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Mark Bell was a British actor and director who had an extensive career in theater, film, and television. He was born on October 3, 1960, in Sheffield, England, and grew up in a working-class family. Bell discovered his passion for acting at a young age and pursued it through his education.
Bell attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, where he honed his craft and developed his skills as an actor. After graduating, he began working in regional theaters across the UK, performing in a variety of productions and building a reputation as a talented and versatile performer.
In the late 1980s, Bell made his Broadway debut in the original production of Les Miserables, playing the role of Marius. He was praised for his performance and quickly became a sought-after actor in the theater world. Over the next few years, he appeared in several other Broadway productions, including The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, and Sunset Boulevard.
In addition to his work on stage, Bell also had a successful career in film and television. He appeared in several British television shows, including EastEnders, Casualty, and The Bill. He also had roles in several films, including The Krays and The Trial.
Throughout his career, Bell was known for his versatility as an actor and his ability to bring depth and nuance to his performances. He was equally at home in dramatic and comedic roles, and his range made him a favorite of audiences and critics alike.
In the early 2000s, Bell began to focus more on directing, and he quickly established himself as a talented and innovative director. He directed several successful productions in London's West End, including The Play What I Wrote and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.
One of Bell's most notable achievements as a director was his work on the production of Endgame, which he directed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2008. The production, which starred John Turturro and Elaine Stritch, was widely praised for its innovative staging and powerful performances.
Bell continued to work as a director throughout the 2010s, directing productions in London, New York, and other cities around the world. He was known for his collaborative approach to directing, working closely with actors and designers to create productions that were both visually stunning and emotionally resonant.
Sadly, Mark Bell passed away on August 4, 2014, at the age of 53.

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[West End, 2016] [Replacement]

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BroadwayWorld Awards - 2017 - Best Direction of a Play

Mark Bell, The Play That Goes Wrong

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Ellie Leach – reigning champion of Strictly Come Dancing - will make her stage acting debut as Miss Scarlett in the world premiere UK tour of Cluedo 2. Find out how and where to catch Ellie in the show here!

Kelli Baker to Hit the Road, Performing in NYC, Nashville & More

Kelli Baker returns to the road with a star-studded band after her trailer was stolen and recovered in North Carolina. See her powerful blues performances in cities like NYC, Pittsburgh, and Nashville.

Helen Flanagan to Make Stage Debut in CLUEDO 2 UK Tour Starring Jason Durr

Get all the details on Helen Flanagan's highly anticipated stage acting debut in the UK Tour of Cluedo 2, where she stars alongside Jason Durr. Don't miss this thrilling production as it travels across the country.

Helen Flanagan and Jason Durr Will Lead CLUEDO 2 at Theatre Royal Brighton

Helen Flanagan - known to millions as Rosie Webster in Coronation Street - will make her theatrical stage debut as Miss Scarlett in the world premiere UK tour of Cluedo 2. Starring alongside Helen will be leading West End actor and TV favourite Jason Durr, who stars as Colonel Mustard.

Matt Harrington to Return as Chris Bean & Chris Lanceley to Take Over as Robert in THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at New World Stages

The Play That Goes Wrong will welcome back alum Matt Harrington returning to the role of Chris Bean, as Chris Lanceley takes over as Robert tomorrow night at New World Stages. Learn how to purchase tickets!

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Releases New Block of Tickets Through April 2024

Due to popular demand, tickets are now on sale through April 28, 2024 for  The Play That Goes Wrong at New World Stages! Find out how to get tickets for the new dates here!

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Extends to 3 November 2024

To celebrate its 9th anniversary, The Play That Goes Wrong, the Olivier Award-winning hit comedy, has announced an extension at The Duchess Theatre, with tickets now on sale until 3 November 2024. Learn more about the production and how to get tickets to the new dates here!

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG to Celebrate Second Annual 'Shark Week' With $35 Tickets

et ready to dive into laughter as THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG celebrates its second annual 'Shark Week'. Witness the hilarious mishaps and mayhem in this side-splitting comedy.

CLUEDO 2 - THE NEXT CHAPTER Will Embark on UK Tour in 2024

Following the huge success of the critically acclaimed original play, Cluedo is back on stage in 2024 with a brand new comedy mystery. The hilarious whodunnit returns with a new story, a new house, new suspects and lots of new bodies.

Cast Set for THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at The Kennedy Center

The cast has been revealed for the The Play That Goes Wrong Washington, D.C. production coming to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for a limited three-and-a-half week engagement.

Submit Your Dog To Be An Understudy in PETER PAN GOES WRONG and THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

The producers of Broadway's Peter Pan Goes Wrong and Off-Broadway's The Play That Goes Wrong have announced a special understudy search for two canine characters – Nana the dog in Peter Pan Goes Wrong and Winston the dog in The Play That Goes Wrong.

Interview: Chris Lanceley and Henry Shields on Playing Chris Bean on Both Sides of the Pond in the GOES WRONG World

BroadwayWorld UK spoke to Chris and Henry about what it is like to be playing the same role in two different shows in New York, only three blocks away from each other. We discussed how they have grown with the role, why Chris Bean may be the most tragic character in the Cornley Drama Society and the differences between British and American audiences.

Photos: Check Out Photos of the New Cast of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG in London

All new cast production photos have been released for The Play That Goes Wrong - currently booking at The Duchess Theatre until April 2024.

Photos: First Look at the New Cast of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG in Rehearsal

All new stunt rehearsal photos has been released, featuring the new cast of The Play That Goes Wrong, who begin performances at the Duchess Theatre on Tuesday 4 April 2023. 

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Extends Through October 2023

Due to popular demand, tickets for The Play That Goes Wrong are now on sale through October 29, 2023.

Review: WINDFALL, Southwark Playhouse

London transfer of New York hit comedy gathers a few laughs, but feels out of step with the times

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Extends Booking and Announces New Cast

The Play That Goes Wrong, the Olivier Award-winning smash hit, has announced a brand new cast at the Duchess Theatre from Tuesday 4 April 2023 as well as a new booking period until 28 April 2024.

Photos: First Look at WINDFALL at Southwark Playhouse

Judith Amsenga, Audrey Anderson, Jack Bennett, Joanne Clifton, Wesley Griffith, Gabriel Paul star in  ‘Windfall’, which arrives at London’s Southwark Playhouse following a critically acclaimed run in New York in 2022. Check out photos here!

New Musical I LOVE MY FAMILY, BUT… Begins Performances At Soho Playhouse, February 23

Collaborators Lauren Gundrum and Brandon Lambert are set to premiere their debut musical, I Love My Family, But…, at Soho Playhouse from February 23–April 8, 2023.

Video: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Celebrates 3000 Performances in the West End

The Olivier Award-winning smash hit, The Play That Goes Wrong, yesterday celebrated its 2999th performance at the Duchess Theatre. The Play That Goes Wrong is the longest running play at The Duchess Theatre (since the theatre opened in 1929), and is the longest running comedy in the West End.


Mark Bell has been nominated for the Best Direction of a Play award at the BroadwayWorld Awards for his work on "The Play That Goes Wrong".

Mark Bell has won the Best Direction of a Play (BroadwayWorld Awards) for The Play That Goes Wrong.

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