Some years ago the musician and choirmaster Bob Howes started a songwriting competition for the BBC. A young lad from a North Western town entered. His name was Tim Firth and he became a friend of Bob’s, so much so that he ended up a judge on the same competition when, five or so years later, another young lad from the North West entered. Gary Barlow and Tim found they came from the same town. They said they’d keep in touch and maybe try a little collaboration one day.
In the meantime Tim went on to read English at Cambridge and become a playwright and composer . His most recent work for theatre was the musical This Is My Family at Sheffield Cruciblewhich won the UK Theatre Award for Best Musical. His other musicals include Our House (Olivier Award Best Musical) and the Flint Street Nativity. His plays include Neville’s Island, The Safari Party, and Sign of the Times. His play Calendar Girls (Whatsonstage Best Comedy) became the most performed amateur play in history and has funded research projects into blood cancers. Tim’s films include Blackball, The Wedding Video, Calendar Girls (British Comedy Award) and Kinky Boots. For television he wrote Timeless, Money For Nothing (Writer's Guild Award); The Rottentrolls (BAFTA Award); Cruise of the Gods; The Flint Street Nativity and Preston Front (Writer's Guild award; British Comedy Award, RTS Award)
One of the first things Tim did after leaving university was go to see Gary performing at Manchester Apollo. This is because in the meantime Gary had formed a band called Take That together with Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Robbie Williams. They went on to become one of the biggest British bands of all time. Now, after 25 years in the business, with over 52 million records sold including nine UK No.1 albums, fifteen UK No.1 singles, seven million concert tickets – and as well as being the proud recipient of six Ivor Novello Awards - Gary Barlow is regarded as one of Britain’s most successful singer songwriters.
In 2016 Gary and Tim performed a song from their first collaboration The Girls on the Royal Variety Show backed by a massed choir whose choirmaster was Bob Howes.
Choreography credits include:
Film: Pride (Pathe Films, Dir atthew Warchus).
Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Old Vic); The Miser- (Garrick); National Theatre’s 2017 ‘Up Next’ Gala (NT); A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer (National Theatre); Million Dollar Quartet (UK tour/West End); Oliver! (Grange Park Opera); Future Conditional (Old Vic); Around the World in 80 Days (St James Theatre); Goodnight Mr Tom (Phoenix Theatre/Chichester/UK tour); The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas (Chichester/UK tour); Running Wild and A Christmas Carol (Chichester Festival Theatre); But First This (Watermill Theatre); Annie Get Your Gun (UK tour); The Winter’s Tale (RSC/UK tour 2013); All Male HMS Pinafore (Union Theatre/UK tour); Pipe Dream (Union); Rocket to the Moon (National Theatre); Love Story (Duchess Theatre); Onassis (Novello Theatre); Buddy (2011 UK tour); Vernon God Little (Young Vic); All Male Pirates of Penzance (Union Theatre/Wilton’s Music Hall/Kingston Rose, Sydney Theatre, Winner of Best Off-West End Production WhatsOnStage Awards); Babes in Arms (Union Theatre); Daddy Cool (Shaftsbury Theatre); Sunshine on Leith (Dundee Rep/UK tour, TMA Award for Best Musical); Snoopy! - the Musical (New Players); Oliver!, The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz (Cyprus); Hair (Frankfurt); Cinderella and Peter Pan (Wimbledon Theatre); Dick Whittington (Northampton); Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Wolverhampton); Sleeping Beauty (Llandudno); Billy Elliot (tap coach and resident choreographer); What’s On Stage Awards Ceremony 2011/2013 (Prince of Wales); Children of Eden concert (Prince Of Wales); 42nd Street (Mountview) and Grease and Bells are Ringing (Arts Educational).
Television credits include: BAFTA Children’s Awards, Fit Farm (Channel 4), Feelgood Factor (ITV), The Legend of Dick and Dom, Diddy Movies, The Big Performance with Gareth Malone (BBC) and Chi Iced Tea (commercial).
Jozef (Jos) Houben, born in Brussels in 1959, is internationally acclaimed as an artist in Comedy and Physical Theatre. Performing, writing, teaching, and directing worldwide for the past 30 years he has worked with many leading international organisations and artists.
Jozef was a member of Theatre de Complicite during which time he co-created and performed in More Bigger Snacks Now, A Minute Too Late, The Phantom Violin and Out of a House Walked a Man.
As a performer he collaborated with Composer Georges Aperghis in his Music-Theatre works Commentaires (Paris 1996), Zwielicht (Munich 1998) “Paysage Sous Surveillance” (Brussels 2002). More recently he appeared in “Fragments”, short pieces by Samuel Beckett, directed by Peter Brook, in Paris and on tour worldwide.
As a writer and director, one of Jozef’s most successful collaborations has been with comedy troupe The Right Size, London (Lawrence Olivier Awards for Best Entertainment in 1999, and Best New Comedy in 2002); he has created 10 shows with them including comedy classics “Stop Calling Me Vernon” and “Do You Come Here Often?” and Bewilderness. Other significant collaborations include working with Annabel Arden, Marcello Magni, Gerard McBurney, Tim Barlow, Andrew Dawson, Fabrik Potsdam, Theater YBY Salzburg, and, in France: Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, Collège de France, Le Samovar, BPZoom, Spymonkey.
He has created/directed for: children’s theatre, cabaret acts, music-theatre projects for schools and professional companies, magic shows, contemporary dance, circus and opera.
In 1989, he produced for Thames TV, UK: Mr Fixit, a 15 part comedy series for children. From 1998-2001 he collaborated with Ragdoll Productions, as associate producer for Brum, The Magical Little Car’.
Since 2000, Jozef has worked as a teacher at the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He also teaches masterclasses throughout the world at international festivals, circus and theatre schools, and universities. His one man show The Art of Laughter continues its enormously successful world tour.
Robert trained at the Central School of Art.
West End includes: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, When We Are Married, Ragtime, The Sound of Music (also Toronto, UK tour, Tokyo, China and Australia), Much Ado About Nothing, The Dance of Death (also Australia), Benefactors, Calendar Girls (and UK tour), A Chorus of Disapproval, Heroes (and Los Angeles), The Wizard of Oz (also Toronto and US tour) and Rock and Roll (and Broadway).
As an associate artist of the RSC, credits include: Pentecost, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Herbal Bed, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Henry VIII (and New York) and The Winter’s Tale.
Other theatre includes: Look Back In Anger, Noises Off (also West End and Broadway), The Playboy of the Western World and The Motherf***er with the Hat (National Theatre); Lobby Hero, The Physicists, Divas, A Voyage Round My Father, City of Angels and Black Comedy (Donmar Warehouse); The Mercy Seat, Filumena, Ruined anD The Late Henry Moss (Almeida); The Music Man, Hay Fever, Mack and Mabel, Kiss Me Kate (also Old Vic) and Cyrano de Bergerac (Chichester) and various productions for the Bush Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.
Film includes: Hamlet.
Opera includes: Don Giovanni (Sydney Opera House); Tristan and Isolde (Tokyo and Vienna); Guilio Cesare (Glyndebourne and Chicago); The Coronation of Poppea (Paris and Berlin); Anna Bolena, Giulio Cesare and Die Fledermaus (Metropolitan Opera New York), Don Carlos (Frankfurt and Tokyo) and Andrea Chenier (Royal Opera House and Beijing).
He has been nominated for four Olivier Awards, an International Opera Award and won a Drama-Logue Award and Dora Award.
Tim is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He won Best Lighting Design in the 2014 Laurence Olivier Awards for Chimerica at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.
Recent designs include:
Impossible (West End); Dynamo: The Power of X (Copper Box Arena, London); Elf – The Musical (Dublin and West End); Dynamo LIVE (UK Arena Tour) Calendar Girls (UK Tours); The Full Monty (West End and UK Tours); Ghost - The Musical (UK Tour - co-design with Hugh Vanstone); Strangers on a Train (West End); Chimerica (Almeida Theatre and West End); What’s It All About: Bacharach Reimagined (Menier London and West End); The Crucible (Old Vic, London); Candide and All's Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company); Megan Mullally & Supreme Music Program (West End); Alan Cumming - I Bought a Blue Car Today (West End); Rebecca (Kneehigh Theatre, UK Tours); Hope Place (Everyman, Liverpool); The Summer Book (Unicorn, London); Once A Catholic (Tricycle London & Royal Court Liverpool); Philadelphia Here I Come! (Donmar, London); Wondershow (Roundhouse, London).
Terry is Managing Director of Autograph
Theatre includes: Les Misérables, (UK Tour, Holland, Spain, Australia and Asian Tour, Denmark); Oliver! (UK Tour and Canada); Cats (Switzerland, European Tour and Belgium); The Card (UK tour and Moscow); Man Of La Mancha (Canada); The Music Man (Canada); Candide (Denmark); Sinatra (London Palladium/UK tour); Candide (English National Opera); Imagine This (New London); Urinetown (St James and Apollo); Lend Me a Tenor – the Musical (Gielgud); Finding Neverland (Leicester Haymarket); Fame (Cambridge Theatre); Always (Victoria Palace Theatre); Romance, Romance (Gielgud Theatre); Crazy For You (Prince Edward Theatre); She Loves Me (Savoy Theatre); Privates on Parade (Michael Grandage Company, Noël Coward); A Chorus Line (London Palladium). For The Donmar: Guys And Dolls (Olivier Nomination); Grand Hotel, Parade (Olivier Nomination) Passion, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, City of Angels.
Shrek (UK Tour), Avenue Q (UK Tour), Spamalot (UK Tour)
Canadian Opera: Beatrice Et Benedict.
Nick is a senior member of the Autograph design team.
Theatre includes: Hey, Mr Producer! (Cameron Mackintosh’s 30th anniversary royal gala, Lyceum); Les Misérables, Martin Guerre (UK bus and truck tours); Miss Saigon (Japanese productions, UK tour); Les Misérables (Berlin) Concert versions in Belfast / Scandinavian arena concert tour), Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Royal Opera House); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tour); Sinatra (London Palladium / UK tour); Nicholas Nickleby (Chichester); On the Town, Kismet, Candide, Sweeney Todd (English National Opera); Imagine This (New London); Urinetown (St James and Apollo), Mother Courage and Her Children (National Theatre – 2010 Olivier Award nomination for Best Sound Design); Lend Me a Tenor - the Musical (Gielgud); Finding Neverland (Leicester Haymarket); Privates on Parade (Michael Grandage Company, Noël Coward); A Chorus Line (London Palladium).
For Regent’s Park: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Ragtime, The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.
For The Donmar: Pacific Overtures (2004 Olivier for Best Sound Design nomination) Parade (2008 Olivier Award nomination for Best Sound Design); Passion, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, City of Angels, The Vote. Also, Kiss Me Kate (Opera North) and Sweeney Todd (English National Opera).
His recent work as projection designer includes: Shakespeare Live! (Royal Shakespeare Company); The Girls (Leeds Grand/ Lowry Theatre); The War Has Not Yet Started (Drum Theatre, Plymouth); The Journey (Milton Court Studio Theatre); Perceptions (Milton Court foyer); An Evening With Lucian Freud (Leicester Square Theatre); JDRF charity gala (Milton Court Theatre); Her Naked Skin (Silk Street Theatre); Glaswegian Beauty (Milton Court Theatre) and Hamlet (Riverside Studios).
Work as associate designer includes: Oil (Almeida); Chaplin (Capitole Theatre, Ghent); Sherlock Holmes Experience - The Game’s Afoot (Madame Tussauds); The End of Longing (Playhouse Theatre) and Les Misérables 30th anniversary (Queen’s Theatre).
Recent animation work includes: The Red Shoes (Sadler’s Wells); The Exorcist (Birmingham Rep); The Bodyguard - the Musical (Köln Musical Dome); Secret Cinema (Canada Water); Impossible (Noël Coward Theatre); Dan and Phil: the Amazing Tour Is Not on Fire (UK tour); Glastonbury Festival in 2014 (the Common/the Temple); Rush Hair in 2016 (New London Theatre) and Beatbreakr (Ministry of Sound). AlexUragallo.com
Richard has worked as Musical Supervisor and Musical Director on many successful West End and international musicals. He is also a songwriter, composer and conductor of television and production music.
He is currently Musical Supervisor for The Bodyguard and Associate Musical Supervisor for the UK tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. He is MD and pianist on the recent The Bodyguard Cast Recording. Richard was the original Musical Director for shows including The Bodyguard, Cameron Macintosh’s Betty Blue Eyes, Hair (Broadway transfer), and Priscilla Queen Of The Desert as well as serving as MD on Grease (West End), Fame (UK Tour) and Blood Brothers (UK Tour). He has produced the debut albums of the singers Shona White (I’ll Bring You a Song) and Chris Thatcher (Jesus Chris Superstar). He wrote & produced the album Release Me for singer Charlie Green. Richard’s first musical, Today Is My Day, premiered in London in 2010, and his album Songs was released in 2013 to critical acclaim.
Richard’s production music can be heard on TV adverts and social media platforms. He can be found working out of his London recording studio and collaborating with leading singers and songwriters. He has most recently worked with (Grammy & Tony award winner) Heather Headley, (MOBO award winner) Beverly Knight, (MOBO award winner) Alexandra Burke, Tony Hadley, Jason Donovan, Duncan James and many more. Richard was also the arranger for the a cappella group, Band Of Voices who reached the semifinals on Britain’s Got Talent, achieving success on the show and currently more than 7 million YouTube views.
Sarah started working in the drama department of BBC Radio and moved into BBC Television where, along with a colleague, she instigated the first in-house casting department, before leaving and becoming a freelance casting director.
Theatre work includes: Elf, the Musical (Dominion, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin); Rebecca (Theatre Royal Plymouth and tour); Uncle Vanya (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Once a Catholic (Tricycle and Royal Court, Liverpool); Perfect Nonsense (Duke of York's); All My Sons (Regents Park Theatre); The Full Monty (Noël Coward and tour); The Bodyguard (Adelphi); Fortune's Fool, Sweet Bird of Youth, Hedda Gabler and Cause Célèbre (Old Vic); The Ladykillers (Gielgud and Vaudeville); Race and Di and Viv and Rose (Hampstead); The Madness of George III (Bath Theatre Royal and Gielgud); Eden End (ETT); Hobson's Choice and Me and My Girl (Crucible); Deathtrap (Noël Coward); When We Are Married (Garrick); An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville); Blithe Spirit (Theatre Royal Bath and Apollo); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Young Vic); The Rivals (Haymarket and Theatre Royal Bath); Juliet and Her Romeo (Bristol Old Vic); The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (West End); Speaking in Tongues (West End); Bedroom Farce and Miss Julie (Rose, Kingston); Mrs Klein (Almeida); The Apple Cart and The Browning Version (Bath Theatre Royal); Calendar Girls (West End and tour); God of Carnage (West End); Rain Man (West End); Brief Encounter (West End); Cloud Nine (Almeida); Equus (West End); Heroes (West End); Art (West End and tour); The Play What I Wrote (West End and tour); Rebecca (tour) and Calico (West End).
Film work includes: A Bunch of Amateurs, Morris: A Life With Bells On, Stormbreaker, As You Like It, Ladies in Lavender, Swimming Pool and Wilde.
Television work includes: Hustle, Crash, Holby Blue, The Chase, Messiah, The Best Man, Silent Witness, NY–LON, Madame Bovary, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Pie in the Sky and Wycliffe.
David & Dafydd produced Art at the Wyndham’s Theatre where it won every major theatre award. This has subsequently become the most successful new play in London for the last 25 years. Art subsequently opened on Broadway at the Royale Theatre, winning David Pugh his first Tony Award.
David & Dafydd produced The Play What I Wrote by Hamish McColl and Sean Foley, directed by Kenneth Branagh. The Play What I Wrote, which opened at the Wyndham’s Theatre, won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy, and every review was a rave. The Play What I Wrote opened at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway and was nominated for the Tony Award for Special Achievement.
Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of Gerald Sibleyras’ play Heroes opened in the West End in 2005 and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy, whilst Ducktastic opened for a very short run at the Noël Coward Theatre in the West End whilst still managing to be nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Entertainment.
Their production of Frank McGuiness’ adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, starring Nigel Havers, toured for over 30 weeks, breaking nearly every box office record in the United Kingdom. David & Dafydd then produced Equus in London’s West End, which starred Richard Griffiths and Daniel Radcliffe and played a sell-out season at the Gielgud Theatre.
Following this at the same theatre their production of God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, which starred Ralph Fiennes, Tamsin Grieg, Janet McTeer and Ken Stott, where it played a phenomenally successful season and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy. God of Carnage then opened on Broadway starring James Gandolfini, Jeff Daniels, Marcia Gay Harden and Hope Davis, where it was one of Broadway’s biggest play successes. God of Carnage played for four hundred and seventy six performances and won David & Dafydd their second Tony Award.
David & Dafydd commissioned and produced Kneehigh Theatre's production of Noël Coward's Brief Encounter, which played for nearly a year in an old cinema on the Haymarket in London and toured the UK, winning the UK Theatre Award. Their production then played at St Ann’s Warehouse in New York, where it received a rave review from The New York Times, transferred to Studio 54 on Broadway for another critically acclaimed season and then toured America and Australia.
Their production of Tim Firth’s Award winning comedy Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre, transferred to the West End, played in nearly every English speaking country around the world and then toured the UK where it ranfor over four years with fourteen different casts and has become one of the most successful touring productions of a play ever.
David & Dafydd produced The Full Monty, Simon Beaufoy’s adaptation of his own screenplay which opened at Sheffield. The play won the UK Theatre Award for best touring production and is currently visiting nearly every theatre in the country where to date it has now received marvellous reviews and is playing to standing ovations.
THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION is delighted to continue its association with David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, which began with the Broadway production of Art almost 20 years ago.
The Shubert Organization has been in the forefront of the American theatre since its founding in 1900. It has produced and co-produced hundreds of Broadway plays and musicals including Dear Evan Hansen, School of Rock–The Musical, CATS, The Present, The Humans, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, King Charles III, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Once, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, Lucky Guy, The Audience, Fish in the Dark, and This Is Our Youth.
Earlier Broadway productions include Chess (also original London production), Dreamgirls (as well as current London production), Sunday in the Park with George, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Amadeus, The Real Thing, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, City of Angels, Passion, The Gin Game, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Lettice & Lovage, Children of a Lesser God, Master Harold…and the Boys, Skylight, Amy’s View, Indiscretions, The Heidi Chronicles, A Few Good Men, Dirty Blonde, The Blue Room, Closer, The Judas Kiss, The Grapes of Wrath, A Behanding in Spokane, Three Days of Rain, A Steady Rain, God of Carnage, That Championship Season, Equus, Exit the King, and Spamalot.
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