Guy KItchenn is a General Manager, Associate Producer and Producer who was worked in London’s West End for the last 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 includes 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 SPIDERWOMAN 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 Sir 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 Dame 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 MONEY 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, 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.
Multi award winning scriptwriter, screenwriter and lyricist Shaun McKenna has written extensively for theatre, musical theatre, radio and TV.
He was core writer on the BBC’s epic First World War drama HOME FRONT from 2014-18, which won the Outstanding Contribution to Radio Drama Audio Award in 2019.
His most recent radio projects are a ten part series about Eleanor of Aquitaine, ELEANOR RISING, a two part adaptation of Fielding’s JOSEPH ANDREWS and the epic 11-hour CHINA TOWNS series, based on the novels of Arnold Bennett Twenty five years of BBC credits include THE FORSYTES, THE COMPLETE SMILE 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 five books by best-selling crime writer Peter James for the stage – THE PERFECT MURDER, DEAD SIMPLE, NOT DEAD ENOUGH, THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL and LOOKING GOOD DEAD. A sixth 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 credits include the multi-award winning stage version of THE LORD OF THE RINGS for which Shaun wrote Book & Lyrics. He won a DORA (Dora Mavor Moore) award in Canada (one of seven the show received) and was nominated for an Olivier Best Musical Award. The show won a SOBOM Outstanding Achievement in theatre award.
Other west End shows include MADDIE (Co-Book & Lyrics), LA CAVA (Additional Lyrics) and LAUTREC (Book). His last American musical was LAST DANCE in 2012.
Edinburgh Festrival hits include Terry Pratchett’s ONLY YOU CAN SAVE MANKIND (Book & Lyrics) and MURDER MYSTERY MUSICAL (Co-Book & Lyrics).
International musical theatre includes the HEIDI trilogy (Switzerland and Germany) which was nominated for the Prix Walo.
Shaun worked with Chet Walker on the Glenn Miller musical FEELIN' IN THE MOOD, which is also heading for production. He co-wrote the Book (with Thom Southerland) for SHE LOVES ME, with songs by Lennon & McCartney, opening in Scandinavia in 2021.
ARE YOU AS NERVOUS AS I AM? (Lyrics by Shaun, Music by Leighton James House, Book by Simon Spencer) opens in Greenwich in May 2021. He has also written lyrics for CELTIC WARRIOR, collaborating with Marti Pellow, Jack Bradley and Grant Mitchell, currently in development with Bill Kenwright Productions and with Leighton James House he has written Book & Lyrics for the forthcoming TROUSER BAR.
Shaun has just completed an original screenplay, OSCAR'S BOYS, and is developing a period espionage drama AGENT 160. Previous credits include a feature length thriller for ITV, THE CROOKED MAN, and an acclaimed two-part thriller, LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON.
He was a regular contributor to the three final series of HEARTBEAT. "One Small Step", Shaun’s first episode of HEARTBEAT, won a Royal Television Society Yorkshire: Best Drama Award. He was the writer/researcher on GREAT WEST END THEATRES WITH Sir Donald Sinden. He has contributed occasional episodes to DOCTORS.
Shaun first worked with acclaimed US director Philip Wm. McKinley on BEN HUR LIVE at the O2 arena. It subsequently played the Fiera di Roma. Recently Shaun and Philip have developed THE BIBLE: IN THE BEGINNING.
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 Circle Critics Award, both for choreography, and the Olivier Award for Conceiver of Best Musical.
Chet is also the recipient of the LA Dramalogue 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 Theater.
Also as director/choreographer, Chet created SWEET CHARITY (Original Bob Fosse 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 Angeles, FUNNY GIRL in Amsterdam, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at Chicago’s Goodman Theater and Tel Aviv’s Cameri theatre, KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN in Mexico City (Best Musical nomination), CABARET in Norway and Serbia, SINGING IN THE RAIN in Madrid, THE PRODUCERS in Israel, Brazil and Argentina (ACE Award nomination for Best Choreography) and the critically acclaimed THE DANCING MAN and JAZZ ON JAZZ (Norway).
His creative talents have also produced dance operas: CALOR, FEVER, CONFESSION OF LOVE; LOOK BACK IN LOVE, and The New York Times’ critically-ACCLAIMED SEDUCTION; as well as ballets: ANGER, THE DOWN LOW and NIGHTCHASE for Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentina.
His Broadway performing career began at the 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 Astair Award and a Tony nomination for his choreography of Stephen Schwartz’s PIPPIN, directed by Diane Paulus. The revival garnered an astonishing 10 Tony nominations, winning for several.
Chet’s upcoming projects include FEEL’ IN THE MOOD and VALENTINO, currently in development for Broadway.