The Creative Team

Director: Adrian Hilton

Choreography: Wayne Sleep

Sound Design: Scott Myers

Lighting Design: Mike Robertson

Director: Adrian Hilton

Adrian Hilton

Adrian trained at the Drama Centre, London. He has directed all genres of theatre, from regional fringe to London's West End, including musical comedy review, classic drama and opera. In addition to working in regional repertory theatres, he has directed for the Royal Shakespeare Company and staged productions in some of the country's most prestigious venues, including the London Palladium, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and the Royal Festival Hall. He is the artistic director of AD Productions, and lectures in Communication Psychology to doctorate level. He has recently been awarded a Guinness World Record for a previous Shakespeare project, and has also authored a best-selling political book.

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Choreography: Wayne Sleep

Wayne Sleep

Wayne was born in Plymouth and later moved to Hartlepool, where at the age of 12 he won the Leverhulme Scholarship to the Royal Ballet School in London. From there he graduated to the Upper School and then joined the Royal Ballet in 1966. In 1973 he became a principal dancer and appeared in over 50 major roles. His favourite parts include Puck in The Dream, Jester in Cinderella, Blue Boy in Les Patineurs, Petrushka and the roles of Alain and Widow Simone in La Fille Mal Gardee.

While with the Royal Ballet, Sir Frederick Ashton created parts especially for Wayne including Kolia in Month in the Country, G R Sinclair in Elgar's Enigma Varitions, Tweedledee and Tweedle Dum, Saturday's Child in Jazz Calender and the parts of Squirrel Nutkin and Tom Thumb in the film of The Tales of Beatrix Potter.

Outside the Royal Ballet, he worked with such other choreographers as Nygel Lythgoe, Maina Giulgud and Norman Main, Anthony Van Laast, Arlene Philips and Robert North.

He has appeared as a guest artist with Italian and Spanish television, London City Ballet, English National Ballet and the Capab Ballet in South Africa and Scottish Ballet.

His own choreographic works include David and Goliath for London Contemporary Dance and San Francisco Ballet; a tango sequence for the film Death on the Nile; Harry Nielson's musical The Point; Savoy Suite for the English National Ballet; Promenade, ENB School; Salad Days for the West End; Carousel for the highly choreographically acclaimed national tour; the British tours of Hollywood and Broadway parts 1 and 2; Dance (the History of), The World of Dance 1997; 1998 Tours of DASH, The Hot Shoe Show (plus a 13 part series for the BBC TV version) and Bits and Pieces. For the National Youth Ballet, Wonderland; scenes from Alice, Cinderella and Toads Story.

As an actor, Wayne has appeared as Anel in The Tempest for the New Shakespeare Company, Truffaldino in The Servant of Two Masters at York, the title role of Pinocchio at Birmingham, Tony Lumpkin in She Stoops to Conquer for BBC Radio, Oblio in The Point and in the films The Virgin Soldiers, The First Great train Robbery and the soldier in Stravinsky's The Soldiers Tale. He has made numerous television appearances including Wogan, Parkinson, was the subject of Melvyn Bragg's The South Bank Show and television dance specials, which won the Golden Rose of Montrose Award and the Silver Sea Swallow Award. He has been nominated for two Olivier Awards, the Manchester Evening News Award and he was awarded Showbusiness personality of the Year in 1983 by the Variety Club of Great Britain. He also has two entries in the Guiness book of Records.

In recent years Wayne formed his own company under the name of DASH: DASH to the London Coliseum, The Hot Shoe Show and Bits and Pieces, Aspects of Dance starring and directed by Wayne with the City Ballet of London, Steps, Notes and Squeaks and embarked on a series of national tours, many ending with West End seasons and world tour.

He starred in the original production of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash hits CATS and Song and Dance, and he played the Emcee in Gillian Lynn's production of Cabaret in the West End. He has also starred in 15 Christmas pantomime seasons.

During the past years he has directed galas far many different charities including Carnival of the Birds at the Royal Opera House for the RSPB, Design for Dance at Her Majesty's Theatre and St John's Smith Square in aid of the Benesh Dance Institute, 90 Years of Dance the Royal Charity Gala at the Britten Theatre, Stars of the Night at Her Majesty's Theatre, Explosive Dance at the Royal Albert Hall and 50 Winks at Wayne Sleep at Her Majesty's Theatre. He has now formed his own charity, the Wayne Sleep Dance Scholarship, to help young aspiring dancers with their tuition. His autobiography Precious Little Sleep was published by Boxtree MacMillan and he continues to pass on his knowledge at his workshops all around Britain.

In 1989 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Exeter University, and in 1999 he received an Honorary Master of Arts from the University of Teeside, and was awarded the OBE.

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Scott Myers

Scott Myers

Born in Lynwood, Los Angeles in 1955, Scott had his first encounter with the performing arts at five years old playing corn cob with The Smokey Dakota Band. His parents, one a chorus girl and the other a singer and dancer, involved him in many productions for the Whittier Civic Light Opera Association. Fortunately his high school, Whittier High, had a very active theatre run by an old Broadway man, Len Cotou, and although a promising ambidextrous baseball pitcher, Scott opted for a life in the theatre.

By the mid 1970's he was working for the La Mirada Civic Theatre in LA, creating sound designs for plays and musicals. He had the privilege of doing front-of-house mixes for Chuck Berry, Dizzie Gillespie, Ginger Rogers, Dave Brubeck, Pearl Bailey, The Chieftans, John Hyatt and Peter Nero. Drama credits at La Mirada number more than a hundred and musical credits include: Gypsy, Oklahoma, Carousel, Chorus Line, The King and I, Oliver!, South Pacific, Brigadoon, The Fantasticks, West Side Story, Showboat, Annie, Little Shop of Horrors, Man of La Mancha, My Fair Lady, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof and Sweet Charity.

In 1983 he moved to Hollywood and worked in film. Credits as a recordist include Second Thoughts and They Only Come Out at Night. As an audio assistant for film his credits include The Last Starfighter, Jinxed and Terminator, and for television: Perfectly Frank, Charlie's Aunt, The Best of Broadway, Red Skelton's Funny Faces, Rich Little and The Miss California Beauty Pageants.

During this time he also designed for theatres all over LA and mixed bands at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go and The Roxy on Sunset Boulevard. He regularly worked for the LA Philharmonic, the Ojai Music Festivals, Cambria Records and was an active musician.

In 1988 he left L.A., arrived in England, met and married an English girl and settled here. After a short spell at the Royal Northern College of Music followed by a summer at the Buxton Opera Festival, he joined the sound department of the Royal National Theatre in 1989 where he remained until 1998. His credits for Richard Eyre at the National include the world premieres of Amy's View with Judi Dench, (plus Aldwych and Broadway 1999); The Invention of Love by Tom Stoppard (plus Haymarket 1998); Racing Demon and The Trilogy both by David Hare. Other designs for Richard include: Richard III with Ian McKellan (which toured world-wide); John Gabriel Borknsan; Sweet Bird of Youth; Johnny on a Spot; Napoli Milionarla; Grande Magia; and The Voysey Inheritance, other RNT designs include; the world premiere of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia directed by Trevor Nunn (also at the Haymarket 1994 and Broadway 1995); the musical adaptation of Peter Pan: Women of Troy, Inadmissable Evidence; Billy Liar; Ma Ralney's Black Bottom; the re-design of Wind in the Willows. For Nick Hytner, The Recruiting Officer and as co-composer and sound designer on The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett. Scott left the National in Autumn 1998 to pursue a freelance career.

Credits this year: Richard Eyre's J. P. Sartre adaptation entitled The Novice (Almeida): Henry IV (Paris I and II) for Michael Attenborough (RSC's Swan); Hard Times -The musical with Roy Hudd and Brian Blessed for Chris Tookey (Haymarket); Personals (musical comedy) for Dion McHugh, (Apollo); Side Man with Jason Priestley for Michael Mayer (Best Play 1999 Tony Awards) (Apollo); Miss Julie for Nlichael Boyd (Haymarket).

Other West End credits: Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van with Maggie Smith for Nick Hytner (Queen's, 99); the premiere of David Hare's The Blue Room with Nicole Kidman for Sam Mendes (Donmar 98, Broadway 99); Adrian Mitchell's musical adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for Adrian Noble (RSC 1998-99); A Doll's House with Janet McTeer for Anthony Page (Comedy and Broadway 97); The Glass Menagerie for Sam Mendes (Comedy, 95); The Positive Hour for Max Stafford-Clark and The Eleventh Commandment for Matthew Lloyd (Hampstead).

At the Royal Exchange: Tom Courtenay's King Lear (Scott was also composer, 99); Tobaccoland (1999); The Deep Blue Sea (1997); The Misfits (where Scott again composed, 96).

Scott currently lives in Cambridge with his wife, who is finishing her PhD at St John's, and two young daughters.

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Mike Robertson

A Guildhall graduate working now in almost every field of lighting, including architectural, events, parties and aviation. Recent theatre credits include eight productions for the Harare International Festival Of The Arts, The Magic Flute (Tour), The Wood Demon (Playhouse), Scott of the Antarctic (BAC), Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Dundee), Re:Animator (Wimbledon), The Bear, The Proposal and The Anniversary (Drama Centre London), Falstaff (Empire), Tarantula (Queens), Peer Gynt (Guildhall), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Tour), Killer Soprano (Wimbledon Studio) and OB Television for Scottish, BBC and Meridian. Mike is also a writer with many articles in both the trade press and general interest titles.

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