The Emperor and the Nightingale

by Neil Duffield, based on The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen

Showing 26 November - 14 January 2017 Previews 25 November 2016, 7.00pm

Creative team

Martin Johns

Martin Johns

(Designer)

Having trained at Wimbledon School of Art and the Motley Theatre Design Course, Martin started his career at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and became head of design for the Tyneside Theatre Company, York Theatre Royal, and Leicester Haymarket Theatre. During the latter period, he designed the set for the West End production of Me and My Girl at the Adelphi and subsequently Berlin, Broadway, Japan, Australia, South Africa and the British and American tours.

Other West End shows include: Master Class (Old Vic and Wyndham’s); Passion Play (Wyndham’s); West Side Story (Her Majesty’s); The Hired Man (Astoria); The Entertainer (Shaftesbury); Brigadoon (Victoria Palace); A Piece of My Mind (Apollo); The Secret Lives of Cartoons (Aldwych); Rolls Hyphen Royce (Shaftesbury); Let the Good Stones Roll (Ambassadors Theatre); Mack & Mabel (Piccadilly Theatre) and the set for The Romans in Britain (National Theatre).

Martin has been Resident Designer since the theatre’s opening and during this time he has designed over 100 shows.

Andrew J Lindsay

Andrew J Lindsay

(Lighting Designer)

Since graduating from the University of Central Lancashire in 2002, Andrew has worked as a technician, sound designer, lighting designer and video designer on a wide range of productions and events both in-house and on tour. Andrew is currently the Resident Technical Manager at Theatre by the Lake, providing technical support for the year-round
programme including theatre, music, film and outreach projects.

Andrew has designed lighting for numerous productions throughout Cumbria and the UK. His many projects have included a selection of lighting designs for live music and festivals as well as: Days of Wine and Roses, Jordan, In Extremis, Stones in his Pockets, A View from the Bridge, The History Boys, Rogue Herries, Swallows & Amazons, Two, Peter Pan, Bear & Butterfly, The Snow Queen, The Professor of Adventure, The Shepherd’s Life and The Emperor and the Nightingale.

In his recent work Andrew has been working to combine new visual techniques and multimedia technologies into his designs. These include video design for Frozen, Great
Expectations, The Shape of Things and Dracula as well as lighting and video design for The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, Dancing at Lughnasa and the regional tour of Hymn to Love (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick).

Richard Atkinson

Richard Atkinson

(Composer / Musical Director)

Previous productions at Theatre by the Lake include: The Rivals, The Shepherd’s Life, Fallen Angels, Peter Pan, Rogue Herries, Great Expectations, A Doll’s House, Tom’s Midnight Garden, Northanger Abbey, The Glass Menagerie, The Maid of
Buttermere, The Wind in the Willows, Dick Barton: Special Agent, A Christmas Carol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz.

Work as a composer includes: Cox & Box - Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Strange Voyages (a youth opera based on Gulliver’s Travels, with a book and lyrics by Chris Monks); As You Like It (New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme) and A Little Local Difficulty (Oldham Coliseum Theatre).

Other theatre work includes: associate conductor for Evita (national tour); musical director for The Sound of Music and Annie (national tours); Jack and the Beanstalk (Key Theatre, Peterborough); Geordie Sinatra (Live Theatre, Newcastle); Soul Man, Carmen, Marlene, The Pirates of Penzance (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Don Giovanni, Oliver!, Sweeney Todd, The Marriage of Figaro, Ham! (New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme); The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester) and The Mikado (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond); assistant MD for Scrooge (London Palladium) and Whistle Down the Wind (Palace Theatre). www.richardatkinson.org

Jimmy Grimes

Jimmy Grimes

(Puppetry Director)

Jimmy is half of creative duo Brunskill & Grimes, creating innovative puppetry and performances. He designs, makes and directs puppets. He worked as an actor and designer before specialising in puppetry. He trained as a director at LAMDA and was trainee director at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond.

In 2012 he won the inaugural Les Enfants Terribles Award for The Boy With the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, before beginning three years with the National Theatre’s War Horse where he became associate puppetry director. Recent work includes puppetry for The Shepherd’s Life (Theatre by the Lake); This Moose Belongs to Me (in development, the Unicorn Theatre); Me (the Little Angel Theatre) and a large scale lion puppet for Longleat Safari Park’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Bronya Deutsch

Bronya Deutsch

(Movement Director)

Bronya is very pleased to be returning to this delightful pocket of the world having previously worked at Theatre by the Lake on last year’s Christmas show, The Snow Queen, and the touring production of Two. As well as her work at TBTL, she has created the movement for productions at the Theatre, Chipping Norton and with
Blackeyed Theatre.

Bronya also works as a theatre maker and performer. She trained in Paris. She works internationally as a clown with the Flying Seagull Project, and makes theatre work with her company Mother Brunch. www.motherbrunch.co.uk

Maura Guthrie

Maura Guthrie

(Sound Designer)

Maura graduated from East 15 Acting School in 2008. She then joined the technical team at Theatre by the Lake and after eight years is now pursuing a freelance career in sound and sound design.

This Christmas she returns to design The Emperor and the Nightingale after recently spending seven weeks in a very cold shed in the port of Dundee sound engineering Crude, a sight-specific piece for Grid Iron. Her past sound design credits include: Watch It, Sailor!, Dial M for Murder, The Rivals, Iron, The Shepherd’s Life, The Professor of Adventure, The 39 Steps, Abigail’s Party, Fallen Angels, Enlightenment, Two, Peter Pan, The Comedy of Errors, Seeing the Lights, The Winterling, Dancing at Lughnasa, Not About Heroes, Swallows and Amazons, She Stoops to Conquer, Rogue Herries, Old Herbaceous, Dry Rot, The History Boys, Knives in Hens, Hay Fever, Dumb Show, What the Butler Saw and Bus Stop.

Her work extends to sound designer on The 39 Steps (Gaiety Theatre, Ayr); The Hired Man (KAOS); associate sound designer on the acclaimed UK tour of The Bogus Woman, and as trainee sound assistant on the radio play Homefront for BBC Radio 4.

Sophie Curtis

Sophie Curtis

(Associate Casting Director)

Sophie trained in technical theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and subsequently worked in stage management, set design, marketing, general management, casting and production.

Sophie spent seven years as artistic co-ordinator at Theatre by the Lake and has worked with Ian and the creative team to cast more than 80 productions.

In addition to her work as associate casting director for TBTL, Sophie spent four years
as an associate agent at Esta Charkham Associates, nurturing and developing careers of both young and established actors. She also recently co-produced the critically acclaimed UK tour of The Bogus Woman with Theatre by the Lake and is now the producer at Watford Palace Theatre.