Jim Jacobs
Book, Music and Lyrics

Jim Jacobs is the co-creator of the hit Broadway musical Grease and was one of three judges on NBC’s talent competition series in the USA: Grease: You’re the One That I Want. Jacobs, who created Grease (in 1970) with Warren Casey was born and raised on the mean tough streets of Chicago’s far northwest side. During the golden era of rock ‘n’ roll (1956-1960) he was a guitar-playing ‘greaser’ student at Taft High School. In 1963, Jacobs met Warren Casey when they were both cast in a local theatre production of A Shot in the Dark. Seven years later, the pair sat down and wrote what was to become one of the greatest musicals of all time. Grease opened in 1971 in a draughty old former trolley barn called the Kingston Mines Theatre in Chicago and was an instant success. A year later,Grease made it to Broadway and ‘Greasemania’ took off, eventually resulting in the longest-running show in Broadway history and the 1978 movie which became the highest-grossing movie musical in film history (a record that still stands today).

Originally an actor, Jacobs has been seen on television, in motion pictures, regional theatre, national tours and on Broadway. He is the co-author of several other plays and musicals including Island of Lost Co-eds, a musical spoof of the low budget sci-fi / horror / jungle movies of the 1950s which he wrote with his Grease collaborator, the late Warren Casey.

Warren Casey
Author, Composer and Lyricist

Warren Casey was born in Yonkers, New York, and attended Syracuse University. During the late 1950s, he learned all about “greasers” while working as an art teacher in upstate New York.

He moved to Chicago in 1962, where he hoped to pursue an acting career. He appeared in dozens of productions, including creating the role of Bernie Litko in David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He supported himself with jobs in retail, including working as an assistant manager of a chain of apparel stores, and as a record salesman. In the meantime, he taught himself how to play the guitar and began writing songs. Mr Casey acted with the Chicago Stage Guild (where he met Jim Jacobs), the Old Town Players, and the Kingston Mines Theatre.

The latter company staged the original production of Grease which he wrote with Jim Jacobs. After the incredible success of both the musical and the movie, the two collaborated on Island of Lost Co-eds, a musical satire of the B-movies of the 1950s.

Warren Casey died in 1988.

David Gilmore

David Gilmore has directed seventeen West End productions. Most recently Sinatra at the London Palladium. Other productions include the original award-winning production of Daisy Pulls It Off  which ran for three years at the Globe Theatre, Lend Me a Tenor also at the Globe, and the award-winning musical The Hired Man by Melvyn Bragg and Howard Goodall, all produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

His production of Grease ran for seven years at the Dominion and Cambridge Theatres before returning to the Victoria Palace and, subsequently the Piccadilly for three years.

Last year he directed Gaslight at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto. He has worked frequently in Australia where he directed the musical Footloose in Sydney and staged Jamie Oliver’s hugely successful performances. His production of Happy Days opened the Olympic Superdome in Sydney while his production of La Haut, a French comedy operetta, which he originally directed for the Theatre des Celestins in Lyon, completed a season at the Theatre de Variétés in Paris and has subsequently been filmed for French television. His production of Hair played at the Palais des Sports in Paris and subsequently toured Germany. His arena and stadium productions in Australia and South Africa have played to audiences of 20,000-30,000 people at each performance.

Other productions abroad include As You Like It for the Shakespeare Repertory Company in Chicago; David Mamet’s 'Glengarry Glen Ross' at the Royal Flemish Theatre in Brussels and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 'Song and Dance' in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide; the American comedy, Alone Together  and Ben Elton’s Gasping which visited Hong Kong and Peking. He has directed national UK tours of Michel Frayn's Noises Off and Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias.

He was the inaugural Artistic Director of the new St. James Theatre, steering it through to opening and through its first two seasons.

Other West End productions include the long-running hit Beyond Reasonable Doubt at the Queen’s Theatre starring Frank Finlay, Chapter Two  by Neil Simon, at the Gielgud Theatre starring Tom Conti and Sharon Gless, Radio Times starring Tony Slattery and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui starring Griff Rhys Jones, both at the Queen’s Theatre, the American courtroom drama  Nuts at the Whitehall Theatre, Annie Get Your Gun starring Suzi Quatro at the Aldwych, the Cole Porter revue A Swell Party at the Vaudeville,vOut of the Blue at the Shaftesbury, Rick’s Bar-Casablanca at the Whitehall and Fatal Attraction at the Haymarket Theatre starring Susannah York and Denis Quilley. All the fun of the Fair with David Essex at the Garrick. He also directed the farewell tour of the band Harvey and the Wallbangers. At the King’s Head Theatre he directed Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart. At the National Theatre, Machiavelli’s Mandragola and for Compass Theatre he directed Sir Antony Quayle in Pinero’s Dandy Dick. For the New Shakespeare Company, The Winter’s Tale; and for the Chichester Festival Theatre, Noël Coward’s Cavalcade with a cast of over 200.

As Artistic Director of the Nuffield Theatre at Southampton for five years he directed The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Candida, Uncle Vanya, Hedda Gabler, Summer and productions by authors such as Rattigan, Coward, Frayn, Wedekind and Christopher Hampton, in addition to half a dozen musicals. Prior to this he ran the idyllic Watermill Theatre near Newbury for three years.

He also adapted De Rojas’ Celestina for the stage.

Arlene Phillips
Music Staging and Choreographer

Arlene Phillips came to prominence when she created the hugely popular dance group Hot Gossip. She has since become a world-renowned director and choreographer and one of Britain’s favourite TV judges.

As a director, shows include 27: The Rise Of A Falling Star, Saturday Night Fever, international productions of Starlight Express, US Tours of Joseph and Jesus Christ Superstar and arena shows; Strictly Come Dancing Live, Lord of the Dance, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Manchester XVII Commonwealth Games. As creative director, Judy –The Songbook of Judy Garland, Brazouka, The Very Hot Gossip Show; as executive producer The Sound of Musicals, Britannia High, DanceX. ABC Dance War andBarbie Dance DVD.

Arlene has choreographed films, Annie, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life and Legend; music videos, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Duran Duran, Queen and Robbie Williams; arena shows Monty Python Live, Donna Summer at the Universal Amphitheatre; and musicals, Jackie, The Wizard of Oz, Starlight Express, The Sound of Music, Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Flashdance and We Will Rock You.

Arlene’s insightful entertainment expertise has been broadcast to millions in her role as a TV judge on popular programmes; So You Think You Can Dance, Strictly Come Dancing, DanceX, Strictly Dance Fever and Over The Rainbow. She was honoured as CBE in 2013.

Terry Parsons
Set Designer

Terry has designed thirty-seven productions in London’s West End and credits include Grease which opened at the Dominion Theatre in London in 1994, Silly Cow with Dawn French, Gasping with Hugh Laurie, The Pirates Of Penzance in Regent’s Park, Two Into One with Donald Sinden and Michael Williams, South Pacific, Sweet Charity, Some Like It Hot, Charlie Girl and Singin’ In The Rain.  His other credits range from Shakespeare, Sheridan and Congreve to Orton, Ionesco and Durrenmatt, and include When We Are Married with Timothy West, Prunella Scales and Patricia Routledge, A View From The Bridge with Topol and Time And The Conways at the Old Vic with Joan Plowright.

Well-known for his pantomime designs, among them lavish versions of Cinderella for Stanley Baxter and Mother Goose for Danny La Rue, Terry’s designs are seen every Christmas in star-studded productions that include Peter Pan with Henry Winkler, Snow White with Ross Kemp, Peter Pan with Bonnie Langford, Cinderella with Mickey Rooney, Dick Whittington with Barbara Windsor and a new version of The Sleeping Beauty.

Most recently Terry has designed three major productions in Copenhagen – Singin’ In The Rain, Mary Poppins and Les Miserables (set) at Det NY Teater and Treasure Island for the Folketeatret and his many other credits in Scandinavia include Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, The King and I, High School Musical, Showboat, Be Bop A Lula, Blithe Spirit, Move Over Mrs Markham, Sailor Beware and Fame.

Terry’s regional credits in the UK include Miranda and Underneath The Arches (also West End) at Chichester Festival Theatre, No Trams To Lime Street (Liverpool), and Father of the Bride, A Passionate Woman, Shady Business and A Foot In The Door for the The Mill at Sonning.

International designs include Marlene on Broadway (concert costumes) Chicago in Athens, and for Vienna’s English Theatre Edward Albee’s The Goat, Proof, Boeing-Boeing, Engaging Shaw, Perfect Wedding, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Romeo and Juliet. 

Andreane Neofitou
Costume Designer

Andy’s costume designs for the two huge hits Les Miserables and Miss Saigon have been seen in London, on Broadway – where she received a Tony nomination for Les Miserables – and productions continue to play all over the world. As Les Miserables continues its record breaking run in London, a major new production of Miss Saigon is currently playing on Broadway after a recent successful run at the Prince Edward Theatre in London and a UK tour begins this summer. 

Andy’s other costume designs in London and the West End include this production of Grease directed by David Gilmore when it opened at the Dominion Theatre in 1994, Timon Of Athens with David Suchet, The Baker’s Wife and Gone With The Wind - all three directed by Trevor Nunn, Peter Pan at the National Theatre directed by John Caird, the musical of The Far Pavilions, and the arena production of Bizet’s opera Carmen at The Royal Albert Hall.

Other worldwide credits include Nabucco directed by Elijah Moshinsky for New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Miss Julie in Athens, the musical Jane Eyre directed by John Caird on Broadway (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), and Cameron Mackintosh’s revised version of Martin Guerre in the United States.

Andy’s costume designs for the Royal Shakespeare Company include The Changeling directed by Michael Attenborough, The Merchant Of Venice with Antony Sher, The Fair Maid Of The West directed by Trevor Nunn for the opening of the Swan Theatre, Hedda Gabler with Glenda Jackson, Once In A Lifetime, Peter Pan, and Nicholas Nickleby at Stratford and the United States (Outer Circle Critics’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design).

Film credits include Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead with Richard Dreyfuss directed by Tom Stoppard and Still Life with Roger Daltrey.

Larry Wilcox

Larry Wilcox orchestrated over 30 Broadway shows, contributing to the original Broadway productions of Funny Girl, Sweet Charity, Walking Happy, Grease, Seesaw, A Chorus Line, Nine, Aspects of Love, and Tony award-winner The Will Rogers Follies.

He orchestrated both the London and New York versions of Singin’ in the Rain, the original London productions of Peg, Ziegfeld and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Wizard of Oz, and BBC Television’s production of Gillian Lynne’s The Look of Love and, most recently, the 1993 Children’s Royal Variety Performance.

He arranged and conducted recordings for the Boston Pops, the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as the reconstructions of Nymph Errant in concert, Strike Up the Band, Lady Be Good, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra’s The Gershwins in Hollywood, and Michael Crawford Sings the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

In his full and varied career he scored nightclub acts, concerts and recordings for Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Ann-Margret, Shirley MacLaine, Tony Bennett, Michael Feinstein, Connie Francis, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Paul Simon, Tommy Tune, Dionne Warwick and Jimmy Rosselli. Most recently he contributed orchestrations to The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, for both Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford.

Larry passed away in the autumn of 1993. Grease is a lasting tribute to a warm and witty man, whose passing is a great loss to his loving family but also to the world of musical theatre.

Chris Egan

Chris Egan has worked in all genres of music as a Composer, Orchestrator, Conductor & Music Producer.

Theatre includes: The Bodyguard (West End, Worldwide); National Theatre 50th Anniversary; Water Babies (Leicester); End Of The Rainbow (Broadway, West End, Worldwide); The Pajama Game (West End, Chichester); I Can’t Sing (West End); Dance ‘Til Dawn (West End, UK Tour); Kiss Me Kate (West End); Crazy For You (West End); Witches Of Eastwick (UK Tour, Worldwide); Grease (West End, Worldwide); Footloose (West End, UK Tour, South Africa).

Film includes: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (Warner Bros.); Ethel & Ernest (BBC Films); Napoleon (BFI).

Television includes: The Halcyon (ITV); Hooten And The Lady (Sky); Cilla (ITV); The Academy Awards, The Tony Awards, Man Down, Upstairs Downstairs, Queens Diamond Jubilee, Royal Variety Performance, Girlstuff Boystuff animation series, Britannia High, Prince’s Trust 30th Anniversary Concert, Children In Need, Late Night with Jerry Springer, BBC TV License Campaign.

Video Games includes: Halo 5: Guardians (Microsoft).

Radio includes: Dame Shirley Bassey Electric Prom, Friday Night Is Music Night, BBC Proms In The Park, James Bond Special, BBC Voice of Musical Theatre.

Concerts includes: Elaine Paige (UK, European, Australian, American & Asia Concerts); Dame Shirley Bassey (Glastonbury, Electric Prom & UK Arena Tour); Lionel Richie (Hyde Park, Emirates Stadium Concerts).

Special Events includes: Heathrow Terminal 5 Royal Opening, St. Pancras International Royal Opening, Morse Live at the Albert Hall, Laurues Sports Awards Monte Carlo.

Chris has written arrangements and conducted for many recording artists including: Paul McCartney, David Foster, Annie Lennox, Lionel Richie, Lady Gaga, Above & Beyond, Oliva Newton-John, Phil Ramone, Dionne Warrick, Tony Hatch, Ronan Keating, Dame Shirley Bassey & Leslie Bricusse.

In 2016, Chris conducted Above & Beyond’s Acoustic Concert Film at The Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles.

Mike Dixon
Musical Supervisor and New Musical Arrangement

Mike Dixon graduated from Trinity College of Music in 1979 and over the course of his varied and multifaceted career Mike has established himself as one of the leading figures in the West End, Television and Radio as Musical Supervisor, Musical Director, Conductor, Arranger and Composer.

Theatre includes: Mrs Henderson Presents, Oh What A Lovely War, Bodyguard, The Infidel, Taboo, Hair, Zorro, Never Forget, We Will Rock You, Footloose, Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar, Aspects Of Love, Doctor Dolittle, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, La Cage Aux Folles, Bernstein’s Peter Pan, Bless The Bride, Mr Cinders, Andy Capp.

Television includes: Get Your Act Together, A Life in Song - Tim Rice, Surprise Surprise, D-Day 70 Years On from the Royal Albert Hall, A Life In Song - Don Black, BBC Radio 2Day - Gala Concert, 12 Hours To Please Me, This Is Lionel Richie, Text Santa, Children In Need Rocks the Royal Albert Hall, The Electric Proms, Concert for Diana, Glastonbury 2007, MusiCool, Pop Idol, The Royal Variety Show, Miss World, The British Comedy Awards, The Queens Golden Jubilee Rock Concert, The Princes Trust 30th Anniversary Concert at the Tower of London, BBC Proms in the Park, An Audience with...Jimmy Tarbuck, Joan Rivers, Another Audience With... Shirley Bassey and An Audience with Lionel Richie...Live!

Radio includes: World Cup ’66 LIVE, Battle Of Britain at 75, VE Day at 70, D-Day 70 Years On, JFK - Minute by Minute, Dambusters 70 Years On, BBC Radio 2Day - Gala Concert, 12 Hours To Please Me, Titanic - Minute by Minute, Friday Night Is Music Night, Elvis Forever, Elbow at Abbey Road, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Birthday in the Park, Friday Night Is BOND Night, Cheltenham Jazz Festival – The Billie Holiday Story – The Billy Strayhorn Story, BBC Radio 2 Voice of Musical Theatre Competition.

Recordings include: Mrs Henderson Presents, The Sound of Rodgers & Hammerstein with Helena Blackman, The Performance with Dame Shirley Bassey, Zorro, Seven by Tony Banks with The London Philharmonic Orchestra, We Will Rock You, Grease, Doctor Dolittle, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aspects of Love, Evita (The Movie).

Concerts and Special Events include:4th Islamic Solidarity Games: Baku 2017, How To Succeed In Business (Concert Performance), Inaugural European Games Baku 2015: Torch Ceremony, Don Black: From Hackney to Hollywood, New Year's Eve Gala Concert with Jacqui Dankworth, New London Chorale, Huawei Winter Concert, Go Local Concert at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Search For A Twitter Star - Live, Macmillan Centenary Gala, Wimbledon Theatre Centenary Gala, Welcoming The World (London 2012), St Pancras International Royal Opening.

Awards include: Helpmann Award for Best Musical Direction - We Will Rock You, Sony Radio Awards and New York Radio Awards (with Phil Critchlow and Jonathan Mayo for TBI Media in association with BBC Drama) - Minute by Minute Series (Including Titanic, Please Please Me, Dambusters 70 Years On and JFK).

Mike is proud to be a Patron of Arts Educational Schools, London. www.mikedixonmusic.com

Mark Henderson
Lighting Designer

Mark was the recipient of the 1992, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2010 and 2016 Laurence Olivier Awards for Lighting Design, the 2013 and 2014 Whatsonstage lighting design award, he was awarded a Tony in 2006 and has also received a Welsh BAFTA.

Has lit extensively for all the major theatre, opera and dance companies in the UK and has lit over 80 West End productions notably Chitty Bang Bang Chitty, The Iceman Cometh, The Judas Kiss, Copenhagen, Democracy, Hamlet, The Real Thing (all also on Broadway ), The Sound of Music, Our House, Up for Grabs, Grease is the Word, West Side Story, Spend Spend Spend, Neville’s Island, Follies, Passion, Enron, All My Sons, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Sweeney Todd, American Buffalo, The Bodyguard, Gypsy, Funny Girl.

Mark has lit over 80 productions for the Royal National Theatre including: Racing Demon, Les Parent Terribles, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (all also on Broadway), All My Sons, Mourning Becomes Electra, The History Boys, The Habit of Art, Emperor and Galilean, One Man Two Guvnors, The Hard Problem.

Work in opera includes productions for ENO, The Royal Opera, WNO, Opera North, Glyndebourne.

Dance productions include work for LCDT, The Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet, SWRB, Rambert Dance Company.

In 2014 Mark designed the lighting for the Kate Bush live show Before the Dawn.

Bobby Aitken
Sound Design

Bobby has been involved with Theatre Sound for over 30 years.

Notable / recent theatre work includes: Mackie Messer (Salzburg Festival); Viva Forever! (London); Ghost (London, Broadway and worldwide); Dirty Dancing (London and worldwide); Mamma Mia! (London, Broadway and worldwide); We Will Rock You (London and worldwide); Grease (London and Worldwide); Lennon (Broadway); Return to the Forbidden Planet (London, USA, Japan and Australia); Five Guys Named Moe (London and tours).

Regional work in the UK: Includes productions at The Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Derby Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, Manchester Royal Exchange, Palace Theatre, Watford Leicester Haymarket and The New Wolsey, Ipswich.

Olympic Ceremonies: Bobby was the Sound Designer for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. He has also served as a Consultant for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Opera: For the past few years, Bobby has been working to create techniques to deliver credible sound reinforcement for large scale, in-the-round opera production. Credits include: Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Aida, Tosca, Aida, La Bohème, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci.

Jason Capewell
Associate Director

Jason trained at The Birmingham School of Speech and Dramatic Art and undertook further study at Arts Educational Schools, London.

The start of 2017 will see Jason redirecting the U.K. Tour of Chicago, for a run in Singapore, redirecting the upcoming U.K. Tour of Grease, and transferring the London production of The Bodyguard, to Toronto.

He has just finished redirecting Thea Sharrock's production of The Bodyguard, in Seoul, South Korea and was the Resident Director for London production which has just finished its run at the Dominion Theatre. Jason Directed a new production of Grease, which had its premier on the brand new cruise liner 'Harmony of the Seas' the biggest cruise liner in the world in May 2016.

He was the Associate Director on the UK premier of Xanadu, at the Southwark Playhouse.

In 2015, Jason redirected the UK and international tour of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert!

Theatre as Resident Director includes: The Bodyguard (UK tour); Rock Of Ages (UK tour), Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (UK tour)and Ghost the Musical (UK tour); Grease (UK tour), and Chicago (UK tour).

Other theatre credits include: Resident Director for Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre, London  and Associate Director of the International Tour of Grease. Re-Directing the London production of Grease in Australia and Singapore. Jason was the Resident Director on the revival of the Boy George Musical, Taboo. In 2010 he directed a production of Grease in South Africa, which was subsequently seen in New Zealand and Hong Kong.

He has over 25 years experience of producing and directing Musical Theatre Gala Concerts including The Macmillan Centenary Gala (The London Palladium) and The Musicals, at Birmingham Symphony Hall. also the West End Celebration Gala's, at The Palace & Queens Theatres, London. Which ran annually from 1999 to 2009. He was also the Director of West End Eurovision, for the Theatre Mad, charity.

Jason was the director of The Hampstead Theatre Arts Academy and has a vast experience of Directing shows & arranging lessons in Dance, Singing and Drama for children.

Jason’s performing credits include: Vince Fontaine/ Teen Angel in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre, UK Tour & International Tour); ‘Dennis’ in Hold Tight It’s 60’s Night (European Tour); Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria, London) as Swing – covered and performed twelve roles, including ‘Poppa’ (alternate), ‘Greaseball’, ‘Electra’ and ‘Dustin’; 20th Century Musicals (National Tour) as Principal Vocalist; The Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep); Oliver (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); Aida (NIA, Indoor Arena, Birmingham); Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Summer Season (Golightly Productions); Cinderella (The Playhouse, Weston-Super- Mare) and Dick Whittington (Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, Surrey).

Jason’s recording credits include the demo recording of Lord of the Rings and The Musicals, at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Jason has appeared on television in One By One (BBC); The Bill (ITV); Blue Peter (BBC) and a Commercial for Lipton Ice Tea.

Stuart Porter
Associate Lighting Designer

I began my career at the Theatre Royal Windsor after completing the ABTT Theatre Electrics course. I have worked professionally in Theatre for over 30 years as a Lighting Designer, Associate Lighting Designer and Lighting Programmer. I am very proud to be an Elected Director and Board Member of the Association of Lighting Designers, (The ALD).

Theatre credits include: The Glass Menagerie; Srewtape Letters; School of Rock; No Mans Land; Beautiful; Memphis; Once (London & Seoul); A Chorus Line; Wizard Of Oz; Legally Blonde; Sister Act; Priscilla; Joseph; Grease; Sound of Music; Marguerite; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Desperately Seeking Susan; Beautiful Game; Whistle down the Wind; Cats UK Tour; Starlight Express Tour; Our House; Beauty and the Beast; Saturday Night Fever; Jesus Christ Superstar.

Opera credits include: Madam Butterfly; Tosca; La Boheme.

Aida Events include: Attractions Programmer Studio Disney, Paris; Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Common Wealth Games, Manchester.

Matt Grounds
Associate Sound Designer

Now in his 20th year working in theatre and the music industry, Matt continues to work on an eclectic range of musicals, plays, large events, and arena shows.

Recent designs include: West Side Story (International Tour); Sweet Charity (Athens); Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK Tours, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Athens); Fiddler on the Roof (Athens); Steel Magnolias (UK Tour).

Associate sound design credits include: Grease (Australia Tour, International Tour); Chicago the Musical (Singapore, China, Moscow, Korea, Madrid, Netherlands, Seoul); Dirty Dancing (International Tour 2012).

Other recent highlights include system design for Blur (UK, Europe & South America); Roger Daltrey’s Teenage Cancer Trust shows at the Royal Albert Hall and mixing John Grant & the Iceland Symphony Orchestra (Iceland Airwaves).

Matt has worked with artists all over the world, including: John Grant, Amy Macdonald, Katy B, One Eskimo, Lee Ryan, Gareth Gates, Elvis Costello, Super Furry Animals.

On shows including: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Janice Long Show (BBC Radio 2), Echo Music Awards (Berlin).

Matt has also produced live recordings for Universal Music, Sony BMG, Endemol and iTunes.

Griff Johnson
Musical Director

Since leaving Trinity College of Music London, Griff has been involved with productions for the West End, UK Tours and destinations all around the world, playing and in musical direction and supervisory roles. He started out in Majorca then quickly moved on to become Musical Director of the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco.

His preferred musical shows have included Queen’s We Will Rock You (2002); Rod Stewart’s Tonight’s The Night (2003/4, 2006 & 2014); Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard (1996); Evita (2006); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2007/9) and Jesus Christ Superstar (1998). Additionally, Peggy Sue Got Married (2001); Annie (1998/9); Bat Boy (2004/5); Daddy Cool (2006); Hair (1993 & 2010) and Ghost in Asia (2015).

For David Ian Productions shows include Grease (2012); Ghost (2013) and The Bodyguard UK tour and West End production (2016).

Furthermore, over the years he has worked alongside such pop artists as Donna Summer, Kim Wilde, Shirley Bassey, Go West and Rick Astley and has written and arranged for the ISTD Modern Dance Syllabus; as well as featuring on several Chill-Out Albums.

Over recent years for Jamie Wilson Productions he has penned the music for his seasonal projects involving Santa Claus in his various adventures; also collaborating with the witty Ha Ha Boys on Ha Ha Holmes and their more recent Ha Ha Hood.

Griff’s teaching, guesting and coaching positions over the years have become too numerous to mention, as have his keyboard and computer programming work.

His other passion in life is landscape photography which provides him with another creative outlet.

He is delighted to be involved with this new 2017 production of Grease as it is indeed “The time, the place, and the motion” and undoubtedly “The Word!”

Charlotte Bull
Assistant Choreographer

Charlotte trained at the Arts Educational Schools London and Laine Theatre Arts. Prior to professional training, she was in Oliver at the London Palladium, singing solo's at the age of 14 in the role of Bet. This gave Charlotte the bug to continue performing and was fortunate enough to join the Grease (UK and International Tour) on graduating.

Other theatre credits include: Associate Choreographer on Grease (Australia Tour); We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre); Return To Grace (Niagara Falls Casino); Sherazade in Aladdin (Qdos, Northampton Derngate); Dance Captain and understudy and played the roles of Sandy, Jan, Frenchy, Patty and Miss Lynch in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre); Assistant choreographer in Grease (Cape Town); Understudy and played the roles of Carmen and Lambchops in Fame (UK Tour); Swing, understudy and played the roles of Sandy, Jan and Patty in Grease (UK/European Tour); Cinderella in Cinderella (Qdos, Regent Theatre); Aladdin (Qdos, Milton Keynes); Hey Mr Producer (Lyceum Theatre), Bet in Oliver (London Palladium). Charlotte has also performed in many variety shows in the West End and afar.

TV credits include: Great Universal commercial (Granada Television) SKY commercial, Greasemania - ITV. Re-staged choreography for features on GMTV, This Morning, Children in Need, Tonight’s the Night, Alan Titchmarsh.

Alongside her performing career Charlotte has a wonderful teaching career and has taught at some of the UK's most prestigious schools and colleges. She is proud to have choreographed for some of London's top college productions.

Having been a part of Grease for nearly 12 years, from performing in it to becoming Associate choreographer, the show is very close to her heart. Charlotte is thrilled Grease is returning to our theatres and is excited to be working with such a great team.

Tracy Lane
Resident Director

Tracy trained at Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts. She has performed in various trade shows, television specials, fashion shows, pop videos, commercials, summer shows and pantomimes.

West End credits include: 42nd Street and Copacabana.

She has choreographed Peter Pan, Cinderella and Girls’ Night Out.

She was resident director on the UK tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and children’s director on The Bodyguard (Toronto).

Debbie O’Brien
Casting Director

West End productions include : Thriller Live, Dirty Dancing, American Idiot; Annie, Kinky Boots and The Bodyguard (children’s casting); Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Dusty the Musical, Grease, Flashdance, Piaf, The Snowman, Respect La Diva, The King and I, The Harder They Come, Showboat, Dancing in the Streets, The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Saturday Night Fever, Fame, Peter Pan, The Pirates of Penzance, Mum’s the Word, Daisy Pulls It Off, Napoleon,  Madame Melville, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, La Cava, Smokey Joe's Café, The Rocky Horror Show, Soul Train, Rent, Always, Steaming, Ain't Misbehavin', Disgracefully Yours.

UK tours include : Room, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Dirty Dancing, Jackie the Musical, Footloose, Thriller Live, Let it Be, Annie and The Bodyguard (children’s casting), Dancing in the Streets, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Threepenny Opera, Our House, Soul Sister, I Was a Rat, Carnaby Street, 51 Shades of Maggie, Doctor In the House, Hormonal Housewives, Grease, Tell Me On a Sunday, Cacophony, Menopause the Musical, Flashdance, Defending the Caveman, The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas, Mahabharata, Sweet Soul Music, Starlight Express, Anything Goes, What a Feeling, Dirty Dusting, Mack and Mabel, The Misanthrope, A Chorus Line, A Tribute to the Blues Brothers, Smokey Joe's Cafe, The Rocky Horror Show, Soul Train, Wild Animus.

Regional and international productions include : Medea, Sweet Charity, Singing in the Rain, Legally Blonde, Cougar, Cats (RCCL), Midsummer Songs, The BFG, Evolution, South Pacific, Sister Act, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, Merry Wives of Windsor and Twelfth Night, Jackie the Musical, Hairspray, Starlight Express (Bochum and international tour), Fame, Alice In Wonderland, The Sound of Music, Chicago, Hair, The Opera Show, Soul Sister; Little Shop of Horrors, The Corstorphine Road Nativity, White Christmas, And Then The Dark, Mods and Rox, Robin Hood, Noises Off, It’s a Wonderful Life, Laurel and Hardy, Blues in the Night, My Fair Lady, Anything Goes, The Sound of Music, Me and My Girl, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, Crazy For You, Oklahoma!, The Opera Show and The Pirates of Penzance, Amadeus,  The Snowman; Side by Side by Sondheim,  Only You Can Save Mankind and 100% Sex Therapy

Recorded media : Waybuloo, Grandpa In My Pocket, What’s Your News?, Buddy Patrol, Tic Toc, Quick Quack Duck, Grease is the Word, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria , Amahl and the Night Visitors, Planet Cook, Energy.

Simon Gooding
Production Manager

Simon Gooding is one of the UK’s busiest theatre production managers with a career spanning over 35 years. Starting work as a stagehand at the Bristol Hippodrome in the early 1980’s Simon soon moved on to become a production carpenter. As he toured the country he quickly accrued a working technical knowledge and appreciation of nearly all UK theatres, and in the early 1990’s he ventured into production management.  Since then his experience and professionalism has ensured his name has become synonymous with large scale touring musicals, most recently Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Rocky Horror Show, Sister Act and Cats.


Stephen Hill
For Musicians UK Ltd - Orchestral Management

Stephen studied at the Royal College of Music, London, and has been musical director/musical supervisor for an extensive range of both West End and touring theatre productions.

Theatre includes:Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Cats, Stepping Out, Bat Boy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler on the Roof, The Pirates of Penzance, Barnum, Evita, My Fair Lady, Hello, Dolly! and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Concerts include:The Magic of the Musicals, starring Marti Webb; Tell Me on a Sunday and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Dublin)and numerous Best of the West End concerts in the UK and Europe. Stephen co-produced and conducted sell-out performances of Jesus Christ Superstar - the Concert & The Magical West End (the National Concert Hall, Dublin), with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.He has been musical director to several international artists, including Charles Aznavour, with whom he recorded several albums and toured worldwide.

Stephen now devotes all his time managing Musicians UK Ltd, one of the country’s foremost orchestral management companies.

London productions include: Annie, The Bodyguard, Cats, Flashdance, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Grease, The Sound of Music, The Producers, Saturday Night Fever, By Jeeves, Bat Boy, Stepping Out and Aladdin (the Old Vic).

UK tours include:Annie, The Bodyguard, The Wedding Singer, Chicago, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Ghost, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, The Producers, Flashdance, Cats, Starlight Express, The Sound of Music, Grease, Peter Pan, Saturday Night Fever, Bat Boy, Beauty and the Beast, Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story, Doctor Dolittle, Oliver!, Evita, Black Goes With Everything, Jesus Christ Superstar, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Hello, Dolly! and The Pirates of Penzance.

Paul Nicholas

Paul Nicholas began his musical career in 1968 when he originated the leading role of Claude in Hair. In 1972 he originated the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Super Star and in 1973 Danny with Elaine Page as Sandy in the original London Production of Grease.

Paul has either produced or appeared in: Fiddler on the roof, Camelot, Jekyll and Hyde, The Rocky Horror Show, Blondel, Cats, Singing InThe Rain, Dr Doolittle, TZ, Saturday Night Fever, A Tale Of Two Cities, Tommy, Chess, Dear World, Jest End, Charlie Girl, Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Happy Days, Barnum, Ain't Misbehaving, Evita, A Christmas Carol and Pirates of Penzance as the Pirate King with David Ian as Frederick. 'David was very good, a real heartthrob with a great voice.'... A fiver in the post please David.

As well having several pop hits in the 70's Paul enjoyed great success as Vince in the BAFTA award winning sitcom Just Good Friends. More recently Paul played Gavin Sullivan in EastEnders and appeared as himself in the latest series of The Real Marigold Hotel.

David Ian

David Ian has produced theatre shows all over the world. He is the recipient of four Olivier awards and two Tony nominations. His credits include: Grease, Saturday Night Fever, The King and I, West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Anything Goes, The Producers, Defending the Caveman, Guys and Dolls, Daisy Pulls It Off, The Sound of Music, La Cage aux Folles, Sweet Charity, Flashdance, Gypsy, The Shawshank Redemption, The Phantom of the Opera (Las Vegas), My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess, The Rocky Horror Show, Cats, Chicago, Dr Dolittle, Starlight Express, Seminar, Steel Magnolias, Ghost the Musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Bodyguard, Jersey Boys, Annie, Xanadu and Show Boat.