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Cast Announced For UK and Ireland Tour of MY FAIR LADY

The tour kicks off at Alhambra Theatre, Bradford from Thursday 22 September – Sunday 2 October.

My Fair Lady

Award-winning West End and Broadway star and two-time Olivier Award nominee Michael D. Xavier will play Henry Higgins. Most recently Michael starred on screen with recurring roles in Grantchester (ITV), Outlander (Amazon), Gentleman Jack (BBC) and in The Blacklist (NBC). Michael spent an incredibly successful year on Broadway in 2017, reprising his role as Joe Gillis opposite Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard and in Hal Prince's hit show Prince Of Broadway. Michael was nominated for two Olivier Awards in 2011; 'Best Supporting Performance in a Musical' (Wolf/Cinderella's Prince - Into The Woods at The Open Air Theatre) and 'Best Actor in a Musical' (Oliver - Love Story at The Duchess Theatre & Chichester Festival Theatre).

Charlotte Kennedy will star as Eliza Doolittle. Charlotte made her professional debut in Les Miserables in the West End and most recently played the role of Cosette.

Heather Jackson will reprise her role as Mrs Higgins which she is currently playing at the London Coliseum. Star of multiple roles all over the UK and Europe, Heather played the part of Madame Giry in the West End production of 'The Phantom of The Opera' for a total of nine years, leaving the show in 2009.

John Middleton will play Colonel Pickering. John is best known for his part in ITV's Emmerdale as Ashley Thomas, a role which he remained in from 1996 to 2017. After this he starred in a highly successful theatre tour of Strangers on a Train where he appeared as the American detective Arthur Gerard, alongside Christopher Harper, Jack Ashton and Hannah Tointon.

Tom Liggins made his professional debut in the West End run of My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum. On tour he will play the role of Freddy Eynsford-Hill

They will be joined by Dammi Aregbeshola, Bernadette Bangura, Joseph Claus, Jordan Crouch, Jamie Cruttenden, Francessca Daniella-Baker, Barry Drummond, Bethany Huckle, Emma Johnson, Sinead Kenny, Jenny Legg, Rebekah Lowings, Carl Patrick, Tom Ping, Dominique Planter, Joseph Poulton, John Stacey, Joshua Steel, Oliver Tester, Adam Vaughan, Annie Wensak and Paul Westwood as the ensemble. Further casting will be announced in due course.

My Fair Lady will open in Bradford (22 September - 2 October) before going on to visit Dublin (6 - 30 October), Cardiff (8 - 26 November), Edinburgh (14 December - 7 January), Southampton (12 - 29 January), Birmingham (8 - 26 March), and Canterbury (20 June - 1 July) with more cities to be announced. All tickets are on sale now. Some casting may be subject to change in some venues.

Directed by Bartlett Sher, this sublime production, which premiered in the spring of 2018 at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater, was the winner of the Tony Award for Best Costume Design, 5 Outer Critics' Circle Awards including Best Musical Revival, the Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical Revival, and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Musical Revival and Costume Design.

My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a "proper lady". But who is really being transformed?

With a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, My Fair Lady boasts a score including the classic songs "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Get Me to the Church on Time," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," "On the Street Where You Live," "The Rain in Spain," and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face."

"Thrilling! Glorious and better than it ever was! A marvellous and transformative revival."
New York Times

Adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture Pygmalion, Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady premiered on Broadway in March 1956, winning 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and becoming the longest-running musical in Broadway history at the time. Following this success, the production transferred to London in 1958, where it played in the West End for five and a half years.

MY FAIR LADY has seen many notable revivals and adaptations, including the acclaimed 1964 film starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, which won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Most recently on the London stage, Cameron Mackintosh's 2001 revival at Theatre Royal Drury Lane won three Olivier Awards, and later toured across the UK and Ireland in 2005.

James L. Nederlander, Jamie Wilson, Hunter Arnold, Playful Productions and the English National Opera present the Lincoln Center Theater production of Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady. Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, Music by Frederick Loewe, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Marc Salzberg, hair & wigs by Tom Watson, UK music supervision by Gareth Valentine, UK musical direction by Alex Parker, musical supervision by Ted Sperling, choreography by Christopher Gattelli, directed by Bartlett Sher.

PERFORMANCE DATES

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
Thursday 22 September - Sunday 2 October

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin
Thursday 6 October - Sunday 30 October

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Tuesday 8 November - Saturday 26 November

Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh
Wednesday 14 December - Saturday 7 January

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Thursday 12 January - Sunday 29 January 2023

Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham
Wednesday 8 March - Sunday 26 March

The Marlowe, Canterbury

Tuesday 20 June - Saturday 1 July

CAST

HEATHER JACKSON was born in Falkirk, Scotland. She studied Drama at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and voice with Jeanette Mackay. She has enjoyed a varied career and was delighted to play the role of Madame Giry in the West End production of 'The Phantom of The Opera' for a total of nine years, leaving the show in 2009.

Other theatre credits include: Andy in 'Stepping Out' (Perth Rep), Principal Soloist in 'Broadway Dusseldorf' created by Arlene Phillips (Capitol Theater, Dusseldorf), 'My Fair Lady' (directed by Simon Callow, National Tour), 'Pirates of Penzance' (National Tour), Principal Soloist in 'The West End Revue' (Talk of London), Prince Charming in 'Cinderella' (Borderline Theatre Company), Princess in 'Aladdin' and 'Jack and the Beanstalk' (MacRobert Arts Centre), Fiona McScratchit in 'Mr McScrooge' (Glasgow Pavilion), Jesse and Virginia in 'Beckett's Last Act' (Tour)

Heather spent five happy years in The Stadium Theatre Company working onboard the P&O cruise ships Canberra, Oriana and Victoria, performing roles as diverse as Ado Annie in 'Oklahoma', Madame Dubonet in 'The Boyfriend', Vi Petty in 'Buddy' and Eliza in 'My Fair Lady'. She also headlined in her own solo classical concerts.

On TV Heather played Catherine Galbraith in 'Take The High Road' and was the face of 'Woman' and Woman's Own' magazines in a major advertising campaign. She was a guest artist on 'The Judy Spiers Show' on Radio 2. Film credits include: 'Tooth Fairy 2' and 'Candy Witch'.


CHARLOTTE KENNEDY trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Charlotte made her professional debut in Les Miserables in the West End and most recently played the role of Cosette.

Theatre whilst training includes: Linda English in Pal Joey and Niki Harris in Curtains.

Concerts include: Cinderella (Cadogan Hall) South Pacific (Cadogan Hall), Honeymoon in Vegas (London Palladium) and Elaine Paige in Concert (The Royal Albert Hall).

TOM LIGGINS trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Theatre credits whilst training: Henry in Next To Normal, Ernst Ludwig in Cabaret. Tom made his West End debut in My Fair Lady.

JOHN MIDDLETON is best known for his part in ITV's Emmerdale as Ashley Thomas, a role which he remained in from 1996 to 2017. After this he starred in a highly successful theatre tour of Strangers on a Train where he appeared as the American detective Arthur Gerard, alongside Christopher Harper, Jack Ashton and Hannah Tointon, directed by Anthony Banks for ATG.

He has appeared in many other TV programmes, most notably as John Hargreaves in Coronation Street. His first Emmerdale role was that of PC John Jarvis at the time of the Post Office raid in 1994. He landed the role of Vicar Ashley Thomas in December 1996.

In October 2014 Middleton was given the story that Ashley would be diagnosed with Vascular Dementia, which played out over the subsequent two and a half years. At the culmination of that story in 2017, when his character died, Emmerdale won the Broadcast, Royal Television Society, National Television Award, BAFTA and British Soap Award for Best Soap and his story won Best Story and Best Episode.

He himself won Best Male Dramatic Performance and Best Actor. At the Yorkshire Royal Television Society Awards he won Best Actor and a Special Achievement award.

In the mid 90's John appeared in a series of British Telecom adverts directed by John Madden.

He has also appeared in the following TV programmes: The Things You Do for Love, Against all Odds, The Round Tower, The Grand, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, The World of Lee Evans, The Gambling Man, Cracker, Heartbeat, Medics, In Suspicious Circumstances, Prime Suspect 3, Bad Company and Shadow of the Noose.

He most recently appeared in Hulltruck Theatre's production of one person play 'Hull and High Water' by Janet Plater and directed by Tom Saunders.

MICHAEL D. XAVIER is an award-winning West End and Broadway star and two-time Olivier Award nominee.

Michael spent an incredibly successful year on Broadway in 2017, starring as Joe Gillis opposite Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard and in Hal Prince's hit show Prince Of Broadway.
Michael was nominated for two Olivier Awards in 2011; 'Best Supporting Performance in a Musical' (Wolf/Cinderella's Prince - Into The Woods at The Open Air Theatre) and 'Best Actor in a Musical' (Oliver - Love Story at The Duchess Theatre & Chichester Festival Theatre). In 2016 Michael won the Broadway World Award for 'Best Actor in a Musical' for his role as Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard at the ENO Coliseum.
He has also had What's On Stage Awards nominations for Into The Woods and Sunset Boulevard, and Broadway World Award nominations for Love Story, The Pajama Game and Soho Cinders.

Other US theatre credits include; Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington D.C)

Other London/West End theatre credits include; Sid Sorokin in The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre - Broadway World Award nomination), Sir Galahad in Spamalot! (Palace Theatre), Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Suffolk and George of Clarence in Trevor Nunn's production of Shakespeare's The Wars Of The Roses - Henry VI, Edward IV and Richard III (The Rose Theatre), John Wilkes Booth in Assassins (Menier Chocolate Factory), Captain Von Trapp in The Sound Of Music (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park - Broadway World Award nomination), Raoul in The Phantom Of The Opera (Her Majesty's Theatre), James Prince in Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre - Broadway World Award nomination), Miss Great Plains in Pageant (Vaudeville Theatre and King's Head Theatre).

Other UK theatre credits include; Love Story 10th Anniversary Concert (Cadogan Hall), Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat (Sheffield Crucible), Cornelius Hakl in Hello Dolly! (Leicester Curve), Bob Baker in Wonderful Town (Original UK Tour), Curly in Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), Rock Hudson in Rock (National Tour & Oval House Theatre), Sky in Mamma Mia! (International Tour Original Cast), Nankipoo in The Mikado (UK Tour).

Television credits include; Elliot Wallace in Grantchester Season 7 (ITV), Lieutenant Knox in Outlander Season 4 (Amazon), Dr. Steph Belcombe in Gentleman Jack (BBC/HBO), Christopher Miles in The Blacklist (NBC), Patrick in The Chelsea Detective (AcornTV) and Martin Broom in Grace (ITV).

Films include; The Isle Tide Hotel, Hammarksjöld, Never Let Go, The Muppets Most Wanted! and Gnomeland


Radio credits include; Tony in West Side Story (BBC Radio 2), Artie Green in Sunset Boulevard (BBC Radio 2) and many leading appearances on BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night.
Recordings include Oliver in Love Story (Original Cast Recording), Prince Of Broadway (Original Broadway Cast Recording), Laurie in Little Women (Pelion Productions), Thank You For The Music (West End International), Soldier in Toys (Milton Morrisey Productions), Unwritten Song (Michael Bruce), Chance In A Lifetime (Tim Prottey-Jones) and Therese Racquin and Lift (Craig Adams).

Michael was invited to host the Olivier Awards outdoor event in Covent Garden for three years. His co-hosts included Alison Hammond (2015), Myleene Klass (2014) and Claudia Winkleman and Sheridan Smith (2013). He has also hosted West End Live 2013 in Trafalgar Square and was the main host of the UK Theatre Awards 2013 and 2014 and 2015 at The Guildhall.

CREATIVE TEAM

Alan Jay Lerner (Book and Lyrics) wrote some of the best loved and enduring stage and movie musicals with Frederick Loewe over a period of more than 25 years: Life of the Party, What's Up, The Day Before Spring, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Camelot, and Gigi. He also wrote Love Life with Kurt Weill, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Carmelina with Burton Lane, Coco with Andre Previn, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with Leonard Bernstein, and Dance a Little Closer with Charles Strouse. He wrote the libretto and/or lyrics for the following films: An American in Paris, Gigi, The Little Prince, Royal Wedding, and film versions of his plays. He wrote two books: The Street Where I Live and The Musical Theatre: A Celebration. During his life he received multiple Tonys, Oscars, Grammys, Golden Globes and the Kennedy Center Honors. Mr. Lerner died in 1986.

Frederick Loewe (Music), a classically trained musician, wrote the scores for some of the most memorable musicals across the world, including My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, and Gigi. Among his most famous songs with lyricist-partner Alan Jay Lerner are "Almost Like Being in Love," "I Could Have Danced All Night," and "Thank Heaven for Little Girls." A musical prodigy, Loewe was born in Berlin in 1901 and, at 13, was the youngest piano soloist to play with the Berlin Philharmonic. His popular song "Katrina," written when he was 15, sold more than a million copies across Europe. Struggling to find work on Broadway after arriving in the U.S. in 1924, Loewe worked at such odd jobs as cow punching, boxing and accompanying silent films on the piano. He wrote with several other lyricists until approaching Lerner in 1942 about collaborating on a show - thus beginning one of Broadway's most extraordinary partnerships. The recipient of multiple Tony and Academy Awards, Loewe died in 1988.

Lincoln Center Theater (Producer) is one of New York's favorite not-for-profit theaters. Now in its 37th year, LCT has produced over 200 plays and musicals at the Vivian Beaumont, Mitzi E. Newhouse, and Claire Tow Theaters at Lincoln Center and other theaters on and off-Broadway, as well as touring productions nationally and around the world. In addition to Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady, outstanding recent productions include its Tony Award-winning productions of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I and South Pacific, War Horse, Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia, and J.T. Rogers' Oslo; Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced, and Dominque Morisseau's Pipeline.

LCT3 is devoted to producing the work of new playwrights, directors, and designers. LCT also encourages emerging artists through play readings, workshops, and an annual Directors Lab. Open Stages, LCT's education program, reaches thousands of public school students annually with curriculum-related projects, tickets to LCT productions, and a Shakespeare Program. The theater is also the publisher of the Lincoln Center Theater Review, which explores subjects related to its productions.

Lincoln Center Theater will reopen this fall beginning on November 4 with the new James Lapine-Tom Kitt-Michael Korie musical Flying Over Sunset at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, followed by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage's opera Intimate Apparel, directed by Bartlett Sher, beginning January 13 in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, as well as a full season of productions, to be announced. LCT is also a co-producer of the upcoming Broadway transfer of its LCT3 production of Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu's Pass Over, directed by Danya Taymor, beginning performances August 4 at the August Wilson Theatre.

Bartlett Sher (Director). Bartlett Sher is the Resident Director at Lincoln Center Theater, where he won a Tony Award for his production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific (which he also directed in London and Australia); and was nominated for Tony Awards for his LCT productions of My Fair Lady, Oslo (2017 Tony Award for Best Play, Obie Award, also National Theatre, London), Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I (also London), Golden Boy, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Awake and Sing!, and The Light in the Piazza. His other LCT productions include Blood and Gifts and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (also London). Broadway: Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird (Tony nom.), Fiddler on the Roof (Drama Desk Award), The Bridges of Madison County. Off-Broadway: Waste (Best Play Obie Award), Cymbeline (Callaway Award, also Royal Shakespeare Company), Don Juan, Pericles (TFANA, BAM). He was the Artistic Director of Seattle's Intiman Theatre (2000-2009) and was previously Company Director for the Guthrie Theater and Associate Artistic Director at Hartford Stage. Opera: Rigoletto (Staatsoper); Roméo et Juliette (Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg, Milan, Chicago); Faust (Baden Baden); Two Boys (ENO, Metropolitan Opera); Barbiere di Siviglia (Baden Baden, Metropolitan Opera); Otello, Il Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Le Comte Ory, L'Elisir d'Amore (Metropolitan Opera); Mourning Becomes Electra (Seattle Opera, New York City Opera). He serves on the board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Bart is currently directing a chamber opera production of Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel at Lincoln Center Theater. His film of Oslo premiered on HBO in May.

Ted Sperling (Musical Supervision). New York theatre credits include: The King and I, South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza (Tony, Drama Desk awards), A Man of No Importance, A New Brain, My Favorite Year, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, Titanic (actor), Kiss of the Spider Woman, How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Sunday in the Park with George. Artistic Director, MasterVoices; Principal Conductor, Westchester Philharmonic. Selected concerts: Show Boat (NY Philharmonic); The Firebrand of Florence, The Grapes of Wrath, The Mikado, 27, The Road of Promise, Song of Norway, Knickerbocker Holiday, Dido and Aeneas, Babes in Toyland, Of Thee I Sing, Orfeo ed Euridice (MasterVoices); numerous programs at American Songbook, Lyrics and Lyricists

Christopher Gattelli (Choreography). London: Silence! The Musical, Sunday In The Park With George, The King and I (Tony nomination), South Pacific (Tony, Outer Critics Circle noms), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Film: Hail, Casear!; Newsies; Isn't It Romantic?. New York theatre: Newsies (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC awards for Best Choreography), SpongeBob Squarepants, Sunday In The Park with George, Casa Valentina, Godspell, 13, The Ritz, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, High Fidelity.

Michael Yeargan (Sets). London: Becket, Cyrano de Bergerac, Napoleon, Porgy and Bess, Two Boys, Attila, I puritani, Simon Boccanegra. Broadway: The Ritz, Bad Habits, A Lesson From Aloes, The Road To Mecca (Roundabout), Oslo (Tony nomination), The King and I (Tony, Outer Critics Circle noms.), Golden Boy (Tony nom), Blood and Gifts, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Tony nom.), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk awards; OCC nom.), Cymbeline, Awake and Sing! (DD Award, Tony nom.), Edward Albee's Seascape, The Light in the Piazza (Tony, DD awards). Yeargan works at major opera companies throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia.

Catherine Zuber (Costumes). Broadway: Moulin Rouge (Tony nomination), JUNK, Oslo, The King and I (Tony, Outer Critics Circle awards), Macbeth, Golden Boy (Tony nomination), Joe Turner's Come and Gone (OCC nom.), South Pacific (Tony Award; OCC nom.), The Coast of Utopia (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC awards), The House in Town, Awake and Sing! (Tony Award), Edward Albee's Seascape (Tony nom.), The Light in the Piazza (Tony Award; DD, OCC noms.), Dinner at Eight (Tony, DD, OCC noms.), Twelfth Night (Tony, DD noms.), Ivanov, War Paint (DD, OCC awards; Tony nom.); The Father; Fiddler on the Roof; Gigi (DD Award); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Born Yesterday (Tony noms.); The Royal Family (Tony Award; OCC nom.); Doubt. Opera: Otello, Romeo et Juliette, L'Elisir d'Amore, Le Comte Ory, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Les Contes d'Hoffman, Doctor Atomic (Metropolitan Opera). 2016 Theater Hall of Fame inductee. 2017 Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award.

Donald Holder (Lighting). Broadway: The Lion King (Tony Award), Annie, Oslo, The King and I, Golden Boy (Tony nominations); Blood and Gifts; South Pacific (Tony Award); Juan Darien; Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Lortel Award); A Man Of No Importance, Anastasia, M. Butterfly, On The Twentieth Century, The Bridges of Madison County, Bullets Over Broadway, Ragtime, Les Liasions Dangereuses, A Streetcar Named Desire, Gem of The Ocean, Movin' Out, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Little Dog Laughed, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Boy From Oz. Film/TV: Oceans 8 (Warner Bros. Pictures), "Smash" (Seasons 1 and 2; NBC/Dreamworks).

Marc Salzberg (Sound). Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Mastergate, Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre, Lend Me a Tenor, A Streetcar Named Desire, Angels in America, Oslo, Golden Boy (Tony nomination), Awake and Sing! (co-designs with Peter John Still). As production soundman for Lincoln Center Theater: over 30 productions including Contact, The Light in the Piazza, The Coast of Utopia, South Pacific, War Horse, The Heiress.

Tom Watson (Hair & Wigs). Broadway includes Wicked, Fiddler on the Roof, Long Day's Journey into Night, The Little Foxes, The Parisian Woman, JUNK, Oslo (also London), Falsettos, The Addams Family, The King and I and Act One. Head of wig/makeup department at the Metropolitan Opera.

Gareth Valentine (UK music supervision). Gareth Valentine studied at the Royal College of Music, London 1975-78 where he gained an Honours Degree (GRSM Cons.) While at the RCM he was awarded a bursary to study voice with Sir Peter Pears at the Aldeburgh School of Advanced Singing & Strings. He gained an ARCM diploma and completed a year of study at the RCM Opera School, London as a repetiteur. Following this, a further year of study in music education at the Institute of Education, London, where he gained an MTC teaching qualification. Valentine began a career in 1981 which launched him into a stellar career at the very top of the musical theatre industry working alongside composers such as Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into The Woods), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss Of The Spiderwoman), Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber (Love Never Dies, Cats, Aspects Of Love), Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic.) He has conducted the following West End musicals (all of which won Olivier Awards for Best Musical or Best Musical Revival): 42nd STREET (Drury Lane), KISS ME KATE (Victoria Palace), MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (Donmar), COMPANY (Donmar), CHICAGO (Adelphi), CITY OF ANGELS (Donmar) Orchestras include: BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra de Chamber de Paris, Pasdeloup Orchestra, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Rome Opera House Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra. He has been in demand and worked with leading directors including: Sir Trevor Nunn (Porgy & Bess), Sir Richard Eyre (The Pajama Game), Hal Prince (Kiss Of The Spiderwoman), Sir Nicholas Hytner (National Theatre 50th Anniversary Gala), David Leveaux (Nine), Walter Bobbie (Chicago), Jack O' Brien (Damn Yankees!/Love Never Dies) and Joe Mantello (Wicked.) He has conducted for many International Artistes including: Barbara Cook, Eartha Kitt, Betty Buckley, Elaine Paige, Liza Minelli, Christopher Reeves, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Bryn Terfel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chita Rivera, Jerry Lewis, Sir Elton John, Marin Maisie. Sir Roger Moore, Sir Ian McKellen, Clarke Peters, Victoria Wood, Joel Grey and Wayne Sleep. Gareth has composed a REQUIEM which has been performed at its London premiere at Southwark Cathedral. Since then it has been performed at Warwick, Boulder, Colorado, Helsinki and Paris as well as recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London. He was commissioned by The Old Vic to compose a new score for Aladdin starring Sir Ian McKellen as Twankey. Valentine composed the ballet Strictly Gershwin in a commission from English National Ballet which played the Royal Albert Hall as well as a sellout UK tour and a season with Tulsa Ballet, USA. It was a box office record breaker for Queensland Ballet, Australia and is to be performed by Rome Ballet in 2020. He has conducted many ballets and concerts worldwide as well as conducting recordings for multi-media use - many of them at the prestigious Abbey Road Studios, London. He was recently described in The Stage as "one of the West End's most sough- after musical directors."

Alex Parker (UK musical direction). Alex graduated from Birmingham University in 2012 with a BMus Honours degree in music. His musical director credits include: Gypsy (Alexandra Palace), Sunset Boulevard (Alexandra Palace/Royal Albert Hall), Chicago (Ljubljana Festival), (lWonderful Town (Opera Holland Park), Far From Heaven (Turbine Theatre), Sunset Boulevard (Alexandra Palace), Am Dram (Curve), A Little Night Music (Holland Park Opera) Mame (Hope Mill Theatre/Tour), The Color Purple (Curve), My Left/Right Foot (National Theatre Of Scotland), Hair-spray, Sweet Charity (Pimlico Opera), Barnum, The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (Menier Chocolate Factory), Wonderland (UK Tour), A Little Night Music 40th Anniversary Concert (Palace), South Pacific (Cadogan Hall), Merrily We Roll Along, Sunset Boulevard, Follies (Yvonne Arnaud), The WhatsOnStage Awards 2015 - Present (Prince Of Wales). His assistant and associate musical director credits include West Side Story, On The Town (BBC Proms), Les Misérables (Queens and Dubai Opera), Stephen Ward (Aldwych), The Pajama Game (Minerva) and Soho Cinders (Soho). Alex produced and served as the musical supervisor to the London premiere of Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together at the St. James Theatre in 2013. He was also the musical supervisor for the London premiere of Working at the Southwark Playhouse in 2017. As a composer, Alex has written five musicals with his writing partner Katie Lam. These include AmDram, All Aboard, The Railway Children and After You. After You was filmed at the London Coliseum for streaming. In 2021, they completed their new musical Henrietta commissioned by National Youth Music Theatre, and are also writing a musical adaptation of David Ebershoff's book The Danish Girl.




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