Elton’s career achievements to date are unsurpassed in their breadth and longevity. Elton is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 26 gold, 38 platinum or multi-platinum and 1 diamond 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. This release celebrated 50 years of his songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin. August 2018 saw Elton named as the most successful male solo artist in Billboard Hot 100 chart history, having logged 67 entries, including nine No. 1s and 27 Top 10s.
Elton announced the ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour at New York’s Gotham Hall in January 2018. Encompassing 5 continents, and over 350 dates, this 3-year-long tour started in September 2018 and marks his retirement from touring after more than 50 years on the road. In May 2019 it was named Billboard’s Top Rock Tour. To date, Elton has delivered more than 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries since launching his first tour in 1970. 2019 has already seen the release of ‘Rocketman’, a fantasy musical motion picture of his life and his autobiography ‘Me’ will be published later in the year.
Among the many awards and honours bestowed upon him are six GRAMMYs, including a GRAMMY Legend award, a Tony and 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 between 1973 and 2001and a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II for “services to music and charitable services.”
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 $450 million to date in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.
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: Rocketman (Rocket Pictures 2019), Victoria and Abdul (Working Title 2017) War Horse (DreamWorks 2011) & Billy Elliot (Working Title Films 2000)
Theatre: Network (Broadway 2018/2019), 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).
Stephen started his career at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre and directed extensively in Britain’s regional theatres. In London he was Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre where he headed the £26million redevelopment. He has also directed at the National Theatre, the Public Theatre in New York and transferred many productions both to Broadway and the West End. His award-winning 1992 National Theatre production of An Inspector Calls is currently touring the U.S. Billy Elliot the Musical has previously played in the West End, on Broadway, Australia, North America, Toronto, The Netherlands, UK & Ireland, Hamburg, Tokyo and Seoul. In 2009, the production won ten Tony Awards including Best Musical, more than any other British show in Broadway history.
His first four films Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close together received 19 Academy Award® nominations and two wins. His most recent film, Trash, set in the favellas of Rio de Janeiro, was nominated for Best Film not in the English Language at the 2015 BAFTAs.
Stephen directed productions of The Audience and Skylight, both were highly acclaimed and went on to win major theatre awards, completing sell-out runs in London and on Broadway. In 2017 Stephen directed The Jungle at the Young Vic, an intimate immersive theatrical experience about the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe. The Jungle transferred to the West End in June 2018. In March 2018 Stephen directed The Inheritance, Matthew Lopez’s epic two part play which received rave reviews and won Stephen the Olivier Award for Best Direction in 2019.
Stephen has previously directed for BBC Radio and Television and is currently Director and Executive Producer on the Netflix series The Crown written by Peter Morgan, the third season of which is due to be released later this year. He is Director of the Pier 55 Performance Park in New York and was Creative Executive Producer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Theatre: Groundhog Day (Old Vic and Broadway Olivier, Tony nomination 2017); 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.
For the National Theatre; Top Girls, Machinal (Critics’ Circle Award), An Inspector Calls (West End and international; Olivier and Critic Circle Awards), The Amen Corner, Angels in America (Broadway). For the Royal Court: Far Away, A Number, Via Dolorosa (West End and Broadway), Plasticine (Evening Standard Award). For the Young Vic Theatre: Afore Night Come, Tintin, Vernon God Little, A Doll’s House (West End and BAM). For the Almeida Theatre: Festen (West End and Broadway; Evening Standard Award), Little Revolution. West End: Billy Elliot the Musical (Broadway and international; Tony Award). Broadway: Betrayal.
Julian was Associate Director for Stephen Daldry’s award winning production of An Inspector Calls, and has been responsible for eight successful national tours of the UK, as well as five recasts for the West End.
Julian was also Associate Director at Liverpool Playhouse, where his production of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men toured nationally. He adapted and directed The Three Musketeers at the Young Vic Theatre, which was nominated for a Barclay’s Theatre Award in 2002.
Julian directed the West-End revival of The Shape of Things by Neil Labute at the New Ambassadors and directed The Barber of Seville at the Bristol Old Vic in a new adaptation by Lee Hall.
For eight years, Julian was Artistic Director of Soho Rep, New York, and also directed at American regional theatres including Yale Rep and the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville. He has directed on-Broadway (Faulkner’s Bicycle starring Kim Hunter) as well as many shows off-Broadway (including Serves You Right written by Steve Buscemi).
His operatic productions include From the House of the Dead, Wozzeck, Il Tabburro and Vollo Di Notte all for Long Beach Opera in California and Messalina at Battignano.
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 and West End); 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); Absolute Hell, 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); La Damnation de Faust, La Cenerentola, 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.
Born in Philadelphia, Rick is the winner of Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Billy Elliot on Broadway and a Helpmann Award for Billy Elliot in Sydney (2007), also 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, American tour, UK tour, Holland and Japan.
Theatre includes: Edmond (UK Tour) ; Man of la Mancha (West End); Consent (West End); Mood Music (Old Vic); Mata Hari (Tokyo); Forbidden City, Merchant of Venice & Othello (Singapore); 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 (Worldwide); Waste, Jerry Springer the Opera, Blue/Orange (National Theatre/West End); Far Away (West End, 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: Semele (European Tour); Traviata (Oman) ;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.
Recent Work includes: The Jungle directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin in London, New York and San Francisco; The Inheritance directed by Stephen Daldry in London and on Broadway (Olivier nomination for Best Sound Design 2019 with co-designer Christopher Reid); A Very Expensive Poison at the Old Vic, London; Tree at the Manchester International Festival 2019 and the Young Vic, London; A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Julius Caesar at the Bridge, London; This Is My Family at Chichester Festival; Local Hero at the Lyceum Edinburgh; Shipwreck at the Almeida, London; Rutherford and Sons , Pericles, Absolute Hell, London Road, Amadeus at the National Theatre, London (Olivier nomination for Best Sound Design 2017); The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie at the Donmar, London; Mary Stuart at the Almeida and in the West End; Beginning at the NT and in the West End; Caroline, Or Change at Chichester and in the West End; Labour Of Love in the West End; Hamlet, directed by Kenneth Branagh at RADA, London; American Psycho at the Almeida, London, King Charles III at the Almeida, West End, UK tour and Broadway; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the West End; Billy Elliot The Musical directed by Stephen Daldry in the West End, on Broadway, three US national tours, Holland, South Korea, Canada, Australia, Japan and UK tour.
Awards include: 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; Saint Joan: Olivier Award 2008; Technical Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement In Sound 2013; One Man, Two Guvnors: Tony Award Nomination 2012; Mary Stuart: Tony Award Nomination 2009; Festen: Evening Standard Award 2005, Olivier Award nomination 2005; The Pillowman: Drama Desk Award 2005, Olivier Award nomination 2004.
Paul is an associate at the National Theatre in London.
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, 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! the Musical; 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.
Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding, All About Eve, Company, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical, Funny Girl, City of Angels, Gypsy, The Bodyguard (West End & UK); The Ferryman, Farinelli and the King, Groundhog Day, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Les Liaisons Dangereueses, Matilda, Ghost, Billy Elliot The Musial (West End / Broadway). King Lear, Gary, To Kill A Mockingbird, Carousel, Three Tall Women, Hello Dolly! , Les Misérables, Spider-Man (Broadway); Opera includes: Don Carlos, L’enfant et les sortileges (Bolshoi Opera Moscow); Anna Nicole (BAM); Elektra (Aix-en-Provence). Film and TV: Downton Abbey (film), The Americans, Orange Is The New Black.
Most recently Simon co-directed Throwback with Paulette Randall, for circus company Silver Lining and Jackson’s Lane. Other directing credits include Beyond Beauty (The Last Refuge, Peckham), Health Wealth (Old Vic New Voices), Lord of the Flies (Sell A Door/UK Tour), Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Soho Revue Bar), The Twits, The Danny Crowe Show, The Nativity (The Dream Factory, Warwick) and Fairly Stupid Fairy Tales (The Attic Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon).
Simon is the Artistic Director of Rebel Theatre and an Associate Director of Playbox Theatre for Young People. In 2012 he was the recipient of the runner-up prize for The JMK Award for young theatre directors.
His work with young people includes leading projects for companies including the National Theatre, Young Vic Theatre, Old Vic Theatre, Almeida Theatre and young people’s film company Sparks.
Simon previously worked as the Resident Director on the West End production of Billy Elliot The Musical, and Associate Director on the U.K. and Ireland Tour. He is also the International Associate Director for a new production of the show in South Korea.
Creative credits include: MAMMA MIA! – Choreographer (New Australian Tour); Matilda The Musical – International Associate Choreographer Korea; Billy Elliot The Musical – International Associate Choreographer Japan and Korea; Matilda The Musical – Australian Associate Choreographer; Billy Elliot The Musical – Associate Choreographer Broadway; Billy Elliot The Musical – Resident Choreographer Australia; Once – Resident Movement Director Australia; Low Level Panic – Choreographer (The Old Fitz); Skin Tight – Choreographer (fortyfivedownstairs); 42nd Street, Sweet Charity, When Midnight Strikes – Choreographer (Lecturer in Dance – Arts Academy, Federation University Australia).
As a performer, Tom has had an extensive international career with companies including: DV8 Physical Theatre (UK); Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Conny Janssen Danst, Dansity Amsterdam (The Netherlands); Lucerne Ballet (Switzerland); Ballet Braunschweig and Kiel Ballet (Germany); Force Majeure, Sue Healey Company (Australia).
Tom is currently the Associate Movement Director for the upcoming Australian production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Stephen graduated from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Piano and Composition.
He worked as a repetiteur on The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Sondheim’s Follies. He has been Assistant Musical Director for Into the Woods, South Pacific, CATS, The Secret Garden, My Fair Lady, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with Sarah Brightman and Anthony Warlow, and The Sound of Music with Lisa McCune. As Musical Director Stephen’s credits include Grease, West Side Story, Les Misérables, MAMMA MIA!, Kiss Me Kate, Fiddler on the Roof with Topol, War Horse, and Billy Elliot the Musical for which he won a Helpmann award. Stephen wrote the arrangements and orchestrations for the world premiere of the Cat Stevens’ musical Moonshadow and Georgy Girl – The Seekers Musical. He won the 2016 Helpmann Award for his work on Matilda the Musical and is Musical Supervisor for Billy Elliot the Musical in Japan and the 2018 Korean production of Matilda the Musical
Philippa is a graduate of The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and has worked in various management positions on the following productions / companies – Fox Studios Australia, Marian Street Theatre, The Opening & Closing Ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Oliver! in Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore for International Management Group (IMG), Disney Theatrical Productions The Lion King in Sydney, Melbourne & Shanghai. Since joining Louise Withers & Associates (LWAA) in 2007 productions have included: Billy Elliot The Musical in Australia, 10th Anniversary Australian Tour of MAMMA MIA!, Billy Elliot The Musical in Seoul Korea, The 60th Anniversary Australasian Tour of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, the Australian Tour of Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced the Australian Tour of the World Premiere Production of Fawlty Towers – Live and the Australasian Tour of Matilda the Musical.
Philippa is currently the General Manager for Louise Withers and Associates and Executive Producer on the new Australian tour of MAMMA MIA!
Cass has a professional theatre career spanning many years. His period in the UK included 7 years at the Royal National Theatre, many West End productions and freelance projects in Russia, Japan, Europe and the USA. In 1994 Cass joined the Sydney office of Cameron Mackintosh and was responsible for the Australian productions of Miss Saigon and Rent in addition to the Australasian, Asian and South African tours of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. The Technical Office was formed by Cass in 1999 to provide Technical Management services to Producers of stage musicals. Cass was responsible for the Australian productions of MAMMA MIA!, We Will Rock You!, Miss Saigon 2008 Tour, Billy Elliot the Musical and Moonshadow. International work has included supervising productions throughout Asia, South Africa and South America, along with the Korean language productions of MAMMA MIA!, Miss Saigon and Billy Elliot the Musical. Recent projects undertaken include the Australian production of War Horse, the Australian tours of Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced, Dirty Dancing and the Korean production of Ghost The Musical. Cass is proud to be touring the new production of MAMMIA MIA! in Australia throughout 2017/18.
Lynne has been working as a Casting Director in Theatre, Film and Television on a great range of national and international productions for about 30 years.
Theatre credits include – Jersey Boys 2018, The Play That Goes Wrong, Fawlty Towers – Live on Stage, Singin’ In The Rain, Hugh Jackman Broadway to OZ, Georgy Girl The Seekers Musical, Matilda The Musical (Children’s casting), Strictly Ballroom The Musical, King Kong, Rolling Thunder Vietnam, The Addams Family, A Murder Is Announced, The Mousetrap 60th Anniversary Tour, Legally Blonde The Musical, Moonshadow, How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular, Rock Of Ages, Love Never Dies, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Billy Elliot the Musical, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, We Will Rock You, MAMMA MIA! (Original and 10th Anniversary Production), Miss Saigon, Spamalot, Dirty Dancing Original Production, The Boy From Oz (Arena Production), The Rocky Horror Show, Woman In Black, Shout!
Film credits include – The Wheel, A Heartbeat Away, Under The Radar, Blurred, Robinson Crusoe, Darkness Falls.
Television credits include – Drop Dead Weird, Dance Academy 1st series, Answered By Fire, Monster House, Roar, Pacific Drive, Blonde, Noah’s Ark.
Hugh Hamilton has been Associate Lighting Designer on Come From Away, Jersey Boys (2009-13, 2018-19), Rape of Lucretia (Sydney Chamber Opera), My Fair Lady (Opera Australia), Wicked (Korean Language), The King and I, The Addams Family Musical, Legally Blonde, Rock of Ages and Guys and Dolls. Hugh has also designed Miracle City (2014, 2017) Sideshow, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Hayes) One Billion Beats (CAC), Ladies Day (Griffin), I am My Own Wife Tour (Oriel), Eora Crossing On the Case (Legs On the Wall), HMS Pinafore (Bel Rosa Opera Company), Freefall (Sydney Dance Company), Del Del (Sydney Theatre Company), Madama Butterfly (Opera Hunter) and Ursula (Brink Productions). As well as designing shows for dance companies, events and the site lighting for Opera Australia’s Turandot, Carmen and La Boheme. Internationally he has worked on, Phantom of the Opera, CATS, Wicked, Billy Elliot the Musical, Les Misérables, Kinky Boots, Miss Saigon and the MAMMA MIA! the Musical 10thAnniversary tour.
Hugh is very happy to be revisiting Billy Elliot the Musical again, and is remembering a friend while recreating this show.
David has been a theatre-sound engineer for twenty years, and now a senior Supervisor for System Sound Australia. He has been Head of Sound for many productions including Cats, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Phantom of The Opera, MAMMA MIA! the Musical and Priscilla Queen Of The Desert.
He has Production Engineered or Sound Supervised productions such as Miss Saigon in Brazil and Korea, Love Never Dies in Australia and Japan, Les Miéerables through Australia and UAE, Matilda the Musical through Australia and New Zealand, Billy Elliot the Musical in Australia, Luad Kattiya in Thailand, Wicked throughout Australia and Asia, MAMMA MIA! the Musical through Australia, King Kong in Australia and Evita in South Africa.
He designed the sound for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in Sydney, Dream Girls in Kuala Lumpur, the opening of the Shanghai Cultural Centre, Ultimate Broadway in China, Funny Girl in Australia and was Assistant Designer for the Phantom of The Opera World Tour through South Africa, Asia & Australia. David was the Associate Sound Designer for the Australian productions of Georgy Girl, War Horse, Book Of Mormon and more recently Billy Elliot the Musical in Japan and Korea.
Theatre Includes: The Inheritance (Young Vic, West End and Broadway, Olivier award nomination 2019), Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company at RADA), Vincent River (The Old Red Lion), Pinocchio, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Demon Barber, Tam O’ Shanter and Of Mice and Men (Perth Theatre).
As Associate Sound Designer: The Jungle (New York & San Fransico) Mary Stuart (West End), Beginning (National Theatre), Labour of Love (West End), Billy Elliot the Musical (Japan & Korea), Series 3 Presentation (Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris), The Audience (West End), Macbeth (National Theatre of Scotland, Japan Tour), King Charles III (West End & Broadway), Skylight (West End), Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland, International Tour).
As Head of Sound: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Scottsboro Boys (West End), Glasgow Girls (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Bee (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, International Tour), The Not-So Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo (Vox Motus, Societeats Theatre, Dresden, Germany).
In a production career spanning over 35 years, Suzy Strout has been Associate Costume Designer & Supervisor for costumes, wigs, shoes and make-up for the Australian productions of major musicals including: Song and Dance, Oliver!, CATS, Guys and Dolls, Les Misérables, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Phantom Of The Opera, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, Rent, MAMMA MIA! the Musical, The Lion King, Billy Elliot the Musical, Mary Poppins, War Horse, the new Les Misérables and Matilda The Musical. Internationally, Suzy has also been Costume Design Associate for Les Misérables in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Mexico City, The Phantom Of The Opera in Korea and South Africa, Miss Saigon in Manila and Seoul, The Lion King in South Africa and Billy Elliot the Musical in Korea. Suzy designed costumes for dance & stage productions in Adelaide, for the successful 60th Anniversary production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap (Australia), Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced (Australia) and the popular MAMMA MIA! the Musical Australian Tour (2017/18). Suzy continues her involvement with theatre as a consultant whilst maintaining her art practice.
Kylie Clarke is renowned for her theatrical and film supervision, wig making and design. Nominated in Hollywood for the Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist guild awards and part of the core Oscar winning Mad Max Hair and Makeup Team.
Associate wig, hair and makeup designer on blockbuster hits such as Matilda the Musical and Billy Elliot the Musical for Japan & Korea as well as supervisor for MCG productions such as Harry Potter and the cursed Child, Les Misérables, Kinky Boots and Beautiful – the Carole King Musical.
Further lists of artistic credits include: Les Misérables Wig, Hair & Make up Supervisor – Brazil & Mexico, School of Rock, Aladdin, MAMMA MIA! the Musical, Muriel’s Wedding, Fawlty Towers, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Love Never Dies, Strictly Ballroom the Musical, Dirty Dancing & Hairspray.
Jacinta recently co-directed the world premiere of the Air Supply musical All Out of Love in Manila. She toured Australia as the Resident Director of the new production of MAMMA MIA! the Musical, was Assistant and then Resident Director on Matilda the Musical for its Australian and New Zealand tour, and worked as Assistant Director on Groundhog Day the Musical at the Old Vic Theatre in London, for which she was awarded the inaugural Baylis residency. She directed the musical The Hatpin for the Victorian College of the Arts, was the Resident Director for the national touring production of Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced, and the Assistant Director on the musical Miracle City. Jacinta trained in acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, in Viewpoints and Suzuki Methods with SITI in New York and worked as an actor for a number of years. She has a BA in Film Studies and Performance Studies from The University of Sydney and is doing a Master of Arts in Theatre and Performance at the University of New England.
Danielle studied at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence graduating with a Diploma in Classical Ballet and continued to grow as a young performer finishing Ed5 International Full Time Performing Arts Course in 2006.
Danielle is the Resident Choreographer for the 2019/2020 Australian tour of Billy Elliot the Musical and was the Resident Choreographer for the most recent Australian revival tour of MAMMA MIA! the Musical. Prior to this she worked on the Helpmann Award winning Matilda The Musical, originally as Dance Captain for the Australian tour and then as Resident Choreographer for the New Zealand season.
Other creative credits include Assistant Choreographer to The Squared Division and Aleeta Blackburn for So You Think You Can Dance Australia and Assistant Choreographer to Dein Perry for the NRL Centenary Opening Ceremony.
As a performer Danielle’s theatre credits include the Australian tour of Wicked, Handa Opera’s Carmen on Sydney Harbour, Le Grande Cirque, Fame the Musical and The Countdown Spectacular.
Danielle has performed with many international music artists in televised and live events. Some highlights include Kylie Minogue’s 2012 Formula 1 Grand Prix concert, performing with Ricky Martin on The Voice and with Taylor Swift at the 2012 Aria Awards to name a few. Danielle was a resident dancer on X Factor Australia and also toured with the X Factor Live Concert in 2013.
Michael is a graduate of the Australian National University School of Music majoring in Jazz piano, and was awarded a scholarship for outstanding achievement. He is also a graduate of Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in Sydney.
As Musical Director Michael’s credits include MAMMA MIA! the Musical (2017/2018 Australian tour), the original Australian production of Jersey Boys (Adelaide, Melbourne return, Perth), and Avenue Q (Perth, Brisbane). Michael was also the Associate Musical Director and Principal Conductor of Matilda The Musical (Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Auckland). As Assistant Musical Director Michael’s credits include Matilda The Musical, The Lion King, Jersey Boys, and Avenue Q, as well as Deputy Conductor of the original production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Musical. As a keyboardist Michael’s Musical Theatre credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Sydney), We Will Rock You (2016 Australian Tour) and Saturday Night Fever the Musical (2004/2005 Australia/Asia/NZ Tour).
Michael also works as a session musician and has performed/recorded as a pianist and keyboardist with many Jazz, Pop and Rock artists including American Jazz legends Bennie Maupin and Bob Mintzer, Joan Rivers, Megan Hilty, Marcia Hines, Doug Parkinson, Lucky Oceans, Don Burrows, The Sydney Jazz Orchestra and many more.
Co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner since 1992, Working Title Films has made over 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 extensive and diverse productions include Mary Queen of Scots, 7 Days in Entebbe, Victoria & Abdul, Darkest Hour, Baby Driver, Bridget Jones’s Baby, The Theory of Everything; The Danish Girl; Everest; Legend; About Time; Rush; The World’s End; Les Misérables; Anna Karenina; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; Contraband; Senna; Johnny English Reborn; Paul; Nanny McPhee Returns; Green Zone; A Serious Man; State Of Play; The Soloist; Frost/Nixon; Hot Fuzz; Billy Elliot; Burn After Reading; Atonement; Pride & Prejudice; United 93; Definitely, Maybe; The Interpreter; About A Boy; Notting Hill; Elizabeth; Fargo; The Big Lebowski; Dead Man Walking; Bean; Four Weddings And A Funeral; Bridget Jones’s Diary and Love Actually.
Working Title’s upcoming slate includes Radioactive, directed by Marjane Satrapi starring Rosamund Pike and Sam Riley, Cats, directed by Tom Hooper starring Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Ian McKellen and Yesterday directed by Danny Boyle, starring Lily James, Himesh Patel and Kate McKinnon.
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®.
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.
In 2018 Jon Produced a new six part drama series for SKY. Bulletproof starring Ashley Walters and Noel Clarke and is currently working on a number of projects for Netflix and Working Title Films including the feature version of Matilda The Musical.
Sally Greene is the Founder of Greene Light Stage, and co-producer of the Tony Award winning Billy Elliot the Musical.
Sally is renowned for rescuing and restoring The Old Vic, Criterion and Richmond theatres. In 1998, having saved The Old Vic from closure, she formed The Old Vic Theatre Trust with Stephen Daldry, and in 2003 she formed The Old Vic Theatre Company. Sally is the proprietor of the world-famous Soho jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s, and in 2007 she launched Greene Light Films. In 2004 Sally opened the Cheyne Walk Brasserie in Chelsea, once voted restaurant of the year by Harper’s Magazine. In 2019 after undergoing a complete refurbishment the restaurant reopened as No. Fifty Cheyne.
In 2016, to mark the end of OVP’s partnership with The Old Vic Theatre, Sally re-launched the company as Greene Light Stage (GLS) to bring it in line with her film company. GLS has produced, co-produced or managed over 100 shows ranging from musicals to contemporary and classic drama in the West End, on Broadway and on tour, including: Taking Sides, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Reduced Shakespeare Company, The Vagina Monologues, The Weir, Car Man, Medea, Life(x)3, Benefactors, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, Macbeth, Sexual Perversity in Chicago and Hamlet. Recent GLS productions include The Go-Between, The Mentalists, the transfer of Hampstead Theatre’s hit production of Good People, The Pajama Game directed by Richard Eyre, Private Lives starring Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor, Passion Play starring Zoë Wanamaker and Samantha Bond, Sweeney Todd starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, Noises Off, Clybourne Park, Jerusalem starring Mark Rylance, The Prisoner of Second Avenue starring Jeff Goldblum, Three Days of Rain starring James McAvoy, Swimming with Sharks starring Christian Slater and Matt Smith, Big Fish starring Kelsey Grammer, Glengarry Glen Ross starring Christian Slater, The Wider Earth and new musical &Juliet, featuring music from acclaimed songwriter and producer Max Martin.
Previously, GLS produced in association with The Old Vic Theatre Company; High Society, Electra, The Crucible, Clarence Darrow, Other Desert Cities, Fortune’s Fool, Much Ado About Nothing, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Winslow Boy, Kiss Me Kate, Hedda Gabler, Democracy, The Duchess of Malfi, The Playboy of the Western World, Cause Célèbre, A Flea in Her Ear, Design for Living, The Real Thing, Six Degrees of Separation, Inherit the Wind, Dancing at Lughnasa, Complicit, The Norman Conquests, Speed the Plough, All About My Mother, Gaslight and The Entertainer.
In 2016, Greene Light Stage began a new venture called Rocket Stage – a theatre production company co-founded by Elton John and David Furnish in partnership with Sally Greene. Rocket Stage is focused on developing and bringing to the stage live theatre projects that are either driven by Elton’s existing musical catalogue or by new compositions from Elton and chosen collaborators. Currently, the company has several theatrical projects in development both in the US and the UK.
Sally Greene is the recipient of an OBE and a Montblanc Arts and Culture Award, in recognition of her contribution to the arts in Britain. Sally has worked continuously throughout her career to support young musicians, actors and other creatives through her involvement with charities including the NSPCC, Pop-up Ltd, HighTide Festival, Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation and the London Music Fund.
Prior to 2002, Louise held various Directorships including Koan (Entertainment Advertising and Marketing Agency), Adelaide Festival Centre Trust (Director of Programming, Sponsorship and Marketing), General Manager of Dainty Consolidated Entertainment Theatrical Division after working on many 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, Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced and MAMMA MIA! (2017/8 Australian Tour). Seasons for these tours have involved touring in and to Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.
She has provided international producing/consultancy services to Disney’s The Lion King (Singapore), We Will Rock You (Japan), Ghost the Musical (Korea) and is the International Executive Producer on behalf of Working Title Films and the Royal Shakespeare Company on their various non-English language productions of Billy Elliot the Musical and Matilda the Musical in Japan and Korea.
Louise was Co-Producer with the Royal Shakespeare Company for the Australasian tour of Matilda The Musical. Louise serves on the Executive Council of Live Performance Australia.
Michael Coppel has been one of the most prominent and active concert promoters in Australia and New Zealand for nearly half a century. 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. The major concert attractions presented include P!nk, U2, Adele, RHCP, Metallica, Fleetwood Mac, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone, Katy Perry, The Cure and Roger Waters, plus many major music festivals. Michael is now the Chairman of Live Nation Australasia, the largest Australian concert promoter.
In theatre Michael Coppel has been 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. Michael was also co-producer of MAMMA MIA! the Musical and has had a major involvement in the hugely successful recent Australian and New Zealand production of Matilda The Musical.
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 2017/2018 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 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, Entebbe, and most recently Cats scheduled for release in 2019. 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.
As CEO of Rocket Entertainment and chairman of the Elton John Aids Foundation, Mr David Furnish is an entrepreneur with a global and strategic outlook occupying a unique intersection of philanthropy, film, music and theatre. He is also a huge advocate for fashion and is an ambassador to the Men’s London Fashion Council. A tireless campaigner, Mr Furnish is a leading voice in the worldwide fight against HIV and AIDS. To date, the Elton John Aids Foundation has raised in excess of $450 million to fund prevention and treatment.
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 record-breaking 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 60 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 developed live entertainment inspired by the studio’s acclaimed library of family friendly animated films, including the Tony-winning musical adaptation of Shrek and the upcoming West End premiere of The Prince of Egypt.
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: & Juliet (soon to open at the Shaftesbury Theatre); The Wider Earth (The Natural History Museum); Glengarry Glen Ross (The Playhouse Theatre); Big Fish (The Other Palace); Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre, Broadway, Australia, USA tour, Holland, UK & Ireland Tour, Hamburg, Japan and Korea); 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.