Writer and director of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (UK Tour); Director of Julius Caesar (Fort Canning Park, Singapore); Of Mice and Men (UK Tour); Hand To God (Singapore Repertory Theatre); Cinderella (Manchester Opera House); Moving Stories (Haymarket, West End & Houses of Parliament); The Food of Love (Royal Festival Hall & Cadogan Hall); A Whirligig of Time (Royal Shakespeare Company); Cool Rider (Lyric & Duchess, West End); The Collector, Death and the Maiden (English Theatre Frankfurt); A Night with Bonnie Langford (London Hippodrome); Farragut North (Southwark Playhouse); Sweet Smell of Success, Company (Arts Ed); Marguerite (Tabard); Fresher the Musical (Pleasance, Islington and Edinburgh); Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Cockpit); Play-in-a-Day Series (London Bridge Tunnels); Metamorphosis (British American Drama Academy); The Bear Who Paints (Pleasance Edinburgh); Proof (NSDF Finals). Other titles: Legally Blonde, Made in Dagenham, Billy, The Ghost Train, Into the Woods, Humble Boy, Disco Pigs, Company, The Good Person of Sichuan, Merrily We Roll Along, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lucky Stiff, and The Laramie Project. Pantomimes include Cinderella (Chelmsford Civic Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (Beck Theatre, Hayes, and The White Rock, Hastings), Jack and the Beanstalk and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Swindon Wyvern).
Other credits include:
Associate Director on Much Ado About Nothing & Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Theatre and West End); Associate on Spamalot (West End & UK Tour); Producer of The 70th Birthday celebrations for His Royal Highness Prince Charles (Buckingham Palace);Associate Director of The 90th Birthday celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen (Windsor Castle); Associate on Travels With My Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory); Resident on Dandy Dick (UK Tour), Creative Associate on Megan Mullally and Supreme Music Program (West End); Assistant on The Beggar’s Opera (Regent’s Park), Tick, tick…BOOM! (Duchess, West End), Oleanna (Octagon).
Alfonso Casado was born in Alcalá de Guadaíra, Seville, in 1984. He began his musical training under María Floristán and Juan Luis Pérez in Seville before moving to Madrid to complete his piano degree at the Royal Conservatory of Music. He was also part of the JONDE (National Young Orchestra of Spain).
Alfonso worked with Stage Entertainment in Spain between 2003 and 2012 on Mamma Mia!, Beauty and the Beast, The Producers, High School Musical and Les Misérables. Moving to London in 2012 he has worked with Cameron Mackintosh conducting Les Misérables at the Queen’s theatre in London and continues to conduct and supervise shows in the West End and abroad.
Main credits as Musical Director include Les Misérables (2012-2014) Queen’s Theatre, Miss Saigon (2014-2015) Prince Edward’s Theatre, Phantom of the Opera (2015-2016) Her Majesty’s Theatre, Les Misérables (2016) Dubai Opera.
Alfonso has conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Royal Opera House (Miss Saigon performance) during the Olivier Awards, and at the Royal Variety Performance (London Palladium). He was musical director of the 25th Anniversary Gala performance of Miss Saigon, released worldwide on DVD, and was co-supervisor of the 30th Anniversary Gala performance of Les Misérables in London.
Awards include Best Musical Director for Les Misérables in Spain and Best Musical Director in the West End for Miss Saigon. Albums include Mamma Mia! (Spanish cast), High School Musical (Spanish cast), Les Misérables (Spanish cast), Miss Saigon (London 2014 revival cast).
Ellie Laugharne studied on the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Opera course after graduating from Birmingham University and Birmingham Conservatoire. While at the Guildhall she won the Musicians Benevolent Fund Maggie Teyte Prize and Miriam Licette Scholarship. She was a Jerwood Young Artist for the Glyndebourne Festival and more recently an Associate Artist for Opera North. She is also a Samling Artist and an Associate Artist of the Classical Opera Company.
Recent operatic roles include Cupid Orpheus in the Underworld and Frasquita Carmen both at English National Opera, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro in her company debut at The Grange Festival, Pamina The Magic Flute for Opera North, the title role in Blackheath Halls’ production of Offenbach’s La Belle Hélenè, Polissena in Handel’s Radamisto and a semi-staged performance of the St Matthew Passion for English Touring Opera.
Further operatic appearances have included: Susanna Le nozze di Figaro and Lucia The Rape of Lucretia (in a new production by Fiona Shaw) for Glyndebourne on Tour; Phyllis in a new production of Iolanthe and Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro for English National Opera; Adina L’elisir d’amore, Frasquita Carmen and Mabel The Pirates of Penzance for Scottish Opera; Governess The Turn of the Screw (in a new production by Annilese Miskimmon), Tina Flight and Zerlina Don Giovanni for Opera Holland Park; Despina Cosi fan tutte, Gretel Hänsel und Gretel and Susanna Le nozze di Figaro for Opera North; Sandrina La Finta Giardiniera and Edna Tobias and the Angel (by Jonathan Dove) for the Buxton Festival; Valencienne The Merry Widow for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival and Yum Yum The Mikado for Raymond Gubbay Productions in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Among her concert engagements Ellie has sung Mozart’s Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; St John Passion with the Ulster and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras; Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy at the Edinburgh International Festival; a programme of music commemorating the Battle of the Somme for Brighton Festival; Auretta in Mozart’s unfinished opera L’oca del Cairo, completed by Stephen Oliver for the London Mozart Players, and recitals for Glyndebourne, Opera North, the Ryedale Festival and with the Myrthen Ensemble. With Classical Opera and Ian Page, Ellie has performed Haydn’s cantata Applausus and Zerlina Don Giovanni at Cadogan Hall and made her debut at Wigmore Hall singing Bastienne in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne. Future engagements include Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady at the Barcelona Liceu and her American debut with Richard Egarr and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco.
Richard Suart studied at Cambridge University‚ and the Royal Academy of Music‚ where he was elected a Fellow in 2004. Recent and future engagements include Pangloss (Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, LA Philharmonic‚ Hollywood Bowl and Opera di Firenze,)‚ Lord Chancellor Iolanthe (San Francisco Symphony), Baron Zeta The Merry Widow (Michigan Opera Theatre)‚ Judge Trial by Jury (ENO)‚ Ko-Ko The Mikado (ENO and Scottish Opera)‚ Major-General The Pirates of Penzance (Scottish Opera)‚ title role Gianni Schicchi (Diva Opera)‚ Bartolo The Barber of Seville (Charles Court Opera)‚ Judge Turpin Sweeney Todd (Reisopera)‚ Jack Point The Yeomen of the Guard and Major-General (RTE Concert Orchestra).
Further engagements include Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (Salzburg Festival and Châtelet)‚ Koko (New York City Opera‚ Vancouver and Penang), Major-General‚ Frank Die Fledermaus, Baron Zeta‚ Lesbo Agrippina and Benoit/Alcindoro La Bohème (ENO); Jack Point (Welsh National Opera and ROH)‚ Barabashkin Paradise Moscow (Opera North and Bregenz)‚ Stan Stock in the premiere of Benedict Mason’s Playing Away (ON‚ Bregenz and St Pölten)‚ Magnifico La Cenerentola‚ Lord Chancellor‚ Don Inigo Gomez L’Heure Espagnole (Grange Park Opera) and Antonio Le Nozze di Figaro (Garsington).
Indecent (Chocolate Factory), A Very Expensive Poison (The Old Vic), Oslo (NT and Pinter – Olivier Award Nomination), Moonlight, Night School (Pinter – Jamie Lloyd Season) Beadle in Sweeney Todd (CFT and Adelphi) and Love Story (Minerva and Duchess). The Magistrate and Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! (NT), Artefacts (Brits Off Broadway and Bush), Last Easter, A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep), Imagine This (Plymouth Theatre Royal and New London), Silver Birch House (Arcola Theatre), Anna in the Tropics, Follow My Leader (Hampstead Theatre), Ui in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Bridewell), The Odd Couple, Angels in America (Manchester Library), Titus Andronicus (RSC) and original John in Miss Saigon (Drury Lane).
Television includes: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, Unforgotten, Defending the Guilty, Hustle, Lehman Brothers, Holby City, Empathy, The Bill, EastEnders, Waking the Dead, Planespotting, Casualty, Mile High, Birds of a Feather and Sunburn.
Films include: Clean Skin, O Jerusalem, I Could Never Be Your Woman, De-Lovely, Oklahoma! Evita, The Bezonians, Blue Iguana. Shorts: Disarm, Broken, Mad George.
BBC Radio Drama includes: The Deportation Room, Beirut Days, Afternoon Outing, The Bronx, The History of Titus Groan and Bad Faith, BOTW Where the Line Is Drawn, HR (Series V), The Long Goodbye, The Big Sleep
Theatre includes: Steven The Nightingales (Theatre Royal Bath); Mr Burgess
The Knowledge (Charing Cross); Holofernes/Leonato Loves Labours Lost / Much Ado About Nothing (RSC - West End); Sir Politic Volpone, Ferneze Jew Of Malta (RSC); Peter Relative Values (Comedy); Kent King Lear (Chichester Theatre / BAM New York); King Arthur Spamalot (Playhouse): Captain Hook Peter Pan (American Tour); Larkin Six Degrees Of Separation, Alec Dolly West's Kitchen ( Old Vic); George La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse); Flemyng Moonlight and Magnolias (Tricycle); Fowles The Old Masters (Comedy); Arno Democracy, Gadd Trelawny Of The Wells (National); John Middleton The Constant Wife (Apollo); Russell Celebration, Bert The Room (Almeida/ Lincoln Centre New York); Stanley The Birthday Party (Piccadilly); Hamish Things We Do For Love (Gielgud); Charles Condomine Blithe Spirit, Henry Travels With My Aunt (Chichester); Bertie Wooster By Jeeves, Jesus Godspell (Duke Of York's); Raoul Phantom Of The Opera (Shaftesbury); Valentine Valentine's Day (Chichester); Dexter Exclusive (Strand); Lord Brocklehurst The Admiral Crichton (Haymarket); Macauley Connor High Society (Victoria Palace); Tony West Side Story (Her Majesty's);
Film: Benediction; Hope Gap; The Birth of a Nation; Return to House on Haunted Hill; Boy A.
Television: The Rook; Flack; The Alienist; Humans; Poirot; Casualty; Wallander; Foyles War; Ptivates; Pie in the Sky; Distant Shores; Troubles & Strife; and Tarrant in Blake’s 7.
Steven has recorded over over 250 radio plays and 200 audio books.
Theatre includes: The Mirror Crack'd (UK Tour); Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (UK Tour), Murder, Margaret and Me (York Theatre Royal); Grumpy Old Women Live 3 (UK Tour); Cider with Rosie (UK Tour); Aladdin (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest: A New Musical (Riverside Studios); When We Are Married (Garrick Theatre); Pygmalion (Chichester Festival Theatre); Grumpy Old Women Live 2 (UK Tour and Novello Theatre); Bertha in Boeing Boeing (on Tour); Snake In The Grass and Life and Beth (Stephen Joseph Theatre and on Tour); Wicked (Apollo Victoria); High Society (UK Tour); Noises Off (National Theatre); A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Regents Park Theatre); Virtual Reality (Stephen Joseph Theatre); The Shakespeare Revue (RSC); Absent Friends (West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Lyric, Hammersmith); Prin (Lyric, Hammersmith); Blithe Spirit (Royal Exchange).
Television includes: Murder On The Blackpool Express for UKTV, The Cockfields for BBC, Cuckoo (Series 3); New Tricks for BBC; You, Me and Them for UKTV Gold; Murder on the Homefront for Carnival Film and Television; Mrs Brown's Boys (series 3&2) for BBC; Series regular Beverley Unwin in Coronation Street for ITV. Great Night Out for ITV; Parents for Sky; The Crossing for BBC; House of Rooms for Channel 4; Doctors for BBC; Judith in Wild At Heart for ITV; Eve Beckett in Roger for BBC; Mrs Buchanan in Sunburn for BBC; Beverley in two series of A Prince Among Men for BBC; Louise in April Fools Day for ITV; Eleven Men Against Eleven for Channel 4; Wake up with... for ITV; Susan Hopkins in A Year in Provence for the BBC; Fay Morgan in The Wail Of The Banshee for Central TV; Mrs Jerebohm in The Darling Buds Of May for YTV; Blore for BBC 4; 4 Series of Singles for YTV and The Victoria Wood Show for BBC.
Film includes: Nativity 3 and Fierce Creatures with John Cleese.
Nadim trained at The Royal Academy of Music, where he won The Ronald William White Prize for Excellence in Acting Through Song and has since been appointed an Associate.
Recent Credits include: Count Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music (Holland Park Opera), Raoul in The Phantom of The Opera (West End, Athens and Thessaloniki), Khalil Gibran in Broken Wings (West End and International Tour) and Bertie Wooster in By Jeeves (The Old Laundry). Other Credits include: On The Town (Royal Albert Hall, BBC Proms), Sweeney Todd (Tooting Arts Club and West End), One Man Two Guvnors (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Sound of Music (The Palladium), Titanic (Toronto and Southwark Playhouse), Chess (The Union), Knight Crew (Glyndebourne) and The Last Five Years (The Pleasance).
As a Concert Soloist, Nadim’s has performed internationally and across the UK with leading Orchestras and venues including The John Wilson Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, RCO Amsterdam, RTE Concert Orchestra Dublin, Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Gothenburg Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, London Symphony and BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall. Nadim’s 2016 studio album, Sides, topped the iTunes UK Vocal Chart, and is available on iTunes and Spotify.
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