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Past Shows

Musicals

  • Anthems
  • The Challenge
  • Once on this Island
  • Maddie
  • Working with Music Promoters Kennedy Street Enterprises, we co-promoted a 13 date concert tour ending up the Hampton Court Palace Festival for West End star Kerry Ellis and Brian May who produced Kerry's concept album ANTHEMS.

    The show toured with Brian's rock band and played to packed houses all over the country
  • (1992)

    This remarkable ‘new musical’ goes down in musical theatre history as one of the most extraordinary shows ever written and presented to a paying audience. 29 different composers and lyricist set about writing a book musical based on the legend of Daedelus, Icarus, the Minatour and the maze. The book was stitched together by Stephen Clarke and the 19 songwriting teams were encouraged to write in a style which they felt fitted the 8 minutes of plot they had been given rather than to attempt to homogenize a style as a whole. The Production was made even more bizarre by the fact that the writers included all those who had been students of Stephen Sondheim on the inaugural visiting professorship sponsored by Cameron Mackintosh. Participating writers included Goerge Stiles and Anthony Drewe, Howard Goodall, Kit Hesketh Harvey and James McConnell, Charles Hart, Ed Hardy, Eric Woolfson, Stephen Keeling and Shaun Mckenna. The performance ran for one night at the Shaw Theatre and was attended by Stephen Sondheim and Cameron Mackintosh. The cast album is available from Dress Circle.
  • By Lyn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty based on an original story by Rosa Guy (1995)

    Kenny produced this magical musical while on the staff at Imagination. The Production was initially mounted at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre co-directed by Gwenda Hughes and David Toguri and choreographed by David Toguri. The show transferred into the Peacock Theatre (then the Royalty) which a fantastic cast which included Lorna Brown, Sharon D Clarke, Clive Rowe, PP Arnold, Shezwe Powell, Johnny Worthy, Trevor Michael Georges, Mark Vincent and Anthony Corriette. The show was enthusiastically received by a mix race audience and won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for ‘Best Musical’ as well as receiving nominations in the categories of Best Director, Best Choreographer and Best Supporting Actor. The cast album is available from Dress Circle.
  • By Stephen Keeling, Shaun Mckenna & Steve Dexter (1997)

    Based on the book Marion’s Wall by Jack Finney, the stage production was a labour of love for it’s authors. Keeling and Dexter started working on it during Keelings year at Oxford University under the visiting professorship of Stephen Sondheim. Kenny fell in love with the show at a workshop and resolved that it would be the first musical he mounted with his newly established production company. First staged at the Salisbury Playhouse with a cast that included Summer Rognlie in the title role, Mark McGann, Kevin Colson and Angela Richards. Graham Bickley and Lynda Baron replaced McGann and Richards for the West End transfer a year later. The show received excellent reviews but Kenny didn’t have the financial backing to nurse the show past its first couple of months.
  • Honk
  • The Aspects of Love
  • The Witches of Eastwick
  • Wonderful Town
  • By George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (2001)

    Julia McKenzie directed the Olivier Award Winning production of HONK at the National Theatre in 2000 and Kenny picked up the touring rights and re-mounted a production which Julia directed starring Norman Pace, Tracie Bennett and Clive Rowe. This original musical written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe is based on the Hans Christian Anderson novel ‘The Ugly Duckling’ and was much enjoyed by regional audiences and has also become a firm favourite of amateur companies up and down the land.
  • By Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black & Charles Hart (2007/08)

    This excellent touring production of perhaps Lloyd Webbers most challenging piece has been expertly brought to the stage by Director Nikolai Foster and Designer Rob Jones. At it’s opening in Newcastle, Lloyd Webber declared the it the finest production of the musical he had seen. A tremendous cast starring David Essex as George, Shona Lindsay as Rose, Matt Rawle as Alex, Poppy Tierney as Guilietta and Rachel Lynes as Jenny played to sold out houses all over the country. Tim Rogers has replaced Matt Rawle for the Spring tour and James Graeme has replaced David Essex for the last ten weeks.
  • By John Dempsey and Dana Rowe based on the novel by John Updike (2008/09)

    When three desperate housewives in mid-town America wish for the man of their dreams they get more than they bargain for. All hell breaks loose when he appears. This big new touring production stars Wet Wet Wet front man Marti Pellow as the devlish Daryl Van Horne in a production directed by Nikolai Foster. Excellent support from I Witches, Ria Jones, Rebecca Thornhill and Poppy Tierney together with Rachel Izen and James Graeme playing Felicia and Clyde Gabriel.

    Official Website
  • (2012) Leonard Bernstein's WONDERFUL TOWN starring Connie Fisher, Michael Xavier and Lucy Van Gasse embarks on a Spring tour starting with three weeks at the Lowry Theatre in a co-production with The Royal Exchange Theatre, The Hallé Orchestra, The Lowry and Lee Menzies Ltd.

    Go to www.wonderfultown.co.uk for more details.

Plays

  • Dear Lupin
  • Relatively Speaking
  • Corpse
  • Gasping
  • Father and son James Fox and Jack Fox starred in this brand new stage adaptation of the best-selling Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year ‘Dear Lupin, Letters to a Wayward Son’ in which renowned journalist and author Roger Mortimer’s brilliantly hilarious, often touching and always generous letters to his unruly son Charlie were vividly brought to life. The Production toured for six weeks before transferring to the Apollo Theatre in the West End for a limited eight week season. Adapted by celebrated writer and journalist, Michael Simkins (Fatty Batter, Simkins’s World). Official Website
  • This classic Ayckbourn comedy stars Robert Powell and Liza Goddard and tours the UK in the Autumn of 2016 in a co-production with Theatre Royal Bath. The play is directed by Ayckbourn stalwart Robin Herford and takes place during a Summer weekend in the sixties. Gregory loves Ginny, and Ginny loves Gregory. But unfortunately Ginny also loves Philip, or at least she used to, and Philip loves her - does Philip love his wife too? Relatively Speaking delightfully shows "how prolonged misunderstanding can become a source of painful truth" (The Guardian) and will play at New Victory Theater, New York, October 2016. Official Website
  • By Gerald Moon (2002)

    Gerald Moon’s wonderful comedy thriller starred Mark McGann, Colin Baker and Louise Jameson and was directed by Robin Herford. Sibling rivalry is taken to the extreme when Evelyn, a ‘resting’ actor engages the genial but shady Major Powell to dispose of his identical twin brother in order to assume his persona and inherit his riches. The play is packed full with surprises, theatrical tricks and hokum as one actor plays both of the twins and sometimes appears to be seen as both characters on stage at the same time.
  • By Ben Elton (2002)

    Ben Elton’s West End hit enjoyed a make over and a moderate success based on the brilliant comic timing of actor David Haig in a new touring production directed by Paul Jepson. A second tour followed with actor Ian Reddington. Neil Stacy provided sterling support to both.
  • The Shape of Things
  • My Boy Jack
  • The Shellseekers
  • Arsenic & Old Lace
  • By Neil Labute (2004)

    Inspired by a brilliant production of The Shape of Things at the Almeida at King’s Cross starring Rachel Weisz, Kenny was determined to bring this excellent modern play to a wider audience. The play asks the complicated question ‘How far would you go for love?’ and the answer is a provocative exploration of manipulation, sex and art. Alicia Witt, Enzo Cilenti, Sienna Guillory and James Murray starred in a brilliant new version of the play superbly directed by Julian Webber. The play ran at the Ambassadors Theatre for a limited run.
  • By David Haig (2004)

    This touring production starring David Haig and Belinda Lang was a moving and compelling account of the life of one of England’s most prolific writers, Rudyard Kipling. It tells of Kipling’s dogged determination to send his young teenage son to the trenches – a patriotic act which triggers a bitter family conflict. The play was recently adapted for Television by David Haig and starred Daniel Radcliffe as Jack, David Haig and Kim Cattrall as his parents.
  • Adapted for the stage by Terence Brady and Charlotte Bingham based on the international ‘best seller’ by Rosamunde Pilcher. (2004)

    One of the nations favourite books became one of the country’s most popular plays in this sharply observed beautifully crafted family drama. The play was initially mounted with Stephanie Cole playing the matriarch Penelope Keeling with strong support from Veronica Roberts, Karen Drury and Ian Shaw as her three rather unpleasant children. The original cast also include Paul Chapman, Tim Carlton and Martin Wimbush. The role of Penelope was played by Susannah York and Rosemary Leach on subsequent tours.
  • By Joseph Kesselring, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (2005)

    Proving that sometimes the ‘oldens are still the gooduns’ this touring production proved hugely successful in the provinces starring tv favourites Angela Thorne and Brigit Forsythe as the two old dears with a penchant for murder. Excellent support was provided by Sylvester McCoy, Andy Havill, Huw Higginson and Reanne Farley. The play was excellently directed by Robin Herford and toured again the following year with Louise Jameson and Sherrie Hewson as the crazy spinsters and Wayne Sleep as the mad doctor!
  • Strangers on a Train
  • Marrying The Mistress
  • Bedroom Farce
  • Hobson’s Choice
  • By Craig Warner based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith (2006)

    ‘Two Strangers, Two Murders, No Motive’ - Despite superb and committed performances from an all star cast including Colin Baker, Anita Harris, Alex Ferns, Will Thorp and Leah Bracknell, ‘Strangers’ didn’t quite reach the heights of Hitchcock’s classic psychological thriller or thrill the audiences in the way that the producers had hoped. (Oh well, you can’t win ‘em all!)
  • By Joanna Trollope adapted for the stage by David Taylor (2006)

    This controversial new play turned on it’s head the conventional theory that a husband who pursues happiness with a mistress must necessarily be in the wrong. Audiences were often heard arguing amongst themselves as they left the theatre. Adrian Lukis, Caroline Langrishe, Jeremy Clyde and Polly Adams starred.
  • By Alan Ayckbourn (2007)

    This popular favourite proved a big hit with regional audiences in a lovingly presented revival directed by Ayckbourn stalwart Robin Herford. Cast included Louise Jameson, Colin Baker, Natalie Cassidy, Beth Cordingly, Tim Watson, James Midgely, Ben Porter and Hannah Yelland.
  • By Harold Brighouse (2007/08)

    With John Savident in the title role and a co-production with the Chichester Festival Theatre, Jonathan Church’s hilarious touching production has been delighting theatres all over the country. Outstanding support from Carolyn Backhouse and Dylan Charles as Maggie and Will respectively.
  • Rainman
  • An Inspector Calls
  • Adapted for the stage by Dan Gordon. Story by Barry Morrow Directed by Robin Herford (2008/09)

    Neil Morrissey (Men Behaving Badly, Waterloo Road) and Oliver Chris (Green Wing, The Office) star in this funny, touching and heart-warming story.

    Following the death of his father, Charlie Babbitt finds out that ‘his’ inheritance has been bequeathed to an unknown beneficiary. Hot on the trail of the cash, Charlie embarks on a life-changing journey across America, from Ohio to Las Vegas, where he discovers the meaning of unconditional love through Raymond, an older brother he never knew he had.”
  • (2009)

    Following on from its successful UK Tour, JB Classic Thriller an Inspector calls opened at the Novello Theatre on 22nd September 2009. Stephen Daldry's multi-award winning ground breaking production has previously enjoyed successful runs in the West End and on Broadway.

    Official Website

Kids

  • Three Little Pigs
  • Stuart Little
  • Dr Bunhead
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea
  • THE THREE LITTLE PIGS a very curly musical tale is a "great big little West End show" for audiences of three years and up from Stiles and Drewe the award-winning writers of the international smash hits MARY POPPINS and HONK! He can huff and puff until the cows comes home, but will the Big Bad Wolf get the better of the three little superstar piglets in this brand new retelling of the classic story? Full of catchy songs, jokes and japes for little ones and parents alike, this endearing musical will leave you squealing with glee and howling with laughter. For ages 3+. May not be suitable for vegetarians. Illustration copyright: Charles Riffenburgh Official Website
  • By E.B.White adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette (2006)

    Based on the much loved children's classic by EB White and following two successful movies, this brand new stage version brought to life the story of the little mouse trying to get ahead in a grown up world. See live footage at www.stuartlittle.com
  • Can reindeer really fly? TV stunt scientist Dr Bunhead gets out his reindeer bazooka to answer this and many more Christmas mysteries. Can Dr Bunhead survive setting his head on fire like a Christmas pudding? Custard Vs Jelly which is more flammable? Coke bottle or hot water bottle which makes a better bomb? What is the world's loudest Christmas Cracker?

    Warning this show contains scenes of a gratuitously scientific nature.
    Bring your own ear-defenders, safety-goggles and extra strong underpants.

    Official Birmingham Website
  • (Ongoing)

    The enduringly charming picture book celebrates it’s 40th anniversary with a play packed with oodles of magic, sing a long songs and clumsy chaos. Adapted and Directed by doyen of children's theatre David Wood, it’s the first time that this much loved tale of a tiger creating teatime mayhem has been brought to life on stage.

    "This adaptation of Judith Kerr’s delightful tale is in the safe and experienced hands of writer/director David Wood who has the knack of surprising them with his imaginative touches." - The Stage

    Official Website
  • Mr Benn
  • Mr Stink
  • (2011)

    One ordinary day, Mr Benn receives an invitation to a fancy dress party and comes across an extraordinary shop. As if by magic, the shopkeeper appears with an array of costumes, and shows him into the dressing room. Inside is a mysterious door that leads Mr Benn into incredible adventures, full of dragons, princesses and sea monsters…
    Will Mr Benn ever go back to his ordinary life?

    Mr. Benn is the company's fourth collaboration with Tall Stories. The show is a brand new adaptation of the well-loved classic and toured the UK throughout 2011.

    For more information log on to www.tallstories.org.uk
  • Adapted and directed by Matthew White with music by Matt Brind. (2012)

    David Walliams, that funny tall bloke from Little Britain, has written the smelliest book of all time and in this live world premiere Curve will break new wind ground with a SCRATCH 'N' SNIFF production which will bring MR STINK PONGINGLY to life.

    Chloe doesn't like school very much. She isn't as cool as the other kids. No iPhone, no DS and no friends. Then she meets Mr Stink - the local tramp. Yes, he smells a bit but he's the only person who's ever been nice to her and that includes her mother – an awful snob who wants to be the local MP and is trying to rid the streets of its homeless. About to lose her only friend, Chloe finds Mr Stink a secret hiding place... but is there more to him than meets the nose?