RSC & West End, Broadway, Australia - Best Choreographer, Olivier Award, 2012); Billy Elliot dir. Stephen Daldry, (London, New York, US Tour, Australia - Best Choreographer, Olivier Award, 2006, Tony award Best Choreographer 2009); The Lord of the Rings dir. Matthew Warchus; (London, Toronto); Our House dir. Matthew Warchus (Cambridge Theatre - Best Choreographer, Olivier nomination, Best Musical Olivier Award 2003); Merrily We Roll Along for The Donmar Warehouse - (Best Choreographer, Olivier nomination, Best Musical Olivier Award 2001); Candide for the National Theatre (Best Choreographer, Olivier nomination, Outstanding Musical Production 2000 Olivier Award); Oh What a Lovely War! For the National Theatre 1999  Off – West End: Closer to Heaven for The Pet Shop Boys/Really Useful Group (Best Choreographer, Theatregoer’s Choice Award 2002) Other credits include the stage musical of The Lord of the Rings (Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto); Power (National Theatre) dir. Lindsey Posner; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic); Sunset Boulevard for the Really Useful Group (UK Tour); The Tempest for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Edward II, The Country Wife, As You Like It, Twelfth Night (all dir. Michael Grandage). Film: For Really Useful Films - The Phantom of the Opera dir. Joel Schumacher. For Working Title\Tiger Aspect films - Billy Elliot dir. Stephen Daldry (MTV Best Dance Sequence and America Choreography nominations) For Miramax - Plots With a View dir. Nick Hurran, and Trauma.

Set Design - Ian MacNeil
National Theatre: Machinal (Critics’ Circle Award), An Inspector Calls (West End and international; Olivier and Critic Circle Awards), The Amen Corner, Angels in America (Broadway). Royal Court: Far Away, A Number, Via Dolorosa (West End and Broadway), Plasticine (Evening Standard Award). Young Vic: Afore Night Come, Tintin, Vernon God Little, A Doll’s House (West End and BAM). Almeida: Festen (West End and Broadway; Evening Standard Award), Little Revolution. West End: Billy Elliot the Musical (Broadway and international; Tony Award).  Broadway: Betrayal.
 
Costume Design - Nicky Gillibrand
Nicky trained as a fashion textile designer. She works as a costume designer in Theatre and Opera and occasionally as a set designer. Winner of the Gold Award for Best Costume Design, Prague Quadrenale 2003 for A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is a Visiting Professor at University of the Arts London (UAL) Theatre credits:  Angels in America (New York); The Twilight Zone (Almeida Theatre); Billy Elliot the Musical (worldwide); Once in a Lifetime, Measure for Measure, The Trial, Public Enemy, Hamlet, Government Inspector,  Vernon God Little, Annie Get Your Gun, The Good Soul of Szechuan, King Lear, Six Characters in Search of an Author (Young Vic); Angels in America, Everyman, The Seagull, A Little Night Music, Mother Clapp’s Molly House, Powerbook, Tales from the Vienna Woods set and costumes (National Theatre); Jumpers (National Theatre, West End, Broadway); In Basildon (Royal Court Theatre); The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Lupa (RSC); By the Bog of Cats (West End); Camille set and costumes (Lyric Hammersmith); Proverb (Royal Ballet). Opera and dance credits: Don Giovanni (dir Richard Jones), La Fanciulla Del West, Rodelinda, The Magic Flute, Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, Don Giovanni (dir Rufus Norris), Turk In Italy, Boris Godunov, Pelleas and Melisande, Peter Grimes (English National Opera); Wind in the Willows (ROH and West End - Olivier nomination Best Costume Design); Anna Nicole (Brooklyn Academy of Music); Boris Godunov, Il Trittico, Anna Nicole, The Gambler, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Royal Opera House), Queen of Spades (Royal Opera House, Naples, Geneva); Die Zauberflote (Netherlandse Opera, Festival D’Aix-En-Provence), Rusalka (Copenhagen, Finland); The Fiery Angel (La Monnaie, Brussels); Pelleas et Melisande (Munich); The Rape of Lucretia, Der Rosenkavalier, Gianni Schicchi, The Miserly Knight, Flight, Don Giovanni (Glyndebourne); La Traviata, Hansel and Gretel set and costumes, Of Thee I Sing, Pelleas and Melisande, Don Carlos, Wozzeck (Opera North); War and Peace (Paris); Midsummer Marriage (Munich).  Film: Institute Benjamenta Dir. Brothers Quay.

Lighting Design - Rick Fisher
Born in Philadelphia, Rick is the winner of Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Billy Elliot the Musical on Broadway and a Helpmann Award for Billy Elliot the Musical in Sydney, two Olivier Awards for Best Lighting Design, and a Tony Award for An Inspector Calls. He has lit Billy Elliot the Musical since its inception – running in London for eleven years, also Broadway, Australia, North American tour, UK tour, Holland and Japan. Theatre includes: Consent (West End); Mood Music (Old Vic); Mata Hari (Tokyo); Forbidden City, Merchant of Venice & Othello (Singapore); Waste (National Theatre); Peter Pan (Regent’s Park); Sunny Afternoon (West End); The Audience (West End and Broadway); Galileo (RSC); Judas Kiss (West End & NY); Chariots of Fire (West End).  Previous work includes: An Inspector Calls (West End); Jerry Springer the Opera; Blue/Orange (National Theatre/West End); Far Away (New York); A Number (Royal Court); Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Berlin); Via Dolorosa (Royal Court/Broadway); Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake (London/Los Angeles/ Broadway/world tour). Musical and opera includes: Falstaff (Japan); Porgy and Bess (Regent’s Park); The King and I (Paris, Chicago); Sweeney Todd (Paris, Houston, San Francisco); Oscar (Philadelphia); Falstaff (Los Angeles); 20 Operas for Santa Fe Opera.  
 
Sound Design - Paul Arditti
Recent Work includes: The Inheritance and The Jungle directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin at the Young Vic; Julius Caesar and Young Marx directed by Nicholas Hytner at the Bridge; Amadeus directed by Mike Longhurst at the Olivier; Mary Stuart directed by Robert Icke at the Almeida and the Duke of York’s; Beginning directed by Polly Findlay at the NT and the Ambassadors; Caroline, Or Change directed by Michael Longhurst at Chichester and Hampstead; Absolute Hell and Edward II directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins at the NT; Labour Of Love directed by Jeremy Herrin at the Noel Coward; Hamlet, directed by Kenneth Branagh at RADA; Betrayal directed by Lekan Lawal at Derby; The Glass Menagerie directed by John Tiffany at the Duke of York’s and 2016 Edinburgh International Festival; The Emperor directed by Walter Meierjohann at the Young Vic; Mosquitoes, wonder.land, Behind The Beautiful Forevers, London Road, The Threepenny Opera, Everyman and Macbeth directed by Rufus Norris at the NT; A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Benedict Andrews at the Young Vic and St Ann’s Warehouse, New York; If You Kiss Me Kiss Me directed by Aletta Collins at The Young Vic; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom directed by Dominic Cooke at the NT; Measure for Measure, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Changeling, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins at the Young Vic; King Charles III directed by Rupert Goold at the Almeida, Wyndhams, UK tour and Broadway; Bakkhai directed by James MacDonald, at the Almeida; The Audience and Skylight directed by Stephen Daldry in the West End and on Broadway; The Hard Problem, Great Britain, NT50, One Man Two Guvnors and Collaborators directed by Nicholas Hytner at the NT; Little Revolution directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins at the Almeida; American Psycho directed by Rupert Goold at the Almeida; The Scottsboro Boys directed by Susan Stroman at the Young Vic and West End; Charlie and The Chocolate Factory directed by Sam Mendes at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; The Most Incredible Thing (ballet by the Pet Shop Boys) choreographed by Javier de Frutos at Sadler’s Wells, and Charlotte Ballet US; Billy Elliot The Musical directed by Stephen Daldry in London, on Broadway, three US national tours, Holland, South Korea, Canada, Australia, Japan and UK tour. Awards include Amadeus: Olivier Award Nomination 2017; Technical Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement In Sound 2013; One Man, Two Guvnors: Tony Award Nomination 2012; Billy Elliot The Musical: Tony Award 2009, Drama Desk Award 2009, BroadwayWorld.com Fans’ Choice Award 2009, Olivier Award 2006, Helpmann Award (Australia) nomination 2008;  Mary Stuart: Tony Award Nomination 2009; Saint Joan: Olivier Award 2008; Festen: Evening Standard Award 2005 and Olivier Award nomination 2005; The Pillowman: Drama Desk Award 2005, Olivier Award nomination 2004; Crestfall: Irish Times Theatre Award nomination 2004; Far Away: Lucille Lortel Award nomination 2004; The Chairs: Drama Desk Award nomination 2003; Four Baboons Adoring The Sun: Drama Desk Award 1993.
 
Musical Supervision & Orchestrations – Martin Koch 
Current: Runs a successful music production company and recording studio with colleague Nick Gilpin which undertakes television, film, CD and DVD projects. Training: Royal College of Music (Scholar). Theatre London: musical director - Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), Pirates Of Penzance (Drury Lane Theatre), The Boy Friend (Albery Theatre), Blondel (Aldwych Theatre), Follies (Shaftesbury Theatre). Theatre International: musical supervisor - Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Oliver!, MAMMA MIA! the Musical and Billy Elliot the Musical. Orchestrations: Just So, Moby Dick, Which Witch, Tutankhamen, MAMMA MIA! the Musical, Jerry Springer The Opera, Billy Elliot the Musical, Bad Girls, Kombat Opera, Shoes and Viva Forever. Also for Shirley Bassey, Charles Aznavour, Jennifer Rush, Micheal Ball, Sir Elton John, Anastasia, Denise Van Outen, Jamelia, John Barrowman, Emeli Sande, Lesley Garrett, Venessa Mae, Will Young, Beverly Knight, Birdy and John Newman. Recordings: Over 30 albums including: Les Misérables (Original cast and Symphonic); Miss Saigon; Oliver!; Hey Mr. Producer; Mamma Mia!; Jerry Springer The Opera; Billy Elliot; Bad Girls; John Barrowman- The Album and Shoes. Film: Sam written and directed by Nick Brooks. Mamma Mia 2 Here we go Again! Television: The Olivier Awards 1993-2001 (composer, arranger, musical supervisor); The Royal Variety Show 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 (composer, arranger, musical supervisor); BAFTA’s 1995-2003 (composer, arranger, musical supervisor); Sports Personality Of The Year 2006-2014 (composer, arranger, musical supervisor); Kombat Opera (5 mini Operas for BBC TV orchestrator); Music Live (composer, arranger, musical supervisor). The Sound Of Music Live for ITV a first for British television. Conducting: London Philharmonic, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, SWF German Radio Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and The London Symphony Orchestra. Other: music supervisor for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd 1988-1999, Eurovision Song Contest 1998 (wrote the opening and closing titles and music supervisor), Commonwealth Games Handover in Delhi 2010 (composer orchestrator and music supervisor), London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies (Music supervisor to all 4 ceremonies and composer to the Paralympic Opening) Awards and nominations: Grammy and Tony nomination 2002 for MAMMA MIA! the Musical Tony and Drama Desk winner 2009 for Billy Elliot the Musical.
 
PRODUCERS 
Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner - Producers
Working Title Films, co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner since 1992, is one of the world’s leading film production companies. Formed in 1984, Working Title has more than 100 films that have grossed over $7.5 billion worldwide. Its films have won 14 Academy Awards, 40 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), and numerous prestigious prizes at the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals. The company’s commercial and critical hits include Sid & Nancy, The Interpreter, About a Boy, Notting Hill, Elizabeth, Fargo, Dead Man Walking, Bean, High Fidelity, Johnny English, Billy Elliot, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, A Serious Man, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Love Actually, Shaun of the Dead, Pride & Prejudice, Nanny McPhee, United 93, Mr. Bean’s Holiday, Hot Fuzz, Elizabeth: The Golden Age,  Burn After Reading, Frost/Nixon, Atonement, Senna, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Anna Karenina, Les Misérables, I Give It A Year, About Time, Rush, Two Faces of January, Trash, The Theory of Everything, Legend, Everest, The Program, The Danish Girl, Grimsby, Hail Caesar!, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Baby Driver, The Snowman, Darkest Hour, Victoria & Abdul and 7 Days in Entebbe. Working Title’s upcoming slate includes, Mary Queen of Scots, directed by Josie Rourke starring Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan and Joe Alwyn, Radioactive, directed by Marjane Satrapi starring Rosamund Pike and Sam Riley, The Kid That Would be King directed by Joe Cornish, starring Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson, Johnny English 3, directed by David Kerr starring Rowan Atkinson, and The King of Thieves directed by James Marsh starring Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone and Tom Courtenay. Working Title is a producer of Billy Elliot the Musical worldwide. The show has now been seen around the world by nearly 12 million people across five continents and has won over 80 theatre awards internationally including five Olivier Awards and ten 2009 Tony Awards®.
 
Jon Finn - Producer
In 1996 Jon joined the production department at Working Title Films helping oversee all of Working Title's feature films output.  A year later he produced the BAFTA-nominated short film Eight, Stephen Daldry's film directing debut. In 1999 Jon, along with Natascha Wharton set up WT2, Working Title's low budget film label producing his first film, Billy Elliot. In 2000 he won the prestigious NOVA award from the Producers' Guild of America for outstanding achievement from a first time Producer. Jon produced a number of films through the WT2 label included the award winning My Little Eye. Between 2005 - 2017 Jon produced Billy Elliot the Musical around the world including the West End, on Broadway, Australia (Sydney and Melbourne), North American tour, Chicago, Toronto, The Netherlands, UK & Ireland Tour, Hamburg, Tokyo and Seoul. During the same period Jon produced and exec produced a number of film and TV projects for his own production company, Chewing Monkey Ltd, including Hunky Dory, Doors Open and B&B. In 2016 Jon produced the live to cinema broadcast of Billy Elliot the Musical.  The film played live to 15 countries breaking box office records and was the first live broadcast of ‘event cinema’ to be number 1 at the UK box office over its opening weekend.  Jon has just finished producing a new six-part drama series for SKY.  Bulletproof stars Ashley Walters and Noel Clarke will start broadcasting in May 2018. 
 
Sally Greene - Producer
Sally Greene is a producer of Billy Elliot the Musical worldwide. Sally is the chief executive of The Criterion Theatre, Greene Light Films and the proprietor of the renowned Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and Cheyne Walk Brasserie in Chelsea. In spring 2016, Sally Greene re-launched Old Vic Productions Plc, renaming it Greene Light Stage (GLS). Created by Sally in 1993 and run today by both Sally and CEO and Producer Rebecca Quigley, GLS has become one of the leading production and investment companies in the UK. GLS has embarked on a new business venture with Elton John called Rocket Stage with the aim of developing new musical theatre projects.  The company has co-produced or partnered in more than 100 productions in the West End and on Broadway.  These include The Mentalists; Good People; The Pajama Game; Private Lives; Passion Play; Noises Off (West End and UK Tour); Sweeney Todd (3 Olivier Awards including Best Musical Revival and Evening Standard Award for Best Musical); the multi Olivier Award-winning Jerusalem; Clybourne Park; Three Days of Rain and Swimming with Sharks; The company produced in association with The Old Vic Theatre Company High Society; Clarence Darrow; Electra; The Crucible; Sweet Bird of Youth; The Winslow Boy; Hedda Gabler; The Duchess of Malfi; Inherit the Wind and Speed-the-Plow.
 
Louise Withers - Producer
Prior to 2002, Louise held various Directorships including Koan (Entertainment Advertising and Marketing Agency), the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust (Director of Programming, Sponsorship and Marketing), was the General Manager of Dainty Consolidated Entertainment Theatrical Division and worked festivals and other productions including CATS, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and Les Misérables. Since the establishment of Louise Withers and Associates in 2002, Louise has been a Producer/Executive Producer on the Australian productions of MAMMA MIA! (Original Australian Tour), We Will Rock You, Miss Saigon (10th Anniversary Tour), Spamalot, Billy Elliot the Musical, MAMMA MIA! (10th Anniversary Tour), Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap and Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced. Seasons for these tours have involved touring in and to Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. Louise was a co- producer of the World Premiere Tour of Fawlty Towers Live and an Associate Producer of Ghost the Musical in London and New York. She has provided producing/consultancy services to Billy Elliot the Musical (Korea 2010), Disney’s The Lion King (Singapore), We Will Rock You (Japan) and Ghost the Musical (Korea). Louise was Co-Producer with the Royal Shakespeare Company for the Australasian tour of Matilda The Musical and the International Executive Producer for the first Japanese language production of Billy Elliot the Musical. Currently, in addition to MAMMA MIA!, she is the Executive Producer for the second Korean language production of Billy Elliot and the first non-English language production of Matilda The Musical (Korea). Louise serves on the Executive Council of Live Performance Australia.
 
Michael Coppel - Producer
Michael Coppel has been one of the most prominent and active concert promoters in Australia and New Zealand for more than 35 years. Each year his companies have presented several hundred performances throughout both countries, in indoor and outdoor venues, headlining a variety of artists from all genres of contemporary music. Amongst the major concert events presented are Adele Live 2017, U2, P!nk, Fleetwood Mac, Metallica, Beyoncé, RHCP, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Roger Waters. Michael is the Chairman of Live Nation Australasia, the largest Australian concert promoter. He was a Producer of the Australian touring production of We Will Rock You, Miss Saigon, Spamalot, Waiting for Godot, The Graduate, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced and Fawlty Towers, and of the London West End and New York seasons of Ghost - the Musical and the Broadway season of The Country Girl. Michael was a Producer of the Broadway production Groundhog Day as well as of MAMMA MIA! and has had a major involvement in the hugely successful Australian and New Zealand production of Matilda The Musical.
 
Linda Bewick - Producer
In a career spanning over 60 years, Linda has acted, directed, designed and produced over 60 shows and written 8 revues. She owned two theatre companies in South Australia and was the Administrator of the New Cottage Theatre. Linda joined Showbiz Bookings in Sydney in 1994 as Corporate Development Manager for the original Australian production of Miss Saigon. Linda became the General Manager of Showbiz developing corporate marketing strategies for The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Crazy For You, Rent and The Boy From Oz. Since 2002 Linda has been a founding Director of Louise Withers and Associates and Co-Producer of Miss Saigon, MAMMA MIA! (10th Anniversary Tour), The Mousetrap, A Murder is Announced and the current Australian production of MAMMA MIA!. Linda was Associate Producer for Ghost the Musical for the West End and Broadway productions and is a Director of Louise Withers Presents. 

Angela Morrison - Executive Producer
Angela Morrison started her career in film and television in 1989 and has enjoyed a successful career with Working Title since 1992. As Chief Operating Officer she oversaw the growth of Working Title as the most successful UK film production company of all time and its expansion into theatre and television production. She was the executive-in-charge of production of the original film Billy Elliot and has served as Executive Producer on Billy Elliot the Musical in productions all over the world. She is now a freelance producer, working most recently as an Executive Producer of the hugely successful film adaptation of Les Misérables, the critically acclaimed Everest and Entebbe, scheduled for release in 2018. She is currently in development on several film and theatre projects. Angela is a law graduate of University College London and has been honoured with the British Women in Film Business Woman of the Year Award.
 
David Furnish - Executive Producer
David Furnish was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He began his career in advertising and became a filmmaker in 1995, directing the BAFTA nominated documentary Elton John: Tantrums & Tiaras. David Furnish is an entrepreneur with a global and strategic outlook occupying a unique intersection of philanthropy, film, music and theatre. David is also Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.  A tireless campaigner, David is a leading voice in the worldwide fight against HIV and AIDS. To date, the Elton John Aids Foundation has raised in excess of $400 million to fund prevention and treatment.  In 2015 David assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Rocket Entertainment, which comprises Rocket Pictures (creator of the hugely successful Gnomeo & Juliet and the recently released, Sherlock Gnomes), Rocket Stage, Rocket Music (managing a number of artists, including Sir Elton John and until recently Ed Sheeran) and Rocket Sports Management (manages international athletes including cyclists Laura Trott and Geraint Thomas). David is extremely proud of his work surrounding the creation of Billy Elliot the Musical.  As Executive Producer, he has been involved in productions as they have rolled out across the world. He is also a huge advocate for fashion and is an ambassador to the Men’s London Fashion Council.
 
Universal Theatrical Group 
Universal Theatrical Group is the live theatre division of the world-famous motion picture studio. UTG, which oversees both Universal Stage Productions and DreamWorks Theatricals, is currently represented by the recordbreaking musical phenomenon Wicked, currently in its fifteenth smash-hit year on Broadway. With a national tour and multiple international productions, Wicked has been seen by over 50 million people worldwide, making it one of the most successful theatrical ventures of all time. In 2008, Universal’s critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Billy Elliot opened on Broadway and went on to win ten Tony Awards including Best Musical. Universal also produced the Tony-nominated Broadway production of Bring It On: The Musical as well as Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn with the Roundabout Theatre Company. DreamWorks Theatricals, which became part of UTG in 2016, was formed to develop live entertainment inspired by the studio’s acclaimed library of family friendly animated films, including the Tony-winning musical adaptation of Shrek. 
 
Greene Light Stage 
Greene Light Stage (GLS) is an independent commercial producer, general manager and consultant. Established in 1994, the company is run today by Sally Greene and CEO and Producer Rebecca Quigley. GLS has been involved with over 100 shows in the West End, on Broadway and on tour. Productions include: Glengarry Glen Ross (The Playhouse Theatre), Big Fish (The Other Palace), Billy Elliot the Musical (Victoria Palace Theatre, Broadway, Australia, USA tour, UK tour and Hamburg); The Go-Between, Jerusalem, Three Days of Rain (Apollo Theatre); The Mentalists, Clybourne Park (Wyndham’s Theatre); Good People (Noël Coward Theatre); The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre); Private Lives (Gielgud Theatre); Passion Play (Duke of York’s Theatre); Sweeney Todd (Adelphi Theatre); Noises Off (Old Vic); The Prisoner of Second Avenue and Swimming with Sharks (Vaudeville Theatre). Produced in association with The Old Vic Theatre Company, productions include: High Society, Clarence Darrow, Electra, The Crucible, Other Desert Cities, Much Ado About Nothing, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Winslow Boy, Kiss Me, Kate, Hedda Gabler, The Playboy of the Western World, Cause Célèbre, A Flea in Her Ear, Design for Living, The Real Thing, The Duchess of Malfi, Inherit the Wind, The Norman Conquests and Speed-the-Plow.