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Danielle Tarento presents the world première of
Le Grand Mort
  • Stephen ClarkWriter
  • Christopher RenshawDirector
  • Justin NardellaProduction Designer
  • Jamie PlattLighting Designer
Stephen Clark
Writer

Stephen Clark was an award winning playwright, librettist and lyricist.

His play Stripped won a Jefferson Award in Chicago 2003 (Circle Theatre). Other plays include Takeaway (Lyric Hammersmith and national tour) and Making Waves at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

Stephen became involved with music theatre after studying with Stephen Sondheim at Oxford University in 1991. His first musical, Eyam, was produced at the Old Fire Station and The Bridewell. Stephen went on to receive an Olivier award for his lyrics for the re-worked version of Martin Guerre for Cameron Mackintosh, which then toured Britain and North America.

Other work includes Forbidden City (Esplanade Theatre, Singapore) and The Far Pavilions (The Shaftsbury Theatre, London). He adapted the libretto of La Traviata for ENO’s new production in 2006. Stephen’s music theatre adaptation of The Mahabharata, music by Nitin Sawhney, opened in 2007 at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, and toured Britain. He wrote the book and lyrics for Zorro (UK tour, The Garrick, London and the Folies Bergère, Paris. Now also Brazil, Tokyo, Moscow, Israel, Holland, South Korea, Atlanta, Poland, Czech Republic. Israel, China).

Stephen wrote the book and lyrics for Love Story, music by Howard Goodall, which opened at Chichester in 2010 and opened in the West End in December 2010. Love Story was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Musical. This was Stephen’s 4th Olivier Award nomination for that category.

Most recently, he was co-writer of the book and lyrics of Carmen La Cubana, a version of Carmen Jones, set in Cuba, which opened to critical acclaim at Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris in April 2016. 


Christopher Renshaw
Director

Christopher was born in Reading and educated at Magdalen College, Oxford. After leaving University he went directly to The Royal Opera House as a Resident Director. Since then, he has directed operas, plays and musicals all over the world. His favourite opera productions include Norma with Joan Sutherland at the Sydney Opera House, Eugene Onegin conducted by Rostropovich at the Aldeburgh Festival and a new production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Nights Dream at Covent Garden.

His celebrated series of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Operettas (The Mikado, MSs Pinafore and The Gondoliers, all designed by Tim Goodchild) at Sadler's Wells, led to a crossover into plays and musicals.

Among many other shows, Christopher directed Hayley and Juliet Mills in Noël Coward’s Fallen Angels, Sir Brian Rix in Dry Rot, a television production of Ruddigore with Vincent Price and CaféPuccini at the Wyndham's, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh.

After directing productions of Aida and The Mikado at the Sydney Opera House, Christopher met producer John Frost. Their great collaboration led to productions in Australia of The King And I, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, South Pacific and Hello Dolly, all of which played to great acclaim. The King And I then transferred to Broadway with Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips and won four Tony Awards. Christopher himself won the Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a Tony for Best Director. Elaine Paige starred in the production at the London Palladium. In 2014, The King And I was recreated at the Sydney Opera House, where it won the Helpmann Award for Best Musical Production.

Christopher’s production of Queen's We Will Rock You played at the Dominion Theatre for twelve years and Taboo, which he co-conceived with Boy George, has played London twice and on Broadway.

His production of The Gipsy King's Zorro, with a book by Stephen Clark,has been seen in London, Amsterdam, Moscow, Tokyo and Paris. Its first Stateside outing was in 2014 at The Alliance Theater, Atlanta.

Leslie Bricusse’s songbook show Pure Imagination opened at the St. James Theatre, London, produced and co-conceived by Danielle Tarento.

Last year, Christopher’s Carmen La Cubana played at the Theatre du Châtelet in Paris. Developed in Havana, inspired by Hammerstein’s Carmen Jones and with orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Carmen La Cubana embarks next year on a world tour.

In January this year, Christopher directed the première of Ofra Daniel’s World Music musical Lovesick, based on The Song of Songs at the Osher Studio, Berkeley CA, where itreceived universal five star reviews.


Justin Nardella
Production Designer

Justin is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts. 

As an assistant he has worked with the world’s leading theatre designers including Michael Levine, Bob Crowley, Tim Goodchild, Leslie Travers, and Brian Thomson.  He is the international Associate Designer on Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical and has overseen the production in Sweden, Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand.  He was Design Associate to Anish Kapoor on the ENO’s new production of Tristan And Isolde and to Jean Kalman and Deborah Warner on Glenda Jackson’s King Lear at The Old Vic.  He recently was Design Collaborator to Tom Pye on Deborah Warner's The Testament Of Marie as a co-production between the Comedie Français and Odeon Theatres in Paris. 

Other theatre as Set & Costume Designer includes: The Life, directed by Michael Blakemore (Southwark Playhouse); The Hunting Of The Snark (RGM Productions); Legends!, directed by Christopher Renshaw (Theatre Royal, Sydney); Where Do Little Birds Go? (Longsight Theatre - OFFIE Nomination for Best Set Design); Hansel And Gretel (Opera in Space); Tender Napalm (Brisbane Festival); Orfeo (Brandenburg Orchestra); Before And After (Sydney Theatre Company).  

He has also designed short films, events, interiors and was a leading site designer at the Brisbane Festival during Noel Staunton’s artistic leadership.  

He was the recipient of the BMW Young Artist Award and William Fletcher Grant. 


Jamie Platt
Lighting Designer

Jamie trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and graduated with a first class Honours degree. He has been nominated for two Off-West End Awards, in 2016 & 2015, and in 2013 was the winner of the Association of Lighting Designers’ ETC Award and the Philip & Christine Carne Prize from RWCMD.

Lighting designs include: To Dream Again (Theatr Clwyd & Polka); Klippies (Southwark Playhouse); Where Do Little Birds Go? (Old Red Lion); P’yongyang, We Know Where You Live, Chicken Dust (Finborough); Pattern Recognition (Platform Theatre & world tour); Screwed, Grey Man (Theatre 503); The Wonderful World of Dissocia (Embassy); Bitches Ahoy!, Beauty on the Piste (Above The Stag); Constellations (Théâtre Municipal de Fontainebleau); Mr. Incredible (The Vaults & Underbelly, Edinburgh); Closer to Heaven (Union); Mahmud íle Yezida, BOY, Misbehaving, The Intruder, Bald Prima Donna, The Red Helicopter (Arcola); And Now: The World! (Derby & UK tour); Make/Believe (V&A Museum); Ring The Changes+ (Southbank Centre & UK tour); 110 In The Shade (Ye Olde Rose & Crown); Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka (Summerhall, Edinburgh); The Marriage of Figaro (UK tour); Neverland, Né Aqua Né Ombre, One Thousand + 1, Fellini: Book of Dreams, AnneX, QuiXote, Due Saponette Rosse di Tritolo, BURN (Fucecchio, Italy); Romeo & Juliet (Pleasance); Assembly, Feed, Boat (Platform Arts Hub); The Eulogy Of Toby Peach (Criterion & UK tour); MICROmegas (Riverside Studios); How Is Uncle John? (Assembly, Edinburgh); Grimm Tales (John Lyon Theatre); Arthur’s Quest (The Space, Edinburgh); The Children’s Hour, Earthquakes in London, Arabian Nights (Bute); Once a Catholic, The Merchant of Venice (Richard Burton Theatre); Merrily He Rolls Along, Honk!, Footloose (Epsom Playhouse).

As Associate Lighting Designer:Depart (UK tour), The Grit in the Oyster (Sadler’s Wells & world tour), The Measures Taken, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (Royal Opera House & world tour), Our Big Land (New Wolsey Theatre & UK tour) all for Lee Curran; The Buskers Opera (Park) for Christopher Nairne; Ross & Rachel (Battersea Arts Centre & UK tour) for Douglas Green; Oedipus Retold (Tristan Bates), The Biograph Girl, Salad Days (Watermans), Don Giovanni (West Road Concert Hall) all for Rob Mills.

As Assistant Lighting Designer:Imogen (Shakespeare’s Globe), BLAM! (Peacock Theatre) both for Lee Curran; Miss Atomic Bomb (St. James) for Tim Deiling; A Man of No Importance (Bridewell) for Douglas Green.