Multi-award winning Director/Choreographer CHET WALKER has garnered acclaim onstage in theaters across the globe, in television, film, music video and all commercial media.
Chet originally conceived the 1999 Tony-Award-winning musical Fosse which also won an Outer Critics’ Circle Award and the Toronto Theater Alliance Award for Choreography. Other award nominations for Fosse include the L.A. Critics’ Award and the Outer Critics’ Circle Award, both for choreography, and the Olivier Award for Conceiver of Best Musical. Chet is also recipient of the L.A. Drama-logue Award for Best Choreography for Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Sweden’s equivalent of the Tony Award for Best Choreography for Annie Get Your Gun; and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for his co-choreography of Pal Joey at the Goodman Theatre.
Also, as director/choreographer, Chet created SWEET CHARITY (BOB FOSSE’S ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY) in the United States, Holland, Japan, Mexico, Norway and London’s West End; further credits include the London revival of PIPPIN at the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Tenth Anniversary Tour of LA CAGE aux FOLLES, CHICAGO in Atlanta and in Norway, A CHORUS LINE, FOLLIES, WORKING in Los Angles, FUNNY GIRL in Amsterdam, A FUNNY THING HAPPEN ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Chicago’s Goodman Theater and Tel Aviv’s Cameri Theatre, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN in Mexico City (Nomination for Best Musical), CABARET in Norway and in Belgrade, Serbia, SINGING IN THE RAIN in Madrid, THE PRODUCERS in Israel, Brazil, Argentina, (ACE AWARD nomination for Best Choreography), and the critically acclaimed THE DANCING MAN and JAZZ ON JAZZ in Norway. His creative talents have also produced five dance operas: CALOR, FEVER, CONFESSION OF LOVE, LOOK BACK IN LOVE and The New York Times critically acclaimed SEDUCTION; as well as three ballets: ANGER, THE DOWN LOW, and NIGHTCHASE for Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentina. Chet recreated the original Bob Fosse choreography for the Chocolate Factory’s London revival of Pippin¸ directed by Mitch Sebastian.
His Broadway performing career began at the age of sixteen when he appeared in the first revival of On the Town. Other Broadway credits include: Lorelei, The Ambassadors, and four Bob Fosse musicals: The Pajama Game, Dancin’, Sweet Charity and PIPPIN.
Chet most recently received the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Astaire Award, and a Tony nomination for his choreography of Stephen Schwartz’s PIPPIN, directed by Diane Paulus. The revival garnered an astonishing 10 Tony Award nominations, winning for several,. Chet’s upcoming projects include the new West End musical Feelin’ In The Mood and Valentino, currently in development for Broadway.
Multi-award winning scriptwriter, screenwriter and lyricist Shaun McKenna has written extensively for theatre, musical theatre, radio and TV.
He was a core writer on the BBC’s epic First World War drama HOME FRONT from 2014-2018. 2019 sees his epic BBC 11-part project CHINA TOWNS and twenty five years of BBC credits include THE FORSYTES, THE COMPLETE SMILEY novels of John Le Carre, MARNIE,
BROTHER DUSTY FEET,
EAST OF EDEN, ME AND
LITTLE BOOTS, MEETING
JACK and THE POSTMAN
ALWAYS RINGS TWICE.
Shaun has adapted four books by best-selling crime writer Peter James for the stage – THE PERFECT MURDER, DEAD SIMPLE, NOT DEAD ENOUGH and THE HOUSE OF COLD HILL. A fifth is in development. His stage version of LADIES IN LAVENDER won five Broadway World UK awards, including Best Regional Play. Other plays include RULING PASSIONS,
FEVER and adaptations of TO SERVE THEM ALL MY DAYS and HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY.
West End Musical Theatre credits include MADDIE, LAUTREC,
LA CAVA and the multi award
winning stage version of THE LORD OF THE RINGS for which Shaun wrote Book & Lyrics. He won a Dora Mavor Moore Award in Canada (one of seven the show received) and was nominated for an Olivier Best Musical Award. His last American musical project was LAST DANCE IN 2012.
Edinburgh Festival hits include TERRY PRATCHETT’S ONLY YOU CAN SAVE MANKIND and MURDER MYSTERY MUSICAL.
International theatre includes the HEIDI trilogy (Switzerland and Germany, Prix Walo nomination, and BEN HUR LIVE (London and Rome).
TV and Film credits include such original mini-series as THE CROOKED MAN and LIKE FATHER LIKE SON, as well as episodes of DOCTORS, HEARTBEAT (Royal Television Society Best Drama award) and GREAT WEST END THEATRES.
He has a new period espionage series, AGENT 160, in development and a screenplay, OSCAR’S BOYS.
Outside Three For The Show, he is working on a new musical, CELTIC WARRIOR, with Marti Pellow,
on WOW (WARRIORS OF WRESTLING) with Grant Sturiale
and Matt West, and on LOVE, with legendary music agent
Carl Leighton Pope.
ARE YOU AS NERVOUS AS I AM? co-written with Leighton James House and Simon Spencer, will open 2019-20.
Guy Kitchenn is a General Manager, Associate Producer and Producer who has worked in London’s West End for the past 35 years under the auspices of his company Cole Kitchenn .
During this time the Company Produced, Associate Produced or General Managed over 65 productions in the West End. These include four musicals which won the Evening Standard or Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical of the Year; ME AND MY GIRL at the Adelphi, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN at the Shaftesbury, MACK & MABEL at the Piccadilly, and DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Dominion.
Among the quality plays represented are John Osborne’s THE ENTERTAINER starring Peter Bowles at the Shaftesbury Theatre, OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY starring Martin Shaw & Maria Aitken at the Queen’s Theatre, and A CHRISTMAS CAROL starring Patrick Stewart at the Old Vic.
In 1998 Cole Kitchenn acted as Executive Producers for the award winning Yasmina Reza play THE UNEXPECTED MAN starring Sir Michael Gambon and Eileen Atkins at the Duchess Theatre, which then transferred to the Promenade Theatre in New York. In 1999 they supervised the transfer of the acclaimed Tricycle Theatre production of THE COLOUR OF JUSTICE to the Victoria Palace.
Other notable productions have included; SUGAR BABIES starring Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller at the Savoy Theatre, TANGO ARGENTINO at the Aldwych Theatre, COTTON CLUB at the Aldwych Theatre, RADIO TIMES at the Queens Theatre, LEONARDO at the Old Fire Station, Oxford, and its transfer to the Strand Theatre; OUT OF THE BLUE at the Shaftesbury Theatre, MATADOR at the Queens Theatre, MAMA I WANT TO SING at the Cambridge Theatre, KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN at the Shaftesbury Theatre and MAD AND HER DOG starring Denise Black at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith. MACK AND MABEL at the Piccadilly Theatre. Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Dominion Theatre, the Charles Aznavour musical LAUTREC at the Shaftesbury Theatre, the Jerry Herman Revue THE BEST OF TIMES at the Bridewell Theatre and the extraordinary French musical event NOTRE DAME DE PARIS at the Dominion Theatre.
Cole Kitchenn’s West End production with Patricia MacNaugton and Elizabeth McCann of the acclaimed musical A SAINT SHE AIN’T opened in San Francisco in 2001 and the critically successful small scale musical THE BETRAYAL OF NORA BLAKE which they managed in the West End in 1998 played a season at the Bob Cuillo Theatre in West Palm Beach in May 2001.
Further associations with Broadway followed with: with the Nederlander Organisation and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of the musical THE SECRET GARDEN at the Aldwych Theatre; the Roger Berlind and Roger Horchow award winning Broadway production of KISS ME, KATE at the Victoria Palace Theatre and in conjunction with the Lincoln Centre in New York, Michael White and Stage Holding the UK premiere of CONTACT at the Queens Theatre, and with Broadway producer David Richenthal, the celebrated and award laden Broadway production of DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Lyric Theatre and I AM MY OWN WIFE at the Duke of Yorks Theatre.
In 2005 Guy, in collaboration with Stuart Piper, founded Cole Kitchenn Personal Management - an adjunct to the Production Company, which has gone from strength to strength and has now morphed into the Intertalent Group.
In 2010 Guy was appointed Executive Theatre Director of the new St James Theatre with David Gilmore as Artistic Director , where jointly they opened and programmed the first two years of productions, including the European premiere of the musical DADDY LONG LEGS and the acclaimed Trevor Nunn directed play SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE by Joanna Murray-Smith.