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Stephen Mear

 
Bio:
Stephen Mear is an English dancer, choreographer and director best known for his award-winning work in musical theatre. In the 1990s, Mear taught dance at the London Studio Centre. In 2005 he and co-choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Choreography, for their ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Stephen Mear is an English dancer, choreographer and director best known for his award-winning work in musical theatre. In the 1990s, Mear taught dance at the London Studio Centre. In 2005 he and co-choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Choreography, for their ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [West End]
London Production, 1993
Wyatt
  [West End]
London Revival, 1992
Performer
  [West End]
London Production, 1989
Ensemble

Productions

 
[West End, 2021]
Co-Choreographer
 
[Chicago, 2020]
Choreographer
Director
 
[West End, 2020]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2019]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2018]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 2017]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2016]
Choreography
 
[West End, 2012]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2011]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2010]
Choreographer
 
[US Tour, 2009]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 2008]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2007]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 2006]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2006]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2005]
Choreographer
 
[London Fringe, 2005]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2004]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2004] Cancelled
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2003]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2002]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2000]
Choreographer

Photos

Stephen Mears & Fabian Aloise Photo

Stephen Mears & Fabian Aloise

From: 
Date:
05/30/2018
Vanessa Leigh-Hicks, Stephen Mear & Annette McLaughlin Photo

Vanessa Leigh-Hicks, Stephen Mear & Annette McLaughlin

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Date:
04/12/2018
Stephen Mear, Ruthie Henshall Photo

Stephen Mear, Ruthie Henshall

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Date:
06/17/2016

 

Stage

Performances
  [West End]
London Production, 1993
Wyatt

  [West End]
London Revival, 1992
Performer

  [West End]
London Production, 1989
Ensemble

Productions

[West End, 2021]
Co-Choreographer

[Chicago, 2020]
Choreographer

Director

[West End, 2020]
Choreographer

[West End, 2019]
Choreographer

[West End, 2018]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 2017]
Choreographer

[West End, 2016]
Choreography

[West End, 2012]
Choreographer

[West End, 2011]
Choreographer

[West End, 2010]
Choreographer

[US Tour, 2009]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 2008]
Choreographer

[West End, 2007]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 2006]
Choreographer

[West End, 2006]
Choreographer

[West End, 2005]
Choreographer

[London Fringe, 2005]
Choreographer

[West End, 2004]
Choreographer

[West End, 2004] Cancelled
Choreographer

[West End, 2003]
Choreographer

[West End, 2002]
Choreographer

[West End, 2000]
Choreographer

Stephen Mear Biography

Stephen Mear is an English dancer, choreographer and director best known for his award-winning work in musical theatre.

In the 1990s, Mear taught dance at the London Studio Centre. In 2005 he and co-choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Choreography, for their work on the new West End musical Mary Poppins, which they subsequently won once more for the revival of the same production in London at the 2020 Olivier Awards. This production later transferred to Broadway in 2006, being nominated for the Tony Award for Best Choreography in 2007. Mear choreographed the Broadway musical of Disney's The Little Mermaid (2007‚Äď08). Mear also Choreographed Sunset Boulevard in the West End (2016) and on Broadway (2017), starring Glenn Close. In recognition of his achievements, in 2006 and 2015 Mear was the recipient of a Carl Alan Award, an award voted for by leading dance organisations in the United Kingdom. In 2010, Stephen Mear won a Laurence Olivier Award for best Theatre Choreographer for his work on Hello Dolly at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, he was also a choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance (UK), in the category broadway.

Olivier Award Nominations include; Gypsy (2016), Kiss Me Kate (2013), Crazy for You (2012), Sweet Charity (2011), Sinatra (2007), Singin' in the Rain (2001) and Soul Train (2000).

TV credits include; The Tracey Ullman Show - (Library number - BBC1 2016), Gypsy - Live at the Savoy (BBC4 2015), The Vote - Donmar Warehouse Live on More4 (UK Election night 2015), Psychobitches - Samantha Spiro as Judy Garland, Sheila Reid as Margot Fonteyn (Sky Arts 2012), So You Think You Can Dance (2009-2010) Victoria Wood's Christmas Special (BBC/DVD 2009) Acorn Antiques The Musical (BBC/DVD)

Music Videos include; Number 1 - by Goldfrapp. The Importance of Being Idle - by Oasis (In 2006 the video won the Shockwaves NME award for best video and in 2005 it was also nominated for a Q award

His partner is dance teacher and Choreographer Mark Smith, who is deaf. Mear was co-choreographer for Mary Poppins, created the entire "sign language" combination/idea for the show's hit musical number Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, because of the knowledge of sign language he had.

Mear was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to dance

Stephen Mear Awards and Nominations

 
Olivier Awards - 2016 - Best Theatre Choreographer
Stephen MearGypsy
 
Olivier Awards - 2013 - Best Theatre Choreographer
Stephen MearKiss Me, Kate
 
Olivier Awards - 2012 - Best Theatre Choreographer
Stephen MearCrazy For You
 
Olivier Awards - 2011 - Best Theatre Choreographer
Stephen Mear, Sweet Charity
 
Olivier Awards - 2010 - Best Theatre Choreographer Gold Star
Stephen MearHello, Dolly!
 
Olivier Awards - 2007 - Best Theatre Choreographer
Stephen Mear, Sinatra at the London Palladium
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Choreography
Stephen Mear, Mary Poppins
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Choreography
Stephen Mear, Mary Poppins
 
Tony Awards - 2007 - Best Choreography
Stephen Mear, Mary Poppins
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Choreograph
Stephen Mear, Mary Poppins
 
Olivier Awards - 2000 - Best Theatre Choreographer
Stephen MearSoul Train

Stephen Mear News

VIDEO: Watch Highlights from OLD FRIENDS, Celebrating Stephen Sondheim! Photo VIDEO: Watch Highlights from OLD FRIENDS, Celebrating Stephen Sondheim!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 4, 2022

An all-star cast came together last night (Tuesday, May 3) in London's West End for a thrilling, joyous celebration of the extraordinary talents and legacy of composer & lyricist Stephen Sondheim at the theatre which was gloriously rebuilt and renamed in his honor.

Photos: Bernadette Peters, Michael Ball, Judi Dench, and More Celebrate Sondheim in S Photo Photos: Bernadette Peters, Michael Ball, Judi Dench, and More Celebrate Sondheim in SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 4, 2022

An all-star cast came together last evening (Tuesday, May 3) in London’s West End for a thrilling, joyous celebration of the extraordinary talents and legacy of composer & lyricist Stephen Sondheim at the theatre which was gloriously rebuilt and renamed in his honor. 

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals for SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Starring Michael Ball, Hannah  Photo VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals for SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Starring Michael Ball, Hannah Waddingham, Judi Dench & More
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 27, 2022

Cameron Mackintosh has invited Stephen Sondheim’s old friends to join him in celebrating his extraordinary talents and legacy at the Sondheim Theatre which was recently gloriously rebuilt in Sondheim’s honour and thanks the cast and company and everyone involved for agreeing to a special screening which will allow over 2,500 to see the performance.

Rehearsals Begin For MARY POPPINS at Sydney Lyric Theatre Photo Rehearsals Begin For MARY POPPINS at Sydney Lyric Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Apr 20, 2022

The world's most famous nanny has flown into Sydney as rehearsals have officially begun for the Australian premiere of Cameron Mackintosh and Disney's new production of MARY POPPINS. 

Live Screening Added at the Prince Edward Theatre For Sondheim's OLD FRIENDS Gala Photo Live Screening Added at the Prince Edward Theatre For Sondheim's OLD FRIENDS Gala
by Stephi Wild - Mar 30, 2022

Tickets for a live screening at the Prince Edward Theatre of the sold-out Sondheim's OLD FRIENDS Gala are to be released today, 30 March 2022.

Rosalie Craig, Julian Ovenden, and More Join Sondheim at OLD FRIENDS Gala Photo Rosalie Craig, Julian Ovenden, and More Join Sondheim at OLD FRIENDS Gala
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 17, 2022

This May 3, stars of the West End will gather to salute the legacy of the legendary Stephen Sondheim at a gala performance titled, Old Friends.

Giles Terera Will Lead Concert of THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK at the Sondheim Theatre in  Photo Giles Terera Will Lead Concert of THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK at the Sondheim Theatre in June
by Stephi Wild - Mar 16, 2022

THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK has a book and lyrics by John Dempsey and music by Dana P. Rowe, based on the novel by John Updike and the Warner Brothers motion picture. Maria Friedman will direct with musical staging by Stephen Mear. Olivier Award-winning actor Giles Terera will star as Darryl Van Horne.

Photos/Video: Inside Rehearsal For THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE Photo Photos/Video: Inside Rehearsal For THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE
by Stephi Wild - Mar 9, 2022

New photographs and a trailer have been released from the rehearsal room of the UK touring production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright.  The new production opens on 23 March at MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton and tours until 16 July. 

Michael Ball, Judi Dench, and More Will Celebrate Sondheim in OLD FRIENDS This May Photo Michael Ball, Judi Dench, and More Will Celebrate Sondheim in OLD FRIENDS This May
by Stephi Wild - Mar 4, 2022

The all-star cast for OLD FRIENDS so far includes Michael Ball, Petula Clark, Judi Dench, Daniel Evans, Bonnie Langford, Adrian Lester, Damian Lewis, Julia Mckenzie, Bernadette Peters, Elaine Paige, Clive Rowe, Imelda Staunton and Hannah Waddingham.

Bernadette Peters, Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton, and More to Celebrate Stephen Sondhei Photo Bernadette Peters, Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton, and More to Celebrate Stephen Sondheim at OLD FRIENDS Gala
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 3, 2022

This May 3, stars of the West End will gather to salute the legacy of the legendary Stephen Sondheim at a gala performance titled, Old Friends.

Stephen Mear Videos

VIDEO: Watch Highlights from OLD FRIENDS, Celebrating Stephen Sondheim! VideoVIDEO: Watch Highlights from OLD FRIENDS, Celebrating Stephen Sondheim!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 4, 2022

An all-star cast came together last night (Tuesday, May 3) in London's West End for a thrilling, joyous celebration of the extraordinary talents and legacy of composer & lyricist Stephen Sondheim at the theatre which was gloriously rebuilt and renamed in his honor.

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals for SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Starring Michael Ball, Hannah  VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals for SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Starring Michael Ball, Hannah Waddingham, Judi Dench & More
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 27, 2022

Cameron Mackintosh has invited Stephen Sondheim’s old friends to join him in celebrating his extraordinary talents and legacy at the Sondheim Theatre which was recently gloriously rebuilt in Sondheim’s honour and thanks the cast and company and everyone involved for agreeing to a special screening which will allow over 2,500 to see the performance.

VIDEO: On This Day, January 10- Broadway Goes Under the Sea With THE LITTLE MERMAID VideoVIDEO: On This Day, January 10- Broadway Goes Under the Sea With THE LITTLE MERMAID
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 10, 2019

Based on the animated Disney film and the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, performances of THE LITTLE MERMAID officially opened on Broadway on this day in 2008.

#TBT: Go Under the Sea with the Opening Night of THE LITTLE MERMAID on Broadway! Video#TBT: Go Under the Sea with the Opening Night of THE LITTLE MERMAID on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 10, 2019

In honor of the show's eleventh anniversary of becoming part of Broadway's world, we're flashing back to its 2008 opening night at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre!

#TBT: "Step [Back] In Time" With The Opening Night of MARY POPPINS On Broadway! Video#TBT: "Step [Back] In Time" With The Opening Night of MARY POPPINS On Broadway!
by Jeffrey Vizcaino - Dec 13, 2018

With Mary Poppins Returns coming to movie theaters in a week, I thought the perfect  #TBT would be a look back at the Opening Night of Mary Poppins on Broadway. So I dove back into the BroadwayWorld archives and found the 2006 video (when we were formerly known as BroadwayBeat) with Ashley Brown, straight from starring as 'Belle' Beauty and the Beast on Broadway! And lets not forget Gavin Lee who made his Broadway debut with Mary Poppins.

VIDEO: On This Day, January 10- THE LITTLE MERMAID Takes Broadway Under the Sea VideoVIDEO: On This Day, January 10- THE LITTLE MERMAID Takes Broadway Under the Sea
by Stage Tube - Jan 10, 2018

The Little Mermaid, based on the Disney film and the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, opened on this day in 2008 at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at International Tour of MARY POPPINS - Coming to Switzerland, Feb. 1
by Stage Tube - Jan 31, 2017

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh announce casting for the 2017 performances of the international tour of their multi award-winning musical MARY POPPINS, which will play in Switzerland and Dubai in 2017. Following the current highly acclaimed run of the production at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, the new cast of MARY POPPINS will open at the Theater 11 in Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday 1 February 2017 with performances until Sunday 19 March 2017. The production will then run at Dubai Opera in Dubai, UAE from Monday 1 May 2017 until Wednesday 18 May 2017.

STAGE TUBE: Zizi Strallen And Cast Of MARY POPPINS On Royal Variety Performance!
by Stage Tube - Dec 9, 2015

Zizi Strallen and the cast of the UK tour of Mary Poppins starred at this year's Royal Variety Performance!

STAGE TUBE: Watch Imelda Staunton Belt it Out as 'Mama Rose' in West End's GYPSY!
by Stage Tube - Mar 2, 2015

The first production to be seen in London for forty years in a strictly limited season, Gypsy opens at the Savoy Theatre on 15 April 2015 with previews from 28 March 2015 and is produced in the West End by Michael Harrison and David Ian. Joining Imelda Staunton, who stars as the indomitable Momma Rose in the West End transfer of Jonathan Kent's production of Gypsy, are Lara Pulver who will reprise the role of Louise and Peter Davison who joins the cast to play Herbie. Check out highlights of Staunton in action below!

STAGE TUBE: Die Fledermaus: 'All I Want Is More Champagne'
by Stage Tube - Jan 6, 2014

A new production of Johann Strauss Jr.'s New Year's Eve classic, the comedic operetta Die Fledermaus, will open at the Met tonight, December 31, with two Broadway stars appearing. Check out the excerpt from Act II of Johann Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus' with Jane Archibald (Adele), Anthony Roth Costanzo (Orlofsky), Christopher Maltman (Eisenstein).


Stephen Mear Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Stephen Mear been in?
Stephen Mear has not appeared on Broadway.

How many West End shows has Stephen Mear been in?
Stephen Mear has appeared on London's West End in 3 shows.

What was Stephen Mear's first West End show?
Stephen Mear's first West End show was Anything Goes which opened in 1989

What awards has Stephen Mear been nominated for?
Best Theatre Choreographer (Olivier Awards) for Gypsy , Best Theatre Choreographer (Olivier Awards) for Kiss Me, Kate , Best Theatre Choreographer (Olivier Awards) for Crazy For You , Best Theatre Choreographer (Olivier Awards) for Sweet Charity , Best Theatre Choreographer (Olivier Awards) for Hello, Dolly! , Best Theatre Choreographer (Olivier Awards) for Sinatra at the London Palladium , Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Mary Poppins , Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Mary Poppins , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Mary Poppins Outstanding Choreograph (Drama Desk Awards) for Mary Poppins and Best Theatre Choreographer (Olivier Awards) for Soul Train .

What awards has Stephen Mear won?
Best Theatre Choreographer (Olivier Awards) for Hello, Dolly!.