夜鶯

I’m writing this from my apartment in Singapore, looking out over the river. It’s amazing and strange to have done the summer show, flown home for seven weeks (it felt like a weekend) and now to be back! The Nightingale played successfully in English for six weeks, and then in Mandarin for a further three weeks and I was thrilled to have been able to see the Chinese version 夜鶯 in its final week, as I returned to Singapore to begin rehearsal for Junior Claus.Read more

Claus

As if Christmas doesn’t last long enough (starting as it does, the day after Hallowe’en these days!), we are extending Christmas into February this year with a reading of the brilliant new musical CLAUS. Written by Andy Collyer and Simon Warne, Claus tells the incredible story of a human child brought up by immortals in a magical forest. But when Claus discovers there’s a whole world outside of the forest, inhabited by humans like him, his life takes a differentRead more

Stroke of Luck

I’m very excited to start rehearsal after Christmas for the World Premiere of Larry Belling’s brilliant play STROKE OF LUCK at the Park Theatre. Tim Pigott-Smith and I worked together on Educating Rita at the Trafalgar Studios and it’s fantastic to be working with him again. We have a stellar cast of actors on board and have our final script development session on Wednesday before going into rehearsal on 6th January.Read more

Packing Again

I can’t believe a year has passed since the last time – in fact, this time last year I was already out there exploring the temples of Cambodia and wandering through the largest casino in the world – but I’m leaving for Singapore in a few days time. This year the Singapore Repertory Theatre have commissioned a new adaptation of RED RIDING HOOD which I have been developing with Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary aka ‘jakeandpippa’ aka the next bigRead more

‘I would like to thank my agent…’

Okay, I’ve possibly jumped the gun a little. But I’m very excited and proud to have found out that The Road To Qatar is one of 12 musicals nominated for an MTN Award. From Whatsonstage.com: ‘These awards, previously known as the Musical Theatre Matters Awards, aim to highlight the best new musical theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe. Caroline Routh, executive producer for Musical Theatre Network said: “Here at MTN we are keen to broaden the conversation about what musical theatre can beRead more

Passport to Pimlico

Every so often a project comes along and turns your world view upside down, forcing you to expand your strategies and push your process into new and uncharted territory. This summer I was lucky enough to be asked to direct the premier of a new British musical adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy PASSPORT TO PIMLICO to mark the ten year anniversary of Arts Festival SouthWestFest. #p2pMusical as it became known was performed in the streets, gardens and public buildingsRead more

Parade

I’m so excited to be directing Jason Robert Brown’s musical Parade for London Studio Centre’s Seedtime company in June. It’s such an extraordinary piece of theatre based on the true story of the murder of Mary Phagan which took place on 26th April 2013, almost exactly 100 years ago today. We have the team from our amazing Spring Awakening last summer: Matthew Shaw as Musical Director, Ashley Nottingham as Choreographer, Becky Gunstone as Designer and David Phillips as Lighting Designer. We can’tRead more

How I became Emma Pillsbury

I’m currently working with MD extraordinaire Chris Whitehead and the graduating year of Trinity Laban’s musical theatre students whose third year showcase is approaching. I have mixed memories of my own third year showcase (hating my outfit, dreading the agent schmooze afterwards) and being on the other side has been really interesting – the sense of responsibility is huge and we have been very lucky to work with a group who are very generous, brave and unique. Alongside choosing materialRead more

Kiss Me, Kate

I started rehearsals yesterday for Kiss Me, Kate which is being performed by Mountview’s Postgraduate Musical Theatre students. As with so many college productions, girls outnumber boys by almost double so we have turned Too Darn Hot into a girls number – and it’s going to be SMOKING stuff!Read more

The Road to Qatar!

Happy New Year! I’m gearing up to start work on a staged reading of David Krane and Stephen Cole‘s new musical The Road To Qatar! which is being presented at the Landor theatre as part of Katy Lipson/ Aria Entertainments season of new work. Tickets are already available from the Landor website for February 16th and 17th and we are underway with casting – brilliant musical theatre actors who are drop dead funny, please step forward!Read more

Back from Singapore..

… and almost without a moment to get back on UK time I am in rehearsal for Once On This Island. It’s the Christmas show for the second year Trinity College of Music BA Musical Theatre students.Read more