An Ideal Husband - Insights Into The Play►
The Rolls-Royce of English comedies, Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband explores corruption and morality, bringing an act of political sin into the heart of the English home. An ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern’s smooth ascent to the top seems assured. Until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his past financial chicanery.
A witty new production from director Jonathan Church, (Singin’ in the Rain and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Chichester; West End) An Ideal Husband opens at the Vaudeville Theatre (20 April – 14 July), before playing at the Theatre Royal Bath as part of their Summer Season (18 July – 4 August).
Starring real-life father and son Edward (The Audience, West End; The Day of the Jackal, ITV) and Freddie Fox (The Judas Kiss, West End; Cucumber & Banana, Channel 4; E4), Olivier Award-nominated Frances Barber (Silk, BBC; Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare’s Globe), Olivier Award-winner Nathaniel Parker (Wolf Hall, West End & Broadway; This House, West End), Sally Bretton (Not Going Out, BBC; King Lear, Shakespeare’s Globe) and Susan Hampshire (Forsyte Saga, Monarch of the Glen, BBC).
The Oscar Wilde Season rolls elegantly on; don’t miss it!
Photos by Marc Brenner
Theatre includes: Madame Rubinstein (Park Theatre), The School for Scandal (Lucille Lortel NYC), What The Butler Saw (Mark Taper L.A.), Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse/ St Ann’s NYC), Les Parents Terribles (Trafalgar), That Face (Crucible and She eld – nominated TMA Best Actress), Afterplay (Gate, Dublin), Madame De Sade (Wyndham’s), King Lear, The Seagull (RSC and world tour), Antony & Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Geilgud – nominated for WhatsOnStage Best Actress award), Tales From Vienna Woods, Pygmalion, The Night of The Iguana (NT), Closer (Lyric), Macbeth (Royal Exchange), Closer to Heaven (Arts Theatre – WhatsOnStage Best Actress in a Musical award), Uncle Vanya (Albery – TMA Best Supporting Actress, Olivier award nomination), Insigni cance (Donmar Warehouse), Imagine Drowning (Hampstead), The Dead Monkey, Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Camille (RSC – Olivier Award Most Promising Newcomer), My Heart’s a Suitcase (Royal Court), 12th Night (Renaissance at Riverside Studios)and Aladdin (Old Vic). Film includes: Trick or Treat, The Escape, The Bookshop, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Blue Iguana, The Chosen, Mr.Holmes, May I Kill You, Goal 1 & 2, Suzie Gold, Superstition, Shiner, Still Crazy, Photographing Fairies, Soft Top Hard Shoulder, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, Prick Up Your Ears, A Zed & 2 Noughts, The Missionary, Esther Kahn, 24 Heures De la Vie D’une Femme, Chamber a Part, The Red Siren, Giorgino, Secret Friends and We Think the World of You. Television includes: two seasons of Silk (Silver Dagger Award nomination – Best Actress in a Supporting Role), Medici Masters of Florence, Mapp & Lucia, Psychobitches, Dr Who, The Fattest Man in Britain, Great Expectations, The Street, A Passionate Woman, Funland, Boudicca, Love in a Cold Climate, Miss Marple, Poirot, The Spa, Carol & Vinnie, King Lear, ten series of Bremner, Bird and Fortune, Morse, Real Women, The Orchid House, Trial and Retribution, The Nativity and 12th Night.
Sam Thomas Archer
Manson + Ensemble
Training: Sam trained with the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT)and Bird College of Performing Arts, graduating with a 1st class (BA) Hons degree. Theatre includes: for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Boris Lermontov in The Red Shoes, Ralph in Lord of the Flies, the Prince in Swan Lake, the Pilot/Prince in Cinderella, Angelo in The Car Man, Anthony in Play Without Words, as well as creating the role of Edward in the original production of Edward Scissorhands.
Other theatre includes: Narrator in Will Tuckett’s The Soldier’s Tale (Tokyo), wonder.land (Manchester International Festival and NT), La Boheme (Royal Albert Hall), Arthur Pita’s Metamorphosis (Joyce Theatre, NY), James I in Richard Jones’ Gloriana (ROH), Badger in Will Tuckett’s The Wind
in the Willows (Linbury Studio), Charlie Paddock in Ed Hall’s Chariots of Fire (Hampstead and Gielgud), the NT production of Earthquakes in London (UK tour), Slim and cover Curly in Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), Valentine and cover/played Bert in Mary Poppins (UK tour), Lulu in the original cast of We Will Rock You (Dominion) and Captain in Oliver! (London Palladium). Film and television include: Allied directed by Robert Zemeckis, Maurice in Channel 4’s Humans series 2, Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted directed by James Bobin, Life is a Bu et directed by Anthony Byrne and series 3 of ITV’s Mr Selfridge directed by Robert Del Maestro. Workshops include: Prophecy, a new musical by Edwin Ray and Emma Jane Morton, The Threepenny Opera, directed by Rufus Norris for NT Studios, Krabat, a German fantasy novel by Otfried Preußler, directed by Caroline Steinbeis at the NT Studios, Shoes choreographed by Stephen Mear and composed by Richard Thomas, Made in Dagenham choreographed by Aletta Collins and The Phantom of the Opera tour choreographed by Scott Ambler.
Theatre includes: Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies (Stratford, Aldwych, Broadway – Olivier Award Winner, Tony, What’s On Stage and Drama League nominee), This House (Garrick), The Audience (Geilgud), Quartermaine’s Terms (UK tour), Speed-the-Plow (Duke of York’s), 50 Revolutions (Oxford Stage Company), The Merchant of Venice (Phoenix and Broadway), Romeo and Juliet (Young Vic), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Storm, Every Man in His Humour, The Winter’s Tale, Richard II and The Rover (all for the RSC).
Film includes: Swimming With Men, Ophelia, Swords & Sceptres, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Miss Irena’s Children, The Perfect Host, Malice in Wonderland, Flawless, Stardust, Fade to Black, Haunted Mansion, Lover’s Prayer, Beverly Hills Ninja, Othello, Unsigned, The Bodyguard, Indian Warrior, Wide Sargasso Sea, Hamlet and War Requiem. Television includes: The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Of Kings and Prophets, The Outcast, Me and Mrs Jones, Still Life, Merlin, Injustice, Lewis, Land Girls, Hotel Babylon, A Class Apart, Nuremburg, Bleak House, Pretending to Be Judith, Trust, McCallum, Vanity Fair, Far From The Madding Crowd, Death on Everest, David, Wizards, A Village A air, Dangerous Games, Heroes, The Black Candle, Without Walls, The Vision Thing, Awayday, Look At It This Way, Absolute Hell, Poirot, Never Come Back, Inspector Morse and Piece of Cake.
Edward Fox (OBE) is one of Britain’s most eminent actors whose distinguished career spans decades of work across film, television and theatre. He has appeared regularly on stage in the West End, with theatre credits including Sir Winston Churchill in The Audience, Harold MacMillan in A Letter of Resignation and Sir William Boothroyd in Lloyd George Knew My Father. In 2010, he also appeared in the one-man show An Evening with Anthony Trollope. Edward has starred in numerous iconic British films, such as The Day of the Jackal, Oh! What a Lovely War and A Passage to India, to name a few. Edward has earned Supporting Actor BAFTA awards for his role as Viscount Trimingham in The Go-Between and his role as Lieutenant General Horrocks in A Bridge Too Far. Edward has also enjoyed a broad and successful television career, starring in Nicholas Nickleby, Midsomer Murders, Daniel Deronda, Poirot, Gulliver’s Travels, Oliver Twist, Foyle’s War, and more recently Inspector Lewis and Taboo.
FAITH OMOLE trained at Central School of Speech and Drama.
Her credits include: JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (Lyric Hammersmith); BUSHMEAT (HighTide Theatre company); TWELFTH NIGHT at the (Royal Exchange Theatre); THE ROLLING STONE (Orange Tree Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre); CUSTODY (Talawa Theatre Company), A SLAVE’S STORY (Stantonbury Theatre) and ROAD KILL (Scottish Tour). Film credits include: DUMPEE and HE LOVES ME.
Faith is proud to be making her West End Debut in AN IDEAL HUSBAND
Training: Freddie trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2010. Theatre includes: Freddie was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2017 Olivier Awards for his role in Tom Stoppard’s Travesties directed by Patrick Marber and starring Tom Hollander in the West End, and won third place at the Ian Charleson Awards in 2016 for his performance in Romeo and Juliet at
the She eld Crucible, directed by Jonathan Humphreys. He reprised the role in the West End, directed by Kenneth Branagh starring opposite Lily James. In 2012 he played Bosie opposite Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde in David Hare’s The Judas Kiss.
Film includes: Lone Scher g’s The Riot Club, Pride directed by Matthew Warchus and Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Later this year he will be seen in Thomas Clay’s Fanny Lye Deliver’d opposite Maxine Peake and in Black 47 starring alongside Hugo Weaving and Jim Broadbent.
Television includes: Joe Orton Laid Bare (BBC2) and a starring role in Russell T Davies’ hit show Cucumber (Channel 4) and its companion series Banana (E4). Later this year Freddie will be seen in the new Channel 4 comedy The Year of The Rabbit starring opposite Matt Berry.
Other credits include: Freddie has also recently completed directing and producing his rst short lm which stars Charles Dance, James Norton and Jessica Brown Findlay.
Joanna Van Kampen
Training: Joanna trained at LAMDA. Theatre includes: North by Northwest (Theatre Royal Bath), The Magna Carta Plays (Salisbury Playhouse), As You Will: Pop Up Shakespeare (Shakespeare’s Globe), Tamar’s Revenge, The House of Desires, Pedro the Great Pretender, The Spanish Golden Age, Trouble and Wonder (RSC), Our Country’s Good (Nuf eld Theatre), Luther (NT), Pericles (NT Studio), The Roaring Girl (Finborough Theatre), Spot’s Birthday Party (Oxford Playhouse and tour), Sweet Love Remembered (Shakespeare’s Globe), Low Level Panic (I.C.A), The Suppliants (Gate Theatre), Bus! (Edinburgh Festival and Pleasance Theatre London) and The Pierglass (Edinburgh Festival). Film includes: Ellen (Channel 4), American Interior (ie ie Productions/Gru Rhys) and Walk or Fly (BBC). Television includes: Decline and Fall (BBC), Anita (Boom Cymru), Happiness and EastEnders (BBC).
Radio includes: The Archers – regular role, One Night in Lillehammer, Tsar: Alexander II, Tsar: Queen of Spades, Boy, Going Solo parts 1 & 2, Blithe Spirit (BBC Radio 4), appeared as a special guest on Michael Berkley’s Private Passions (BBC Radio 3) and Steve Lamaq’s Roundtable (BBC Radio
6 Music) and Daughter of the Air (RSC/BBC Radio 4).
Montford + Ensemble
Training: Michael trained at Stella Mann College. Theatre includes: cover Subway Ghost in the original cast of Ghost the Musical (Manchester Opera House and Piccadilly Theatre), Angie the Ox/cover Big Jule in Guys and Dolls (Chichester Festival Theatre), cover General in The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales) and Running Wild (UK tour). Film includes: Awaiting Lazarus, Famous, Scandalous, BBC3 pilot Other World and US pilot Crime Queens. Michael will soon be appearing in the upcoming lm Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! directed by Ol Parker. Television includes: Blue Peter, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, The Paul O’Grady Show, BBC Children in Need, The Laurence Olivier Awards and The Royal Variety Performance. Other work includes: Modelled for Adidas, Sony, Sony PlayStation, Cunard, QVC, Surf, Chi Ice Tea, Virgin Active, Fitness First, Exxon, Nurofen, Veet and Furniture Village.
Theatre includes: The Graduate (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Father (Wyndham’s, Duke of York’s and Theatre Royal Bath), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Salisbury Playhouse), The Old Country (English Touring Theatre and Trafalgar Studios), Julius Caesar, (Barbican and tour), Great Expectations (Manchester Royal Exchange), Boston Marriage (Bolton Octagon), Just Between Ourselves (Salisbury Playhouse), Uncle Vanya (The Wrestling School and Hebble Theatre Berlin), The Norman Conquests (Salisbury Playhouse), Richard III (Derby Playhouse), The Castle (The Wrestling School), The Importance of Being Earnest (Derby Playhouse), Hated Nightfall (Royal Court and tour), The Recruiting O cer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Cyrano de Bergerac (Haymarket Theatre), Blithe Spirit (Harrogate Theatre), Wicked Old Man (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Peter Pan (Theatr Clywd), Boston Story (The Mill at Sonning),
A Pin to See the Peepshow (Redgrave Theatre and tour) and Mrs Dot (Palace Theatre, Watford). Film includes: The Heart of Me, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Shakespeare in Love and Mrs Brown.
Television includes: Homefront, Doctors, EastEnders, Midsomer Murders, Heartbeat, The O ce, Hear the Silence, Foyle’s War, People Like Us, The Bill, Casualty, The Peter Principle,
Jonathan Creek, Over Here, Jewels, The House of Eliott, Fatal Inversion and The Alleyn Mysteries – Artists in Crime. Radio includes: The Father.
Training: Sally is a graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre includes: Sally is an established stage actress, with credits including Goneril in King Lear and Heloise
in In Extremis (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Conversation (Manchester Royal Exchange), All My Sons (Library Theatre, Manchester), Present Laughter (Theatre Royal and tour) and Hay Fever (Oxford Stage Company).
Sally was also nominated for Best Actress – Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards 2002 for her role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at The Library Theatre, Manchester. Film and television include: Sally is perhaps best known for playing the much-loved Lucy in Lee Mack’s long-running comedy for the BBC, Not Going Out. Further screen credits include: Martha in Death in Paradise (Red Planet Pictures), Donna in The O ce, Kim Alabaster in the hit show Green Wing, Cat in the BBC series Absolute Power, Thanks for the Memories (Gate Television Productions), Casualty (BBC), Lewis (ITV), How Not To Live Your Life (BBC/Brown Eyed Boy), Hotel Babylon (Carnival/BBC), Vincent (Granada), Open Wide (Talkback Thames), Blessed (BBC/Phil McIntyre Productions), Blackbeard (Dangerous Films), If...we eradicate violent crime (BBC), Wild West (BBC), Blue Murder (Granada), Happy Together (Chatsworth TV), Dr Terrible’s House of Horrible (BBC), Peaches (Celtic Light Ltd), Beast (Pearson TV), Armstrong and Miller (Absolutely Productions) and The People’s Harry En eld (Tiger Aspect).
James + Ensemble
Training: Arts Educational Schools, London. Credits while training include: O cer Lockstock in Urinetown, ensemble in Big Fish, Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night and the 2016 Olivier Awards. Theatre includes: Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK tour), Posthumus in Cymbeline (Space Theatre), Moby Dick! The Musical and The Fix (Union Theatre). Film includes: The Happy Prince directed by Rupert Everett.
Phipps + Ensemble
Training: Tim trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Theatre includes: Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory and Apollo West End), Dead Sheep (Park Theatre – O West End award nominee), Yes, Prime Minister (Chichester Festival and West End), Harry in Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward), Maurice in Present Laughter (national tour), also seasons
at Chichester Festival Theatre, She eld Crucible and Manchester Royal Exchange. Film includes: Grimsby, Rezort, Rock 'n' Roller, Mamma Mia!, Mamma Mia! 2, Flying Blind and The Oxford Murders. Television includes: Prince Andrew in The Windsors (Channel 4/Net ix), The Worst Witch (CBBC), Good Omens (BBC/Amazon), You Me and the Apocalypse (Sky), Father Brown, Count Arthur Strong, Doctor Who, Sherlock (BBC), The Sweeter Side of Life (Hallmark) and Duncan Harper in ITV’s soap Night and Day.
Theatre includes: Susan made her stage debut in repertory in Bognor Regis playing Dora in Night Must Fall. Later she starred opposite Albert Finney in a lm version of the play. Susan’s West End debut was in Expresso Bongo with Paul Sco eld,
and she played leading roles in Follow That Girl, Fairy Tales of New York, The Ginger Man with Nicol Williamson, A Doll’s House, The Taming of the Shrew, Peter Pan, As Your Like It, Arms and the Man, Man and Superman (RSC), Miss Julie, The Crucifer of Blood, Night and Day, The Revolt, House Guest, Blithe Spirit, Married Love, A Little Night Music, The King and I, Noel and Gertie, Suzanna Andler, The Bargain, The Circle and Pride and Prejudice. Tours include: Black Chi on, Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking, Noël Coward’s Relative Values and Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van.
Film includes: Disney’s The Three Lives of Thomasina, Wonderful Life with Cli Richard, Paris in August opposite Charles Aznavour, Monte Carlo or Bust, co-starring Tony Curtis, David Copper eld with Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson and Dame Edith Evans, Living Free, Ba ed, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde with Kirk Douglas, Malpertuis with Orson Welles, Neither the Sea Nor the Sand and Roses and Green Pepper with Gina Lollabrigida. Television includes: Susan played Molly in the television series Monarch of the Glen for seven years, and gained her rst Emmy Award playing Fleur in the original television series of The Forsyte Saga. She also received Emmy Awards for The First Churchills and as Becky in Vanity Fair, and also had roles in The Pallisers, The Barchester Chronicles, Leaving, Don’t Tell Father, The Grand, Coming Home and Nancherrow. Susan is involved with charities for dyslexia, conservation, osteoporosis and children with type 1 diabetes.
Training: Tameka graduated from the Oxford School of Drama. Credits while training include: Alice in Closer, Flight Attendant in Flashes, Justice in Measure for Measure, Polya in Philistines, Madge in Time and The Conways, Beth in The Dinner (short lm), Land in William Boyd’s – Frya, Land, Logan, Eva in For Services Rendered (radio) and Emma in Harmonics (radio).
Theatre includes: Mel in Conviction (Guilty Party/Bristol Old Vic Productions). Film includes: Erica in One – The Movie (Reel People Films). Other credits include: Other in Heforshe – UN Fundraiser (The Small Things Theatre Company), woman at bus stop in PPI commercial (Smith & Jones Films), Anna in Hunter, Esme in Man On A Train (short lms – Jack Shanks Productions), Grace in Tides (short lm) and Chloe in Out Of It (web series
– Out of It Productions).
Vicomte de Nanjac
Theatre includes: Oliver Twist (Regent’s Park Open Air), Here Lie the Remains of Mercy (Theatre Delicatessen, She eld), We Just Keep Going (Hen and Chickens), Pride and Prejudice (She eld Crucible), The Last Confession (Triumph Entertainment and world tour), Snow Gorilla (Rose Theatre Kingston), Café Chaos (The Kosh and UK tour), Johnny Come Lately (Coal Theatre and Royal Exchange Manchester), You Can’t Take It With You (Royal Exchange Manchester), Smash! (Menier Chocolate Factory), Burn My Heart (Trestle Theatre and UK tour), Epic (Theatre 503), The Critic (Chichester Festival Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Timon of Athens, The Tempest, Two Noble Kinsmen (Shakespeare’s Globe), I Am Shakespeare (Chichester Festival Theatre), Oliver Twist (Manchester Library Theatre), A Christmas
Carol (Derby Playhouse) and A Fool and His Money (Nottingham Playhouse).
Film includes: Les Misérables and Kevin and Perry Go Large. Television includes: Taboo, The Bill, The Chase, Life Begins, Harry and Cosh, Judge John Deed, London’s Burning, Family A airs and Silent Witness.
Radio includes: From Abstraction and The Franchise A air, both for BBC Radio 4.
Harold + Violinist
Training: Samuel trained at Rose Bruford College. Theatre includes: Electra (Dumbwise Theatre Company), The Threepenny Opera, A Christmas Carol (Bolton Octagon), The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Better Man (Young Vic), Rebecca (Kneehigh), Birdsong (UK tour), Dandy Dick (UK tour), A Man of No Importance, The Recruiting O cer, Jack and the Beanstalk (Salisbury Playhouse), The Kissing Dance (Jermyn Street Theatre), Puss in Boots (Derby Theatre), St Finnegens Elbow, Dial M For Murgatroyd (Eastern Angles), A Rat’s Tale, The Story Giant, Salty Socks of Dunkirk (Shanty Theatre Company), Macbeth, Beauty and the Beast (Fairgame) and When The Lights Went Out (Stroud Theatre).
Born and educated in Nottingham, Jonathan trained as Assistant Director at the Nottingham Playhouse. Other posts include Associate Director of Derby Playhouse (1994-1995), Artistic Director of Salisbury Playhouse (1995-1999), Associate Director of Hampstead Theatre (1999-2001), Artistic Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre (2001- 2006) and Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre (2006-2016). Jonathan is currently the Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season. In 2015 he formed Jonathan Church Productions in association with Delfont Mackintosh Theatres. This new company has since co-produced the West End transfers of Pressure (New Ambassadors Theatre), Frozen, Love’s Labour’s Lost/Much Ado About Nothing (Haymarket Theatre), This House (Garrick), Hobsons’s Choice (Vaudeville), The Dresser (Duke of York’s) and UK tours of This House and Fracked. As Director, Jonathan’s West End productions include Hobson’s Choice (Vaudeville), Taken at Midnight (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Singin’ in the Rain (Palace Theatre), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Duchess), Of Mice and Men (Savoy Theatre/Old Vic), The Witches (Wyndham’s), A Busy Day (Lyric) and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Gielgud). Jonathan’s national touring productions include: Mack and Mabel, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Singin’ in the Rain, The Grapes of Wrath, The Crucible, The Witches, Of Mice and Men, The Diary of Anne Frank, Hobson’s Choice, God and Stephen Hawking, Romeo and Juliet, The Circle and Master Class. International productions include: Singin’ in the Rain (Tokyo, Australia, New Zealand), The Last Confession (Toronto, Los Angeles, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney) and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto). Recent transfers from Chichester (as originating producer) include: Young Chekhov Season directed by Jonathan Kent (NT, Olivier), Stevie directed by Chris Morahan (Hampstead), Gypsy directed by Jonathan Kent (Savoy Theatre), The Judas Kiss directed by Neil Arm eld (Duke of York’s Theatre, Toronto and BAM), The Pajama Game directed by Richard Eyre (Shaftsbury Theatre), Private Lives directed by Jonathan Kent (Gielgud), Kiss Me Kate directed by Trevor Nunn (Old Vic), The Browning Version/South Downs directed by Jeremy Herrin and Angus Jackson (Pinter Theatre), Goodnight Mr Tom directed by Angus Jackson (Phoenix Theatre and Duke of York’s),
Sweeney Todd directed by Jonathan Kent (Adelphi), Love Story directed by Rachel Kavanagh (Duchess), Enron directed by Rupert Goold (Coward Theatre BAM and Broadway), Macbeth directed by Rupert Goold (Gielgud and Broadway) and King Lear directed by Angus Jackson (Chichester and BAM). Jonathan is currently the Chair of the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and a member of the Almeida Theatre Board.
In the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours Jonathan received a CBE for Services to the Theatre.
Current, forthcoming and most recent designs include: Twelfth Night (RSC), The Chalk Garden, The Midnight Gang (Chichester Festival Theatre), Jekyll & Hyde, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (UK tours), Schoenberg in Hollywood (Boston Lyric Opera), Much Ado About Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost (RSC/Chichester/Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Marriage of Figaro (Scottish Opera), Big The Musical (tour), Hobson’s Choice (West End), Racing Demon (Bath), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (West Yorkshire Playhouse and tour), The Norman Conquests, Amadeus, Mrs Pat, Stevie (all Chichester Festival Theatre) and Saturday Night Fever (Denmark). Other highlights include: Singin’ in the Rain (West End, Chichester and world tour), Blithe Spirit (West End and US), Derren Brown’s Miracle (West End and tour), The Importance of Being Ernest (Washington D.C), The Magic Flute (Scottish Opera), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Yes Prime Minister, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, When We Are Married, The Rivals, Man and Boy, Hay Fever, Amy’s View (all West End), Enemies, Whistling Psyche, The Earthly Paradise (Almeida), The Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Donmar Warehouse), The Force of Change (Royal Court), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Stockholm), Mrs Warren’s Profession (Washington D.C), Haunted (NYC/Brits O Broadway), Pygmalion (Old Vic), Singer and Thomas More (RSC), The Brothers Karamzov (Manchester Royal Exchange), To Kill a Mockingbird (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Of Mice and Men (Birmingham Rep). Simon designs for opera worldwide and is the recipient of the Manchester Theatre Award for Best Design (Wonderful Town), two TMA Best Design Awards (Elizabeth Rex and Three Sisters) and Helen Hayes Best Design Award (Lady Windermere’s Fan, US).
Current and recent theatre includes: The Wind in the Willows, The Lie, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Saint Joan, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, City of Angels, Mamma Mia! (London, Broadway and worldwide), The Truth, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Viva Forever!, Loserville, Mary Poppins, Abigail’s Party, Relatively Speaking, Suddenly Last Summer, Backbeat, Butley, Love Story, Guys and Dolls, Ragtime, Oleanna, The Witches of Eastwick, Donkey’s Years and Heroes (all West End), Mack and Mabel, A Damsel in Distress, Neville’s Island, The Music Man, The Circle, Twelfth Night, Love Story, The Way of the World, Macbeth and The Pajama Game (all Chichester Festival Theatre), The Barber of Seville (Lyric Opera Chicago), Strictly Gershwin, Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake (English National Ballet at the Royal Albert Hall), Macbeth (West End and Broadway), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Royal Court, West End and Broadway), Tales from Hollywood (Olivier nomination), Privates on Parade and To the Green Fields Beyond (Olivier nomination), The Vortex, Creditors (also New York) and Anna Christie (all Donmar Warehouse) and Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! and Edward Scissorhands (Sadler’s Wells, UK and US tours), Hamlet for Shanghai Ballet and Strictly Gershwin for the Queensland Ballet. Howard has been nominated 14 times and been twice awarded the Olivier Award for Best Lighting Designer in 2008 for his work on the Chichester production of Macbeth and again in 2015 for his work on City of Angels. He has been nominated twice for Broadway’s Tony Awards.
Matt McKenzie came to the UK from New Zealand in 1978. Since joining Autograph in 1984, Matt’s West End sound design credits include: The House of Bernarda Alba, Journey's End, A Madhouse in Goa, When She Danced, Misery, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Macbeth, A Life in the Theatre, Nicholas Nickleby, Relatively Speaking and Great Expectations; and for Sir Peter Hall: Lysistrata, The Master Builder, School for Wives, A Streetcar Named Desire, Amadeus (West End and Broadway) and King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe). He was Sound Supervisor for the Peter Hall Seasons at the Old Vic and the Piccadilly and designed the sound for eight productions. Work for the RSC includes: Family Reunion, Henry V, The Duchess of Mal , Hamlet, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Matt’s musical work includes: Forbidden Broadway, Blues in the Night, Tango Argentino, Piaf, She Loves Me, Love Story, Singin’ in the Rain and Sunny Afternoon for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award (West End), Matthew Bourne’s Car Man, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Music Man, Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), Oh! What a Lovely War, A Christmas Carol and Sweeney Todd.
Jason studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After winning the Vivian Ellis Prize for Young Writers of Musicals, he was invited by Peter Hall to compose Born Again (a musical of Ionesco’s ‘Rhinoceros’), produced at Chichester Festival Theatre starring Mandy Patinkin. As CFT Associate Composer, Jason wrote music and lyrics for several new musicals: The Water Babies, Six Pictures of Lee Miller (nominated British Composer Awards) and A Christmas Carol (also Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse).
Jason has composed incidental music for over 50 plays at the NT, RSC, in the West End and on Broadway, including A Woman of No Importance for Classic Spring. Orchestration credits include: the Menier Chocolate Factory’s Sunday in the Park with George, La Cage aux Folles and A Little Night Music (all also Broadway, winning the Drama Desk Award and two Tony nominations for Best Orchestrations).
Jason accompanies many notable singers, including Dame Felicity Lott and Maria Friedman. He arranged, produced and played on Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid’s album You Are The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened To Me.
Training: Resident Assistant Director at Sheeld Theatres, Visiting Trainee at ArtsEd, MFA in Theatre Directing, Birkbeck University and BA in English Literature, Cambridge University. Directing includes: The 80s Show (Soho Theatre), Let’s Talk About Sex, The Gender Agenda (Camden People’s Theatre), Twice Through the Heart (Hackney Showroom), The Body (Tate Britain), Kreutzer vs Kreutzer, Fuse (She eld Crucible Studio), The Soldier’s Tale/Into The Little Hill (Courtyard Hoxton), Fierce (Camden People’s Theatre), Electra (Edinburgh Fringe), Canada (Pleasance Theatre, US and UK tour), The Merchant of Venice (European Tour Group), Miss Julie (Corpus Playroom) and The Seventh Seal (ADC Theatre). Assistant/Associate Directing: Racing Demon (dir. Jonathan Church, Theatre Royal Bath), Roundelay (dir. Anna Ledwich, Southwark Playhouse), Labyrinth (dir. Anna Ledwich, Hampstead), Showboat (dir. Daniel Evans, Crucible Theatre/ New London Theatre), A Dream (dir. Emily Hutchinson, Crucible Theatre), The Nap (dir. Richard Wilson, Crucible Theatre), A Raisin in the Sun (dir. Dawn Walton, Crucible Theatre and UK tour), The Distance (dir. Charlotte Gwinner, Orange Tree Theatre/Crucible Theatre), In the Penal Colony (dir. Jack Furness, Arts Theatre West End) and Stu I Buried in a Small Town (dir. Martin Constantine, ArtsEd).
As Dramaturg: Wulf (Bristol Old Vic/Theatre Deli) and Is This Real Life? (Camden People’s Theatre). Celine is the founder and director of Pecs Drag Kings, and has directed cabaret performances for Women of the World Festival at Southbank Centre, Brainchild Festival, Larmer Tree Festival, Tate Britain, Goldsmith’s University, The Yard, The Glory and Royal Vauxhall Tavern. She has taught on Soho Theatre’s Drag & Cabaret Course and Northampton University’s Drama BA.
Gabrielle Dawes is a freelance Casting Director; and Creative and Casting Associate for Jonathan Church Productions
Recent casting includes: TV development casting for Hat Trick Productions on Whatever Happened to Zimraan? by Alistair Beaton; The Girl on the Train, WYP; Calixto Bieito’s The String Quartet’s Guide to Sex & Anxiety
Season Casting Associate, 2017 Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season; Casting Director on Racing Demon, North By North West (& Toronto), and Lady in the Van
As an Associate of Chichester Festival Theatre from 2006-2016, Gabrielle cast over 45 productions including Taken At Midnight, Singin’ in the Rain, Private Lives, Neville’s Island, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, The Browning Version / South Downs (all of which transferred to the West End); King Lear (& BAM New York), Macbeth (& West End, BAM & Broadway)
Further West End theatre includes: Dead Funny, Hobson’s Choice, The Importance of Being Earnest, Blithe Spirit, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The King’s Speech, Three Days of Rain. Other theatre includes: The Norman Conquests (Old Vic & Broadway), All About My Mother (Old Vic); Caroline, or Change, Elmina’s Kitchen, The Pillowman and Coram Boy (National Theatre 2000-2006).
Future casting includes: Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season 2018; The Importance of Being Earnest, Classic Spring; The Height of the Storm, West End; Daryl Gray’s Pirates!; Her Naked Skin, Salisbury Playhouse
Television credits include Macbeth directed by Rupert Goold, Harold Pinter’s Celebration, Elmina’s Kitchen by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Films include Perdie (BAFTA award for Best Short Film) and The Suicide Club.
Theatre includes: Little Shop of Horrors (Regent’s Park Open Air), Iolanthe (ENO), Present Laughter, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol (Chichester Festival Theatre), Frost/Nixon (She eld Theatres), A Christmas Carol, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Future Conditional (Old Vic), The Jungle Book (Royal & Derngate), The Miser (Garrick), The National Theatre 2017 Gala, Rocket to the Moon (NT), A Paci st’s Guide to the War on Cancer (NT and UK tour), The Girls (Phoenix Theatre), Million Dollar Quartet (West End and UK tour), Oliver! (Grange Park Opera), Around the World in 80 Days (St James Theatre), Running Wild (CFYT/Cass Sculpture Foundation), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Chichester Festival Theatre and UK tour), Goodnight Mister Tom (Duke of York’s, Phoenix Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre/UK tour), Cinderella, Peter Pan (New Wimbledon Theatre), But First This (Watermill Theatre), Annie Get Your Gun, Buddy (UK tour), The Winter’s Tale (RSC/UK tour), All Male HMS Pinafore (Union Theatre/UK tour), Love Story (Duchess), Onassis (Novello Theatre), Vernon God Little (Young Vic), All Male Pirates of Penzance (Union Theatre, Wilton’s Music Hall, Rose Kingston, Australia), Daddy Cool (Shaftesbury Theatre), Sunshine On Leith (Dundee Rep/UK tour), Snoopy the Musical (New Players), Oliver!, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz (Cyprus) and Hair (Frankfurt English Speaking Theatre). Television includes: Children’s Baftas, Fit Farm, Feelgood Factor, The Legend of Dick and Dom, Diddy Movies and The Big Performance with Gareth Malone.