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Nicholas Newton is a theatre, film, television and radio producer. He co-founded the Bush Theatre, London, the home of new writing in the UK and then worked for West End producers, Michael White and HM Tennent. In the late 1970’s he started producing in London’s West End, first with Gigi at the Fortune Theatre followed by Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood which ran for over a year at the Mayfair Theatre. In the 1980’s he joined the management of the National Theatre as Special Projects Executive. He managed the television co-productions of the NT’s repertoire including The Oresteia, On the Razzle, The Beggars Opera and The Mystery Plays for Channel 4 Television, the BBC and Time Warner working with the Director and Associate Directors in particular Sir Peter Hall, Bill Bryden CBE and Sir Richard Eyre. He established the Royal National Theatre’s Development Council which raised considerable funds for the National Theatre under the chairmanship of Dame Bridget Plowden.

In 1994, he formed Promenade Productions and produced The Big Picnic at the Harland and Wolff Shed, Govan, which he also produced for BBC Television, Bill Brydens’ spectacular play with music about a Govan regiment in the First World War and the women they left behind. He has continued to produce theatre in the West End, including the award winning production of Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll at the Noel Coward Theatre. He co-produced the Lincoln Center’s production of South Pacific with the Ambassador Theatre Group, Bob Boyett and Bob Bartner which opened at the Barbican Theatre in 2011 and successfully toured the UK throughout 2012. In 2013 he co-produced The Pirates of Penzance with Scottish Opera and D’Oyly Carte Opera which toured major venues in the spring and summer of 2013. He has produced over 30 dramas for BBC Radio. He is a director of Genesius Promenade Developments Limited which develops plays and musicals for production in London’s West End. He is an executive producer of the forthcoming film American Rose, screenwriter Charlotte Jones, producer Michael Kuhn for Qwerty Films. He is currently developing a new musical for the West End and co-producing with BBC, London Drama seven radio plays about children fleeing persecution in their own country to a new life in the UK.

Ed Crozier

 

Edward Crozier is a producer and company director with over 25 years’ experience in film, theatre and radio, as a Producer and Executive Producer. He has produced productions for the West End and in Scotland, including Rat Pack Confidential (Whitehall Theatre); Baby Doll (Birmingham Rep, The National); Honour (Wyndham’s Theatre) and The Celtic Story (The Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow). He was a producer on the production of The Big Picnic (1994) in the Harland and Wolff Shed, Govan and co-producer of the critically acclaimed Lincoln Center production of South Pacific which toured in England in 2011/12 after a sell-out season at The Barbican, London (2011). Edward had a 17-year career in financial services, in which he specialised in structured products and capital raising for the entertainment/film sector. He is a former Director of Culture and Sport Glasgow and Scottish Opera, a judge in the National Scottish Business Awards, Chairman of Dance Base Scotland, on the board of the Theatre Royal, Glasgow and President of the Scottish Rugby Union (2015/2016). He was educated at Glasgow University’s Business School and Caledonian University.

He was an executive producer of Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach and Elaine Constantine’s film Northern Soul. He is a consultant to Genesius Theatrical Productions and is a director of Genesius Promenade Developments Limited.

 

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In development

Promenade is currently developing a new musical, based on Jean Renoir’s film French Cancan, for the West End; the film American Rose (author Charlotte Jones) with Qwerty Films and This is Your Country Now Too – seven radio plays about children fleeing persecution in their own country to a new life in the UK with BBC, London Drama which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between 8 – 15th December 2019.

 

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SOHO by Michael Hastings

A production written by Michael Hastings and commissioned by Channel 4 Television (1997).

 

 

 

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Recent work

Promenade’s productions include: the Lincoln Centre production of SOUTH PACIFIC and Scottish Opera and D’Oyly Carte’s production of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE.

It is developing a new musical for the West End.

Promenade’s other theatre productions include the National Theatre production of BABY DOLL in the West End and it started with the production of THE BIG PICNIC in Glasgow in 1994.

Other productions include: John Osborne’s THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE, VOYAGES by Michael Hastings, Samuel Beckett’s ALL THAT FALL, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s TENDER IS THE NIGHT, a four-part adaptation of Charles Dickens’ THE PICKWICK PAPERS by Michael Eaton with music by John Tams, and THE LEOPARD adapted for radio by Michael Hastings.

See the producers’ biographies here.

 

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South Pacific – press quotes


Mark Shenton, Daily Express

“The show radiates joy”

 

David Mellor, Mail on Sunday

“Productions of musicals as good as this don’t come along very often, so catch it if you can.”

“Paulo Szot’s big number, This Nearly Was Mine, brought the house down, and rightly so.”

 

Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail

“SOME ENCHANTED EVENING”

“When Paulo Szot sings the wonderful sound of his rich baritone makes your heart ache”

“Womack gives the best performance of her career. You won’t want to wash this girl outta your hair”

“Bartlett Sher’s TRIUMPH”

Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

**** FOUR STARS

“AN ENCHANTED EVENING IN THE SOUTH SEAS”

“A CLASSIC OF AMERICAN MUCIAL THEATRE REVIVED WITH THE LOVE AND RESPECT IT DESERVES”

Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

“Paulo Szot is the undeniable star of the show. His voice is a thing of splendour”

Michael Covenay, What’s On Stage

Bartlett Sher’s Lincoln Center production is sharp and sassy, beautifully designed by Michael Yeargan… the score is imperishable and reawakens its bewitching dramatic composition in which dialogue, sentiment and music are held in perfect sway”

Libby Purves, The Times

 

“Paulo Szot’s baritone steals your soul like a sunset in a warm ocean”

“Samantha Womack is an enchanting Nellie”

Laura Silverman, The Mail

 

***** FIVE STARS

 

“Michael Yeargan’s set includes an exquisite backdrop of the South Pacific waters”

“The score, played emotively by a twenty five piece orchestra, fills the auditorium with opulent expanses of sound for much of the three hours”

THE LINCOLN CENTER – UK PRODUCTION IS FAULTLESS

Julie Carpenter, The Express

 

“SOUTH PACIFIC IS HARD TO BEAT”

Tim Auld, Sunday Telegraph

 

“Samantha Womack will make headlines for her sassy performance”

“Also remarkable is Paulo Szot who blows the theatre away with his rendition of Some Enchanted Evening

Christopher Hart, Sunday Times

 

“Don Holder’s beautiful lighting effects passing through all the colours of the rainbow”

Robert Gore-Langton, Mail on Sunday

 

“Richard Rodgers’ score is ripplingly lush and the hit songs are virtually non-stop – from the eerily seductive Bali H’ai to the aching romance of Some Enchanted Evening and the sex starved sailors’ song There is Nothing Like a Dame”

 

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THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Promenade Productions and Genesius Theatrical Productions produced the Scottish Opera and D’Oyly Carte production of The Pirates of Penzance in 2013 at the following venues:

Manchester, Opera House
11 – 15 June 2013

Bristol, Hippodrome
18 – 22 June 2013

Newcastle, Theatre Royal
25 – 29 June 2013

Oxford, New Theatre
2 – 6 July 2013

Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre
16 – 20 July 2013

It received excellent reviews including:

 ‘GILBERT AND SULLIVAN’S SWASHBUCKLING CLASSIC IS STILL BRINGING THE HOUSE DOWN. PHENOMENAL’ Manchester Evening News

‘THIS SLICK AND GORGEOUS-LOOKING CO-PRODUCTION BETWEEN SCOTTISH OPERA AND D’OYLY CARTE IS IN A DIFFERENT LEAGUE’ Daily Telegraph

‘**** FRESH AND VITAL. A GREAT NIGHT’S ENTERTAINMENT’ The Scotsman

‘A G&S EVENING SHOULD BE PURE PLEASURE. THIS PRODUCTION DELIVERS THAT IN GENEROUS MEASURE’ Scottish Daily Express

‘IT’S FEEL-GOOD ALL THE WAY, WITH A GREAT SCORE, FABULOUS PERFORMANCES AND A UNIQUE COLLABORATION BETWEEN D’OYLY CARTE AND SCOTTISH OPERA’  Newcastle Chronicle

Further details: http://piratestheshow.com/

 

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SOUTH PACIFIC by Rodgers & Hammerstein

Barbican & UK Tour 2011

This breathtaking and lavish Lincoln Center Theater production reinvented the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein show, swept the 2008 Tony Awards, played to sold-out houses on Broadway, and was televised across America.

Set on a tropical island during World War II, this is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an alien culture in wartime is as poignant today as when it first thrilled audiences in 1949.

Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, the score includes Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.

Promenade is co-producing South Pacific with Genesius Theatrical Productions, Robert Boyett Inc, the Ambassadors Theatre Group and Bob Bartner.

Barbican Dates:
15th Aug to 1st Oct 2011

for PRESS QUOTES click here

 

 

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THE AFGHAN AND THE PENGUIN by Michael Hastings

Neither Muriel, Younis’ landlady, nor Major Douglas, his MOD case officer, can help the Afghan interpreter from being sent home to his uncertain fate in Afghanistan.

Maybe a penguin can help…

Michael Hastings’ wry look at the world through the eyes of those who play an unsung part in the war in Afghanistan.

Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, April 2011.[/three_fourth_last]

CAST

Younis – SARGON YELDA

Muriel – LYNNE MILLER

Major Dougie – ALAN COX

Lieutenant/Policeman – CHRISTIAN BRADLEY

Station Jock – CHRISTIAN BRASSINGTON

The Boy – TIMON GREAVES

COMPANY

Production Associate – Natalie Macaluso

Studio Presentation – Mark Smith

Directed by Steven Atkinson

Executive Producer – Ed Crozier

Producer – Nicholas Newton

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WAVES BREAKING ON A SHORE by Neil Brand and Michael Eaton

A play in two parts, for BBC Radio 4, May 2010

The audacity of Waves Breaking on a Shore is that it is a play about a medium without sound written specifically for a medium without images! A story about a new way of seeing offered by the cinema manages to be entirely appropriate as a subject for radio drama. Both Neil Brand and Michael Eaton are aficionados of a neglected period of early cinema history and the links between the gradually emerging form and the older pleasures of popular live entertainment.

At the turn of the twentieth century two vaudevillians, one Irish the other Jewish, are striving for success as a music hall double act: Cohen and Cohan, when they find themselves bitten by the bug of cinematography at the birth of film.

CAST

Manny Cohen – SIMON SCHATZBERGER

Danny Cohan – ANDREW SCOTT

Uncle Max – JONATHAN TAFLER

Nettie Truman – HAYLEY ATWELL

Eugene – JIM NORTON

Colonel Truman/Barraclough – SEAN CHAPMAN

Thief – JASON MAZA

COMPANY

Studio Presentation – Mark Smith

Production Associate – Natalie Macaluso

Music – Neil Brand

Violinist – Andrew Bridgemont

Executive producer – Ed Crozier

Directed by John Burgess

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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THE CONFLICT IS OVER by Michael Eaton

This factual drama explores the events that led up to the signing of the Downing Street Declaration in December, 1993 – one of the most significant, if under-valued, landmarks in the Northern Irish Peace Process.

The drama centres upon the personal relationship between the British Prime Minister, John Major, and his Irish counterpart, Albert Reynolds.

CAST

John Major – MICHAEL MALONEY

Albert Reynolds – DERMOT CROWLEY

Martin Mansergh – PATRICK DRURY

Robin Butler – THOMAS WHEATLEY

Patrick Mayhew – MICHAEL COCHRANE

Martin McGuinness – LLOYD HUTCHINSON

Bill Clinton – MATTHEW MARSH

COMPANY

Producer’s assistant – Emma Faulkner

Studio Manager – Mark Smith

Executive Producer – Paul Woolwich

Director – Nicolas Kent

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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