Mrs Henderson Presents closed last week after playing to nightly standing ovations at The Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto. With book and direction by the Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson, choreography by Andrew Wright, lyrics by the multi-award-winning Don Black and music by George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain, set designs by Tim Shortall and costumes by Paul Wills, the show previously had a successful run at the Noel Coward Theatre, London.
Caryl Churchill's extraordinary A Number ('a crisp combination of stillness and urgency' The Guardian) has just closed at the Lyceum, Edinburgh in a production directed by Zinnie Harris, author of This Restless House, and designed by Fred Meller.
Long-time collaborator Didy Veldman recently launched her new company Umanoove with The Happiness Project at the Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich With music composed and performed live by Alexander Balanescu and designs by Kimie Nakano the show resumes touring the UK this week, including The Place in London on the 2nd and 3rd of May. Also visiting London is Didy's Three Dancers for Rambert at Sadler's Wells on 16th-20th of May.
Tristan und Isolde returns to Longborough Festival Opera next June. In this revival of the 2015 production, described by the New York Times as ‘a shattering success’, soprano Lee Bisset’s ‘passionate radiance of tone’ (Opera Magazine) joins the ‘heroic yet lyrical’ (The Times) tenor Peter Wedd. The director is Carmen Jacobi, designs are by Kimie Nakano and the production is conducted by Anthony Negus.
Also in June I will be working with a long time collaborator, director Stephen Unwin, on a Poulenc and Chabrier double bill for the Royal College of Music. Designed by Neil Warmington the operas run from the 28th of June til the 4th of July. Steve and I worked together on many of the early productions of English Touring Theatre, including Ghosts, also designed by Neil.
One of the highlights of this year's Edinburgh International Festival is sure to be Dominic Hill's production of Zinnie Harris' unique vision of The Oresteia, This Restless House. Designed by Colin Richmond and with music by Nikola Kodjabashia the show runs at the Lyceum Theatre from the 22nd to the 27th of August after a short run at the Citz, where it originated last year.
I'm very happy to be working again with Conall Morrison (writer/director) and Conor Linehan (MD) on Woyzeck In Winter which opens at the Black Box, Galway in July. Designed by Jamie Vartan and starring Patrick O’Kane as Woyzeck and Camille O’Sullivan as Marie, the show is a fusion of two masterpieces: Büchner’s Wozyeck and Schubert’s Die Winterreise.
Work continues at The Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad where the entire lighting installation is being replaced with LED units provided by TMLighting. Having completed the Kalamkari gallery and the magnificent Court Gallery with its Mogul tent hangings last year we've moved on to the upper galleries of the courtyard as well as laying plans for some of the most challenging rooms.
Productions not yet announced include a new play about one of the twentieth century's masters of light; a Wilde; and a revival of a Didy Veldman piece in Scandinavia.