Danielle Tarento presents
Mother Courage
And Her Children
"Lawrence’s Mother Courage is undoubtedly one of the performances of the year: unsentimental, emotionally raw, utterly truthful and entirely without vanity"
★★★★  WhatsOnStage
"Lawrence delivers a brutal blend of wit and poignancy with a seamless dash of vaudeville in Chissick's taut production"
★★★★  Mail On Sunday
"triumphant and tragic, demonic and demoralised, sexy and suffering…unmissable"
★★★★  Broadwayworld
"a blunt and brutal production of Brecht’s great anti-war play...essential theatre viewing"
★★★★  British Theatre
"a notable revival ,above all for the layered, raucous, still sensitive and anguished performance of Josie Lawrence at its centre, but also for the fine ensemble values of the production"
★★★★  Live Theatre UK
"Lawrence is a triumph"
★★★★  Entertainment Focus
  • Hannah ChissickDirector
  • David RandallMusical Supervisor & Arragnger
  • Barney GeorgeSet & Costume Designer
  • Robbie ButlerLighting Designer
  • Patrick BallSound Designer
  • Ruth KeelingCostume Supervisor
  • Thomas FlemingDSM
  • Caitlin HargreavesASM
  • Beatrice MayfieldWardrobe Mistress
  • David WarwickProduction Manager
Hannah Chissick

Most recently Hannah directed: Down The Dock Road by Alan Bleasdale (Liverpool Royal Court); Aladdin (Theatr Clwyd); the UK professional première of the musical Side Show (Southwark Playhouse); Brass for NYMT (Hackney Empire); Rags, Amour (Royal Academy of Music); Ragtime, Rent (Urdang); Marry Me A Little (St James’ Studio); No Reasonable Offer Refused – reading (Park); Teechers (John Godber Theatre Company).

Hannah studied Drama at the University of Hull and immediately after graduating, she was Assistant Director to Matthew Warchus on the play Art in London and New York. She then won a Bursary from the Channel 4 Directors’ scheme and spent a year as Mark Clements’ assistant at Derby Playhouse where she directed her first main stage production - John Godber’s Perfect Pitch and stayed on as Director in Residence for a further two years, co-directing two pantomimes and directing The Blue Room by David Hare, Life In The Theatre by David Mamet and On The Piste by John Godber. During her time in Derby, Hannah was also responsible for developing new writing, working on over 15 world premières.

After leaving Derby, Hannah returned to London to direct Jamie Theakston, Steve McGann and Chris Luscombe in Art at the Whitehall and then spent three months in Manchester as Associate Director for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

In 2003, Hannah became the youngest women to become an Artistic Director in the UK, when Harrogate Theatre appointed her at the age of 25. For her first production, she did the regional première of Art with Les Dennis, Christopher Cazenove and John Duttine, which then toured nationally. Her second production, Teechers, transferred to The Globe Theatre in Warsaw, Poland. Other productions for Harrogate include: Side By Side By Sondheim; Putting it Together; Bouncers; the Fats Waller Musical Ain’t Misbehavin’; Ibsen’s Ghosts; Camping Cleo Emmanuelle And Dick; The Fantasticks; the critically-acclaimed Steaming (performed in Harrogate’s Turkish Baths); Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads and Alan Ayckbourn’s House and Garden, two plays performed simultaneously by one cast which saw a dramatic re-design of Harrogate Theatre’s auditorium, allowing it to temporarily become two spaces.

After leaving Harrogate, Hannah directed the critically-acclaimed West End revival of Side By Side By Sondheim (The Venue); Abigail’s Party (Northcott, Exeter);Teechers (Haymarket, Basingstoke);Dick Whittington (Salisbury Playhouse); Grumpy Old Women Live (UK tour); The Snow Queen, Wind In The Willows (Derby); the world première of Horrid Henry – Live And Horrid! (UK tour & West End); Kiss Of The Spiderwomen (Hull Truck); The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing (Guildford Shakespeare Festival);the world première of Pushing Up Poppies (Theatre 503); The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice (Hull Truck & UK tour).

Hannah was Associate Director on Matthew Warchus’ acclaimed production of Boeing Boeing, directing four casts in London, two on Broadway and one in Melbourne.

In 2011, Hannah founded ‘Norf and Sauf’ with actor Les Dennis. Their first project, the world première of a new play Jigsy played to critical acclaim in Edinburgh, London, Bristol and Liverpool. 

David Randall
Musical Supervisor & Arragnger

West End: Musical Supervisor for The Last Five Years(Theatre Royal, Haymarket); Christmas In New York(Apollo, Lyric & Prince Of Wales). Musical Director for A Spoonful Of Stiles & Drewe(Her Majesty’s); the UK premières of Little by Little and Mrs. Gucci (Arts); Sondheim’s Marry Me A Little(St. James); Julie Atherton: No Space for Air(Apollo). David also Devised, Directed, Musically Directed and Arranged Notes From New York(Donmar Warehouse, Trafalgar Studios & Arts); Not(es) From New York, Notes in Heels (Duchess).

Rep/Tour: MD, Arranger & Resident/Assistant Director for Tracy Beaker Gets Real(Nottingham Playhouse & UK tour). Musical Director for Guys And Dolls(Theatr Clwyd, New Wolsey, Ipswich & Salisbury Playhouse); Much Ado About Nothing (Oxford Shakespeare Company); Robin Hood And The Babes In The Wood (New Wolsey, Ipswich); première of Next Door’s Baby(Orange Tree); Salad Days, The Roy Orbison Story, West End Stars In Concert(UK tours).

Off West End: Musical Supervisor for the European premières of  The Glorious Ones, A Class Act and Do I Hear a Waltz?, Closer Than Ever, Tomorrow Morning, John & Jen(Landor); Noël And Gertie(Cockpit).
 Musical Director for The House Of Mirrors And Hearts(Arcola); première of Carnival Of The Animals(Riverside); première of When Midnight Strikes(Finborough); European première of Pinkalicious!(Waterloo East); A Man Of No Importance(Pleasance); I Sing!(Tabard). Assistant MD for the première of Jason And The Argonauts(Cochrane).

Other work includes: Musical Director for Hannah Waddingham In Concert (l’Auditori, Barcelona); Michael Bruce’s new musical workshop Beyond The Moon(Drill Hall); Partners In Crime(St. James); La Giara(ICA); Peter Pan, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk(Central Theatre, Chatham, Fairfield Halls, Croydon & St Alban’s Arena); Manoramo Charms(Etcetera); The Concert They Never Gave (Lincoln Castle). Musical Director and Devisor of  A Woman’s Prerogative – The Music of Harold Arlen, Transatlantic Talent(Theatre Museum); Master Class(English Theatre, Frankfurt).

Recordings include: Christmas In New York(Arranger & Composer); A Spoonful Of Stiles And Drewe(MD); Helena Blackman: The Sound of Rodgers & Hammerstein(MD). 

Barney George
Set & Costume Designer

Barney began his career as a model maker and set dresser in film and television and has credits that include Star Wars, The Mummy, The Da Vinci Code and Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street. 

He began designing for theatre in 2002 and his work can currently be seen in The Kite Runner at the Playhouse Theatre where it transferred after a successful run at Wyndham’s, having originated at Nottingham Playhouse. His other current and forthcoming designs include a promenade version of Treasure Island for Lancaster’s Williamson Park, Red Riding Hood for Christmas 2017 at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Great Expectations at Derby Playhouse.

Other theatre includes: Sleuth (winner, Nottingham Critics Circle Award for Best Design), Charlie Peace: His Amazing Life And Astounding Legend, Diary Of A Football Nobody(Nottingham Playhouse); Talking Heads, The Worm Collector, Jack And The Beanstalk, The Count Of Monte Cristo, Mela, Full Of Noises (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Life And Times Of Mitchell And Kenyon(nominated Manchester Theatre Awards for Best Design),The Hobbit (winner, UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People) (Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster); Solace Of The Road, The Odyssey, Kes (Derby); Blue/Orange, See How They Run, Whatever Next! (Theatre Royal, York); The Mist In The Mirror adapted from the novel by Susan Hill (Oldham Coliseum); The Frozen Scream directed by Olivier Award-winning writer and performer Christopher Green and co-written by the novelist Sarah Waters (Wales Millenium Centre & Birmingham Hippodrome); Tiny Heroes (Daniel Bye and Sarah Punshon);Beep (Northern Bullits); The Enough Project (Dep Arts); Emergency Story Penguin, They Only Come at Night: Resurrection, Mapping the City (Slung Low); Thrive (Zest Theatre);Broken Time (Three Stones Media); Stig Of The Dump, Treasure Island (Mind The Gap); The Woods (Jane Packman Company); Flit (Edinburgh International Festival); Remote (Camden People’s Theatre);Body Faded Blue (National Theatre Of Cyprus); Hanuman The Superhero Monkey (Singapore Rep); the Rock ‘n’ Roll pantomimes Beauty And The Beast, The Sword In The Stone and Sinbad (New Wolsey, Ipswich).

Robbie Butler
Lighting Designer

Training: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Robbie has twice been nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Lighting Design and was the winner of the 2015 ETC Award from the Association of Lighting Designers.

Designs include: The Enchanted Pig (Jackson’s Lane); The Provoked Wife (Hope, London); Curtain’d Sleep (Entita Theatre Company); Boom (Theatre 503); Windows, Just To Get Married, Incident at Vichy, Caste, Run The Beast Down, Dubailand, Don’t Smoke In Bed (Finborough); Mumburger, Odd Shaped Balls (Old Red Lion); 1984:Live (Senate House, UCL); Jekyll And Hyde (Pleasance, London); Dracula (The Warren, MainStage); Poppies The Musical (The Space). 

Technical work includes: Girl From The North Country, Woyzeck, Rosencratz And Guildenstern Are Dead, No's Knife, Groundhog Day The Musical, Dr Seuss’s The Lorax (Old Vic); Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna (international Big-Top tour).