Martin Dodd for UK Productions and Derek Nicol & Paul Walden for Flying Entertainment proudly present the Nottingham Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse production of
8 JUNE – 29 JULY
“There is a way to be good again”
“Thought-Provoking, Poignant and Heartbreaking”Read more
“A poignant and touching West End play”Read more
“This is theatre at its solid best”Read more
“Costin and Turner lead the company in raw, honest and unspeakably beautiful work”Read more
“A fantastic way to start the new theatrical year”Read more
“Wonderfully poetic”Read more
“Matthew Spangler’s adaptation held the crowd spellbound”Read more
“A brilliant piece of work”Read more
“Aa Afghan epic to remember”Read more
“An extraordinary performance”Read more
“Exquisitely written and directed”Read more
“I urge everyone to see The Kite Runner”Read more
“Impeccably acted”Read more
“A must see this season”Read more
“You ABSOLUTELY MUST see The Kite Runner!”Read more
In 1985 Giles was appointed as artistic director of the Gate Theatre, London. In 1989 Giles joined the National Theatre as Literary Manager before becoming Artistic Director of the Palace Theatre, Watford in May 1995. Giles has been the Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse since 1999. His most recent productions include: Sleuth, The Glass Menagerie, Any Means Necessary, Tony’s Last Tape, Forever Young, Arcadia, The Second Minute, Charlie Peace: His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend and Of Mice and Men.
Giles is also a playwright and his work has been produced widely in the UK and Europe. He has a new play opening in Glasgow in the spring of 2017.
Barney began his career as a model maker and set dresser in film and television. His credits include: Star Wars, The Mummy, The Da Vinci Code and Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
He began designing for theatre in 2002 and designed the original production of The Kite Runner at Nottingham Playhouse and its subsequent UK tour.
Other theatre includes: Sleuth, Charlie Peace, His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend and Diary of a Football Nobody (Nottingham Playhouse), Talking Heads, The Worm Collector, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Count of Monte Cristo, Mela and Full of Noises (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Life and Times of Mitchell and Kenyon – nomination for Manchester Theatre Awards Best Design Award – and The Hobbit – UK Theatre Award Winner of Best Show for Children and Young People (Dukes Theatre, Lancaster), Solace of the Road, The Odyssey and Kes (Derby), Blue/Orange, See How They Run and Whatever Next! (Theatre Royal, York), The Mist in the Mirror adapted from the novel by Susan Hill (Oldham Coliseum), The Frozen Scream directed by Olivier award-winning writer and performer Christopher Green and co-written by the novelist Sarah Waters (Wales Millennium Centre and Birmingham Hippodrome), Tiny Heroes (Daniel Bye and Sarah Punshon), Beep (Northern Bullits), The Enough Project (Dep Arts), Emergency Story Penguin, They Only Come at Night: Resurrection and Mapping the City (Slung Low), Thrive (Zest Theatre), Broken Time (Three Stones Media), Stig of the Dump and Treasure Island (Mind the Gap), The Woods (Jane Packman Company), Flit (Edinburgh International Festival), Remote (Camden People’s Theatre), Body Faded Blue (National Theatre of Cyprus), Hanuman the Superhero Monkey (Singapore Repertory Theatre) and the rock ‘n’ roll pantomimes Beauty and the Beast, The Sword in the Stone and, for Christmas 2016, Sinbad (Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich).Read more...
Recent credits include: The Seven Acts of Mercy, The Alchemist, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Play for the Nation, Queen Anne (RSC), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (NT), The Suppliant Women (ATC/Edinburgh Lyceum), Torn (Royal Court), Hydrargyrum (Rambert Dance) and I Call My Brothers (Gate).
Other theatre includes: Richard III, Mojo, Posh, Through the Leaves (West End), The River (Broadway), Hecuba, The Christmas Truce, I’ll Be the Devil (RSC), Minetti (Edinburgh International Festival), The Events (ATC/Young Vic/New York), The River, Choir Boy, Chicken Soup With Barley, Now or Later, The Ugly One (Royal Court), Ah Wilderness, Dirty Butterfly, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Girlfriend Experience (Young Vic), The Accrington Pals, Orlando, To Kill a Mockingbird (Manchester Royal Exchange), Oh, What a Lovely War!, Look Back in Anger, The Borrowers (Northern Stage), Flint Street Nativity, The Tempest (Liverpool Playhouse), The Duchess of Malfi, Hedda Gabler (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Angels in America (Headlong). Dance includes: 35 works for Richard Alston Dance Company (Sadler’s Wells and worldwide), Red Balloon, Magical Night (Aletta Collins/ROH2), Bloom, Labyrinth of Love (Rambert), Eden/Eden (Wayne McGregor/Stuttgart and San Francisco Ballets), Run for It (Scottish Ballet/Cultural Olympiad) and Four Seasons (Oliver Hindle/Birmingham Royal Ballet).
Music includes: La Bianca Notte (Hamburg Opera), OperaShots, La Voix Humaine (Royal Opera House), Carmen, Werther and Saul (Opera North). Charles won the 2013 Knight of Illumination Award (Drama) for The River, the 2013 TMA UK Theatre Best Design Award for The Accrington Pals and the BroadwayWorld.com Best Lighting Award 2014 for Richard III.Read more...
William Simpson is a filmmaker and video designer whose work appears on the stage, screen and in exhibition.
His video design, projection credits and work has appeared in shows such as Rocky Das Musical (Stuttgart, Stage Entertainment), Darkness Darkness (Nottingham Playhouse), Derren Brown – Miracle (UK tour), Theatre of Illumination (Light Night, Leeds), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (compositing and aerial filming) (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Rapunzel Rock ‘n Roll Panto (Liverpool Everyman), Freefall (Unit 23), Kes (Cast, Doncaster), Guantanamo Boy (Brolly/ Half Moon Theatre), Richard III and Charlie Peace (Nottingham Playhouse), Up and Down (GaGa Theatre), Treasure Island (Mind the Gap), The Noise (Unlimited Theatre), Kes (Derby Theatre), the original and European stage premiere of The Kite Runner (Nottingham Playhouse and UK tour), Diary of a Football Nobody (Nottingham Playhouse), the award-winning adaptation of Of Mice and Men by Mike Kenny (Mind the Gap), Clockwork (NT), Ragtime (LAOS), Mapping the City (Slunglow), The Mamba (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Piano Circus – Trilogies (Kings Place).
Directing and film work includes: the award winning Soldiering On, Jump the Fire – Melt Yourself Down, Anish Kapoor Flashback, Born Survivor, It’s Not Over Yet – Middleman, Talking Transformations, Instructions for Films and Lear Settings.Read more...
Composer & Musical Director
Theatre credits include: The Jew of Malta, Anya, The American Pilot and White Out (all Royal Shakespeare Company), Sleuth, The Kite Runner, Charlie Peace and Families of Lockerbie (Nottingham Playhouse), Margaret Catchpole (Eastern Angles), Three Wheels (Birmingham REP/ ACE), Flight of Hope (People Show), Dreaming (BSA) and Nine Lives (Leeds Studio).
Jonathan won a Royal Television Society Award with Losing It (Channel 4), with other commissions including Gogmagog (English National Opera), Lights Out (New York Arts), Grimm Tales (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Radio 3), Flight to the Ford (CBSO), It’s Not a Game and The Long Lost Son (Evelyn Glennie), Black Heart and A Little Madness (BBC Singers), and O Rex Gentium (Ex Cathedra), winning national awards with The Ice Palace. His music is broadcast and played worldwide through Audio Network. Jonathan has achieved a first class honours in music (BA), and was awarded a doctorate in musical composition in 2006. He’s lectured and taught all over the world, and worked with groups such as the CBSO, ENO, Brodsky Quartet, Ensemble Bash and Kokuma African Dance Company in learning and participation projects throughout the UK. Jonathan is delighted to be bringing The Kite Giles Croft for a sixth time. Other current projects include Macbeth (director: Justin Audibert) at the National Theatre, reworking Anya (RSC) for puppet-theatre, and working with choreographers Anita Gonzalez and Joel Valentín-Martínez on Living Lakes in the United States. www.jonathangirling.co.ukRead more...
Drew trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and was subsequently part of the Lighting and Sound Department at Nottingham Playhouse where he started designing for in-house productions. In 2014 he left to become a freelance sound designer.
Drew has designed extensively with Nottingham Playhouse on shows including: Time and the Conways, Of Mice and Men, Richard III, My Judy Garland Life, The Importance of Being Earnest, Forever Young and Grandpa in My Pocket:Teamwork. Also, The Threepenny Opera in collaboration with Graeae Theatre Company. Other sound designs include: Sweet Charity and Trevor Nunn’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich), Workshop Negative (Gate Theatre), Mary Shelley (Shared Experience), Sleeping Beauty (Cast, Doncaster), The Dissidents (Tricycle), The Crossing (Tangle), Darkness Darkness, Unforgettable (New Perspectives), Jack and the Beanstalk (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds), The Wiz, Seance on a Sunday Afternoon, Empty Bed Blues, Smile (Lakeside Arts) and the 2015 UK tour of Miss Nightingale the Musical.Read more...
Kitty Winter is a movement director, choreographer and director, she trained at Laban and on the MA Movement course at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Recent movement credits include: Cinderella, A Christmas Carol and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Derby Theatre), Here I Belong (Pentabus Theatre), Blood (Tamasha/Belgrade Theatre Coventry), Tom’s Midnight Garden, Rapunzel and Jack (Nottingham Playhouse), Tiny Treasures and The Night Pirates (Theatre Hullabaloo), The Dog House, Women on the Verge of HRT and Puss in Boots (Derby LIVE), The Magical Playroom (Seabright Productions/Pleasance, Edinburgh), Roots (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Ghandi and Coconuts (Kali Theatre/Arcola), Dick Turpin’s Last Ride (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds) and Squid (Theatre Royal Stratford East).
Recent directing credits include: Feet First and Car Story (Box Clever Theatre), Spinning Yarns and FIVE (Theatre Hullabaloo/Theatre Direct, Canada), The Blue Moon (Wriggle Dance Theatre), Anything to Declare? (The Gramophones) Whose Shoes? (Nottingham Playhouse) and Awaking Durga (Kali Theatre/Soho Theatre). Kitty is Co-Artistic Director of family theatre company WinterWalker, and has recently produced and directed Three Keepers (UK tour), Come to the Circus (Déda, Derby), and The Beast of Belper (Belper Arts Festival). You can find out more about her work at www.kittywinter.comRead more...
Philip is on the Equity Register of Fight Directors, and the examining staff of the BASSC. He teaches for RADA.
Recent theatre includes: Ariodante (Teatro Campoamor), Julius Caesar, I’ll Be the Devil (RSC), Der Rosenkavalier, LaScala Di Seta, Cosi Fan Tutte (JPYAP), Veneziana, L’Isola Disabitata, Der Rosenkavalier (ROH), L’Isola Disabitata (ROH international tour), Simon Boccanegra, La Traviata (re-cast), Faust, Ariodante (ENO), L’Olimpiade (Garsington Opera), Andrea Chenier, Stiffelio (Holland Park Opera), Mahabharata, Carrie’s War (Sadler’s Wells), Dedication, Noises Off (Nuffield, Southampton), Dial M for Murder (UK tour), King Lear (Northern Broadsides), Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (Theatre Clwyd), Noises Off (Royal Court, Liverpool), The Ladykillers (Hull Truck), The Mysteries, God of Soho, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, A New World, Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe), Sleuth, Noises Off, The Duchess of Malfi, A Skull in Connemara, Time and the Conways, Aladdin, The Kite Runner, Robin Hood and the Babes (Nottingham Playhouse), Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, Dial M for Murder, A View From the Bridge, The Grapes of Wrath, King David, Man of Blood, Tango, Romeo and Juliet, Lonesome West, IPH, Journey’s End, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, Aladdin (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Gaslight, Kiss Me Quickstep, Robin Hood and Marian, The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, Far From the Madding Crowd, The Rivals, Hamlet, Bleak House, Humble Boy (New Vic, Stoke), As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Stig of the Dump, Macbeth, Othello, Cyrano de Bergerac, Romeo and Juliet, The Wind in the Willows, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Merlin and the Woods of Time, Masters Are You Mad? (Storyhouse Chester), Swimming With Sharks (Vaudeville), Macbeth (Hampton Court Palace), Gaslight, To Sir With Love, The Talented Mr Ripley, Humble Boy (Royal Theatre, Northampton), The Djinns of Eidgah, Piano/Forte, Sugar Mummies (Royal Court), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Theatre Royal Haymarket), King Lear, Breakfast With Mugabe (Theatre Royal, Bath), Corrie! (international tour), Carrie’s War (Apollo), Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds), Death and the Maiden, Arsenic and Old Lace, What the Butler Saw, People at Sea, The Herbal Bed, Robin Hood, Shadowlands, Sleeping Beauty, Playing for Time, To Kill a Mockingbird, Cinderella, Jamaica Inn, Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin, The Hired Man (Salisbury Playhouse), Oleanna, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Lord of the Flies, Looking for JJ, Hobson’s Choice (York Theatre Royal), Treasure Island, As You Like It, The Wind in the Willows, Macbeth, Henry V, Antony and Cleopatra, Dr Faustus, Rapunzel, Twelfth Night, Robin Hood, Macbeth, The Snow Queen, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors (Creation Theatre), Dial M for Murder (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Robin Hood (The Theatre, Chipping Norton), The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Canterbury Tales, Twelfth Night, Henry V, As You Like It, Macbeth, Richard III, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, As You Like It (Guildford Shakespeare Co), Peter Pan, Cinderella (SECC, Glasgow and Venue Cymru), Jack and the Beanstalk (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), Bad Jazz (Drum Theatre, Plymouth), Aladdin (King’s Theatre, Edinburgh), Dial M for Murder, Suddenly At Home, Macbeth, Deadly Murder, Romy & Julian, Deadly Nightcap (Vienna’s English Theatre), The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, The Conquering Hero, The Conspirators, The Making of Moo, The Company Man, Nan, The Tinker’s Wedding, Adam Bede (Orange Tree Theatre), Dracula (Open Book Theatre), Honest (Theatre 6), Stone Cold Murder (Vienna’s English Theatre and Mill at Sonning Theatre), Peter Pan (High Wycombe Swan), Jack & the Beanstalk (Swansea Grand Theatre), Robin Hood, Merlin (The Dukes, Lancaster), Dick Whittington, Peter Pan (Orchard Theatre, Dartford), Corrie! (international tour), Jack & the Beanstalk (Lyceum Theatre, Crewe), Carthage (Finborough), Peter Pan (Cliff’s Pavilion, Southend), Hamlet (USA tour), Peter Pan (Buxton Opera House), Soul Man (Steven Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), Cool Hand Luke (Aldwych), Aladdin (New Theatre, Hull), Twelfth Night (cruise ship tour), Misery (Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon), Smash (Menier Chocolate Factory), Snake in the Grass (The Print Room) and Corrie! (UK tour).
Film includes: King Arthur, Pan, The Knife That Killed Me and Dark Signal.Read more...
Producer Martin Dodd’s career has encompassed performance, theatre management and large-scale outdoor event production as well as promoting and producing all of UK Productions’ shows and events since its inception. UK Productions was formed in 1995 to produce musicals and pantomimes, for which it is now one of the country’s most prolific producers.
West End credits include: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Theatre Royal, Haymarket). Other producing credits for national and international tours include: The Kite Runner (2014), 42nd Street (1997, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2012), Oklahoma! (2010), Singin’ in the Rain (2009), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2005–2010), South Pacific (2007/8), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (2001/2, 2005/6, 2008/9), Jekyll and Hyde – The Musical (2004/5), Carousel (2003/4 and 2000), Fiddler on the Roof (2008, 2003), Murdered to Death (2002), Anything Goes (2001), The Pirates of Penzance (1998/9) and Barnum (1995/6). Other tours include: three original dance shows starring Wayne Sleep – World of Classical Ballet, Aspects of Dance and Ready Steady Dance (also starring Melanie Stace), and concert tours with Petula Clarke (1997/8) and Dave Willetts (2004).
During Christmas of 2016/17 they will produce ten pantomimes. The Theatre Royal Bath, Grand Theatre Blackpool, Anvil Basingstoke, Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth, Festival Theatre Malvern, Palace Theatre Mansfield, Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, Pavilion Theatre Rhyl, Empire Theatre Sunderland, and the Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells will all receive the UK Productions treatment of all-star casts in traditional shows backed by lavish sets and costumes.
Upcoming productions include: a national tour of Legally Blonde the Musical starring Rita Simons during 2017/18, as well as their regular children’s shows starring television favourites including Chris & Pui and Dick & Dom.
UK Productions also operates a busy production hire business utilising its extensive stores of musicals, pantomimes and play sets and costumes.
It hires out part and full productions to professional and amateur companies across the UK and internationally as well as designing and making sets, props and costumes to order.Read more...
DEREK NICOL AND PAUL WALDEN
FLYING MUSIC /FLYING ENTERTAINMENT
Entertaining the nation for over 30 years, Flying Music and Flying Entertainment have produced numerous nationwide tours and have presented a wide variety of artists including Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Dionne Warwick, Glen Campbell, the Four Tops and more.
Their long-running show, The Solid Silver 60s Show – commonly referred to as a British institution – celebrates its 32nd anniversary in 2017. This winning formula has been adapted to produce The Solid Gold Rock ‘n’ Roll Show, its American counterpart The All American Solid Gold Rock ‘n’ Roll Show and Maximum Rhythm ‘n’ Blues all of which continue to enjoy regular touring and national success. An innovative approach to creating brands has seen them move into the world of theatre. Original shows created by the company include Hollywood and Broadway, The Magic of the Musicals, Salute to Sinatra, Dancing in the Streets which ran for two years in London’s West End and the Olivier Award nominated Rat Pack that enjoyed a three-and-a half-year non-stop run in London, notching up over 1000 performances. The show continues to tour throughout Europe, USA and Canada.
Flying Entertainment joined forces with SJM to present the European premiere of Green Day’s hit Broadway musical American Idiot. The 10-week UK tour opened to standing ovations and rave reviews – rock fans and regular theatregoers stood side by side at this innovative musical that brought the two genres together. In partnership with Canadian producers Annerin, Flying Entertainment took the music of The Beatles back to its home in Liverpool in 2015 when they re-opened the famous Royal Court Theatre with the global smash hit Let it Be, a celebration of the music of The Beatles. A nationwide tour followed.
Thriller Live, the concert spectacular celebrating the career of Michael and the Jackson 5, resides in the West Endat the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue playing to packed houses, rave reviews and standing ovations.
Now a mainstay in London’s West End, Thriller Live is soon to celebrate its ninth birthday and has played to over five million people worldwide.
December 2016 sees the West End premiere of TheKite Runner, co-produced with UK Productions and based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel. This powerful production opens at Wyndham’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.
Future productions include brand new musical comedy Adam & Eve…and Steve.Read more...
Nottingham Playhouse has been one of the UK’s leading producing theatres since its foundation in 1948. It welcomes over 110,000 customers through its doors each year and creates productions large and small from timeless classics and enthralling family shows to adventurous new commissions, often touring work nationally and internationally.
Notable productions include 1984 – three runs in the West End and currently on tour in Australia; Any Means Necessary, a new play about undercover policing; Tony’s Last Tape which toured nationally this year; and a forthcoming revival of Touched starring BAFTA winning actress Vicky McClure and Aisling Loftus.
Supported by Nottingham City Council and the Arts Council England.
Artistic Director: Giles Croft
Chief Executive: Stephanie Sirr
Artistic Director Designate: Adam Penford
LIVERPOOL EVERYMAN & PLAYHOUSE
We are two distinct theatres, almost a mile apart, which together make up a single artistic force.
For over 10 years we have been driven by our passion for our art form, our love of our city and our unswerving belief that theatre at its best can enhance lives. While our two performance bases could hardly be more different, they are united by our commitment to brilliant, humane, forward thinking theatre that responds to its time and place.
Our mission is to reflect the aspirations and concerns of our audiences, to dazzle and inspire them, welcome and connect with them, nurture the artists within them and fuel their civic pride. Wherever these connections happen – whether in our theatres, in the community, in schools, or outside Liverpool – we hope to ignite the imagination, explore what it is to be human and always to exceed expectation.
From 2017 a resident acting company returns to the Everyman. The Company will comprise 14 actors, a team of three designers and in-house directors Gemma Bodinetz, Nick Bagnall and Matt Rutter. The theatre will become a place of change and diversity that welcomes people from all backgrounds to enhance and develop their skills. From February to July they will perform Fiddler on the Roof, The Conquest of the South Pole, The Story Giant, The Sum and Romeo and Juliet.
To find out more about the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse work, both on and off stage, call 0151 709 4776, visit everymanplayhouse.com or follow @LivEveryPlay on Twitter.
Supported by Liverpool City Council and the Arts Council England.
Artistic Director: Gemma Bodinetz
Executive Director: Deborah Aydon
Associate Director: Nick BagnallRead more...