Founded in 1995 by Kenny Wax the Company has firmly established itself as a leading player in the West end and the provinces as both Producer and General Manager. Kenny is on the board of the Society of West End Theatre and was this year invited to appear in directory Who’s Who – an honour which he accepted.
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy became one of the surprise hits of 2014 when Kenny together with co-producer Mark Bentley asked Mischief Theatre to redraft their one hour play into a full length entertainment. They toured the show to great popular acclaim before transferring it to the Duchess Theatre where it has played to near capacity business since it opened in September 2014. It is now booking into it’s third year at the Duchess and is set to make that theatre its home for a long time to come.
Mischief’s follow up show PETER PAN GOES WRONG opened at the Yvonne Arnaud in November 2014 and successfully completed a UK tour this year. Mischief’s follow up show PETER PAN GOES WRONG played in the West End at the Apollo Theatre Christmas 2015 having completed a 28 week UK tour. THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY is the third Mischief show that Kenny is co-producing with Mark Bentley. It is due to open in April at the Criterion Theatre.
DEAR LUPIN is a new stage comedy adapted by the celebrated writer and journalist Michael Simkins from Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer’s “Dear Lupin – Letters to a Wayward Son” the entire correspondence of a father to his only son spanning nearly 25 years. It starred two time BAFTA award winner James Fox and his son Jack Fox on a 6 week UK Tour.
In 2011 the Company produced the world premiere of the 1935 RKO classic movie TOP HAT which famously starred the legendary dancing partnership of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. In 2013, the stage adaptation running at the Aldwych Theatre, won three Laurence Olivier Awards including the coveted ‘Best New Musical’ from its seven nominations. In 2012 TOP HAT won the Evening Standard Award for ‘Best Night Out’. TOP HAT recently finished its UK tour which packed out venues up and down the country led by the sensational Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch.
Over the summer season Kenny Wax Family Entertainment Ltd presented a brand new production of Stiles and Drewe’s THE THREE LITTLE PIGS currently playing at Palace Theatre and THE GRUFFALO at the Lyric Theatre. Jacqueline Wilson’s HETTY FEATHER, which was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award and played to packed houses in 2014 has also been brought back to the West End’s Duke of York Theatre. The West End run was part of a 30 week UK tour played a 5 week season at the Lowry in Manchester over Christmas 2015.
ROOM ON THE BROOM and THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA are continuing to delight audiences on the UK touring circuit and ‘TIGER‘ has enjoyed a successful run at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Arts Centre.
KENNY WAX LTD is a proud supporter of the the charity KidsOut, which is dedicated to bringing fun and happiness into the lives of disadvantaged children. Over the past year KidsOut enjoyed performances of WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD, THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA, HETTY FEATHER and PETER PAN GOES WRONG. They also benefited from a special Gala performance of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at the Duchess Theatre. KENNY WAX LTD is also a great supporter of Spread a Smile Children’s Charity.