Cast

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LIZZIE BEA

Lizzie Bea is a member of both the National Youth Theatre and National Youth Music Theatre and has participated twice in the National Student Drama Festival. Her theatre credits include Bee/Mother Pig in The 3 Little Pigs (International Tour), Polly Parish in The Other School (St. James Theatre), Wendla in Spring Awakening (Brighton Fringe Festival), Mrs. Wilkinson in Billy Youth Theatre (Victoria Palace Theatre), National Youth Theatre Chorus in The Yeomen of the Guard for Carl Rosa Opera Company (The Tower of London) and National Youth Theatre Chorus in S'Warm. Lizzie has also taken part in both a rehearsed reading and development workshop of Becoming Nancy as Abigail Henson for Stiles and Drewe and Jammy Productions, Inc. She has also recorded a demo of Half a Sixpence as Flo Bates for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd.

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CLIVE HAYWARD

West End: The Island Nation (Arcola Theatre); Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre); Ducktastic! (Albery Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndhams) and Yes Prime Minister (Trafalgar Studios). National Theatre: Frogs; Oh What A Lovely War and Earthquakes In London. Royal Exchange, Manchester: Dr Heart; Cyrano De Bergerac and
Private Lives. Selected Repertory and Touring: Julius Caesar (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory); The Play What I Wrote (Tour) and The New Statesman (Tour). Recent film and television: The Windsors; Utopia; Law and Order; Eastenders; Melody; Private Peaceful; Prime Suspect and Silent Witness. Radio: What Would Elizabeth Bennet Do?; The Divine Comedy; Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?; Time And The Conways; Missing In Action; Clayton Grange; The Great British Bridge Scandal; The Stuarts; The Interrogation and The Duellist. Clive has written an adaptation of Billy Budd with the composer, Paul Knight. He has written and directed five traditional pantomimes for the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School with the composer, John Telfer, and together they also wrote the song for last year's Radio 4 Christmas Appeal.

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ALEX MORGAN

Alex trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His theatre credits include Sebastian in The Tempest and Dickens in The Actors’ Market (Waterloo East Theatre); Iokanaan in Salomé (Edinburgh Festival); Raif in Z-Bed (Landor); Big Bad Wolf in Red Riding Hood (JAM Theatre); Junior Counsel in Laughed Out of Court (Royal Courts of Justice). Revues including Love etc, An Actor’s Life for Me and Opera à la Carte with Vocalarity (Canal Café Theatre, St James Studio) and the Shakespeare Revue Company (cruise ship Minerva). On radio, Alex played Edmund in The Diary of Edmund Warner Esquire and his roles in television include leading parts in Hollyoaks (Channel 4) and Psychoville (BBC2). Credits as dialect coach include: the new Stiles & Drewe musical Travels with My Aunt (Chichester); the play Travels with My Aunt (Chocolate Factory); and Nell Gwynn (Shakespeare's Globe and Apollo, Olivier Award Best New Comedy).

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NICOLA KEEN

Nicola trained as a ballet dancer, performing soloist roles in Les Sylphides and Coppelia. West End appearances include: Agnes in Guys and Dolls opposite Ewan McGregor (Piccadilly); the original cast of The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s); White Cat in Cats (New London); Reuben’s Wife in Joseph with Jason Donovan (London Palladium); and the Baker's Wife in The Hunting of the Snark (Prince Edward). For the National Theatre she played Vivien in Oklahoma! with Hugh Jackman and Maureen Lipman, directed by Trevor Nunn (Olivier and Lyceum); and for the RSC, The Shakespeare Revue (UK tour). Work as choreographer includes: the Morecambe and Wise play Eric and Little Ern (Vaudeville and St James Theatres); Into the Woods (Guildhall School of Music and Drama); Travels With My Aunt and The Lavender Hill Mob (UK Tours); The Cocktail Hour (Tate Britain); An Actor’s Life for Me! (Bristol Old Vic); Belmont (Temple Place); A Marvellous Party (Paris and Cannes); The Masque of Summer (Palazzo Corsini, Florence); Rags to Riches (Hampton Court Palace) and The Music of Abba with the RTE Symphony Orchestra (Dublin). Nicola is also a prolific lyricist and her witty songs have been heard in many revues including; the RSC’s Shakespeare Revue (US Tours); If All Else Fails (Chichester); Crackers and Spice and An Actor’s Life for Me! (Bristol Old Vic); Transports of Delight (RAC Club); and Wicked Women (UK Tour). Recently she has been performing her one-woman showTea with Joyce Grenfell. Last year Nicola played Frauline Herwegen in ITV’s live Sound of Music and filmed the new Disney movie Beauty and the Beast.

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ANNA STOLLI

Anna was born in Tywyn on the coast of Mid Wales where she spent a happy childhood before beginning professional training at GSA. Her theatre credits include performing as Rosie in Mamma Mia! (International tour), Vera in Love Birds (Edinburgh), Belladonna Bindweed in Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse), Fiona in Irish Wings (European Tour), Tess in White Christmas, (Cardiff & Edinburgh), Sandra in Beautiful Thing (BAC), Ava Gardner in Frank, (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Miss Bell in Fame (No 1 Tour), Chesty Prospects in Saucy Jack & The Space Vixens (London), Polly in Crazy for You & Mrs. Anna in The King and I (Both Aberystwyth), Frigid Bridget in A Slice of Saturday Night (No 1 Tour), Dinah Murphy in South Pacific (No 1 Tour), Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show (European Tour) and the much put upon wife in Ray Cooney’s farces Run for your Wife, It Runs in the Family and Funny Money (UK Tours). Anna has performed her solo show with an 8-piece band as far away as New Zealand & Hawaii. Her debut solo album Happy Here is available now.

Creatives

JENNY ARNOLD

ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHER

Recent theatre work includes Love's Labour's Lost and Love's Labour's Won at the Royal Shakespeare Company;  A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bath Theatre Royal);  Orpheus in the Underworld (Iford Arts Festival); Spamalot (West End and tour); Company (LIPA); Dr Who Live (Arena tour); The History Boys (Tour); A Little Night Music and Nymph Errant (Mountview); Peter Pan a Musical Adventure and The Wizard of Oz (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Birmingham Rep); The Merry Wives of Windsor (The Globe); The Rocky Horror Show (West End, National Tour & Korea);. Jenny was nominated for an Olivier Award and WhatsonStage Award for her choreography for Jerry Springer the Opera (Royal National Theatre, West End, National Tour and Sydney Opera House).   Films include Nativity starring Martin Freeman and Ashley Jensen, Confetti and Vagabond Shoes, a short film starring Iain Glenn which was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA. TV credits include Marie Lloyd and Fanny Hill (BBC4); Al Murray’s Happy Hour (ITV1); Kombat Opera (BBC2).

NICOLA KEEN

RECREATOR OF ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY

Nicola trained as a ballet dancer, performing soloist roles in Les Sylphides and Coppelia. West End appearances include: Agnes in Guys and Dolls opposite Ewan McGregor (Piccadilly); the original cast of The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s); White Cat in Cats (New London); Reuben’s Wife in Joseph with Jason Donovan (London Palladium); and the Baker's Wife in The Hunting of the Snark (Prince Edward). For the National Theatre she played Vivien in Oklahoma! with Hugh Jackman and Maureen Lipman, directed by Trevor Nunn (Olivier and Lyceum); and for the RSC, The Shakespeare Revue (UK tour). Work as choreographer includes: the Morecambe and Wise play Eric and Little Ern (Vaudeville and St James Theatres); Into the Woods (Guildhall School of Music and Drama); Travels With My Aunt and The Lavender Hill Mob (UK Tours); The Cocktail Hour (Tate Britain); An Actor’s Life for Me! (Bristol Old Vic); Belmont (Temple Place); A Marvellous Party (Paris and Cannes); The Masque of Summer (Palazzo Corsini, Florence); Rags to Riches (Hampton Court Palace) and The Music of Abba with the RTE Symphony Orchestra (Dublin). Nicola is also a prolific lyricist and her witty songs have been heard in many revues including; the RSC’s Shakespeare Revue (US Tours); If All Else Fails (Chichester); Crackers and Spice and An Actor’s Life for Me! (Bristol Old Vic); Transports of Delight (RAC Club); and Wicked Women (UK Tour). Recently she has been performing her one-woman showTea with Joyce Grenfell. Last year Nicola played Frauline Herwegen in ITV’s live Sound of Music and filmed the new Disney movie Beauty and the Beast.

CHRISTOPHER LUSCOMBE

DEVISER

Christopher Luscombe read English at Cambridge University. He began his career as an actor, spending seven years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and went on to appear at the National Theatre and in the West End.

His directing credits in London include The Shakespeare Revue (RSC and Vaudeville); Star Quality and The Madness of George III (Apollo); Home and Beauty (Lyric); Fascinating Aïda - One Last Flutter (Olivier Award nomination for Best Entertainment) and The Rocky Horror Show (Harold Pinter); The Comedy of Errors, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Nell Gwynn (Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Shakespeare’s Globe); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park); Enjoy (Gielgud); Alphabetical Order (Hampstead); When We Are Married (Olivier Award nomination for Best Revival, Garrick); Travels with My Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Spamalot (Playhouse).

Other directing credits include Masterpieces (Birmingham Rep); Little Shop of Horrors and The History Boys (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Things We Do for Love (Harrogate); Candida (Oxford Stage Company); The Likes of Us (Sydmonton); Arms and the Man (Salisbury); A Small Family Business (Watford); Hobson’s Choice (Sheffield); Hay Fever (Minneapolis); Henry V (Chicago); Travels with My Aunt (Chichester); While the Sun Shines (Bath) and tours of The Importance of Being Earnest, Tell Me on a Sunday, The Lady in the Van, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, Single Spies, Dandy Dick and Blue/Orange.

His RSC productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing, seen last year in Stratford-upon-Avon, have been screened in cinemas worldwide and released on DVD. This year they transfer to Chichester, and then to the Theatre Royal, Haymarket for Christmas.

MALCOLM MCKEE

DIRECTOR, DEVISER & MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Malcolm is well known to Radio 4 audiences for his long-running role (20 years) as Graham Ryder in The Archers. As a composer, Malcolm’s work includes: While the Sun Shines (Bath Theatre Royal); Travels with My Aunt (Chocolate Factory); The Madness of George III (Apollo); When We Are Married (Garrick, Olivier Award nomination for Best Revival); The History Boys (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Hay Fever (Minneapolis); plus national tours of Single Spies, The Lady in the Van, Blue/Orange and Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime. He has written the book, music and lyrics for: The Good Companions (Bristol Old Vic); The Wild Party and Hard Times (Tobacco Factory). He has composed scores for more than 50 dramas for BBC Radio including The Pickwick Papers, Barnaby Rudge, The Old Curiosity Shop, Time and the Conways, Tom and Viv, The Rivals and The Country Wife. As a writer, Malcolm’s scripts for BBC Radio Drama including adaptations of The Comedy of Errors, Grand Hotel, Oh What A Lovely War, Five Children and It, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, The Wild Party and Tonight at 8.30. Theatre credits as writer/director include: The Shakespeare Revue (RSC, Vaudeville, Off-Broadway); An Actor’s Life For Me! and Crackers & Spice (Bristol Old Vic); Masterpieces (Birmingham Rep); Opera à la Carte (Hampton Court Palace); Love etc (Bucharest); The Masque of Summer (Florence); A Viennese Christmas Gala (British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra); The Cocktail Hour (Tate Britain); and - for The Prince of Wales - A Marvellous Party starring Patrick Stewart (Highgrove and St James’s Palace). For more details please visit Malcolm’s website: www.malcolmmckeewriter.com

RIC MOUNTJOY

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Ric worked for many years at English National Opera, and before that for Birmingham Royal Ballet.  Recent lighting designs include The Play that Goes Wrong (Duchess Theatre - Winner of the Olivier for Best New Comedy, 2015; Kenny Wax); Karagula by Philip Ridley (Soho Theatre); The White Whale by James Phillips – an outdoor adaptation of Moby Dick (Slung Low); Mr Popper’s Penguins (National Tour, Kenny Wax); What the Ladybird Heard (International Tour, Kenny Wax); Symphony by Ella Hickson, Tom Wells & Nick Payne (nabokov) and The Woman in Black (SJT Scarborough 60th Anniversary Production). He frequently lights site specific theatre for Slung Low, including Pandemic (Singapore International Festival), Anthology (Liverpool Everyman) and Beyond the Frontline (The Lowry, Salford).

Producers

KENNY WAX

PRODUCER

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre is Kenny's third show with the Mischief Theatre Company, the first being The Play that Goes Wrong (Winner Laurence Olivier Award Best New Comedy, Whatsonstage Award Best New Comedy and Broadway.com Award for Best New Play). The follow up show Peter Pan Goes Wrong was nominated for an Olivier in the category of Best New Comedy.

Kenny is very proud to have produced the world-premiere production of Top Hat, which was the recipient of three Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical from its seven nominations and the Evening Standard Award for Best Night Out. Kenny produced Once on This Island for Imagination at the Royalty Theatre which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 1995, having been nominated in four categories. He also co-produced Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town starring Connie Fisher, which won the Manchester Theatre Award for Best Production 2012, Hetty Feather directed by Sally Cookson and nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in the category of Best Family Entertainment.

Kenny has produced The Shape of Things (New Ambassadors), Maddie (Lyric), The Challenge (Shaw) and tours of The Witches of Eastwick starring Marti Pellow, Aspects of Love starring David Essex, Anthems with legendary Queen guitarist Brian May and Kerry Ellis, Hobson’s Choice starring John Savident, Stiles and Drewe’s Olivier Award-winning National Theatre production of Honk! Ben Elton’s Gasping, Corpse!, Rosamunde Pilcher’s The Shell Seekers starring Stephanie Cole, Bedroom Farce, Strangers on a Train, Rain Man starring Neil Morrissey, My Boy Jack starring David Haig and Belinda Lang, Arsenic and Old Lace with Angela Thorne and Stephen Daldry's multi award winning production of JB Priestley's classic thriller An Inspector Calls in the West End and on tour. Through Kenny Wax Family Entertainment Kenny produces a range of shows for Children and families which tour the UK and play regular seasons in the West End.

CAMBRIDGE ARTS THEATRE

PRODUCER

Cambridge Arts Theatre exists to inspire and nurture a lifelong love of the performing arts. A thriving regional showcase, it is an outstanding theatre, a beacon for the development of arts professionals and a much-loved regional and national institution, whose history is rooted in the city of Cambridge. It is the only high-quality presenting theatre within 60 miles serving the population of Cambridgshire and the surrounding area.

Founded in 1936 by the economist and founder member of the Arts Council, John Maynard Keynes, it has helped launch the careers of theatrical luminaries such as Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry; the last four directors of the National Theatre – Peter Hall, Trevor Nunn, Richard Eyre and Nicholas Hytner – all directed on its stage at the start of their careers, and it has played host to a dazzling variety of cultural milestones, from Margot Fonteyn dancing her first Swan Lake to Harold Pinter’s premiere of The Birthday Party.

Today it is the venue of choice for all scale-appropriate drama, dance and opera in both subsidised and commercial sectors, building strong and mutually beneficial relationships with the cream of the country’s touring producers and bringing productions to the region that diversify and enrich the city’s cultural offering.