Park Theatre and Adam Blanshay Productions present the English Language World Premiere of

La Cage aux Folles [The Play]

By Jean Poiret

WRITER | JEAN POIRET
ADAPTOR | SIMON CALLOW​
DIRECTOR | JEZ BOND
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR | SADIE SPENCER
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER | TIM SHORTALL
LIGHTING DESIGNER | RICK FISHER
SOUND DESIGNER | YVONNE GILBERT
CASTING DIRECTOR | IRENE COTTON CDG
PRODUCER | RACHAEL WILLIAMS
PRODUCER | ADAM BLANSHAY
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER | EDWARD JOHNSON
ASSISTANT PRODUCER | DANIEL COOPER
PRODUCTION MANAGER | GARETH EDWARDS
COMPANY STAGE MANAGER | RICKY MCFADDEN
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER | ADAM MOORE-WHITE
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER | WILLIAM NELSON
COSTUME SUPERVISOR | STEPHANIE GREENSLADE
PRODUCTION ELECTRICIAN | MATT HARDIN
MOVEMENT DIRECTION | NATASHA HARRISON
 

Jez Bond
Director

Jez Bond is the Founder and Artistic Director of Park Theatre. He graduated Hull University with a BA Honours in Drama and was later awarded the Channel Four Theatre Director Bursary.

Directing for Park Theatre includes: Whodunnit [Unrehearsed]; Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You (starring Ian McKellen); Madame Rubinstein (starring Miriam Margolyes and Frances Barber); Hurling Rubble at the Sun, Adult Supervision – plus Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Jack & the Beanstalk, which he also co-wrote and composed.

Other directing credits include: Oliver! (starring Rowan Atkinson); I Have Been Here Before (Watford Palace Theatre); The Fame Game (Tour of Austria); Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse); The Twits (Tour of Switzerland); Misconceptions (Hong Kong Arts Centre); Big Boys (Croydon Warehouse); Shot of Genius (Leicester Square); Canaries Sometimes Sing (Kings Head & France) and A Season in South Africa (Old Vic).

As a dramaturge he began working with writers at Soho Theatre, Royal Court and Young Vic before championing new work at Park Theatre, where he has developed a number of new plays many of which have gone on to production.

Having led the £2.6m conversion of Park Theatre, Jez has been a guest speaker at the Theatres Trust Conference: Converting Spaces, the RIBA Conference: 150 years of Engineering, Bruford on the Southbank: New Build / ReBuild and The International Theatre Conference in Colombia. He has also consulted on a number of new theatre buildings internationally.

 

Simon Callow
Translator

Simon Callow is an actor, author and director. He studied at Queen’s University, Belfast, and then trained as an actor at the Drama Centre in London. He joined the National Theatre in 1979, where he created the role of Mozart in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus. His many one-man shows include The Mystery of Charles Dickens, Being Shakespeare, A Christmas Carol, Inside Wagner’s Head, Juvenalia and, most recently, The Man Jesus. He has appeared in many films including A Room with a View, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Phantom of the Opera and recently played The Duke of Sandringham in the television series Outlander. He directed Shirley Valentine in the West End and on Broadway, Single Spies at the National Theatre and Carmen Jones at the Old Vic, as well as the film of The Ballad of the Sad Café. He has written biographies of Oscar Wilde, Charles Laughton and Charles Dickens, and three autobiographical books: Being An Actor, Love Is Where It Falls, and My Life in Pieces. The third volume of his massive Orson Welles biography, One Man Band, has just been published; Inside Wagner’s Head, a short biography of Wagner, will appear next autumn.  Music is his great passion, and he has made many appearances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players.  

                                                                      

Tim Shortall
Designer

Tim works internationally in theatre, ballet and TV.  Awards include a Tony nomination for Best Scenic Design La Cage aux Folles on Broadway.

Recent, current and forthcoming credits include:  Prism (Hampstead, Birmingham Rep); An Act of God (Vaults); The Model Apartment, The Whale, Christmas Eve (all Ustinov/Theatre Royal Bath); Rita, Sue And Bob Too (Out of Joint/Royal Court); Uncle Vanya (Hampstead); The Libertine (Theatre Royal Haymarket); set Mrs Henderson Presents (Bath/ West End/ Toronto); Jackie The Musical (UK tour); The Dresser (Theatre Royal Bath); The Sunset Limited (Boulevard Theatre).

Other highlights: The Philanthropist (Donmar Warehouse/Broadway); Awake and Sing (Almeida); set Sweet Charity (Menier/Theatre Royal, Haymarket); set La Cage Aux Folles (West End/Broadway); A New World (Shakespeare’s Globe); Race, Old Money (Hampstead);  Our Country’s Good (UK tour/ St James/ Canada /USA);  Pitcairn (Chichester Festival Theatre/ Shakespeare’s Globe); Top Girls (Chichester Festival Theatre/Trafalgar Studios/UK tour); The Overwhelming (National Theatre/Broadway); These Shining Lives (Park Theatre); See How They Run (Duchess); Whipping It Up (Ambassadors); Elton John’s Glasses (Queens); 900 Oneonta (Old Vic); Disappeared (Royal Court); Telstar (Ambassadors); Body and Soul and costumes The Big Knife (both Noel Coward);  The Amen Corner (Tricycle Theatre); Single Spies (Theatre Royal Bath); Dead Funny (Chichester);  Roots (Oxford Stage Company - Barclays TMA Award nomination Best Design).

Dance credits include: Private City/Track and Field (Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet); Sonata In Time (Scottish Ballet); Rhyme Nor Reason, Party Game (Norwegian National Ballet); The Nightingale (Dutch National Ballet).

Television credits include: 20th Century Blues (BBC); The Nightingale (NOS) - RAI Prize for Best Design, Prix Italia.

 

Rick Fisher                                                                                                                                   
Lighting Designer

Born in Philadelphia, Rick is the winner of two Olivier Awards for Best Lighting Design and two Tony Awards for An Inspector Calls and Billy Elliot (both on Broadway).

Lighting credits include: The Permanent Way (The Smiths, The Vaults); West Side Story (Edinburgh Festival); What's In A Name, An Inspector Calls (UK Tour); Uncle Vanya (Theatre Royal Bath); Man of La Mancha (English National Opera); Edmond De Bergerac (Birmingham Repertory Theatre and UK Tour); Consent (Harold Pinter Theatre and National Theatre); Mood Music (Old Vic); Rent (The Other Place formerly St James Theatre and UK Tour); The Father (Gate Theatre, Dublin); Judas Kiss (Broadhurst Theatre, New York and worldwide Tour); Waste (National Theatre); Peter Pan, Porgy And Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); The Audience (Apollo Theatre and Broadway); An Inspector Calls (USA Tour); Billy Elliot The Musical (Worldwide); Semele (European Tour); The Pearl Fishers (Santa Fe); La Traviata (Oman); Falstaff, Mata Hari (Japan); Don Carlos, Madame Butterfly (Los Angeles); Forbidden City (Singapore); The King And I, Sweeney Todd (Worldwide) and over 20 operas for Santa Fe Opera.

Other credits include: The Merchant Of Venice and Othello (Singapore); Chariots Of Fire (Hampstead Theatre); Jerry Springer - The Opera (Cambridge Theatre); Blue / Orange (National Theatre/West End); Far Away (New York); A Number (Royal Court); Disney’s The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Berlin) and Via Dolorosa (Royal Court/Broadway).

 

Yvonne Gilbert                                                                                                                                
Sound Designer

Sound design credits include: For Services Rendered (Jermyn Street); An Act of God (The Vaults); Swallows and Amazons, Driving Miss Daisy, Brideshead Revisited (York Theatre Royal); Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest, 12th Night (Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre); The Glass Menagerie (Watford Palace); Mary’s Babies, Parents Evening, The Last Ones (Jermyn Street Theatre); Coming Clean (Trafalgar Studios); Hansel and Gretel (The Rose Theatre, Kingston); Giselle (English National Ballet);  Moonfleet (Salisbury Playhouse); Hymn to Love (Theatre by the Lake/Jermyn Street); Oranges and Elephants (Hoxton Hall); I Loved Lucy (Arts Theatre); Urinetown (The Pleasance); Guess How Much I Love you (Greenwich); Murder Margret and Me (York Theatre Royal); The Nativity (St James Church); Ghost (Ivy Arts Centre); Singer/Touched (Bernie Grants Arts Centre); Eighth Wonder of the World (Brunel Museum); Carousel (Royal Academy of Music); Legally Blonde, American Idiot (Bridewell); On the Town, Addams Family Musical, Lift, Rent (Ivy Arts Centre); Twelfth Night (Regents Park); King James Bible (National Theatre) and Statement of Regret (National Theatre). 

 

Sadie Spencer                                                                                                                             
Associate Director

Sadie is a writer/director based in London. She trained at Birkbeck and Leeds Playhouse after a degree in Philosophy from Bristol University. She was a finalist in the 2017 JMK award.

For Park Theatre: Rabbits. 

Directing credits include: Superstar (Southwark Playhouse) and Five Plays (Young Vic).

Writing credits include: Swansong (Arcola Theatre and UK Tour) and Sunset Five (Greenwich Theatre and UK Tour).

Writer-director credits include: The New Romantic (Vaults Festival); Albee Vector the Sound Collector (Arcola Theatre and UK Tour) and Seeing Double (Camden People’s Theatre).

Assisting/associate credits include: The Inheritance (Young Vic) and What’s In A Name (Adam Blanshay Prod. UK Tour).

 

Irene Cotton CDG
Casting Director

Irene Cotton CDG started in the casting department of The Old Vic Theatre under the directorship of the late Jonathan Miller working mainly on the classics and Shakespeare. She worked there for 2 years. She then went on to work for the BBC and won 2 casting awards for her work on political drama docs.

Theatre credits include: The Countess (Criterion Theatre); Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre).

Film credits include: The Stutterer.

Television credits include: Blair on Trial, The Hutton Report, Out Of Tune, Minder and The Bill.