Richard John – The Last Ship

Richard is the Musical Director of the 2018 UK tour of The Last Ship.

With music and lyrics written by legendary musician Sting, the story by Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winners John Logan and Brian Yorkey and following a successful Tony-nominated run on Broadway in 2014, this semi-autobiographical story of Tyneside in the 1980s made its British debut at the Northern Stage in Newcastle.

The Last Ship tell the story of Gideon Fletcher, who returns to the seafaring town of Wallsend after 15 years. Inspired by Sting’s own hometown, it centres around Gideon’s efforts to come to terms with his past while grappling with the man he has become. 

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David Pendlebury – Into the Woods

David starred as  The Steward in Off-West End Award-winners All Star Productions’ new adaptation of Sondheim’s Into the Woods at the Cockpit Theatre. 

All Star Productions, in partnership with Trilby Productions, took Sondheim’s subversive classic and gave it a modern 21st Century twist featuring 17 larger than life characters drawn directly from modern-day Britain. 

This fantastic musical invites the audience to a journey into the middle of the woods where well-known fairy tales interweave to create a magical world. As with all fairy tales from the Grimm Brothers, Into the Woods imparts a valuable lesson that our actions can affect others and that we must take responsibility for their consequences. 

We are also delighted to announce that Into the Woods was nominated for 5 OffWestEnd awards including Best Female Performance in a Musical, Best Supporting Male in a Musical and best Musical Director. Congrats to everyone involved! 

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Dean Kilbey – Innocent Candy

Dean is featured in the feature film Innocent Candy, releasing later this year. It’s written by and starring TV and stage actors Stefan Michaels and Stacey J Gough and produced by Skegness-based Clock Tower Films Ltd. 

Featuring Anthony Costa, Eastenders’ John Altman and Danielle Harold and The Bill’s Eddie Peel, it tells the story of two friends known as Hamilton Candy and The Bishop. Both men have severe mental scars with Hamilton traumatised by the murder of his wife and daughter while The Bishop was abused by his father and convinced he is an abject sinner in the eyes of God.

After a job goes wrong the only witness is a young girl called Ruby who Hamilton saves from death at the hands of Bishop. Hamilton now has a chance of redemption and a second chance at being a father and choosing love and compassion over hate and violence. All the while they are pursued by zealous Bishop, himself in deep conflict over the need to punish or love his closest friend, killing all those who get in the way. 

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Stefanie Powers – 84 Charing Cross Road

Ms Powers has reprised the role of Helene Hanff in the touring production of 84 Charing Cross Road, starting on the 23rd of April at the Darlington Hippodrome before moving to the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Malvern Festival Theatre, the Richmond Theatre in London and the Oxford Playhouse before finishing its run at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. 

The play, based on the best-selling book by Helene Hanff, tells the story of the book-collecting New Yorker’s 20-year correspondence with Frank Doel (Clive Francis), the chief book buyer for Marks & Co Antiquarian Booksellers located at the eponymous address in London.

Over their two decades of written communication they would form an incredibly tight bond while discussing everything from the sermons of John Donne, to the coronation of Elizabeth II, to the fine art of making a Yorkshire Pudding. Ms Hanff would even go out of her way to send Doel and the other employees at Marks & Co food parcels to ease the strain of post-World War II rationing well as Birthday and Christmas presents.

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Diljohn Singh – Guards At The Taj

Diljohn is currently in rehearsals to play  the role of Humayun in the Vienna Theatre Project’s production of Guards at the Taj. The play will run from 26th April until 9th May in Theater Drachengasse. 

In the India of 1648, two Imperial Guards watch from their post as the sun rises for the first time on the newly-completed Taj Mahal. It’s an event that shakes their respective worlds.

Humayun and Babur are forced to face some difficult truths about their position in society. No one is allowed to see the Taj before its completion, and no one should be able to build anything so beautiful ever again. So when they are ordered to perform an unthinkable task, the outcome forces them to question the concepts of friendship, beauty, and duty, and it changes them forever.

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