Michael Gyngell – Founder/Writer/Director
Michael has worked as an actor, writer and director for most of his life.
Over the years he has directed, among others – Dawn French, Christopher Biggins, Sting, Charles Dance, Lesley Garrett, Roger Moore, Craig Revel Horwood, Greta Scaachi, Daniel Radcliffe, Sam Womack, Joanna Lumley, Sir Bob Geldof, Denise Welch, Maureen Lipman, Cilla Black, Kylie Minogue and the Chuckle Brothers!
His directing work includes: Jeeves and Wooster (Duke of Yorks and No 1 Tour) Yes Prime Minister (No 1 Tour) The Play What I Wrote (No 1 Tour) Bumpy Ride (Greenwich Theatre) Bring it On (Kenneth More Ilford) Spring Awakening (Mirren Studio) When Harry Met Sally (UK Tour). Clittaford (St James Church, Piccadilly) Summer Holiday (Theatre Royal Plymouth) Let it Be (Wales Millenium Centre) Urinetown (Stratford Circus) The Multiverse (Waterloo East Theatre). He also regularly directs pantomimes for Qdos, most recently Cinderella (New Wimbledon Theatre)
He co-wrote the stage adaptation of ‘Summer Holiday!’, wrote the 80’s jukebox musical ‘Club Tropicana and a new musical revue The Multiverse. New York City Rhythm and Paradise City (for P&O Cruises) He wrote the TV film Double Top (Valentine Productions/BBC Wales) Serena (SMG) the book for Close Encounters (Century City, Los Angeles )
As an actor his work includes West Side Story (Her Majestys), Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria) Art (Wyndhams) Doctor Dolittle (Labatts Hammersmith) Fame (Shaftesbury) One Touch of Venus (Kings Head) The Rink (Cambridge) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Cheltenham Everyman)
Greg Arrowsmith – MusicalSupervisor/Arranger
As a Musical Director, credits include: Goldilocks, Snow White, Dick Whittington, Cinderella (London Palladium) Songs for nobodies (Ambassadors Theatre) Strictly Ballroom (Piccadilly Theatre) A Winters Tale (Rose Theatre) Sister Act (UK tour + Monaco) Rocky Horror show live (Playhouse Theatre and Live European broadcast) Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown (Playhouse Theatre) Guys and Dolls (Chichester Festival Theatre) Chess (UK tour), Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium)
Arrangement credits include: The Entertainer (UK tour) Club Tropicana (UK tour) The Rink (Southwark Playhouse) Christmas at St Pauls (St Paul Cathedral) Happy Days (UK tour) The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (UK Tour) Noel and Gertie (UK tour)
For more information visit: www.gregarrowsmith.co.uk
Philip Joel – Choreographer
Credits include: Little Shop Of Horrors (Guildhall School Of Music & Drama) Wizard Of Oz (Prime Pantomimes). Chess (PPA) Hairspray (Gaiety Theatre) Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule (ITV) Harrods – 10th anniversary magazine editorial, Net A Porter – internet campaign. Ferris & Milnes A Christmas Cracker (Ambassador Theatre), Closer to Heaven – The Pet Shop Boys musical (Union Theatre) Miracle on 34th Street (UK Tour) BBC Young Dancer Of The Year, Grange Hill 40th Anniversary’ (Elstree Studios) An Evening with David Hasselhoff’ (indigO2) Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs (Aylesbury Waterside) Wedding of Eamon Holmes &
Stephen Keeling – Composer
Stephen trained at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, gaining an honours degree in music. He was chosen by Sir Cameron Mackintosh to study with Stephen Sondheim during Sondheim’s tenure at Oxford University as the Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre.
Subsequently Stephen composed the music for Maddie (RNT Studio, Lyric Theatre) which was produced by Kenny Wax. He was the co-composer, along with Laurence O’Keefe,
for La Cava (Victoria Palace, Piccadilly Theatre) Heidi (Anhaltisches Theater
Dessau) Johanna and Heidi (Switzerland) He wrote the score for My Father’s Son (Crucible Theatre, Sadler’s Wells).
Stephen has written the scores for several plays including The Broken Heart (Lyric Hammersmith Studio) directed by Jonathan Church and Peer Gynt. He also composes choral music and music for media and has recently composed a Requiem.
Anne Vosser – Casting Director
Anne started casting in 1992 as in-house Casting Director for the Apollo Leisure Group. She has cast numerous West End and touring productions.
During her years at Apollo Leisure her West End casting credits included: “Barnum” (Dominion); “Aspects of Love” (Prince Of Wales); “Fiddler On The Roof” starring Topol (London Palladium); “Copacabana” (Prince of Wales); “Scrooge” starring Anthony Newley (Dominion); “Doctor Dolittle” starring Phillip Schofield (Apollo Hammersmith); “Summer Holiday” (Apollo Hammersmith); and numerous number one touring musicals.
Further musical credits include: “Pippin” and “Fanny & Stella” (Garden Theatre); “Strictly Ballroom” (UK Tour); “Bat Out of Hell” (UK tour); “9 To 5: The Musical” (West End & UK Tour); “The Grinning Man” (West End); “Carousel”, “Half A Sixpence”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and the new production of “Cats” (all Kilworth House Theatre); “The Life” directed by Michael Blakemore (Southwark Playhouse, London); “The Last Tango” (West End); “Betty Blue Eyes” (UK Tour); “Guys and Dolls” directed by Gordon Greenberg (UK Tour); “Dance Til Dawn” (West End); “Loserville” (West End); “Zorro” (West End); Boy George’s “Taboo” (West End); Saturday Night Fever (West End); “Fame” (West End).
Her play credits include: “Fatal Attraction” (UK Tour); “Afterglow” (Southwark Playhouse, London); “Abigail’s Party” (UK Tour); “Strangers On A Train” (UK Tour); “Raising Martha” (Park Theatre, London), “Some Girl(s)” (Park Theatre, London), The Old Vic New Voices Festival (The Old Vic); “The Mentalists” starring Stephen Merchant (West End), “Barking In Essex” starring Lee Evans (West End); “Flare Path” (UK Tour); “What The Butler Saw” (West End); “Stones In His Pockets” (West End).
TV credits: Casting team on “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria”; “Any Dream Will Do”; “I’d Do Anything” and “Over the Rainbow” (all BBC); “Superstar” (ITV); Take That’s “Wonderland” Special (ITV); and “I Dream” starring Christopher Lloyd (BBC).
Ashleigh Gray – Associate Artists
Ashleigh graduated from Guildford School of Acting with the Principal’s Award for Musical
Theatre and the Margaret Veale Award for Singing.
Ashleigh is currently appearing as Raquel Turner in Only Fools & Horses, The Musical, based on
the hit BBC Comedy, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End.
Her other theatre credits include Jennifer Lore in Nativity! The Musical, (UK Tour & Eventim
Apollo); Elphaba in Wicked, (West End and UK Tour); Kathy in Vanities (West End); Stephanie
Zinoni in Cool Rider (West End); Miranda in Betwixt (West End); Amy is Stephen Sondheim’s
Company (AAC); Martha in The Secret Garden (UK Tour); Lorraine in I Dreamed A Dream (UK
Tour); Kim in Taboo (UK Tour); Miss Lynch in Grease (UK Tour); Amanda in After the Turn
(Courtyard Theatre); Kirsty in Terry Pratchett’s Only You Can Save Mankind (Edinburgh
Pleasance); Emily in Myths and Hymns (Finborough Theatre) and The Administrator in NHS
The Musical (Theatre Royal, Plymouth).
For Television, Ashleigh played the Hotel Nurse in the Bafta Award Winning comedy,
Sally4Ever, directed by and starring Julia Davis (Sky Comedy). Other credits include Tina
Woodward in Doctors (BBC); Desperately Seeking Subo and There’s Something About Susan,
both for STV. Ashleigh also featured as a lead vocalist on a commercial campaign for Admiral
Multicar and played Kate in the Buddy Campaign for First Direct Bank.
Ashleigh regularly appears in concert as a Guest Vocalist, most notably with the BBC Concert
Orchestra on Friday Night is Music Night for BBC Radio 2 and with the Hallé Orchestra at
various venues. In 2016 she recorded “Bridge Over Troubled Water” with John Barrowman for
his album, You Raise Me Up. She went on to perform this with him on his tour at the London
Palladium. Other concert work includes Susan Boyle in Concert (UK Tour): The West End Men
(UK Tour), Lee Mead and Friends (Pheasantry); Momentous Musicals (UK Tour) Scott Alan Live
(Indig02) and many more.
Recording credits include: Original Cast Recordings of Cool Rider (Drury & Clegg), Muted
(Interval Productions) and Christmas in New York (SpEckulation Entertainment). Other
recording credits as a featured artist include: Overture with Dan and Laura Curtis (Stacy Swain
Productions); West End Unplugged (Parallel Productions); The Journey Home with Mark Evans
(Sain Records); Surrounded by the Sounds (Tim Prottey Jones); Acoustic Overtures – The
Songs of Dougal Irvine and Stand Tall (both for SimG Productions); Unwritten Songs – The
Songs of Michael Bruce (SpEckulation Entertainment) and Sentimental Heart with Oliver
Originally from Midlothian, Scotland, Ashleigh has gone on to establish herself as one of the
UK’s finest leading ladies and recently had a theatre named after her in honour of her
achievements to date. The Ashleigh Gray Theatre opened it’s doors in early 2018
Mark McGee – Associate Artists
Mark has been working the London’s West End for over 20 years. Beginning his debut in Mack & Mabel at the Piccadilly Theatre. Following on in productions playing Edwin in Summer Holiday at the Winter Gardens along with writer Michael Gyngell, Les Miserables UK Tour, Bobby C in Saturday Night Fever at the London Palladium, Amos in Whistle Down the Wind at The Aldwych Theatre, Rusty in Starlight Express at the Apollo Victoria, Marilyn in Taboo at the Venue with Boy George, Jimmy Smith in Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Jay in Desperately Seeking Susan at the Novello theatre and most recently playing Ed in The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. Tours and regional theatre include Utterson in Jekyll & Hyde with Marti Pellow, Valentine in Babes in Arms at Chichester Festival Theatre, Alice in Wonderland at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Rep and Northampton.
TV includes Casualty and Mollie both for BBC. Mark runs a digital media company involving Photography and his YouTube channel called Mark McGee Photos.