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Once on this Island

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By Lyn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty based on an original story by Rosa Guy (1995)

Kenny produced this magical musical while on the staff at Imagination. The Production was initially mounted at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre co-directed by Gwenda Hughes and David Toguri and choreographed by David Toguri. The show transferred into the Peacock Theatre (then the Royalty) which a fantastic cast which included Lorna Brown, Sharon D Clarke, Clive Rowe, PP Arnold, Shezwe Powell, Johnny Worthy, Trevor Michael Georges, Mark Vincent and Anthony Corriette. The show was enthusiastically received by a mix race audience and won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for ‘Best Musical’ as well as receiving nominations in the categories of Best Director, Best Choreographer and Best Supporting Actor. The cast album is available from Dress Circle.

Maddie

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By Stephen Keeling, Shaun Mckenna & Steve Dexter (1997)

Based on the book Marion’s Wall by Jack Finney, the stage production was a labour of love for it’s authors. Keeling and Dexter started working on it during Keelings year at Oxford University under the visiting professorship of Stephen Sondheim. Kenny fell in love with the show at a workshop and resolved that it would be the first musical he mounted with his newly established production company. First staged at the Salisbury Playhouse with a cast that included Summer Rognlie in the title role, Mark McGann, Kevin Colson and Angela Richards. Graham Bickley and Lynda Baron replaced McGann and Richards for the West End transfer a year later. The show received excellent reviews but Kenny didn’t have the financial backing to nurse the show past its first couple of months.

Honk

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By George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (2001)

Julia McKenzie directed the Olivier Award Winning production of HONK at the National Theatre in 2000 and Kenny picked up the touring rights and re-mounted a production which Julia directed starring Norman Pace, Tracie Bennett and Clive Rowe. This original musical written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe is based on the Hans Christian Anderson novel ‘The Ugly Duckling’ and was much enjoyed by regional audiences and has also become a firm favourite of amateur companies up and down the land.

The Aspects of Love

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By Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black & Charles Hart (2007/08)

This excellent touring production of perhaps Lloyd Webbers most challenging piece has been expertly brought to the stage by Director Nikolai Foster and Designer Rob Jones. At it’s opening in Newcastle, Lloyd Webber declared the it the finest production of the musical he had seen. A tremendous cast starring David Essex as George, Shona Lindsay as Rose, Matt Rawle as Alex, Poppy Tierney as Guilietta and Rachel Lynes as Jenny played to sold out houses all over the country. Tim Rogers has replaced Matt Rawle for the Spring tour and James Graeme has replaced David Essex for the last ten weeks.

The Witches of Eastwick

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By John Dempsey and Dana Rowe based on the novel by John Updike (2008/09)

When three desperate housewives in mid-town America wish for the man of their dreams they get more than they bargain for. All hell breaks loose when he appears. This big new touring production stars Wet Wet Wet front man Marti Pellow as the devlish Daryl Van Horne in a production directed by Nikolai Foster. Excellent support from I Witches, Ria Jones, Rebecca Thornhill and Poppy Tierney together with Rachel Izen and James Graeme playing Felicia and Clyde Gabriel.

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Wonderful Town

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(2012)

Leonard Bernstein’s WONDERFUL TOWN starring Connie Fisher, Michael Xavier and Lucy Van Gasse embarks on a Spring tour starting with three weeks at the Lowry Theatre in a co-production with The Royal Exchange Theatre, The Hallé Orchestra, The Lowry and Lee Menzies Ltd.

Go to www.wonderfultown.co.uk for more details.

Gasping

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By Ben Elton (2002)

Ben Elton’s West End hit enjoyed a make over and a moderate success based on the brilliant comic timing of actor David Haig in a new touring production directed by Paul Jepson. A second tour followed with actor Ian Reddington. Neil Stacy provided sterling support to both.

The Shape of Things

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By Neil Labute (2004)

Inspired by a brilliant production of The Shape of Things at the Almeida at King’s Cross starring Rachel Weisz, Kenny was determined to bring this excellent modern play to a wider audience. The play asks the complicated question ‘How far would you go for love?’ and the answer is a provocative exploration of manipulation, sex and art. Alicia Witt, Enzo Cilenti, Sienna Guillory and James Murray starred in a brilliant new version of the play superbly directed by Julian Webber. The play ran at the Ambassadors Theatre for a limited run.

My Boy Jack

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By David Haig (2004)

This touring production starring David Haig and Belinda Lang was a moving and compelling account of the life of one of England’s most prolific writers, Rudyard Kipling. It tells of Kipling’s dogged determination to send his young teenage son to the trenches – a patriotic act which triggers a bitter family conflict. The play was recently adapted for Television by David Haig and starred Daniel Radcliffe as Jack, David Haig and Kim Cattrall as his parents.

The Shellseekers

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Adapted for the stage by Terence Brady and Charlotte Bingham based on the international ‘best seller’ by Rosamunde Pilcher. (2004)

One of the nations favourite books became one of the country’s most popular plays in this sharply observed beautifully crafted family drama. The play was initially mounted with Stephanie Cole playing the matriarch Penelope Keeling with strong support from Veronica Roberts, Karen Drury and Ian Shaw as her three rather unpleasant children. The original cast also include Paul Chapman, Tim Carlton and Martin Wimbush. The role of Penelope was played by Susannah York and Rosemary Leach on subsequent tours.