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Orson Welles

George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked extensively in theater, radio and film. He is best remembered for his innovative work in all three media, most notably Caesar, a groundbreaking Broadway adaption of Julius Caesar and the debut of the Mercury Theatre; The War of the Worlds, one of the most famous broadcasts in the history of radio; and Citizen Kane, which is consistently ranked as one of the all-time greatest films.
After directing a number of high-profile productions in his early twenties, including an innovative adaptation of Macbeth and The Cradle Will Rock, Welles found national and international fame as the director and narrator of a 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds performed for the radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was reported to have caused widespread panic when listeners thought that an invasion by extraterrestrial beings was occurring. Although these reports of panic were mostly false and overstated, they rocketed Welles to instant notoriety.
His first film was Citizen Kane, which he co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in as Charles Foster Kane. Welles was always an outsider to the studio system and directed only 13 full-length films in his career. While he struggled for creative control in the face of studios, many of his films were heavily edited and others were left unreleased. His distinctive directorial style featured layered and nonlinear narrative forms, innovative uses of lighting such as chiaroscuro, unusual camera angles, sound techniques borrowed from radio, deep focus shots, and long takes. He has been praised as a major creative force and as "the ultimate auteur." Welles followed up Citizen Kane with other critically acclaimed films, including The Magnificent Ambersons in 1942, and Touch of Evil in 1958.

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The Rocky Horror Show - Director

20:15, Sun 31st May 2020 - Wed 3rd June 2020 at Adelphi Theatre
16:30, Sun 7th June 2020 - Wed 10th June 2020 at Adelphi Theatre
20:30, Sun 14th June 2020 - Wed 17th June 2020 at Adelphi Theatre

The Rocky Horror Show is a musical with music, lyrics and a book by Richard O'Brien. A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror.
Produced and directed by Jim Sharman, the original London production of the musical premiered at the Royal Court Theatre on 19 June 1973 before moving to several other locations and closing on 13 September 1980, running for a total of 2,960 performances and winning the 1973 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical. Its 1974 debut in the US in Los Angeles had a successful 9 month run but its 1975 Broadway debut lasted only 3 previews and 45 showings despite gaining 1 Tony nomination and 3 Drama Desk nominations. Various international productions have since spanned across 6 of the world's continents as well as West End and Broadway revivals and 8 UK tours.
The musical has since developed a cult following and was also adapted into the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which today has a worldwide cult following and has the longest-running release in film history. The musical was ranked 8th in a BBC Radio 2 listener poll of the "Nation's Number One Essential Musicals".

Orson Welles is preparing for

  • Annie - Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks

    23:45, Tue 9th June 2020 - Sat 13th June 2020 at Liverpool Empire Theatre

    Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. The original Broad…

  • Sweet Charity - Oboe

    18:00, Wed 10th June 2020 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:30, Sat 13th June 2020 at Haymarket Theatre
    20:30, Sun 14th June 2020 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
    21:00, Tue 16th June 2020 at Almeida Theatre
    20:15, Fri 19th June 2020 at Noël Coward Theatre
    20:30, Sat 20th June 2020 at Royal Opera House, London
    12:00, Sun 21st June 2020 at Chichester Festival Theatre
    20:45, Mon 22nd June 2020 at Almeida Theatre
    20:15, Wed 24th June 2020 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

    Sweet Charity is a musical with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. It was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse starring his wife and muse Gwen Verdon…

  • Fame - Carmen Diaz

    20:45, Mon 15th June 2020 - Thu 18th June 2020 at Globe Theatre, London

    A stage musical based on the 1980 musical film Fame has been staged under two titles. The first, 'Fame – The Musical' conceived and developed by David De Silva, is a musical with a book by Jose Fernande…

  • Sunset Boulevard - Flute

    20:15, Sun 5th July 2020 - Thu 9th July 2020 at Adelphi Theatre
    20:30, Sun 12th July 2020 - Thu 16th July 2020 at Adelphi Theatre
    21:00, Sun 19th July 2020 - Thu 23rd July 2020 at Adelphi Theatre

    Sunset Boulevard is a musical with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based on the 1950 film of the same title, the plot revolves around Norma Desmond…

  • The Visit - Technical Director

    20:30, Mon 3rd August 2020 - Fri 7th August 2020 at Sadler's Wells Theatre

    The Visit is a 1956 tragicomic play by Swiss dramatist Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

  • No Exit - Estelle Rigault

    20:15, Tue 22nd September 2020 - Sat 26th September 2020 at Globe Theatre, London

    No Exit is a 1944 existentialist French play by Jean-Paul Sartre. The original title is the French equivalent of the legal term in camera, referring to a private discussion behind closed doors; English…

  • Glengarry Glen Ross - Technical Director

    20:45, Sat 10th October 2020 at Globe Theatre, London

    Glengarry Glen Ross is a play by David Mamet that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. The play shows parts of two days in the lives of four desperate Chicago real estate agents who are prepared to engage…

  • Hairspray - Wilbur Turnblad

    20:45, Tue 13th October 2020 - Sat 17th October 2020 at Noël Coward Theatre

    Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The songs include…

  • Sister Act the Musical - Publicity Designer, Mother Superior

    20:00, Mon 4th January 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
    20:00, Thu 7th January 2021 at Chichester Festival Theatre
    19:15, Fri 8th January 2021 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
    20:00, Mon 11th January 2021 at Random Venue 11
    14:30, Tue 12th January 2021 at London Palladium
    20:00, Thu 14th January 2021 at Almeida Theatre

    Sister Act is a musical written by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane, with lyrics by Glenn Slater and music by Alan Menken. It is based on…

  • Prometheus Bound - Lighting Designer

    20:00, Tue 9th February 2021 - Fri 12th February 2021 at Adelphi Theatre

    Prometheus Bound is an Ancient Greek tragedy. In Antiquity, this drama was attributed to Aeschylus, but is now considered by some scholars to be the work of another hand, perhaps one as late as ca. 415…

  • Evita - Director, Viola

    19:30, Mon 1st March 2021 - Sat 6th March 2021 at Chichester Festival Theatre

    Evita is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The…

  • Henry IV, Part 1 - Henry V

    19:15, Wed 3rd March 2021 at Random Venue 68
    20:00, Sat 6th March 2021 at Noël Coward Theatre
    19:30, Tue 9th March 2021 at Adelphi Theatre
    19:15, Fri 12th March 2021 at Chichester Festival Theatre
    19:30, Sat 13th March 2021 at Haymarket Theatre
    20:00, Sun 14th March 2021 at Chichester Festival Theatre
    20:00, Tue 16th March 2021 at London Palladium
    19:15, Wed 17th March 2021 at Random Venue 10
    19:30, Thu 18th March 2021 at Adelphi Theatre

    Henry IV, Part 1 is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written no later than 1597. It is the second play in Shakespeare's tetralogy dealing with the successive reigns of Richar…

  • Funny Girl - Sound Designer

    23:30, Sun 11th April 2021 - Wed 14th April 2021 at Royal Court Theatre
    19:15, Sun 18th April 2021 - Wed 21st April 2021 at Royal Court Theatre
    20:30, Sun 25th April 2021 - Wed 28th April 2021 at Royal Court Theatre

    Funny Girl is a musical with a book by Isobel Lennart, music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Bob Merrill. The semi-biographical plot is based on the life and career of Broadway, film star and comedienne…

  • Peer Gynt - Technical Director, Lighting Designer

    20:45, Mon 26th April 2021 - Thu 29th April 2021 at Random Venue 4
    20:30, Mon 3rd May 2021 - Thu 6th May 2021 at Random Venue 4
    20:15, Mon 10th May 2021 - Thu 13th May 2021 at Random Venue 4

    Peer Gynt is a five-act play in verse by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen, loosely based on the fairy tale Per Gynt. Written in the Dano-Norwegian language, it is the most widely performed Norwegian…

  • Aida - Zoser

    20:00, Sun 9th May 2021 - Sat 15th May 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:15, Sun 16th May 2021 - Sat 22nd May 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:45, Sun 23rd May 2021 - Sat 29th May 2021 at Royal Opera House, London

    Aida is a musical with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang, and produced by Walt Disney Theatrical.
    Aida premiered on Broadway on…

  • Chess - Director, Publicity Designer

    20:30, Tue 8th June 2021 - Sat 12th June 2021 at London Palladium

    Chess is a musical with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, and with lyrics by Tim Rice. The story involves a romantic triangle between two top chess players, an American and…

  • Kiss Me, Kate - Sound Designer

    20:15, Tue 3rd August 2021 - Fri 6th August 2021 at Barbican Centre
    15:15, Tue 10th August 2021 - Fri 13th August 2021 at Barbican Centre
    20:15, Tue 17th August 2021 - Fri 20th August 2021 at Barbican Centre

    Kiss Me, Kate is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage…

  • A Raisin in the Sun - Publicity Designer

    20:00, Thu 26th August 2021 at Savoy Theatre
    20:30, Sun 29th August 2021 at Noël Coward Theatre
    19:45, Wed 1st September 2021 at Random Venue 27
    20:15, Thu 2nd September 2021 at Savoy Theatre
    11:30, Sun 5th September 2021 at Savoy Theatre
    20:15, Tue 7th September 2021 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
    20:30, Thu 9th September 2021 at Random Venue 91
    20:15, Sun 12th September 2021 at Noël Coward Theatre

    A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959. The title comes from the poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes. The story is based upon a black family's experiences in…

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